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Analytical Methods and Techniques Applied to Crude Oil and Petroleum Products

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Day 1

Introductions and Safety Briefing
• Introductions
• Present and discuss course outline.
• Course timings, Meal and refreshment breaks.
• Muster Point / Emergency Assembly Point if training is done on site.
• Daily Safety Topic relating to Analytical methods for crude oil and product analysis.

Petroleum & Petroleum Products
• Petroleum
• Petroleum Assay
• Petroleum Refining
• Natural Gas
• Natural Gas Liquids and Natural Gasoline
• Petroleum Character and Behavior

Chemical Composition
• Elemental (Ultimate) Composition
• Chemical Composition
• Classification Systems

Physical Properties
• Elemental (Ultimate) Analysis
• Metals Content
• Density, Specific Gravity, and API gravity
• Viscosity
• Pour point, flash point, cloud point and fire point

Thermal Properties
• Volatility
• Liquefaction and Solidification
• Carbon Residue
• Aniline Point
• Specific Heat
• Heat Content (Enthalpy)
• Pressure-Volume-Temperature Relationships
• Heat of Combustion
• Critical Properties

Electrical and Optical Properties
• Electrical Conductivity
• Dielectric Constant
• Dielectric Strength
• Dielectric Loss and Power Factor
• Color
• Refractive Index
• Optical Activity
Petroleum Analysis
• Introduction
• Analysis and Specifications
• Sampling
• Measurement, Accuracy & Precision
• Method Validation
Oral Question and Answer session to gauge learning

Day 2


• Naphtha
• Gasoline
• Aviation Fuel
• Kerosene
• Diesel Fuel
• Distillate Fuel Oil
• Residual Fuel Oil
• Mineral Oil (White Oil)
• Lubricating Oil
• Grease
• Wax
• Asphalt
• Coke

Oral Question and Answer session to gauge learning

Day 3

• Analysis of the elements: C, H, O, N, S, Ni, V, etc.
• Potentiometric analysis, sulfur, nitrogen.

• Presentation of the different techniques.
• Implementation of atomic absorption (AA).
• Implementation of RMN, IR, UV techniques.
• Implementation of mass spectrometry (MS).
• Implementation of X-ray fluorescence (XRF).
• Implementation of Plasma (ICP).

Oral Question and Answer session to gauge learning

Day 4

• Analytical and separating distillation.
• Gas chromatography (GC).
• Liquid chromatography (LC).
• Gas-Liquid Chromatography (GLC)
• Gas-Solid Chromatography (GSC)
• Supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC).
• Gel permeation chromatography (GPC).

• Combination PC-MS.
• Combination LC-MS.
• Combination GC-DEA (DiElectric thermal analysis).
• Comparison (GLC vs GSC)
• Analysis sulfur and nitrogen.
Oral Question and Answer session to gauge learning

Day 5
• Gas analysis:
• Sampling: quick loop.
• Injection problem.
• Validation of results.
• Applications to a catalytic reforming and hydrotreating gas.
• Liquid effluents:
• Online injection system.
• Sulfur industrial analysis.
• NIR analysis.

Analytical Methods and Techniques Applied to Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Course

This course provides learning of the essential elements of all analytical tests used to characterize petroleum and petroleum products. It is, of course, critical for testing laboratory personnel to be fully familiar with all the details of the tests they are performing. But it is also important for nonlaboratory personnel to know at least the significance, advantages, and limitations of particular tests used to characterize product quality. It also provides technical knowledge related to the choice of analyses, their implementation and the use of results.

This course will prove useful not only to laboratory personnel but also to product specification writers, process engineers, process scientists, researchers, and marketing staff in understanding the importance of these tests as well as their limitations, so that sound conclusions can be reached regarding the quality and performance of a particular product. It will also introduce participants to all petroleum and petroleum products test standards such as ASTM.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
• identify the different techniques used in oil and petrochemical analysis,
• point out their application fields and evolutions,
• understand the analysis management principles.

  • • Lab Chemists and all lab staff
    • Engineers, technical managers, operators, technicians and chemists from the process and operation units in oil fields, petrochemical and refineries.
    • Intermediate and high level


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