Crude Oil Sample Evaluation


The laws of science will ultimately dictate what can or cannot be done with feedstocks to provide the needed products. The science of analytical chemistry is at the core of understanding of both the problems of processing various feedstocks.

This course study the essential elements of all analytical tests used to characterize petroleum. It is, of course, critical for testing laboratory personnel to be fully familiar with all the details of the tests they are performing. But it is also important for nonlaboratory personnel to know at least the significance, advantages, and limitations of particular tests used to characterize product quality.


By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand deductions about the most logical means of refining or correlation of various properties to structural types present and hence attempted classification of the petroleum.
  • Interpret the data resulting from the inspection of crude oil requires an understanding of their significance.
  • Evaluate petroleum for use as a feedstock usually involves an examination of one or more of the physical properties of the material.
  • Understand various standards organizations.
  • Be qualified to all petroleum and petroleum products test methods.


  • Definitions and History
  • Chemical Composition
  •  Classification
  • Physical Properties
  • Thermal Properties
  • Electrical and Optical Properties
  • Spectroscopic Methods
  • Chemical Methods
  • Fractional Composition
  • Chromatographic Analysis
  • Structural Group Analysis
  • Molecular Weight
  • Instability and Incompatibility
  • Use of the Data – The Structure of Petroleum