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EP3596: RESERVOIR ENGINEERING 1 - FUNDAMENTALS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

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).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jan Vinogradov

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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.

 

 

Further Information & Notes

Avialable only to Petroleum Engineering students or with the permission of the Head of the School of Engineering

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor Of Science In Engineering (Petroleum)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mech with European Studies)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mech with Oil & Gas Studies)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mechanical and Electrical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mech Eng with Euro Studs
  • Master of Engineering in Mech Eng with Subsea Technology
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical & Electrical Eng
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Eng with Management
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

59 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (90%). Report on practical work (10%). Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (90%) plus the mark for the first attempt of the report on the practical work (10%).

Formative Assessment

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.

Feedback

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.

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