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2022/23 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 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module will deliver an understanding of the technologies and chemical processes employed in a modern oil refinery for the refining of crude oil, primarily for the production of liquid transport fuels (gasoline, diesel and kerosene fuels) 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 oil refining, and auxiliary processes in a modern oil refinery;
- Acquire a working knowledge of the principles and operation of the different processes in a modern oil refinery;
- Know the potential environmental emissions and how they are controlled;
- Know the hazards associated with the various processes and protection systems that can be employed;
- 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;
- Acquire a working knowledge of the methods for measuring the composition of crude oil and refined fuel;
- Develop an understanding of alternative fuel processes & future bio-refining approaches.


Introduction to refinery processes, composition of crude oil, final fuels and fuel properties.
Fractionation of crude oil (atmospheric distillation, vacuum distillation, gas plant), upgrading units (reforming, alkylation, isomerisation), hydrotreating and auxiliary units (desulpurisation, hydrogen production, acid gas removal and sulphur recovery), Conversion units (Catalytic catalytic cracking and hydrocracking), Upgrading of residuals (Thermal cracking and solvent extraction), Blending, Alternative fuel processing (gasification, Fischer Tropsch, Bio-oil upgrading), reforming, alkylation, hydrotreatment, isomerisation, acid gas removal, thermal cracking, blending, upgrading of residuals.
Alternative processing routes, Environmental impacts of refinery operations, Health and safety.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours110.00
Total Contact hours18.00
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
In-course AssessmentMCQ (Refinery Units)10.00
In-course AssessmentMCQ (Health, Safety & Environment)10.00
ReportNumerical report - 3 pages30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 13/07/2022


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