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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5420M Fuel Processing

15 creditsClass Size: 86

Module manager: Dr AB Ross

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module will deliver an understanding of the technologies and chemical processes used in refining of oil and gas and enable the students to solve technology-specific problems and critically address technology-comparative questions.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
- Have a broad knowledge of petroleum refining, natural gas processing and auxillary processes;
- Have an understanding of the process chemistry involved in each of these technologies;
- Have an understanding of the environmental issues associated with these technologies;
- Have the ability to perform technology-specific calculations for different conversion processes.


Introduction to refinery processes, composition of crude oil, final fuels and fuel properties.
Petroleum refining - Catalytic cracking, reforming, alkylation, hydrotreatment, isomerisation, acid gas removal, thermal cracking, blending, upgrading of residuals.
Alternative processing routes.
Gas to liquids (Fischer Tropsch), steam methane reforming, gasification.
Health and safety aspects of fuel processing operations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study:
Review of lecture notes (approximately 30 hours)
Preparation and presentation of poster (approximately 30 hours)
Preparation of design assignment (approximately 30 hours)
Exam revision (approximately 30 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Numerical assignment

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportNumerical report - 3 pages30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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