Petroleum Science and Engineering is a component of Encyclopedia of Energy Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias.
The Theme on Petroleum Science and Engineering built up around four broad topics, the first topic is Petroleum: Chemistry, Refining, Fuels and Petrochemicals. And it is dealing with basics definitions for petroleum and related materials, refining, product treating, petrochemicals and petroleum products. The second topic is Pipeline Engineering introduces the key topics contained in the discipline of pipe line engineering, such as pipeline design and construction, operation, instrumentation, maintenance, integrity management, corrosion and its control, etc., with the anticipation of imparting a fundamental, comprehensive understanding of pipeline engineering. The third topic is Petroleum Engineering – Upstream Part, deals with brief description of the upstream industry (exploration, drilling, reservoir and production engineering). The upstream industry finds and produces crude oil and natural gas. The fourth topic is Petroleum Engineering – Downstream Part is the refining of petroleum crude oil and the processing and purifying of raw natural gas, as well as the marketing and distribution of products derived from crude oil and natural gas. The volumes provide an analysis and discussion about Petroleum Science and Engineering.
Dr. James G. Speight has more than thirty years of experience in areas associated with the properties and processing of conventional and synthetic fuels. He has participated in, as well as led, significant research and development in refining heavy oil and coal, and related environmental issues. He has well over four hundred publications, reports, and presentations detailing these research activities and has taught more than forty related courses. Dr. Speight is currently editor of the journal Petroleum Science and Technology (formerly Fuel Science and Technology International) and editor of the journal Energy Sources. He is recognized as a world leader in the areas of fuels characterization and development. Dr. Speight is also Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah. Dr. Speight is the author/editor/compiler of more than twenty books and bibliographies related to fossil fuel processing and environmental issues. As a result of his work, Dr. Speight was awarded the Diploma of Honor, National Petroleum Engineering Society, For Outstanding Contributions to the Petroleum Industry in 1995 and the Gold Medal of Russian Academy of Sciences (Natural) for Outstanding Work in the Area of Petroleum Science in 1996. He has also received the Specialist Invitation Program Speakers Award from NEDO (New Energy Development Organization, Government of Japan) in 1987 and again in 1996 for his Contributions to Coal Research. Dr. Speight also received the degree of Doctor of Sciences from the Scientific Research Geological Exploration Institute (VNIGRI), St. Petersburg, Russia For Exceptional Work in Petroleum Science in 1997. In 2001, Dr. Speight was also awarded the Einstein Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Natural) in recognition of Outstanding Contributions and Service in the field of Geologic Sciences.
Paolo Macini is Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy). Prof. Macini holds a M.S. Degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Bologna. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Italy. Before joining the University, he worked for a Service Company supplying tools and services to the oil and gas industry, with experiences in Italy, North Sea, Africa and USA. He joined the University of Bologna in 1992, and his present appointment is Associate Professor at the Civil, Environmental and materials Engineering Department. Prof. Macini has taught a number of classes at the University of Bologna. Principal among them are Underground Fluid Mechanics, Drilling Engineering, Reservoir Engineering and Petroleum Production, which are also the main areas of his research activity. He has authored or co authored more than 100 papers and three books. Prof. Macini is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), where he served for more than 15 years in the Board of the Italian Section and as Chairman of the Ravenna Subsection, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (US Section) and of the Italian Society of Mining Engineers (ANIM).
Ezio Mesini is Full Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy), and he holds a M.S. Degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from the same University. The main areas of his research activity are in the fields of Environment and energy, Subsidence phenomena due to underground fluid withdrawals, Laboratory investigations on porous media, Drilling and production technologies and Well logging. He is author or co author of about 150 papers and publications in the above topics During his teaching activity at the University of Bologna, Prof. Mesini covered almost all the classes offered to Petroleum Engineering students at the College of Engineering. He is member of the following scientific and professional associations: Italian Society of Mining Engineers (ANIM), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Pi Epsilon Tau (National Petroleum Engineering Honor Society, University of Southern California); International Hall of Fame (IHF Los Angeles); Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. In addition, he is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Pedro de Alcantara Pessoa Filh, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Yufeng F. Cheng earned a PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2000. After two years as an Industrial Research Fellow in the NOVA Research and Technology Center and three years as a Research Scientist in the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research at the University of New Brunswick, Frank joined the University of Calgary in 2005 where he is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Dr. Cheng has worked on a wide spectrum of pipeline engineering areas, including pipeline corrosion and stress corrosion cracking, hydrogen-induced cracking, internal corrosion, external corrosion, coating failure mode and effect analysis, CO2 corrosion, erosion-corrosion, passivity and pitting corrosion, electrolytic deposition and electrochemistry. He has published over 90 journal articles in the general areas of corrosion, electrochemistry and materials science. Dr. Cheng is serving as the member of the Board of Directors of Canadian Fracture Research Corporation.