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Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language - All 10 Videos

Subscribe today to gain A basic understanding of the refining industry in simple, easy-to-understand language.

Dr. William Leffler transforms the challenging subject of the refining process into an informative and engaging journey! You'll be expertly guided from start to finish, with clear and concise explanations of all key concepts in the petroleum refining industry—even if you're a complete novice!

The features & benefits include:
Clear Explanations: Understand all the essential points of refining with ease.
Foundational Knowledge: Gain a basic understanding of the refining industry through simple, accessible language.
Comprehensive Overview: Explore key refining topics with relevant analogies, easy-to-understand graphs, formulas, and illustrations.
In-Depth Lectures: Benefit from about four hours of detailed instruction.

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    10 videos

    A basic understanding of the refining industry in simple, easy-to-understand language. Includes all 10 videos:

    1. History / Oil Patch to Refinery / Crude Oil
    2. Distilling / Vacuum Flashing
    3. Chemistry of Petroleum
    4. Refinery Gas Plants / Cat Reforming
    5. Catalytic Cracking / Alkylation
    6. Hy...


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    Dr. William Leffler outlines the history of the petroleum industry, its milestones and accomplishments. Then Dr. Leffler provides an overview of how the oil gets from the oil patch to the refinery. He concludes by explaining the composition of crude oil and discussing the qualities and characteri...


    1 video

    Dr. William Leffler takes you into the refinery, and illustrates the process of separating the various components within crude oil using a process called distillation. He then explains how refiners further separate the components of crude through vacuum flashing.

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