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EG55F8: FLOW ASSURANCE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 Aug 2021 16:40

Course Overview

There are many challenges during transport of oil and gas through pipelines. These challenges require a real grasp of the fundamentals in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, phase changes, deposition and/or obstruction, erosion and new technologies to ensure a reliable and cost effective provision of oil and gas. Deep water production, heavy oils, high water production, severe slugging, hydrates, sour gases, asphaltenes and waxes make this task even harder. This course will provide a detailed explanation of the topics, a well-balanced set of tutorials with real examples, invited lectures from experienced engineers and flow assurance specific software training.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr D. A. Van der a

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

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG50F1 Flow Assurance (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course aims to review the processes and problems associated with the flow of hydrocarbon product through subsea systems, with a particular emphasis on fundamentals of system modelling and design.

The main learning outcomes of the course are:

  • A non-specialist understanding of the basics of the chemical properties of the principal hydrocarbon fluids.
  • Knowledge of the different methods to assess the phase diagram and the themophysical properties of tfhe mixture of fluids that are transported along pipelines.
  •  Knowledge of the techniques to model single phase and multiphase flow and to consider design implications resulting there from
  • Knowledge of the causes and effects of waxing, hydrate build up, asphaltenes, scale and other chemical obstacles to fluid flow through pipelines
  • Knowledge of techniques to maintain pipelines free from obstructions and assess erosion.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to use, the mathematical techniques to model flow dynamics
  • Knowledge of, and ability to use, the mathematical techniques for the thermal modelling of pipelines
  • Knowledge and introduction to future design trends

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 26 - 31, 33 - 35, 39 - 40
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 31, 33 - 35, 39 - 40

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Continuous assessment (30%)

Timed open book exam (70%)



Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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