Attempts to understand and manipulate chemical processes have persisted over centuries, with an explosion of technological innovation and research occurring in the last 100 years. The majority of these efforts have focused on using the knowledge gained to produce a useful product and achieve a perceived improvement in the performance of that product.
This course studies the essential elements of all analytical tests used to characterize petroleum and petroleum products. 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.
This course will prove useful not only to laboratory personnel but also to product specification writers, process engineers, process scientists, researchers, and marketing staff in understanding the importance of these tests as well as their limitations, so that sound conclusions can be reached regarding the quality and performance of a particular product.
By the end of the course the participant will be able to:
Be aware of all petroleum and petroleum products test methods according to all organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in the United States, the Institute of Petroleum (IP, London,U.K.), the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR, Paris, France), the Deutsche Institut für Normung (DIN, Germany), the Japan Industrial Standards (JIS, Tokyo, Japan), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO, Geneva, Switzerland), whose have made significant contributions in developing standard test methods for the analyses of petroleum products.