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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).
|Second Sub Session
|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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Lab report (10%)
Open-book Exam (90%)
Re-sit of failed assessment component(s)
There are no assessments for this course.
|ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.