The Potential of Microwave Heating in Separating Water-in-Oil (w/o) Emulsions

Nour, A. H. and R. M., Yunus and Azhari, H. Nour and Said, N. and Zulkafli, Hassan (2017) The Potential of Microwave Heating in Separating Water-in-Oil (w/o) Emulsions. Energy Procedia, 138. pp. 1023-1028. ISSN 1876-6102 . (Published)

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With the increasing energy crisis and the drive to reduce CO2 emissions, the mechanism of microwave heating is essentially that of dielectric heating. In this study, microwave demulsification method was investigated in a 50-50% and 20-80% water-in-oil emulsions with microwave exposure time varied from 20 seconds to 180 seconds. Transient temperature profiles of water-in-oil emulsions inside a cylindrical container were measured. The temperature rise at a given location was almost horizontal (linear). The rate of temperature increase of emulsions decreased at higher temperature due to decreasing dielectric loss of water. Results of this work shown that microwave radiation is a dielectric heating technique with the unique characteristic of penetration, fast, volumetric, and selective heating is appropriate and has the potential to be used as an alternative way in the demulsification process. Microwave demulsification of water-in-oil emulsions does not require chemical additions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: International Conference on Alternative Energy in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies. May 25-26-2017, Bangkok, Thailand
Uncontrolled Keywords: Demulsification; temperature profile; w/o emulsion. Microwave heating; stability
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 02:49
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 07:28
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