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This course presents an introduction to the theories that govern the flow of oil and gas through a reservoir rock. The mechanisms that drive the fluid flow through the reservoir and that control hydrocarbon production are described and discussed. Some ways of increasing hydrocarbon production are introduced. The course is intended for students on the honours petroleum engineering degree program and students will require a strong engineering, or physics background (to level 3) and a good grasp of engineering mathematics at level 3 (or equivalent).
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
The course provides students with an understanding of the properties of reservoir rocks. Fluid flow through hydrocarbon reservoirs and the interaction between the fluids and the reservoir is examined. The course introduces basic concepts such as porosity and permeability and combines Darcy's law with conservation principles to establish the diffusivity equation for porous media and the radial flow of compressible and nearly incompressible fluids, with the main focus on oil. Primary drive mechanisms are introduced and material balance equations developed and used to confirm reserve estimations and drive mechanism assumptions.
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Problems are presented and discussed in class and students are given time to complete these on their own before the solution is formally presented.Sheets of sample problems are provided for the students to try on their own.
Worked examples are presented in class and sheets of sample problems are provided for the students to try on their own. Students can obtain help with these and feedback on their progress at weekly, tutor supported, feedback sessions. Feedback on formally assessed work is also given during these timetabled feedback (or tutorial) sessions and general feedback is provided electronically.