Oil characterization is the process of converting experimentally measured standard oil properties to a set of thermodynamic and transport models that would represent the physical and phase behaviour of the oil over a wide range of temperatures and pressures.
The application of oil characterization to process simulation, especially for heavy oils and bitumen, has a number of challenges. This one-day course will help attendees navigate these challenges and accurately model and predict the behaviour of heavy oils in various process applications. The course incorporates a review of the typical lab analyses performed on crude oils and their significance for process simulation.
- Introduction to oil characterization in process simulation
- General characteristics of different petroleum fluids and their lab analyses
- Converting lab data to a compositional model of real and pseudo components
- Boiling point curves
- Oil properties curves (density, viscosity, etc.)
- Physical properties curves and their characterization
- Physical property estimation
- Thermodynamic properties and phase equilibrium
- Heavy oil and Bitumen considerations