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Petroleum Engineering (PETE)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

2050 [3000]. Introduction to Petroleum Engineering. 3. General introduction to petroleum engineering, including physical properties of reservoir rock, single phase fluid flow through porous media, surface forces, fluid saturation's, drilling fundamentals, methods of production, completion technology and petroleum reservoir field data. Prerequisites: MATH 2205.

2060. Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Computing. 3. Introduces Petroleum Engineering problems and principles, develops computational skills needed to solve them, and reinforces a computational tool that will be useful for other Petroleum Engineering classes. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in ES 1060, concurrent enrollment in MATH 2310.

3015. Multicomponent Thermodynamics. 3. Introduces mixture properties, such as chemical potentials, excess properties, partial molar properties, heats of mixing, fugacities, and practical tools for estimating them from solution theories and equations of state.  These tools and concepts are applied to phase and chemical equilibria. Cross listed with CHE 3015. Prerequisite: ES 2310, CHE 2060 or PETE 2060. (Normally offered fall semester)

3025. Transport Phenomena. 3. Introduces energy and mass transfer concepts and the development of mathematical models of physical phenomena, including convection, diffusion, conduction and radiation, applicable to the analysis and design of chemical processes.  Cross listed with CHE 3025. Prerequisites: C or better in ES 2330 and CHE 2005. (Normally offered fall semester)

3030. Unit Operations. 3. Applies transport and equilibrium concepts and models to the analysis and design of unit operations, such as distillation, absorption, extraction, crystallization, membrane, and heat exchange processes. Cross listed with CHE 3030.  Prerequisites: CHE 2005, 3015, and 3025.

3100. Rock and Fluids Lab. 2. Provides understanding of principles of rock and fluid properties and their measurement as part of conventional and special core analysis, as well as PVT characteristics of reservoir fluids. Students are expected to understand how to measure important rock and fluid properties using laboratory equipment, as part of reservoir characterization routines, formation damage evaluations and well log calibration protocols. Students are also expected to learn how to write succinct and organized reports. Prerequisites: PETE 2050.

3200 [4010]. Reservoir Mechanics. 3. Examines use of material balance equation. Studies principles of fluid mechanics applied to single and multiphase flow of fluids in porous media and decline curve analysis. Prerequisite: PETE 2050. (Normally offered spring semester)

3255. Basic Drilling Engineering. 3. Principles and practices of oil and gas well rotary drilling, including rock mechanics, drilling hydraulics, drilling fluids, and hold deviation. Drilling equipment analysis, casing design, and drilling fluid properties. Application of modern computer-based analysis and design methods. Prerequisites: ES 2310, ES 2330, or consent of the instructor.

3265. Drilling Fluids Laboratory. 2. Measurements of physical and chemical properties of drilling fluids and computer simulations of drilling operations. Includes experiments on drilling fluid rheological properties, mud weight, water loss, and gel strength. Filtration at high temperature and pressures. Prerequisites: ES 2310, 2330, PETE 3255 (concurrently).

3715. Production Engineering. 3. Provides elements for design and analysis of surface production processes, including fluid separation, pumping and compression, measurement and treatment of production fluids, basic design of artificial lift system, and analysis and optimization of production systems. Prerequisites: PETE 2050, ES 2310, ES 2330.

3725. Well Bore Operations. 3. Covers many facets of completion and intervention technology. The material progresses through each of the major design, diagnostic and intervention technologies, ending with effect of operations on surface facilities and finally plug and abandonment requirements. Prerequisites: PETE 2050, ES 2410.

3900. Undergraduate Research in Petroleum Engineering. 1-6 (Max. 6). Students carry out research appropriate to undergraduates, under faculty supervision. May be taken more than once. Prerequisites: junior standing in petroleum engineering or consent of instructor.

4000. Environment, Technology and Society. 3. [C2, G1<>(none)] Explores relationships among technology, the environment and society. Studies social and humanistic aspects of using current and future technology to understand and solve environmental problems. Cross listed with CHE 4000. Prerequisites: junior standing and completion of two university studies science courses (SB, SP, SE) or consent of instructor.

4030 [3010]. Rock and Fluid Properties. 3. Reservoir rocks - mineralogy, deposition, diagenesis, porosity, permeability, pore space imaging. Coring and core analysis. Intermolecular forces and fluid properties. Fundamentals of wetting and capillarity. Hydrocarbon distribution. Chemistry of crude oils. Oil-brine-rock interactions, formation damage, reservoir wettability, and oil recovery. Prerequisite: PETE 2050.

4060 [4220]. Flow Through Porous Media. 3. Review of properties of porous media. Relationships of permeability to porosity. Formulation of Fundamental Flow Equation. Constant Rate Solutions. Constant Pressure Solutions. The principles of Superposition, transient well testing of oil and gas reservoirs, including drawdown, build-up, faulted systems, interference, drill stem tests, isochronal test analysis. Flow Through Porous Media. Dual listed with PETE 5060. Prerequisite: PETE 3200.

