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Lube Processing Units

This web-based training course on Lube Processing Units functionality, administration and development, is available online to all individuals, institutions, corporates and enterprises in India (New Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkatta), US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE), China and South Africa. No matter where you are located, you can enroll for any training with us - because all our training sessions are delivered online by live instructors using interactive, intensive learning methods.

In the current industry, lubricating oil plays a vital role due to its widespread lubrication and possible implementation in almost the entire industry. Lubricating oil processing units are an integral part of any petroleum refinery and the lubricating oils are the by-products of the refined petroleum from crude oil. Currently, both synthetic and mineral lubricating oils are being used in the industry. Lube oil processing includes a wide variety of work competencies and expertise that a professional must have to make sure the effective operation and working of the lube processing unit. The professional must have inherent understanding of the chemical and physical properties of the oils and the electrical and mechanical properties of the processing unit as well. Inherent understanding of various additives to be used with lube oils and the effects of variable parameters in lube oil processing is imperative to operate a complete lube oil processing unit.

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Course Details

This lube oil processing unit online training course includes all the fundamentals and basics of the lube oil processing and operation of the lube oil processing units. The various practical aspects and properties of the lube oil are explained in detailed along with the effect of additives, temperature, heat and other effecting parameters. The course is structured to provide a combination of theory and practice through extensive knowledge sharing sessions and practical hands-on lab sessions as well. Completing this course, the trainees will be industry-ready to implement and operate lube processing units in the petroleum and refinery industry. This course has no pre-requisites but a familiarity with petroleum engineering will be an added advantage.

The Manufacturing process

  • Introduction to the manufacturing process
  • Introduction to various types of lube oils
  • Introduction to the various major components of the installation
  • Fractionating towers
  • Condensate collecting trays
  • Differential distillation techniques
  • Role of boiling point


  • Removing water and solid contaminants
  • Various types of sediments
  • Different settling properties of different sediments
  • Different settling time for different sediments
  • Decantation techniques and use
  • Removal of sediments


  • Breaking down of crude oil into vapor and liquid
  • Floating characteristics of vapors
  • Collection of vapors at different levels
  • Fraction of oil used and fraction vaporized
  • Processing of inorganic compounds left behind

Filtering and solvent extraction

  • Collection and filtering of lube oil
  • Role of ultrafine filters and pores
  • Role of aromatics in lube oils
  • Dissolution and removal of Aromatics in lube oil
  • Viscosity variation with addition of aromatics in lube oil

Additives, inspection, and packaging

  • Addition of additives for desirable physical properties
  • Viscosity assessment through control tests
  • Properties assessment of lube oil
  • Specific gravity
  • Color
  • Flash point
  • Fire point
  • Inspection methodologies
  • Best practices for inspection
  • Packaging methodologies
  • Things to consider while performing packaging
  • Aspects to consider while distributing

Quality Control

  • Physical and chemical taste to determine the grade of lubricating oils
  • Measurement for viscosity
  • Specific gravity
  • Color
  • Flash point
  • Fire points.
  • Understanding resistance to flow at specific temperatures and pressures
  • Application and operating temperature range
  • Working with the Saybolt Standard Universal Viscometer
  • Specific gravity dependencies on lubricating oil
  • Uniformity of grade and band determined by color of the lube oil
  • Lube oil’s flash and fire point determination and working
  • Standardization methods of lube oil
  • Understanding SAE standardization
  • Factors governing standardization
  • Wear prevention
  • Oil sludge deposit formation
  • Oil thickening

The Future of lubricating oils

  • The future of mineral-based lubricating oil
  • Future of synthetic-based oils
  • Future of the other products that result from lubricating oil and which are used in lubricating oil

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