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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENGM219
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: HOLMES P Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Written 2 hour examination (closed book)
Coursework (various, individual, problems)
Qualifying Condition(s)
An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.
Module Overview
A teaching and learning module covering the processes that comprise a typical refinery and petrochemicals complex.  The raw material input is crude oil which is then refined and processed into finished hydrocarbon and chemical intermediate products.
Module Aims
This module will provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of the products, steps, technologies and economics that comprise a modern refinery and immediate downstream petrochemicals processing complex.
The objective is to educate students in the following areas:
·         General refinery and petrochemical operations, their products and economic importance;
·         Individual process units covering separation, treatment and conversion of crude oil into refined hydrocarbon products;
·         Selected process units for the production of petrochemicals;
·         Important utilities such as steam and power generation together with factors affecting energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions;
Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the industry to 2050.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
·         Explain and apply the principles for the management of hydrocarbon molecules to form refined and petrochemical products from crude oil;
·         Explain, analyze, and assess the technologies of processes that comprise a modern refinery and petrochemicals complex;
·         Explain and apply the principles for analysing and improving the profitability of refining and petrochemicals processing;
Furthermore, the students will be able to identify the challenges facing the refining and petrochemicals industry, and will gain virtual work experience on a virtual oil refinery and petrochemicals site.
Module Content
Refinery and petrochemicals complex overview;
Separations processes e.g. atmospheric and vacuum distillation;
Treatment processes e.g. hydrotreating (including sulphur recovery), reforming;
Conversion processes e.g. catalytic cracking, coking for the upgrade of heavy hydrocarbons;
Gasoline production e.g. alkylation, isomerisation, blending;
Lubes production;
Petrochemicals e.g. light olefins for polymerisation, aromatics;
Utilities production, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions;
Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The methods include lectures, working sessions after each lecture, and group discussions. Assignments will also be set on a virtual oil refinery and petrochemicals site to gain virtual work experience.
Total student learning time 150 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Recommended background reading
Gary, J.H. and G.E. Handwerk, Petroleum Refining: Technology and Economics, Fourth edition, Marcel Dekker Inc., 2001.
Leffler, W, Petroleum Refining in Non-Technical Language, Fourth edition, PennWell Corp., 2008.
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