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The technology of the New South Wales torbanite : including an introduction on oil shale.


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Cane, Reginald Frank 1946 , 'The technology of the New South Wales torbanite : including an introduction on oil shale.', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Although the nature of the products of thermal
decomposition of oil shale has attracted the
attention of both scientist and industrialist,
oil shale possibly ranks as one of the least
—investigated substances which occur naturally
and which yield valuable products on decomposition.
Scientists may approach the subject of oil shale
from different aspects;-for instance, the geologist
may be interested in its rock structure and
stratiography; the chemist may explore its fundamental
character, or the nature of its' decomposition;
while the botanist may be required to explain
its origin. The interest of the industrialist is
aroused because the decomposition products of oil
shale have extensive commercial value.
Unfortunately, most of the published work on oil
shale has been based on geological observation
or microscopical examination, and while these investigations have produced interesting data,
very little information is available on the properties
of oil shale, per se, and of its reactions
during decomposition.
As frequently observed in processes of similar
nature, industry has progressed without obtaining
full knowledge, of the structure of its raw material
and the types of reaction which occur during
the commercial process. Especially is this so
In the oil-shale Industry where practically every
operation is based on empirical knowledge. In
order to achieve an effective end economic procedure,
it is necessary to have a clear understanding
of the nature of the raw substance and of the reactions
which occur during its decomposition. In
the present case, this knowledge should include as
much information as can be made available on the
chemical and physical properties of oil shale and
a knowledge of the reactions which take place during
the decomposition of oil shale, to produce oil, gas
and residue.
The results here presented are offered as an attempt
at such a study of one oil shale - The New South
Wales Torbanite - in the hope that the industrialist end the scientist will progress together in the
development of one of Australia's potentialIy rich resources - Oil Shale.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Cane, Reginald Frank
Keywords: Torbanite
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Thesis (D.Sc.) - University of Tasmania, 1946. Includes bibliography

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