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Production of Distilled Bitumen from High-Viscosity Crude Oils of Ukrainian Fields

Tetiana Yarmola1, Petro Topilnytskyy1, Volodymyr Gunka1, Olena Tertyshna2, Viktoria Romanchuk1
1Lviv Polytechnic National University 12, S.Bandery St., 79013 Lviv, Ukraine 2State Higher Educational Institution "Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology" 8, Gagarina Ave., 49005, Dnipro
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The characteristics of initial crudes of Yablunivske field (Poltava, Ukraine) and the properties of blended crudes have been examined to select the ways of their further processing. The crude oils were found to be heavy high-sulfuric oils without light distillates. The possibility of obtaining paving bitumen from blended crudes under study has been considered. Distilled bitumen obtained through distillation of this blend was found to meet the requirements for commercial paving bitumen 100/150. To improve the durability and resistance to aging of resulting bitumen, a polymeric modifier was added. The modifier amount of 3 wt.% was found to be appropriate to improve the operational characteristics of obtained bitumen to those of BMW 60/90 grade.

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