The behavior of small oil sand samples was monitored experimentally when subjected repeatedly to low-velocity heated air streams, with either prompt quenching or slow cooling of the samples to their initial temperatures between these exposures. The stream temperature was either in the range of 300°C to 500°C in air or at higher temperatures of up to 760°C, while being exposed to the products of combustion of very lean hydrogen-air mixtures. This was done in relation to understanding better the associated processes in some in-situ recovery trials where stoppage of the combustion front and/or the flow of the injected fluids can occur. A variety of multi-exposure-cooling schemes was considered and their effects on the extent of volatilization and ignition established. Comparison to the corresponding behavior of similar samples under uninterrupted exposure to the heated streams was made throughout.

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