Technical Familiarisation 

Process Distillation  

This course provides an introduction into how refineries process crude oil into component parts, or fractions, by a process known as Distillation. 
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Course Description 

This module provides an introduction into how refineries process crude oil into component parts, or fractions, by a process known as Distillation.

An insight into some of the equipment that can be found in a typical refinery distillation unit is also provided.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Define some of the products produced by the distillation process 
  • Recognise the importance of the energy required to feed and run a distillation unit - Relate to the principles of boiling points and vapour pressure 
  • Explain the basic function of a distillation unit
  • Explain the purpose of the components that may be found in distillation columns 
  • Identify some of the equipment contained in a distillation unit