A guest lecture on the Importance of thermodynamics for Petrochemical Engineers was arranged, as the petrochemical processing involves many thermal stages which necessitate a study of thermodynamic behavior of reacting molecules.
Dr.Udaya Bhaskar Reddy explained the petrochemical processes briefly, which include crude preparation, desulphurization and refinery operations to produce fractions like methane, gasoline, aviation fuels, diesel, lube oils, tar and asphalt. He brought out the significance of thermal properties associated with each fractions, the molecular weight and boiling point variations are essential properties to be controlled to obtain required fractions of the petroleum product. The liquid phase and the vapour phase in the refinery operation necessitates the development of the concept of the fugacity, ideality and non-ideality conditions.
Computational methods and simulation techniques used in the prediction of thermal properties of petroleum fractions using different software’s were introduced. The lecture was very beneficial to our students for understanding the subject thermodynamics.
Faculty, second year and third year students of petrochemical engineering were present and a question hour was organized to clear the doubts. Assistant professor, Mr. Michael Rahul Soosai proposed vote of thanks.