Course Descriptions

PETE 500 M.S. Thesis NC

Program of research leading to M.S. degree, arranged between student and a faculty member. Students register to this course in all semesters starting from the beginning of their fall/spring semester while the research program or write-up of thesis is in progress. (F&S)*

PETE 501 Drilling Hydraulics (3-0)3

Review of basic concepts related to Newtonian fluid flow. Rheology of drilling fluids. Introduction to non-Newtonian fluid flow. Hydraulic design. Conventional and polymer muds. Maximum hydraulic horse power and maximum hydraulic impact concepts in bit hydraulic optimization. (AF)

PETE 502 In-situ Combustion (3-0)3

Fundamentals of in-situ combustion processes. Formation and reservoir evaluations. Flow and process equations. Laboratory simulation of combustion process. Spontaneous ignition and reaction kinetics of oil in porous medium. Oil displacement by combustion process. Heat distribution in combustion process. Project analysis. Equipment selection in oil-field applications. (R)

PETE 503 Steam Flooding (3-0)3

Fundamentals of the steam flooding processes. Phase relationships of steam, water and hydrocarbons. Gravity override and methods to overcome this. Case histories. (R)

PETE 505 Surface Production Operations (3-0)3

Investigation of field processing, transmission and storage of petroleum. Multi-stage, low temperature and desiccant processes of separation of gas, oil and two-phase flow systems. Petroleum fluid storage and allied problems. (AF)

PETE 506 Hot-fluid Injection (3-0)3

Need for hot-fluid injection, review on physical and mathematical description of heat and mass transfer in porous media. Heating the reservoir. Heat losses from surface and subsurface lines. Evaluation of reservoirs for hot-fluid injection. Pilot testing. (R)

PETE 507 Numerical Reservoir Simulation I (3-0)3

Differencing schemes for the partial differential equations which govern single phase flow in porous media. Grid design, type and boundary conditions. Solution methods. (F)

PETE 508 Geothermal Drilling (3-0)3

Principles of geothermal drilling. Special equipment drill bits and BOP withstanding high temperature and use of cooling towers. Temperature gradient surveys. Composition and properties of high temperature drilling fluids. Turbo-drilling in the geothermal area. Cementing and casing design for geothermal wells, lost circulation control. Blowout prevention. Corrosion control. The drilling problems related to high temperature. (R)

PETE 509 Modeling of Geothermal Reservoirs (3-0)3

Classification of geothermal systems. Physical process and conceptual models. Equations of motion and energy. Equations of state. Modeling methods; decline-curve analysis, lumped-parameter models, distributed-parameter models. Natural-state modeling. Exploitation modeling. Injection modeling. (AF)

PETE 510 Pilot Field Test Design (2-2)3

Pilot tests. Well patterns for field development. Well spacing. Waterflood pilot design. Selection of potential flooding patterns. Injection rates. Estimation of waterflood performance. In situ combustion pilot design. Evaluation of pilot performance. Steam injection pilot design. CO2 injection pilot design. (S)

PETE 512 Fluid Flow Through Porous Media (3-0)3

Structure and properties of porous materials, steady and unsteady flow of homogenous fluids. Simultaneous flow of immiscible fluids. Flow with change of phase. Miscible flow. (F)

PETE 513 Water Drive Reservoirs (3-0)3

Hydrodynamic factors which influence underground water movement, particularly with respect to petroleum reservoirs. Evaluation of oil reservoirs located in major water containing formations. (AF)

PETE 514 Shale Oil Recovery (3-0)3

Chemical and physical properties of oil shales, occurrence of oil shales and bituminous sands. Insitu or surface recovery methods for extracting oil. (R)

PETE 515 LIFT and Micellar Flooding (3-0)3

Review of basic principles of surface chemistry. Reservoir wettability and properties affected by wettability. Distribution of residual oil. Use of low interfacial tension flooding as a tertiary recovery method. Micellar polymer flooding to recover residual oil. (R)

PETE 516 Numerical Reservoir Simulation II (3-0)3

Mathematical analysis of multiphase flow in porous and permeable media. Case studies. Recent developments.

Prerequisite: PETE 507 or consent of department.(S)

PETE 517 Hydrocarbon Phase Behavior (3-0)3

Pressure-volume-temperature relationships for liquid and gas hydrocarbons. Laboratory results and empirical correlations. Phase behavior of field hydrocarbons with CO2, N2 and other cases. (F)

PETE 518 Advanced Topics in Production Optimization (3-0)3

Inflow relationships for oil and gas wells. IPR curves for fractured wells. Multiphase flow in pipes. Nodal system analysis applied to injection wells, gravel packed oil and gas wells and standard perforated well. Production optimization to a complete field-integrated oil production systems. Production optimization for a complete ocean-floor optimization. (S)

PETE 519 World Energy Sources (3-0)3

Energy in the rest of the century. Mapping the critical gap between supply and demand. Decline in the oil area, world wide petroleum supply limits. Review of other sources of energy, coal, nuclear, hydroelectrical, geothermal, solar, other renewable, and unconventional sources. Environment and climate. Energy conservation and pricing. (F)

PETE 520 Drilling Case Studies (3-0)3

Consideration of all aspects of a given field problem. Bit selection, DP and DC selection, casing and casing setting, depth selection, DLRL. Hydraulic and cementing designs. (R)

