Facilities

Laboratories

The university’s new campus includes state-of-the-art laboratories that are shared by both male and female students, on a time-segregated system. The laboratories of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department are located in buildings E6 and E7. The laboratory spaces also include additional spaces for preparation, technician rooms, storage, and other amenities.  

The department houses excellent laboratory facilities, which are designed to familiarize the students with theoretical and practical aspects of the various experiments and to introduce them to the aspects of industrial operations. The labs are managed and supervised by highly qualified lab technicians and engineers. The labs include:

  1. Unit Operations Lab
  2. Measurements Lab 1&2
  3. Properties of Petroleum and its Products Lab
  4. PVT Analysis Lab
  5. Drilling Lab
  6. Core Analysis Lab


Unit Operations Lab

The lab also contains process control unit, which is basically used for teaching purposes. However, these set-ups may also be used for research and services to industry. Instruments for control of actual processes such as pH control, temperature control, pressure control, and flow control are also available. The unit can be of great value for simulating exiting processes and their control system in local industry such that optimum operating conditions or follow up procedures can be reached.

The lab laboratory is also endowed with tubular, batch, CSTR in series, fixed and cold fluidized bed reactors supporting practical components taught in courses such as Introduction to Chemical Engineering, Kinetics and Reactor Design, and Chemical Engineering Laboratory Practices. These items can also serve in industrial consulting work. Additional equipment in this laboratory includes kits for corrosion studies relevant to the chemical, petrochemical and water industries, control training facility and atomic absorption spectroscopy for heavy metal studies. Tutorial sessions on appropriate subjects for small size groups of students also take place in this well-equipped laboratory.

 

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Measurements Lab 1&2

This laboratory contains a variety of analytical equipment necessary for organic and inorganic chemical analyses such Gas Chromatography (GC), GC-MS, Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), High performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Thermal Analysis Units (TGA and DSC), Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Elemental Analyzer (CHN), Surface Area Analyzer (recently acquired), Infra-Red spectrophotometer (FTIR), and UV-visible spectrophotometer. This lab serves the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering as well as other Departments at the University and Graduate Studies, in addition to local industries. Chemical analysis needed by food, petrochemical, water and water treatment, and building materials industries can be performed in this laboratory. Calibration of measuring instruments, whether they are new or in actual use in local industries can also be performed.

 

 

 

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Properties of Petroleum and its Products Lab

This laboratory provides significant importance in the field of petroleum properties and petroleum refining. Several aspects of this lab are also used within chemical engineering studies. It is equipped to carry out a wide range of experiments to evaluate the properties using standardized (ASTM and API) methods. These experiments include: Specific Gravity, Distillation, Reid Vapor pressure, Flash and Fire point, Determination of surfer content, Cloud and Pour point, Viscosity, Water content, Asphaltene content, Ash content and Ash Analysis, Acid & base number, Conradson carbon content, Aniline point, Dielectric constant, Breakdown voltage, Karl Fisher water content, Asphalt & Wax penetration rate, crude oil de-asphalting.

 

 

PVT Analysis Lab

A sophisticated PVT system manufactured by Sanchez Technologies to study the phase behavior of hydrocarbons where formation volume factors, bubble point, critical, etc. can be estimated. Also, miscibility studies on gas and liquid hydrocarbons can be performed. The PVT system can be operated under a pressure up to 15000 psi and a temperature up to 200 C. Visual observation of the entire content of the cell is possible. The Laboratory is also equipped with densitometry, Rolling Ball Viscometer also available to measure liquid hydrocarbon densities and Viscosities.

 

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Drilling Lab

The purpose of the Drilling Lab is to acquaint the Drilling Engineering students with the basic techniques of formulating, testing and analyzing the properties of drilling fluid and oil well cement, and to familiarize with practical drilling and well-control operations. Experiments include those for measuring the physical properties of drilling fluids such as mud weight (density), rheology (viscosity, gel strength, yield point), sand content, and filtration characteristics.

 

 

 

 

Core Analysis Lab

This lab is dedicated to study the porous media of reservoir rocks. The aim of measurements in this lab aim to determine following properties of the rock: bulk volume, grain volume, pore volume, porosity (absolute and effective), grain density, pore throat radius, capillary pressure, pore compressibility, permeability (absolute and effective), saturation ratio, and enhancement of oil recovery.

 

 

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Aug 25, 2014