Course Content – Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining and Aspen HYSYS

Course Content – Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining and Aspen HYSYS

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Expert training combining deep domain knowledge with hands-on modeling application

AspenTech and Becht are excited to offer a brand-new training that combines refining domain practice with application of AspenTech solutions. Jointly delivered by refining domain experts from Becht and modeling experts from AspenTech, students will learn refinery operations, gain additional insights into the energy industry and get hands-on experience using AspenTech tools to solved real world problems.

Becht is a US based engineering services company with several hundred senior specialists serving energy, chemicals, power and alternative energy industries for close to 60 years.



Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to use fundamental knowledge on refining processing and the use of process simulations. They will:

  • Develop a baseline understanding of refining business from feedstocks to products
  • Develop a baseline understanding of key process technologies
  • Leverage the intuitive solving capabilities and other key features of Aspen HYSYS and Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining
  • Gain confidence in modeling distillation and fractionation columns
  • Perform Case Studies to determine the optimum operating points for a process
  • Learn the different options for defining and managing crude oil assay information and properties
Introduction to Petroleum Refining

How does a refinery fit into our overall business?

Our business is:
  • Finding crude and gas
  • Transporting crude to the refinery
  • Converting crude into valuable products (REFINING!)
  • Moving and marketing the products
This module will introduce you to:
  • How a Refinery converts crude (and other feedstocks) into products
  • What goes into the Refinery (crude and other feedstocks)
  • What comes out of the Refinery (products)
Reminder of Potential Refinery Hazards
The Refining Process
  • Understanding Crude
  • Refinery Products and Specifications
Types of Refineries
  • The Four Basic Refining Processes
  • Typical Refining Units
  • Balancing the Refinery
  • Product Realization of Refinery Types
Overview of Key Refinery Processes
  • Crude Oil Distillation
  • Hydrotreating
  • Hydrocracking
  • Isomerization
  • Catalytic Reforming
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking
  • Alkylation
  • Heavy Oil Processes
Petroleum Refining in Aspen HYSYS

Aspen HYSYS Process Simulation Overview

  • Identify the benefits of process simulation and describe the capabilities of Aspen HYSYS
  • Introduce the Aspen HYSYS graphical user interface and organizational structure
Getting Started
  • Define a fluid package and specify required parameters to execute flash calculations
  • Modify and set desired units of measure. Add and connect unit operations to build a flowsheet
  • Workshop
Getting Started HYSYS Petroleum Refining
  • Outline the workflow for starting a HYSYS Petroleum Refining Simulation
  • Discuss Petroleum Assay input options and use assays within a process flowsheet
  • Workshop
Pre-Heat Train
  • Introduce the Aspen HYSYS Heat Exchanger unit operation
  • Implement mathematical operations (Balance and Adjust). Use the Case Study feature to run flowsheet-wide scenarios
  • Workshop
Atmospheric Crude Column
  • Build and converge an atmospheric crude column. Add side strippers and pump arounds to improve column efficiency
  • Use HYSYS Petroleum Refining petroleum properties to monitor column performance and product quality
  • Workshop
Vacuum Tower & Heat Integration
  • Install a vacuum tower with side draws and pump arounds. Perform packing sizing and rating calculations using the Column Analysis feature.
  • Review the Recycle logical operation to export column pump around streams.
  • Workshop
Refinery Reactors
  • Review refinery reactor capabilities in Hysys Petroleum Refining
  • Introduce the workflow of various reactor models
Who Should Attend:

The program has been designed for personnel recently assigned to positions in the petroleum refining industry. It is assumed that those in attendance have backgrounds in engineering and chemistry or have actual refinery operating experience. Interested parties who do not have technical or refinery backgrounds should consider attending our alternate program, “Basics of Petroleum Refining for Non-Technical Personnel”.

  • New engineering graduates/technologists who will be using Aspen HYSYS in their daily work
  • Process engineers doing refinery process design and optimization projects and studies
  • Plant engineers checking plant performance under different operating conditions
  • R&D engineers and researchers using Aspen HYSYS for process synthesis
Michael Bober
Michael (Mike) Bober Mr. Bober holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He served as a Process Engineer, Project Developer, Economist, and Manager at Exxon’s Bayway Refinery for twelve years. He then joined Mobil Research and Development as an FCC Specialist. He managed technical training for Engineering, worldwide, until Exxon and Mobil merged in 2000. At this point, he managed worldwide technical training for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering and then retired from managing the Technical Portfolio for ExxonMobil’s Global Manufacturing Training initiative – with a combined service of 37 years to the two companies.

Purnima Kharidehal, Ph.D.
Purnima Kharidehal, Ph.D., a Principal Technical Consultant at Aspen Technology, has 7+ years’ experience in process simulation modelling software. Dr. Kharidehal is a subject matter expert providing technical training and consultation in several specialized areas like Aspen HYSYS, Aspen EDR and other AspenTech Engineering products.

Dr. Kharidehal has received her Ph.D. and master’s in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. She also worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of Houston where she applied computational catalysis techniques, to theoretically study catalytic process that enable the more efficient use of natural resources.

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Register before August 15, 2022 and receive 25% off with the Early Bird discount, automatically applied at the time of registration. Group rate discounts are also available. Email for more details.

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Fall September 20 – 22, 2022 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
28 hrs. Virtual US$2,400

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