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dc.contributor.advisorOkoniewski, Michal M.
dc.contributor.advisorNielsen, John
dc.contributor.authorApperley, Thomas
dc.date2020-06
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-04T15:42:50Z
dc.date.available2019-11-04T15:42:50Z
dc.date.issued2019-10-29
dc.identifier.citationApperley, T. (2019). A Modular System for Radio Frequency Heating of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/111196
dc.description.abstractRadio frequency (RF) heating is an enhanced oil recovery method with the potential to revolutionize oil sands resource development. In the author's opinion, RF heating currently faces four major practical challenges: heating pattern control, downhole transmission loss, sensitivity to changing reservoir environments and the cost and efficiency of RF generation. This thesis pursues a system concept and laboratory prototypes that can address these issues. The first two challenges can be addressed using a modular system. Sensitivity to the reservoir can be resolved using a single conductor transmission line launcher with two coaxial discontinuities and field quasi-symmetry, which was validated using a frequency-scaled prototype. Power combined switching oscillators can ensure high-efficiency RF generation at high output power, while the use of silicon carbide transistor technology can prospectively reduce cost while providing ruggedness. A new E/Fodd oscillator was devised and a prototype using two power combined oscillators is presented.en_US
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subject.classificationElectricity and Magnetismen_US
dc.subject.classificationEngineering--Electronics and Electricalen_US
dc.titleA Modular System for Radio Frequency Heating of Hydrocarbon Reservoirsen_US
dc.typedoctoral thesisen_US
dc.publisher.facultySchulich School of Engineeringen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEngineering – Electrical & Computeren_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBelostotski, Leonid
dc.contributor.committeememberFear, Elise C.
dc.contributor.committeememberO'Keefe, Kyle P. G.
dc.contributor.committeememberBridges, Greg
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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.