• Date: 2017-01-16
  • Place: On site

Heavy Oil/ Bitumen Characterization using Aspen HYSYS

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.

Course Outline

  • 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