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Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, Fourth Edition [Hardcover]

William Leffler
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November 13, 2008 1593701586 978-1593701581 4
William Leffler’s Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, Fourth Edition is designed to give the reader an overview of key refining topics by using relevant analogies, easy-to-understand graphs, formulas, and illustrations. New to this edition is important information on the nature of crude oil and raw materials and a comprehensive discussion on what sets crude oil and oil products price differentials. Also new is a chapter on lubricants as well as the latest technologies employed by refiners. Each chapter was carefully written in nontechnical language to give the reader a basic understanding of the refining industry. The book can be used for self-study, as a classroom textbook, or as a quick reference.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: PennWell Corp.; 4 edition (November 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593701586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593701581
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect December 9, 2008
I have a BA degree in International Studies and an MBA in Finance. I have been in market and competitor analysis with energy consulting firms and operating companies for 28 years.

I have relied on this book every step of the way.

Do not expect to get a detailed understanding of how refining works. If that is what you are seerking, you're not in the right place (hint: read the title!). What this spelndid little book does is give a business person enough background to understand the various processes, both individually and as part of the flow from crude oil to, for example gasoline. How good is this book? Well, it has been in continuous publication for some 20 years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of oil refining November 10, 2011
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Very Good overview of petroleum refining. Well written.
I would recommend it, as an introduction text, for every engineer working in an oil refinery.
However, it is not written for process engineers looking a technical book, as the process engineering concepts are not covered and sometimes incorrect.
For example, Leffler states that "the perforations permit the vapors to rise through the column and the liquids to fall" to explain how distillation perforated trays work. Liquid flow through the perforations has to be avoided (this is called "tray dumping").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says it will do May 13, 2013
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Takes the different processes and breaks them down into terms that lay people can use and understand. A copy was purchased for every control room in our unit
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! February 15, 2013
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Loved the speed it shipped! Great book! Price was great also, couldn't be more pleased. I would recommend it to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read November 26, 2012
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This book is a great read for any novice in the Petroleum Industry. I work in the industry and I have a much better understanding of how everything works after readin this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! April 14, 2012
By Dmitry
Very well-written book on petroleum refining, with a lot of graphs, pictures and explanations. For a petroleum specialist it might be a little too basic, but if you are not directly involved in oil refining in your day-to-day activities - this book is a very well presented material, covering all modern refining processes. Highly recommend to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever
Written in clear language. This is my go-to book when I want to introduce new engineers to the details of oil refineries. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EclecticReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for preparing students
Well written and no extraneous blah-blah . I recommend it to anyone who wants more than superficial knowledge of the industry.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to Refining
If you are new to Refining, or just curious, this book is an excellent place to start. The author makes the subject very approachable for lay people and engineers new to refining. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for brush up your technical language
I bought this book because I changed my job and moved to a technical assistance to sales position. I have a MBA Chemical Engineering background and in the earlier years of my... Read more
Published on May 3, 2011 by SAM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start for non-engineers
The language, as its title says, is non-technical, and sufficiently down to earth and basic that it is recommended lecture for those starting in the industry. Read more
Published on November 11, 2010 by Mr. Randall C. F. Croes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entry-level book!
This book is very well done. It covers all the basics about petroleum refining with enough details to be useful and it is written in a very easy to understand language. Read more
Published on March 15, 2010 by Yves Racette
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