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Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language 4th Edition, Book and 10 Disc DVD Set

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Learn the basics of petroleum refining from one of the petroleum industry's top nontechnical writers and lecturers, William Leffler.

About the Book

William Leffler's Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, Fourth Edition is designed to give the reader an overview of key refining topics by using relevant analogies, easy-to-understand graphs, formulas, and illustrations. New to this edition is important information on the nature of crude oil and raw materials and a comprehensive discussion on what sets crude oil and oil products price differentials. Also new is a chapter on lubricants as well as the latest technologies employed by refiners. Each chapter was carefully written in nontechnical language to give the reader a basic understanding of the refining industry. The book can be used for self-study, as a classroom textbook, or as a quick reference.


  • Preface
  • The evolution of petroleum refining
  • From the oil patch to the refinery
  • Crude oil characteristics
  • Distilling
  • Vacuum flashing
  • The chemistry of petroleum
  • Refinery gas plants
  • Cat cracking
  • Alkylation
  • Cat reforming
  • Hydrocracking
  • Isomerization
  • Residue reduction
  • Gasoline
  • Distillate and residual fuels
  • Hydrogen, hydrotreating, and sulfur plants
  • Asphalt
  • Lubricants
  • Ethylene plants
  • Simple and complex refineries
  • Solvent recovery of aromatics
  • Fuel values-heating values
  • Answers to the exercises
  • Glossary
  • Index

270 Pages/Hardcover/6x9/November 2008
ISBN10 1-59370-158-6

About the DVDs

In this 10-part series, William Leffler covers the information found in his best-selling bookPetroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, 4th Edition, breaking down into easily digestible concepts each basic principle of refining.

Dr. Leffler makes your journey through the difficult subject of the refining process informative and engaging! You'll be skillfully guided from the beginning to the end of the refining process with thorough and concise explanations of all the key concepts of the petroleum refining industry, even if you have no background in the industry!

Features and benefits

  • Easy-to-understand explanations of all the important and essential points of refining.
  • A basic understanding of the refining industry in simple, easy-to-understand language.
  • An overview of key refining topics, using relevant analogies and easy-to-understand graphs, formulas, and illustrations.
  • About four hours of lecture.

10-DVD Set/March 2010/Run Time: Approx. 4 hrs.

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