Petroleum Processing

F SC 432

Fall 2011, TR 1:00-2:15 p.m., 135 Reber


Course Objectives
Student Involvement in Learning
Teaching Assistant
Supplementary Reading and Resource Books
Course Outline
ProPlan® Topics
Semester Group Project 


Course Objectives

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Student Involvement in Learning

Students will be actively involved in learning through classwork in teams, team projects on refinery processes, and presentations of team projects.

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Dr. Semih Eser, Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering
Office: 114A Hosler Building 

Phone: 863-1392; Fax: 865-3248 


Office Hours: TR 4:00-5:00 p.m., or by appointment. 



Teaching Assistant

William  J. Atcheson

Office Hours: TBA


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Petroleum Refining, by J. H. Gary and G. E. Handwerk, 5th Edition, CRC Press NY, 2007.


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Supplementary Reading and Resource Books:

Elements of petroleum processing. / D.S.J. Jones. Chichester; New York, John Wiley & Sons, c1995. x, 408 p. ill. 26 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [403] and index. 1. Petroleum -- Refining. Call#: TP690.J615 1995

The chemistry and technology of petroleum. / James G. Speight. 2nd ed., rev. & expanded. New York, M. Dekker, c1991. xi, 760 p. ill. 26 cm. Series: Chemical industries, v. 44. Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Petroleum. 2. Petroleum -- Refining. Call#: TP690.S74 1991

Handbook of petroleum refining processes / Robert A. Meyers, editor in chief., 2nd ed.
New York,  McGraw-Hill, c1997

Petroleum Refining, Jean-Pierre Wauquier, Ed., Editions Technip, 1995.

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Course Outline

Master Outline


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PetroPlan® Topics (previous version of ProPlan)
General Data Input
Stream Input
Block Input
Crude Assay
CDU (Crude Distillation Unit)
Process Unit Blocks
Splitter/Mixer Blocks
Blender Blocks
LP Blender Blocks
Pooled Components


Crude Assays

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Assessment and Grading
Quizzes 20%, 5% each
Homework Assignments 20%, 5% each
Group Project 20%
Mid-Semester Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Classwork Assignments and Class Participation 
 Up to 5% extra credit

The rules of Academic Integrity apply to all class activities.


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* Quizzes will be open-note and open-book and challenge the students to think and synthesize the material learned.
* There will be four quizzes that will cover the material reviewed in class and the reading assignments.
* Make-up quizzes will be given for excused absences as defined by the University Policy.
* Quiz or exam grade for unexcused absences is zero.

Homework Assignments

    Four homework assignments will be given to solve problems.  Group work is encouraged, but submission of an assignment copied from someone else's work is not acceptable.

Group Project

      The project report should contain a process unit design or simulation that includes a complete material balance and important properties of the product streams. HYSYS, ProPlan, or any other software can be used for unit design, or refinery simulations.  Results from the designs or simulations must be explained and discussed, considering the specific goals of petroleum refining.  Each group member will be asked to provide a confidential participation grade for all the other members in the group. These grades will be taken into consideration in assigning the final grade for the group project.  Individual grades of students in the same group can, therefore, be different, depending on the participation of an individual in the group project, as judged by the other members in the group.

Project Summary

Group Assignments

 Mid-Semester Exam

    Open-book, open-note, in-class exam to review refining concepts and solve problems.


Final Exam 




    Open-book, open-note, except for one section.  Comprehensive to test a proper sythesis of course materials for meaningful learning.




Classwork and Participation 




    Team work in class to solve problems and share the solutions in class.  There will be three, or four classwork assignments.  Participation includes asking questions, or answering the questions I ask during clasas.  Up to 5% extra credit depending on effort and accuracy.





Grade Scale
    A: 94-100 
    A-: 90-93
    B+: 85-89
    B: 80-84
    B-: 75-79
    C+: 70-74
    C: 60-69 
    D: 50-59 
    F: less than 50 






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Office of Industrial Technologies:Petroleum

Energy Information Administration

Miscellaneous Links

American Petroleum Institute homepage

National Petroleum Council homepage

Oil on Line -Schlumberger

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