Global Chemical Kinetics of Fossil Fuels

How to Model Maturation and Pyrolysis

  • Alan K.¬†Burnham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 313-315

About this book


This book covers the origin and chemical structure of sedimentary organic matter, how that structure relates to appropriate chemical reaction models, how to obtain reaction data uncontaminated by heat and mass transfer, and how to convert that data into global kinetic models that extrapolate over wide temperature ranges. It also shows applications for in-situ and above-ground processing of oil shale, coal and other heavy fossil fuels. 
It is essential reading for anyone who wants to develop and apply reliable chemical kinetic models for natural petroleum formation and fossil fuel processing and is designed for course use in petroleum systems modelling. Problem sets, examples and case studies are included to aid in teaching and learning. It presents original work and contains an extensive reanalysis of data from the literature.


Global chemical kinetics Petroleum geochemistry and sedimentary organic material Petroleum Systems Modeling Oil Shale Retorting Coal Pyrolysis Fundamentals and applications in fossil energy recovery Processing of heavy fossil fuels in-site or above ground Chemical kinetics textbook

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan K.¬†Burnham
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  1. 1.LivermoreUSA

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