Relation of oil yield to the structure of the thermal wave in the combustion processing of oil shale

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Abstract

The combustion retorting of oil shale is analyzed. By using coordinate systems moving at the same velocity as reaction zones, a model is obtained for the fully developed thermal wave which would exist after the wave has progressed a sufficient distance into the bed. Of particular interest is the interpretation of oil yield in terms of the structure of the wave and of operating variables.

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