4200. Natural Gas Engineering. 3. Studies development of natural gas reservoirs for normal production and as storage fields. Includes back pressure tests, hydrates, pipeline problems, cycling and use of the material balance equation. Also processing of natural gas, including compression, expansion, refrigeration, separation, sour gas treating, sulfur recovery, LNG production and carbon dioxide separation. Prerequisites: PETE 2050. (Normally offered fall semester)

4215. Rock Mechanics. 3. Covers rock mechanical properties, stress and strain in rock and rock masses, rock failure mechanisms, thermal-hydraulic-mechanical-chemical (THMC) coupling, and their applications to ground surface subsidence/uplift, borehole instability, and hydraulic fracturing. Dual listed with PETE 5215. Prerequisites: ES 2330 and 2410.

4225. Well Test Analysis. 2. Aims to present the fundamental concepts of well test analysis. The mathematical formulations presented are a critical facet of the methodology used in the interpretation. The formation gathered from the interpretation will help analyze, improve, and forecast the potential of the well and the reservoir. Prerequisite: PETE 3200.

4250 [3250]. Drilling Engineering. 3. Principles and practices of rotary drilling, including rock mechanics, hydraulics, drilling fluids and hole deviation. Oil and gas drilling equipment models. Drilling fluid tests, casing design. Prerequisite: PETE 2050.

4320. Well Log Interpretation. 3. Studies use of various types of open hole logs for quantitative evaluation of formations. Prerequisites: PETE 2050. (Normally offered spring semester)

4340. Petroleum Economics. 3. Applies principles of economics to petroleum properties. Studies taxation, present worth, rate of return, payout and decisions under uncertainty. Prerequisite: PETE 3200. (Normally offered fall semester)

4720. Petroleum Engineering Design I. 3. [(none)<>WB, O] Design and development of petroleum reservoirs using principles and skills learned in the Petroleum Engineering program. Application of software for design and analysis of the drilling, reservoir and production of petroleum fields. Prerequisites: PETE 3200, 3255, 3715, and 3725.

4735. Petroleum Engineering Design II. 4. [(none)<>WC, O] Design and development of petroleum reservoirs using principles and skills learned in the Petroleum Engineering program. Application of software for design and analysis of the drilling, reservoir and production of petroleum. A continuation of PETE 4720. Prerequisite: PETE 4720.

4810. Unconventional Gas Production. 3. Study of resource base, drilling, completion and production technology, and reservoir characteristics for tight gas sands. Devonian shales, coalbed methane, geopressured aquifers, and hydrates. Case histories and economics are presented in each of these. Dual listed with PETE 5810. Prerequisite: graduate status or consent of instructor.

4830. Thermal Recovery. 3. Objective of this course is to examine and explore in depth the theoretical and applied aspects of thermal recovery process of producing hydrocarbons including state-of-the-art review. Dual listed with PETE 5830. Prerequisite: Senior standing in petroleum or chemical engineering.

4970. Internship in Petroleum Engineering. 1-6 (Max. 6). Enables credit for students in appropriate engineering activities while serving as interns in an industrial, government, or other setting. Prerequisites: Must be involved in a petroleum engineering co-op/internship experience; consent of instructor.

4990. Topics in Petroleum Engineering. 1-6 (Max. 6). Features topics not included in regularly offered classes. Section I is individual study. Other sections are group study by seminar or in class format. Prerequisites: PETE 2050 or concurrent enrollment.

5010. Transport Phenomena. 3. Examines the modeling of momentum, heat and mass transport. Cross listed with CHE 5010. Prerequisite: ES 2330, MATH 2310, and graduate standing in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering.

5015. Secondary Recovery. 3. Conventional secondary recover practices, including: flood patterns, gas injection, waterflooding, and water treatment for water flooding. Prerequisite: PETE 3200.

5020. Thermodynamics. 3. Examines molecular thermodynamics of pure materials and mixtures, including phase equilibria and the use of equations of state. Cross listed with CHE 5020. Prerequisite: ES 2310 or CHEM 4505.

5030. Reaction Kinetics. 3. An analysis of reactions involving phase boundaries, heterogneous catalysis, gas-solid systems, and gas-liquid systems. Cross listed with CHE 5030. Prerequisite: CHE 4060.

5045. Reactor Design. 3. Examines reactor design techniques, including the use of thermodynamics, kinetics, heat transfer, and mass transfer. Cross listed with CHE 5045. Prerequisite: CHE 4060.

5050. Structure and Properties of Porous Media. 3. Introduction to porous materials, pore structure and mineralogy of reservoir rocks. Fundamentals of porosity, permeability, and capillary properties of porous materials. Application to hydrocarbon reservoirs. Cross listed with CHE 5050. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5060. Flow in Porous Media. 3. Review of properties of porous media. Relationships of permeability to porosity. Formulation of the Fundamental Flow equation. Constant Rate solutions. Constant Pressure Solutions. The Principle of Superposition. Transient well testing of oil and gas reservoirs, including drawdown, build-up, faulted systems, interference, drillstem tests, and isochronal test analysis. Dual listed with PETE 4060; cross listed with CHE 5060. Prerequisite: PETE 3200 and graduate standing.

