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The Kinetics Of Decomposition Of Colorado Oil Shale: I Oil Generation
Isothermal and non isothermal methods have been used to investigate the kinetics of oil generation during decomposition of 91.7 l/tonne (22- gal/tun) Colorado oil shale. The average of the results from these two methods gives an activation energy of 52.0 kcal/mole and a frequency factor of 3 x 10^13s -1. Furthermore, the process is found to be first order to within experiment error. These results compare favorably with data reported in the literature. The reliability and ease of carrying out non isothermal kinetics experiments to study solid decomposition reactions is demonstrated. Moreover, non isothermal experiments more accurately simulate actual in situ processing conditions...