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Bitumen from Oil Sands Lab Activity

Avg. Ratings: 2.3 (3 Reviews)

Introduction to Bitumen Extraction for Conversion to Crude Oil

  • Demonstrates methods required to recover bitumen that is eventually produced as synthetic crude oil
  • Initiates questions about fossil fuel energy use and environmental, social, and economical impacts of mining
  • Materials included for ten lab setups
Using actual oil sands from the Athabasca oil sand deposits in Alberta, students will examine the nature and characteristics of oil sand and then formulate and test methods of bitumen extraction.

Accessories information: A refill kit is available and contains only consumable component items. It does not contain additional student or teacher guides.

Ordering information: Lab includes 500g of oil sand, Filter paper, NaOH prep solution, Disposable aprons and gloves, pH test strips, Mixing containers and materials, and Comprehensive teacher's guide with student copymasters.


   
 

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Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
360250 Bitumen from Oil Sands Lab Activity
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10 Each Retrieving Restricted
480250 Refill, Oil Sand, 500 g Bottle
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ACCESSORIES


Accessories
Item # Model Weighing Capacity W x H x D Linearity Pan Size Readability Unit Availability Price Quantity
156352 HH320 320 g 5 11/32 x 3 1/4 x 3/4" ±0.2 g 83 x 76 mm 0.1 g Each Retrieving

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REVIEWS (3)

Total Ratings: 3
Avg. Ratings: 2.3 out of 5

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wardsci.com user Education / Teacher / Chicago, IL
Yes, I recommend
Like another reviewer, I found very little material to be floating on top of the water after the separation process; however, the bitumen did clearly separate from the sand, and formed large sticky globs that sat on top of the sand, and can be scooped up fairly easily. I assumed this is what we are supposed to measure. Directions for disposal are rather unclear; they say to dispose of the materials according to local regulations, but I can't find any information about bitumen disposal in my state. The MSDS says to bury in landfill "if acceptable" (???) Also, I am not sure how the wastewater produced would be classified.
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BOREAL.com associate Published 03/15/2016
Thank you for taking the time to review our product. The Bitumen lab is designed for 10 lab station of 2-3 students each. The kit comes with 500 grams of oil sand of which each group uses 50 g for the experiment. The sands now come in a container with a wide mouth and are transferred to a plastic bowl with a wide mouth, which should allow for a total of 10 groups.
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sargentwelch.com user education / teacher / Louisville, KY
No, I didn't recommend
My students and I had a lot of trouble with this lab. I almost could not get the oil sands out of the bottle it came in. If you continue to sell this, I suggest that you make the bottle necks the same size as the bottle since the sand hardened somewhat and wouldn't narrow to come out. My first class got almost no results. My second class upped the amount of base added and it helped somewhat but the results were still very small and although we could see a layer of separation, very little floated that could be measured. One kit was not enough for a class of 28 either although I didn't see the number of groups expected to be able to use it.
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BOREAL.com associate Published 03/02/2016
The Bitumen lab is designed for 10 lab station of 2-3 students each. The kit comes with 500 grams of oil sand of which each group uses 50 g for the experiment. The sands now come in a container with a wide mouth and are transferred to a plastic bowl with a wide mouth, which should allow for a total of 10 groups . Thank you for your suggestions to improve our kit. We appreciate your feedback.
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ChemAPES Teache San Jose, CA
Yes, I recommend
Needs tweaking but good education value - Good engagement level; real tar sands from Alberta show students how difficult
And energy intensive oil removal can be, as well as the problem of waste water contaminated in the process of extraction; good for inquiry investigations with advanced students; the process suggested needs tweaking, and plastic bowls do not work so great, and can only be used once. Pyrex Glass tubes clamped and suspend
 
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