The water solubility of crude oils and petroleum products

Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A4; Consultchem, PO Box 4472 Station E, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B4
Oil and Chemical Pollution 01/1990; DOI: 10.1016/S0269-8579(05)80034-6

ABSTRACT Solubilities are reported for 42 crude oil and petroleum products in water as a function of temperature, salinity, oil weathering and water-to-oil volume ratio. The applicability of several analytical techniques (purge-and-trap gas chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatography, and fluorescence) for the determination of dissolved hydrocarbon concentrations is discussed critically. The effect of water-to-oil volume ratio on the apparent solubility of oils in water is discussed in detail.

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