The Science of JetShear

The objective of JetShear is to change or modify the structure of bitumen and heavy oil to reduce viscosity and improve its value.

  •  JetShear  uses low severity, hydrodynamic cavitation and heat to structurally modify asphaltene molecules by separating resin groups attached to the asphaltene core.
  • The rapid change in pressure, below cracking temperature, allows microbubbles to form around nucleation sites.
  • Kinetic energy from cavitation, converts to chemical energy and modifies heavy oil microstructures and the state of aggregation.
  • The resulting de-structuring lowers viscosity and bulk density with essentially no change in the chemical composition or volumetric yield.

Decreases viscosity and lowers bulk density with essentially no change in chemical composition or volumetric yield loss