Combustion characteristics and kinetic analysis of Turkish crude oils and their SARA fractions by DSC

KÖK M. V. , Gul K. G.

JOURNAL OF THERMAL ANALYSIS AND CALORIMETRY, vol.114, no.1, pp.269-275, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 114 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10973-013-3256-3
  • Page Numbers: pp.269-275
  • Keywords: Differential scanning calorimetry, Combustion, SARA fractions, Kinetic analysis, HEAVY OIL, OXIDATION, BEHAVIOR


In this study, two Turkish crude oils from southeastern part of Turkey and their saturate, aromatic, resin fractions were analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The experiments were performed at three different heating rates (5, 10, 15 A degrees C min(-1)) under air atmosphere. Two different reaction regions were observed from DSC curves due to the oxidative degradation of crude oil components. In the first reaction region, it was deduced that the free moisture, volatile hydrocarbons were evaporated from the crude oils, light hydrocarbons were burned, and fuel was formed. The second reaction region was the main combustion region where the fuel was burned. From DSC curves, it was observed that as the sample got heavier, the heat of the reaction increased. Saturates gave minimum heat of reaction. As the heating rate increased, shift of peak temperatures to high values and extended reaction region intervals were observed. The kinetic analysis of the crude oils and their fractions were also performed using ASTM E-698 and Borchardt and Daniels methods, respectively. Activation energy values of the crude oil samples and the fractions' high-temperature oxidation region were close to each other and varied between 67 and 133 kJ mol(-1) in ASTM and 35 and 154 kJ mol(-1) in Borchardt and Daniels methods, respectively.