Crude oil-derived petroleum is the basis for most forms of fuel used in the transportation, logistics and many other industries, despite the fact that its use harms human health and the environment. Improving the quality of the crude-oil and petroleum-based fuels can help increase their value and reduce some of their harmful effects.
Industrial Sonomechanics (ISM) offers high-amplitude ultrasonic processors used to improve key properties of crude oil and petroleum-based fuels. The processors are based on our patented Barbell Horn Ultrasonic Technology (BHUT), which makes it possible to tremendously intensify ultrasound-assisted processes and guarantees reproducible and predictable results at any scale of operation.
Ultrasonic process intensification results from acoustic cavitation, which generates violently imploding vacuum bubbles, causing shock waves, micro-jets and strong shear forces, as well as extreme local temperatures and pressures. High ultrasonic amplitudes (75 microns or higher) are required to create acoustic cavitation of sufficient intensity for most processes.
Why ISM's Ultrasonic Technology?
Conventional high-power ultrasonic technology suffers from a major drawback: it can only provide high amplitudes on a small scale. Due to fundamental design limitations, this technology forces all large-scale processes to run at low amplitudes (below 25 microns). Conventional ultrasonic processors are, therefore, appropriate for studying high-amplitude processes in a laboratory, but not for implementing them in commercial production. ISM is currently the only company that offers high-amplitude industrial-scale ultrasonic processors. Our proprietary technology, BHUT, permits increasing the sizes of ultrasonic devices without sacrificing the amplitudes they provide. Bench-scale (BSP-1200) and industrial-scale (ISP-3000) ultrasonic processors are available, both of which are designed for continuous operation under production floor conditions.
Please follow the links at the top of this page for specific examples of crude oil and petroleum-based fuel upgrading processes carried out with our technology.