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Course Detail

Course Name Petroleum Refinery Engineering
Course Code 15MEC254
Program B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Origin, Extraction and Testing of petroleum.

Petroleum – Origin, nature, composition, classification, exploration, drilling, transportation and storage. Petroleum processing – Nature of crude from India, Indonesia, Burma and Middle East countries, classification of crude, evaluation of petroleum – Important properties and test methods T.B.P. and ASTM distillation.

Refining of Petroleum – Dewatering and desalting – Primary Oil refining – Treatments of crude – Topping, vacuum distillation.

Unit 2

Thermal cracking, visbreaking and coking, catalytic cracking, fluid bed and hydro cracking, reforming, chemical reforming and catalytic reforming, polymerization, alkylation, hydrogenation isomerisation, cyclization.

Treatment processes: Sweatening, desalting, hydrogen treatment, hydrodesulfurisation process, solvent extraction of kerosene, stabilization of gasoline. Lube oil manufacture – solvent dewaxing, solvent extraction, propane deasphalting, and treatment, clay treatment, hydro finishing, hydrotreatment, lube oil, additives and asphalt boiling.

Unit 3

Petroleum products: LPG Motor spirit, aviation gasoline, kerosene, aviation turbine fuel, white spirit, and solvents, diesel fuel, gas oil, fuel oil, petroleum coke, petroleum waxes, lubricating oil and bitumen. Petrochemicals – Olefines, acetylene, propylene, butadiene, isoprene, aromatics, benzene, xylene etc. Methanol, formaldehyde, chloromethane, ethylene oxide, ethanol amine, acetone, cumene, phenol, styrene, phthalicanhyride.

Text Books

  • B. K. BhaskaraRao -‘Modern Petroleum Refining Process’ – Oxford IBH Publishing Company, New Delhi.
  • G. N. Sarkar – ‘Advanced Petroleum Refining’ – Khanna Publishers, Delhi – 2004
  • W. L. Nelson – ‘Petroleum Refinery Engineering’ – McGraw Hill
  • R. A. Meyer’s, -‘Hand Book of Petroleum Refining Process’ – McGraw Hill


  • N. K. Sinha – ‘Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals’

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