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Video: FSC 432 Introduction (2:32)
Quick Facts about FSC 432
- Instructor - Dr. Semih Eser, Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
- Overview - FSC 432 This course addresses petroleum refining to review how a variety of physical processes and chemical reactions in separate refinery units are integrated to process compliant fuels and materials. We will study physical and chemical processes that convert crude oil into desired products, with an outlook from present to future.
- Learning Environment - This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu at the left links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. Canvas, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
- Topics of Study - The content of this course is divided into 12 lessons. Each lesson will be completed in approximately 1 week.
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Petroleum Refining and Crude Oil Composition
- Lesson 2: Properties and Classification of Crude Oil
- Lesson 3: Overall Refinery Flow
- Lesson 4: Separation Processes 1
- Lesson 5: Separation Processes 2
- Lesson 6: Thermal Conversion Processes
- Lesson 7: Catalytic Conversion Processes, Part 1
- Lesson 8: Catalytic Conversion Processes, Part 2
- Lesson 9: Finishing Processes
- Lesson 10: Supporting Processes
- Lesson 11: Past and Future of Petroleum Refining
- Lesson 12: Natural Gas Processing
This course will enable the students to:
- understand what crude oils consist of and how crude oils are characterized based on their physical properties;
- express the objectives of petroleum refining and classify the processes used in petroleum refining;
- demonstrate how a petroleum refinery works with integration of all refining processes and the resulting refinery products; and
- examine how each refinery process works, with focus on physical and chemical principles that drive each refinery process.
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