Thermal analysis studies on combustion mechanism of oil shale



Combustion and pyrolysis experiments of Huadian oil shale have been conducted using a STA409 thermogravimetric analyzer. The effect of various factors on combustion of oil shale is studied. Particle size has little effect on combustion process of oil shale; starting temperature of combustion mass loss and ignition temperature of oil shale decrease with increasing O2 concentration of ambient gas; increase of heating rate can result in ignition temperature, burn-out temperature and maximum rate of combustion mass loss increasing. Homogeneous ignition mechanism of oil shale is ascertained using a hot state microscope.

Activation energy was determined using Arrhenius model that is solved by Freeman–Carroll method. Calculation results show activation energy will increase with heating rate.


combustion ignition oil shale thermal analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Thermal Energy EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiP. R. China

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