88244 - Design of Offshore Processes

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Introduction to and training in sustainable design of industrial processes in the offshore sector. Application of knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, equipment selection to process selection and simulation. Concerted application of skills in the mentioned technical areas in an economical framework while considering environmental, raw-materials and energy availability, as well as safety constraints.

Course contents

Prior knowledge required to access the course

A prior knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and unit operations is advisable. This should be based on courses attended during bachelor programs.

Fluent spoken and written English is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in English.

Course Contents

1) Introduction

Description of industrial processes relevant to the offshore sector, with particular focus on prevalent unit operations.

Description of tools for process representation, i.e. Block Diagrams, Process Flow Diagrams, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID).

2) Methodology

Mass and energy balances: basic definitions. System and surroundings. Types of flow. Balance equations. Scale of balance equations. Application of mass balance to process analysis.

3) Process simulation and analysis

Introduction to the Hysys software


  • Handbook of Natural Gas Transmission and Processing - Principles and Practices, 2015, 3rd Edition, Saeid Mokhatab, William A. Poe and John Y. Mak, ISBN: 978-0-12-801499-8, Elsevier.
  • Natural Gas Processing - Technology and Engineering Design, 2014, Alireza Bahadori, ISBN: 978-0-08-099971-5, Elsevier.
  • Modeling, Control, and Optimization of Natural Gas Processing Plants, 2017, William A. Poe and Saeid Mokhatab, ISBN: 978-0-12-802961-9, Elsevier.

Teaching methods



Self-directed work


Assessment methods

Achievements will be assessed by the means of a final written exam.

The written test will consist of 2 numerical exercises.

A failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject, inappropriate use of language, and/or logic failures in the analysis of the subject.

Teaching tools

Lecture slides and supporting material will be available on-line by Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Ernesto Salzano