THE FUTURE OF PETROLEUM BITUMEN FOR ROADMAKING AND ALTERNATIVES FROM SOLID FOSSIL FUEL PROCESSING

This paper was presented at the 36th conference of municipal engineers, kew, 1980. Information on the supply and cost of Australian paving binders which are currently almost wholly derived from middle east crude petroleums is presented. both the urban and the rural situation. (a) (TRRL) bitumens and the large scale processing of indigenous solid fossil fuels could provide such alternatives and/or bitumen extenders. The properties of solvent refined coals obtained from some Australian coals which might be used for large scale conversion to liquid fuels is indicated. These materials have inferior temperature/ flow characteristics to petroleum bitumens and could be expected to be similar to paving tars so far as field performance is concerned. Possible bituminous binders to be derived from the pyrolysis of oil bearing shales are also discussed. Large scale processing of coal and oil bearing shale is likely to produce large quantities of by-product sulphur and current information on the use of sulphur extended bitumins and modified sulphur binders is outlined. Materials which are alternatives or extenders of petroleum bitumen will not only have to compete on first cost but may attract a further cost penalty because of inferior quality (A). (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    ARRB Group Limited

    500 Burwood Highway
    Vermont South, Victoria    3133
  • Authors:
    • Dickinson, E J
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AIR 000-150 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM