What is Bitumen?

By March 21, 2019 April 9th, 2019 Bitumen

What is Bitumen?

Bitumen is known for its Waterproofing and Adhesive properties, and is created through the Crude Oil distillation process. The process removes Lighter Crude Oil materials such as Diesel and Gasoline, and leaves the heavier Bitumen behind. The process is often repeated several times to get the finished product.

The Bitumen material contains a complex composition of hydrocarbons and elements such as Calcium, Iron, Sulphur and Oxygen. Importantly, Bitumen is produced differently according to the Specifications of its end use.

While it’s usually manufactured Industrially, Bitumen can also be found in nature. For example, Natural Bitumen can be found at the bottom of ancient lakes where prehistoric organisms have decayed. The Heat and Pressure that the organism is subjected to often creates the bitumen.