ECTSPetroleum Refinery Engineering

Petroleum Refinery Engineering (CEAC577) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Petroleum Refinery Engineering CEAC577 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type Technical Elective Courses
Course Level Ph.D.
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Bölüm öğretim üyeleri
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To familiarize students with petrochemical processes to describe existing and innovative emerging technologies for the production of synthesis gas, olefins, aromatics and their derivatives including industrial polyolefins and polyesters. To apply fundamental chemical engineering knowledge to industrial processes, such as steam reforming, steam cracking and catalytic reforming etc. The course makes close references to TUPRAŞ and PETKIM Petrochemicals Co. operations as well as to mega-size applications in the Middle East Region. Depending on the interests of the participants, emphasis can be shifted to either (i) detailed chemistry and technology or (ii) engineering and design (including technology assesment and economic evaluation) of petrochemical processes including downstreaming.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Explain the chemistry of petroleum and its characterization
  • Teach principles of fractional distillation: Atmospheric and vacuum distillations
  • Explain energy integration in a refinery: Pumparounds and side slips
  • Explain the need for basic noncatalytic and catalytic conversion processes: Principles of heterogeneous catalysis
  • Charges and products and yield estimation techniques of a refinery
  • Explain thermodynamics of steam cracking of ethane and naphtha: Hot and cold sections of olefin plants
  • Teach principles of catalytic reforming: Dual-site catalysis
  • Teach principles of aromatics production, conversion and separation proceses
  • Teach trends in downstream processing
  • Teach use of process simulators (such as ASPEN Hysis) in refining and petrochemical plants
Course Content Introduction to petroleum refining and petrochemical industries, steam cracking and olefins production, emerging technologies for olefin production (such as methanol to olefins (mto), partial oxidation, dehydrogenation, metathesis), catalytic reforming and aromatics (btx) production, c8 aromatics, aromatics from pyrolysis gasoline and other sources

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Industries Lecture Notes
2 Steam Cracking and Olefins Production Lecture Notes
3 Steam Cracking and Olefins Production Lecture Notes
4 Catalytic Reforming and Aromatics (BTX) Production Lecture Notes
5 Catalytic Reforming and Aromatics (BTX) Production Lecture Notes
7 C8 aromatics -Separation -Isomerisation -Hydrodealkylation and disproportination Aromatics from pyrolysis gasoline and other sources Aromatics production from lower alkanes (Z-forming) Lecture Notes
8 C8 aromatics -Separation -Isomerisation -Hydrodealkylation and disproportination Aromatics from pyrolysis gasoline and other sources Aromatics production from lower alkanes (Z-forming) Lecture Notes
9 Steam Reforming and related processes Lecture Notes
10 Steam Reforming and related processes Lecture Notes
11 Ethylene Derivatives Propylene Derivatives C4 olefins derivatives Lecture Notes
12 Ethylene Derivatives Propylene Derivatives C4 olefins derivatives Lecture Notes
13 Project Presentations-1
14 Benzene derivatives Toluene and Xylene derivatives Lecture Notes
15 Project Presentations-2


Course Book 1. A.Chauvel and Gilles Lefebvre, Petrochemical Processes: Technical and Economic Characteristics, Vol.1: Synthesis Gas Derivatives and Major Hydrocarbons; Vol.2: Major Oxygenated, Chlorinated and Nitrated Derivatives, IFP Publications, Gulf Publishing C
2. Peter Wiseman, Petrochemicals, UMIST Series in Science and technology, John Wiley & Sons (1986).
Other Sources 3. The Chemistry of Methane, Ethylene,Propylene, C4 Olefins,Benzene, Toluene Xylenes, Workshop Notes, CHEM SYSTEMS (1999).
4. Bilsen Beşergil, Hampetrolden Petrokimyasallara: El Kitabı, Tükelmat A.Ş.,İzmir (2007).
5. James H. Gary, Glenn E.Handwerk & Mark J.Kaiser, Petroleum Refining: Technology and Economics, Fifth Edn., CRC Press (2007).
6. T.Alsahaf and M.Fahim, Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining, Elsevier (2010)

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 5 20
Presentation - -
Project 1 20
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 20
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 8 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to access, analyze and evaluate the knowledge in chemistry and comprehend the literature. X
2 An ability to define an advanced scientific problem in the required field and finding an alternative for the solution. X
3 An ability to design and conduct scientific and technological experiments in the lab- and pilot-scale, and to analyze and interpret their results. X
4 An ability to perform independent research. X
5 An ability to give a presentation at national and international scientific conferences and to publish scientific publications in international journals. X
6 An ability to achieve the necessary knowledge to follow current developments in science and technology, and do scientific research or developing projects in the field of chemistry. X
7 An ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to work as a part of a team. X
8 An understanding of the professional and occupational responsibilities. Awareness and responsibility about professional, legal, ethical and social issues in the required field. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 1 16
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 16 16
Homework Assignments 5 3 15
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 12 12
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 18 18
Total Workload 125