Properties of Petroleum Fluids, 3rd edition

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Petroleum can exist as either a liquid or a gas, either in the reservoir or on the trip to the surface. These properties are the basis for the chemistry of petroleum. This long-awaited new edition to William D. McCain’s acclaimed text expands on the various compounds of this essential hydrocarbon. It includes new chapters on petroleum gas condensates and volatile oils, while the discussion on oilfield waters is extended. A vital resource for petroleum engineering students, The Properties of Petroleum Fluids, third edition, is equally useful as a reference for practicing engineers.

Features & Benefits

  • Two new chapters on gas condensates
  • A new chapter on volatile oils
  • A simplified explanation of phase behavior and an extended discussion of oilfield waters
  • An expanded review of the components of petroleum and the methods of determining its composition


  • Engineers
  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

William D. McCain Jr. was a visiting professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University from 1991 to 2019. He also was a petroleum consulting firm, McCain Engineering.

McCain started his engineering career with Esso (now Exxon) Research Laboratories in 1956. He was professor and head of the petroleum engineering department at Mississippi State University from 1965 to 1976. He taught petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University from 1984 through 1987. McCain was a consulting petroleum engineer with Cawley, Gillespie & Associates from 1987 until 1991. He was then with S.A. Holditch & Associates from 1991 until 2000, retiring as executive vice president, chief engineer, and member of the board of directors. His engineering specialties within the company were properties of petroleum fluids and reservoir engineering, especially for gas condensates and volatile oils.

He holds four US patents, has published more than 60 technical articles, wrote two editions of The Properties of Petroleum Fluids, and was coauthor of Petroleum Reservoir Fluid Property Correlations. He holds a BS degree from Mississippi State College and MS and PhD degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College.

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Pages: 592
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781593703738

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    Valuable additions

    Posted by Dan Jarvie on 12th Jan 2018

    I own previous editions but purchased this for the information on condensates and volatile oils that are being developed in tight oil plays. Thank you for the updates.

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