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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5420M Fuel Processing

15 creditsClass Size: 86

Module manager: Dr AB Ross

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

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 different conversion processes in a modern oil refinery;
- Have an understanding of the environmental issues associated with these technologies;
- Have the ability to perform technology-specific calculations for different conversion processes;
- Have a broad knowledge of the composition of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources;
- Have an understanding of the methods for measuring the composition of crude oil and refined fuels.


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 hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study:
Review of lecture notes (approximately 50 hours)
Preparation of design assignment (approximately 30 hours)
Exam revision (approximately 40 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
Online Time-Limited assessment2 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: 30/06/2021 16:24:15


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