PETE 521 Chemicals from Petroleum (3-0)3

Concept of crude oil as raw material in petro-chemical industry. Testing of crudes. Separation of petroleum into fractions by physical methods. Thermal cracking and catalytic cracking of petroleum crudes. Classification of petroleum chemicals according to source: C1,C2, C3, C4, C5 and higher hydrocarbon derivatives. Derivatives of synthesis gas. (AF)

PETE 523 Carbon Dioxide Flooding (3-0)3

Overview of conventional and enhanced oil recovery methods. Factors affecting displacement behavior. Principles of phase behavior and miscibility. Carbon Dioxide process. Carbon Dioxide sources. Assessment of Process. Guidelines for identifying reservoirs with carbondioxide miscible flooding potential. Recovery prediction methods and model validation. Project economics and design. (R)

PETE 526 Well Stimulation (3-0)3

Acidizing; carbonate acidizing, sandstone acidizing. Diverting Agents-History and Application. Fracturing; Principles of Hydraulic Fracturing, Planning a Fracturing Treatment (Data Gathering), Fluid Design, Perforation Design, Breakdown Design, Design of a Fracturing Treatment, Post-Job Evaluation. Re-Fracturing. Fracture Acidizing. (S)

PETE 552 Measurements in Petroleum Engineering (3-0)3

Fundamentals in instrumental techniques based on electromagnetic radiation, electrochemistry and diffusion. Modern methods of engineering measurements as applied to petroleum engineering. (R)

PETE 553 Current Problems in Geothermal Production (3-0)3

Problems related to well productivity; deposition of solids within casing and surface installations, corrosion, two-phase flow calculations. Decline in reservoir productivity; pressure maintenance, reinjection strategies, tracer testing. Environmental aspect of geothermal utilization; geothermal fluid, noise, chemical composition and pollution. (AF)

PETE 555 Numerical Reservoir Simulation III (3-0)3

Compositional simulation. Case studies. Recent developments

Prerequisite: PETE 516 or consent of department. (R).

PETE 556 Analysis of Porous Media Flow Equations I (3-0)3

Development and application of mathematical techniques to solve partial differential equations of steady state flow in porous media. (S)

PETE 557 Analysis of Porous Media Flow Equations II (3-0)3

Application of mathematical techniques to solve partial differential equations of unsteady state flow in porous media.

Prerequisite: PETE 556 or consent of department. (F)

PETE 560 Optimization of Petroleum Recovery Processes (3-0)3

Optimum search methods, linear programming, nonlinear programming, dynamic programming application to history matching. (AS)

PETE 561 Well Testing (3-0)3

The theory and applications of oil well testing. Pressure buildup and flow tests. Analysis of well tests in hydraulically fractured wells. Reservoir description using well tests, analysis of well tests in naturally fractured reservoirs. Injection well testing. Well test design. Extensive review of technical papers. (F)

PETE 562 Advanced Natural Gas Engineering (3-0)3

Material balance techniques for volumetric gas reservoirs. Geo-pressured gas reservoirs. Flow of natural gas in pipelines. Gas flow measurement. Gas well testing, pseudo-functions, buildup and flow tests. Gas well deliverability testing. Flow after flow, isochronal and modified isochronal tests. Long term performance prediction for gas wells. (S)

PETE 563 Reservoir Management (3-0)3

Analysis of an oil field using all Petroleum Engineering tools. Reservoir description and analysis using field data. Prediction of future performance for solution gas drive reservoirs. Material balance techniques with field examples. (AF)

PETE 590 Seminar (0-2)NC

Papers are prepared and presented by graduate students on scientific topics of general interest in their fields. Each paper is followed by a round table discussion participated in by the students and members of Faculty. (F/S)

PETE 600 Ph.D. Thesis NC

Program of research leading to Ph.D. degree, arranged between student and a faculty member. Students register to this course in all semesters starting from the beginning of their fall/spring semester while the research program or write-up of thesis is in progress. (F&S)

PETE 702 Dynamics of World Oil (3-0)3

This course will examine the global oil market from international economic and political/strategic perspective. It will use both functional and regional approaches to fully grasp the essence of the global oil market. It starts with the examination of international economic theory from the perspective of trade, and finance. This will be followed by a general examination of world oil and gas resources within the context of global energy balance. The course also examines macro-economic aspects of international oil management, such as, domestic petroleum price smoothing and oil fund management. The global actor of world oil market, OPEC, will also be analyzed from historical and contemporary perspectives. Basic concepts of oil economics and finance, a brief survey of the structure of oil market, the issue of Dutch Disease or the role of oil in economic development, effect of oil shocks on individual and global macro economy will also be covered. Apart from the functional issues the role of Middle East, Russian and Caspian oil for global economy will also be examined.

PETE 7XX Special Topics in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (3-0)3

This courses will be for technical elective courses which are not listed regularly in the catalog. The course contents and course titles will be announced before the semester commences. Contents vary from year to year according to interest of students and instructor in charge.(R)

PETE 8XX Special Studies (4-2)NC

M.S. Students choose and study a topic under the guidance of a faculty member, normally him/her supervisor. (F&S)

PETE 9XX Advanced Studies (4-0)NC

Graduate students as a group or a Ph.D. student choose and study advanced topics under the guidance of a faculty member, normally his/her supervisor. (F&S)

* F: Fall, S: Spring A: Alternative year, R: Upon request, WE; Wide elective.