Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : CH4513 : Petroleum Refinery Engineering {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Sujit Sen


Introduction: Origin, exploration and production of Petroleum, composition of petroleum, laboratory tests, refinery feedstocks and products. Evaluation of crude oil properties. Atmospheric and vacuum distillation of crude. Desalting and dehydration of crude, Thermal and catalytic cracking processes. Catalytic hydrocracking and hydrotreating. Catalytic reforming. Catalytic isomerization, alkylation and polymerization. Lube oil manufacturing. Environmental issues and New Trends in petroleum refinery operations.

Course Objectives

  1. To enable the students to learn the fundamental and methodologies in the petroleum refining processes.
  2. To enable students to examine how each refinery process works
  3. To enable students to express the objectives of petroleum refining and classify the processes used in petroleum refining
  4. To Enable students learn how physical and chemical principles are applied to achieve the objectives of each refinery process

Course Outcomes

The students will be able to
1) Have an understanding of oil refining and associated downstream processing technologies, operations and economics.
2) Gain a holistic understanding of refinery systems and the family of hydrocarbon products (and their individual processing steps and corresponding technologies), and grasp the principles for improving refinery economics.
3) Have essential knowledge and skills required to work as an engineer in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.

Essential Reading

  1. W. L. Nelson, Petroleum Refinery Engineering,, McGraw-Hill Book Co , 1969
  2. J. H. Gary, H. Hanwerk and M. J. Kaiser,,, Petroleum Refining Technology and Economics, CRC Press , 5th Edition, 2007

Supplementary Reading

  1. J. G. Speight, The Chemistry and Technology of Petroleum, CRC press , 4th edition, 2006.
  2. B. K. B. Rao, Modern Petroleum Refining Processes, Oxford & IBH , 5th Edition, 2007.