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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course provides students with understanding of analytical methods that can be used to assess different improved hydrocarbon recovery methods and identify the principal mechanisms controlling the performance of producing oil and gas reservoirs.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Kejian Wu

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course provides students with advanced topics in reservoir engineering and associated modelling techniques. Primary drive mechanisms and material balance equations are briefly revised and extended to include water influx modelling.  Aquifer issues are explored. The concepts of secondary recovery methods are introduced. Relative permeability concepts are extended and two phase flow equations based on the Buckley-Leverett approach are developed. The Welge graphical method is explained and applied. The principles of water flooding design are explored. Numerical methods for solving the diffusion equation for compressible fluid flow are discussed.  Students are introduced to the methodology of reservoir simulation using industry standard software packages.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 11, 13
  • 2 Practicals during University week15
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

Invigilated on-campus exam (3 hours) 100%

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit 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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