Best Reference Books – Petroleum Refinery Engineering

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Petroleum Refinery Engineering subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Petroleum Refinery Engineering along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Petroleum Refinery Engineering subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Petroleum Refinery Engineering" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Elements of Petroleum Refinery Engineering” by OP Gupta

“Elements of Petroleum Refinery Engineering” Book Review: The book can be referred by undergraduate students of B.E/B.tech in (chemical, petroleum, petrochemical, aeronautical) engineering. It can also be reffered by postgraduate students of M.tech who are studying petroleum refining and AMIE, AMIICHE students. Not only students but the faculty members or teaching staff of engineering colleges such as IITs, NITs may read the book. Petroleum engineers who are in practice and consultants use this book. Private sector or PSU’s refiners, state and central government departments and various NGOs also utilise this book as per their requirement. This book is also referred to the students of foreign universities of developing nations who are enrolled in different (UG, PG, diploma) programmes in engineering and who have their examination in petroleum refining engineering.

2. “Petroleum Refinery Engineering” by Wilbur L Nelson
3. “Distillation and Hydrocarbon Processing Practices” by Ashis Nag

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“Distillation and Hydrocarbon Processing Practices” Book Review: This book can be referred by the people who are involved in the design and operations of hydrocarbon processing plants. It includes refineries, petrochemical plants, gas processing plants. The book contains an advanced level of distillation processes and simulation of processes are provided as examples. It also contains basic principles and numerous practical examples and design principles. The book has various case studies which help in understanding inner working of the complex facilities.

4. “The Institute of Petroleum” by Institute of Petroleum (IP)
5. “Level of Btex in Petroleum Refinery Industry” by Rahman Faizur Rafique

“Level of Btex in Petroleum Refinery Industry” Book Review: This book is for M.Sc students. It contains information regarding determination of the level of BTEX ( benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes) inside and outside of the petroleum refining industry. BTEX is liberated in the atmosphere because of the running of petrochemical refineries. It is a harmful and toxic chemical and anything which comes in contact with its vapours gets contaminated. It is more harmful for human beings as compared to other things. Benzene is also known as human carcinogen. Very long exposure to BTEX causes harmful effects on the kidney, liver, and blood systems. The book contains various studies done on BTEX samples that are collected from various refineries and analysed through gas chromatographic technique.

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6. “Failure to Learn: The BP Texas City Refinery Disaster” by Andrew Hopkins

“Failure to Learn: The BP Texas City Refinery Disaster” Book Review: This book contains details on the causes of the explosion that happened at the texas oil refinery on 23 march ,2005. In that explosion 15 workmen of that place were dead and 170 were injured. This book also analyses common mistakes between this and the Longford gas explosion of victoria that happened in 1998. It features some most important questions regarding the accident. Some of the prominent questions are- why so many people were injured?What was the actual cause or causes?Has any lessons been learned or not?.

7. “Petroleum Refining: Refinery Operation and Management Vol 5 (Petroleum Refining, 5)” by Jean-Pierre Favennec
8. “Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language” by William L Leffler

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“Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language” Book Review: This book is written in order to provide an insight on most important refining topics. It uses suitable and easily understandable correlations, graphs, formulas and illustrations. It throws light on some crucial information regarding the nature of crude oil and raw material. A detailed explanation is also provided which tells the difference in the prices of crude oil and its products. An extra chapter on lubricants and latest technologies used in refineries is also added. Language used in the book is purely non technical which makes it easier to understand the refining industry. It can be used as a reference book or for self study.

9. “Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes, Fourth Edition (Mechanical Engineering)” by Robert A Meyers

“Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes, Fourth Edition (Mechanical Engineering)” Book Review: This is a distinctive book which focuses on the petroleum refining commercially usable technologies.It also covers production of eco friendly fuels and petroleum derivatives. It provides the complete range of refining technologies used worldwide which have changed due to the source of fuels and updated environmental regulations.major refining companies such as UOP, Shell, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE), Chevron Lummus Global etc have also contributed to this book. More stress is given on producing more shale gas and shale oil which is now used as new feed. The production of crude is also going downwards and also regions are urging to become energy independent. As a result of this lower cost alternative fuels such as coal, shale oil and heavy crude are in high demand. All the factors related to petroleum products and their refining is covered in this book. Also increment in conversion of residue, hydrocracking conversion process and hydrotreating techniques are also discussed.

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10. “Petroleum Refinery Process Economics” by Robert E Maples

“Petroleum Refinery Process Economics” Book Review: In this book the author throws light on the profit and properties of refinery processes and products. The book also covers utilisation of this information in performing various process economics. It also provides information about the operational and capital cost used in the assessment of single and complete refinery processes. It covers the yield correlations of licenced refinery processes and also the requirements and capital cost of a typical unit. It provides basic knowledge of economic evaluation. The book also has easy and descriptive process flow diagrams for each process yield correlation.

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