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Very helpful free recourses from Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences: - Introduction to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Overview: PNG 301 covers the basics of petroleum and natural gas engineering, including terminology, equipment illustrations, and basic calculations related to all types of engineers who work in the petroleum industry. The intention is that students will learn about the oil industry and to give them a good idea of how each type of discipline in petroleum engineering relates to each other. Another goal is to give students basic information in preparation for potential summer internships.

Also: - Oil: International Evolution (EGEE 120)
Course Description: Have you purchased gasoline and wondered at the price changes? Or worn your polyester jacket and wondered how it kept you warm, or been thankful your phone didn't break when you dropped it? These are just some benefits the petroleum industry brings to our world. Other aspects to the global world market involve natural disasters, wars, rumors of wars, national security, and consumer demand. Learn about oil production and how nations respond as EGEE 120 gives you a foundation of how industry interacts with you, governments, transportation, politics, and the world. You will become a more informed citizen, able to support your opinion about oil and the environment. As John McCain said, "Whoever controls oil controls much more than oil." - Petroleum Processing (FSC 432)
Course Description: This course on petroleum refining reviews how a refinery integrates different physical processes and chemical reactions to process crude oil for the production of transportation fuels and materials according to commercial specifications and environmental regulations. Classification of crude oils using standard analytical protocols helps the refiners select the optimum conditions for the most efficient and most profitable production of fuels and materials. Understanding the basic concepts and technical objectives for each process unit provides the knowledge base necessary to convert crude oil into desired products at minimum cost and low environmental impact. A discussion of how the refinery evolved from the days of one-pot distillation into the current complex configurations will inform an outlook from present to future. - Phase Relations in Reservoir engineering (PNG 520)
Course Description: In this course, you will learn about phase relations as applied to oil and/or gas reservoir processes, enhanced oil recovery, gas pipeline transportation, natural gas processing and liquefaction, and other problems in petroleum production. The primary objective of the course is to apply the thermodynamics of phase equilibrium to the framework for phase behavior modeling of petroleum fluids. The focus of the course will be on equilibrium thermodynamics and its relevance to phase behavior predictions and phase equilibrium data description. We will attempt to apply phase behavior principles to petroleum production processes of practical interest, especially natural gas condensate systems.

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