5070. Multiphase Flow. 3. A thorough background in the methods of analysis and current developments in gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquid-solid, and gas-liquid-solid flows. Introduction to multiphase flow instrumentation. Identical to CHE 5070. Prerequisite: ME 3360 or CHE 3020.

5080. Interfacial Phenomena. 3. Introduction to surface and colloid chemistry, coagulation and flocculation, surface energy and thermodynamics of surfaces, adsorption at interfaces, surface tension, capillarity and wetting, spontaneous imbibition, applications to hydrocarbon reservoirs and oil recovery. Cross listed with CHE 5080. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5100. Topics. 1-3 (Max. 12). Selected topics in petroleum engineering. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

5140. Computational Methods I. 3. First semester of a three-semester computational methods series. Review of iterative solutions of linear and nonlinear systems of equations, polynomial interpolation/approximation, numerical integration and differentiation, and basic ideas of Monte Carlo methods. Comparison of numerical techniques for programming time and space requirements, as well as convergence and stability. Identical to ME 5140, CE 5140, CHE 5140, COSC 5310 and MATH 5310. Prerequisite: MATH 3310, COSC 1010.

5150. Topics in Chemical Engineering. 1-3 (Max. 12). Selected topics in chemical engineering. Cross listed with CHE 5150. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

5200. Problems in Petroleum Engineering. 1-3 (Max. 6). Selected topics in petroleum engineering. Prerequisite: doctoral student and consent of instructor.

5215. Rock Mechanics. 3. Covers rock mechanical properties, stress and strain in rock and rock masses, rock failure mechanisms, thermal-hydraulic-mechanical-chemical (THMC) coupling, and their applications to ground surface subsidence/uplift, borehole instability, and hydraulic fracturing. Dual listed with PETE 4215. Prerequisites: ES 2330 and 2410.

5255. Advanced Drilling Engineering. 3. Principles and practices of advanced topics in oil and gas drilling engineering including advances in directional and horizontal drilling, drilling fluid hydraulics and cuttings transport. Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow Analysis, pore pressures and fracture resistance estimation methods. Application of modern computer-based analysis and design methods. Prerequisites: PETE 4250.

5300. Reservoir Simulation. 3. Simulation of petroleum reservoirs, formulation of equations, finite difference methods of solution, data preparation and input, history matching case studies. Dual listed with PETE 4300. Prerequisite: PETE 3200 MATH 4440, 2210.

5310. Fundamentals of EOR. 3. The application of physical principles to increasing the recovery from reservoirs. Miscible fluid flooding in-situ combustion, and thermal recovery. Dual listed with PETE 4310. Prerequisite: PETE 3200.

5355. Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering. 3. Covers mathematical modeling: conservation laws and constitution relationships; partial differential equations (PDEs): the types and analytical solution techniques; applied linear algebra; matrices and Eigen-analysis; numerical solution techniques: finite difference and finite element methods, Newton-Raphson method, and temporal discretization techniques, and linear solution techniques: direct and iterative methods. Cross listed with CHE 5355. Prerequisites: MATH 2210, CHE/PETE 3025 or equivalent.

5600. Air Pollution Control. 3. Coverage includes science and engineering of air pollution sources, formation mechanisms, and removal of pollutants including discussion on air pollution effects. Cross listed with CHE 5600. Prerequisite: CHEM 1060 or CHEM 1030, MATH 2310.

5810. Unconventional Gas Production. 3. Study of resource base, drilling, completion and production technology, and reservoir characteristics for tight gas sands. Devonian shales, coalbed methane, geopressured aquifers, and hydrates. Case histories and economics are presented in each of these. Dual listed with PETE 4810. Prerequisite: graduate status or consent of instructor.

5830. Thermal Recovery. 3. Objective of this course is to examine and explore in depth the theoretical and applied aspects of thermal recovery process of producing hydrocarbons including state-of-the-art review. Dual listed with PETE 4830. Prerequisite: Senior standing in petroleum or chemical engineering.

5840. Miscible Processes. 3. Objective is to examine and explore in depth the theoretical and applied aspects of miscible processes of producing hydrocarbons including state-of the-art review. Prerequisite: PETE 4010, 5310.

5850. Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes. 3. Objective is to examine and explore in depth the theoretical and applied aspects of the classification of enhanced oil recovery processes called chemical processes. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

5890. Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Seminar. 1 (Max. 9). Departmental seminar on current research with formal training for student presentation of technical papers. Cross listed with CHE 5890. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate degree program.

5980. Dissertation Research. 1-12 (Max. 48). Designed for students who are involved in research for their dissertation project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their dissertation. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate level degree program.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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