Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association - Project - Toluene Insoluble Organic Materials (TIOM) Project
Toluene Insoluble Organic Materials (TIOM) Project

This CCQTA sponsored project is investigating the composition and potential sources of TIOM material that has been found throughout the industry.

TIOMs are commonly characterized as asphaltenes since they appears as a black deposit or sludge in tanks, exchangers, reboilers and numerous other systems. What is unique about this material is that it is not soluble in toluene or almost any conventional solvent so it is very problematic and difficult to remove without resorting to mechanical removal methods.

The goal of the project is to locate and understand the source of this material in an attempt to mitigate or eliminate the associated problems.

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