Course Content – Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining and Aspen HYSYS

Course Content – Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining and Aspen HYSYS

Becht + AspenTech: Learn from the Gurus!
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.


This training combines the Introduction to Petroleum Refining Technology with Introduction to Aspen HYSYS. Please select if you will register to the Introduction to Petroleum Refining Processing only (2 days) or with the Introduction to Aspen HYSYS add on (3 days).

Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Spring 2024 April 24 – 25, 2024
Without Aspen HYSYS
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
16 hrs.
(2 days)
Aspen Technology, 2500 CityWest Blvd #1600, Houston, TX 77042
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees
April 24 – 26, 2024
With Aspen HYSYS
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
24 hrs.
(3 days)
Aspen Technology, 2500 CityWest Blvd #1600, Houston, TX 77042
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees
2Q2024 April 24 – 25, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Europe Time (UTC +2)
16 hrs. Becht Europe B.V., Dobbeweg 1c, 2254 AG VOORSCHOTEN, The Netherlands
Accepts in-person attendees only


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.
Andrew W. Sloley
Peter Marsh Mr. Marsh has more than 40 years’ experience in oil refining and engineering contracting businesses in various technical, operational and leadership roles. The majority of his career has been spent with BP where he worked at 4 different refineries and in the technical centre. He has specialist knowledge in all types of naphtha isomerisation and naphtha reforming processes and spent 9 years serving as a refining advisor providing technical support in these technologies to BP’s global refining portfolio. Activities included process technology training, troubleshooting, unit optimisation, turnaround and project support, developing process safety standards, promoting application of technology and sharing best practices. He has a strong focus on process safety, plant reliability and use of technology to enhance plant capability.

Mr. Marsh also has experience in many other refinery process technologies including crude distillation, hydrotreating, fluid catalytic cracking, catalytic polymerisation, alkylation and light ends separation processes. He served as lead process engineer for an EPC contractor on several major revamps of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units and a grass roots residue cracking unit. He is currently a self-employed consultant providing independent technical support to oil refineries. He is also a volunteer committee member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group. His primary focus area within this group to date has been learning lessons from process safety incidents.

Pratik Krishnan, Ph.D.
Pratik Krishnan, Ph.D. , a Principal Technical Consultant at Aspen Technology, has over three years’ experience in process simulation modeling software. Dr. Krishnan is a subject matter expert providing technical training and consultation in several specialized areas like Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Plus, Aspen EDR and other AspenTech Engineering products. Dr. Krishnan also works on key AspenTech initiatives such as hybrid modeling, digital twins, and sustainability.

Dr. Krishnan has received his Ph.D. and Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Krishnan did his dissertation on the stability of high expansion foam used for LNG vapor risk mitigation.

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The highest applicable discount will be applied; discounts are not additive.

  1. Early Registration – A 10% discount is to be provided when you register 30 days before the start date of the training.
  2. Group Rate – A group discount is applied when you send three or more people from your organization to the same course and provide a single payment.
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    4 – 6 20%
    7 and up 25%
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