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Petroleum Engineering (PETE)

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USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1060. Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Problem Solving. 1. Covers elements of Petroleum Engineering calculations associated with typical computations in Drilling, Production, and Reservoir Engineering, Rock and Fluids properties, to simultaneously train the student on basic computing skills as well as basic language of Petroleum Engineering. The preferred computing tool is Matlab, which will be introduced through simple calculations on the computer. Notions of the petroleum engineering curriculum will also be provided through examples of the different subjects. Prerequisite: Math placement 5 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2200.

JumpLink2050 [3000]. Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering. 3. General introduction to petroleum engineering, including petroleum geology, exploration, reservoir rocks, and fluid flow through porous media, drilling fundamentals, completion technology, well logging and testing, methods of production, stimulation methods, enhanced oil recovery, reserves and economics. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in MATH 2205 and PETE 1060.

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: C or better in PETE 1060, and either a D or better in MATH 2310 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2310.

JumpLink3015. 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. Prerequisite: C or better in ES 2310 and concurrent enrollment in PETE 2060. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major. (Normally offered fall semester)

3025. Heat and Mass Transfer. 3. Introduces energy and mass transfer concepts and the development of mathematical models of physical phenomena, including convection, conduction, radiation, and mass diffusion and convection. Prerequisites: C or better in ES 2330 and MATH 2310. Student must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

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. Prerequisites: PETE 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. Prerequisite: C or better in PETE 2050. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

3200 [4010]. Reservoir Engineering. 3. Covers rock and fluid properties, reserve estimation using volumetric and material balance methods, discussion of different reservoir drive mechanisms, aquifer models, Darcy’s law and single-phase flow through porous media, introduction to well testing, solution of radial diffusivity equation, immiscible displacement, decline rate analysis, and reservoir simulation. Prerequisites: PETE 3025, C or better in PETE 2050. Student must be a Petroleum Engineering major. (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: C or better in both PETE 2050 and ES 2330. Student must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

3265. Drilling Fluids Laboratory. 3. Measurement of physical and chemical properties of drilling fluids, including experiments on mud density control, viscosity control, rheological properties, mud hydraulics, filtration properties, mud contaminants and their treatments. Includes design of experiments, data processing, interpretation and writing technical reports. Prerequisites: PETE 3255, C or better in both ES 2310 and ES 2330. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

3715. Production Engineering. 3. PProvides elements for calculating the production rate of oil or gas wells, including reservoir inflow performance, which is determined by the reservoir rock and fluids properties and calculated based on Darcy’s law, and tubing performance, which is determined by tubing parameters and calculated based on Newtonian dynamics. Basic design of artificial lift systems, reservoir stimulations and optimization of production systems are also included. Prerequisites: C or better in ES 2310, ES 2330 and PETE 2050. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

3725. Well Bore Operations. 3. Covers many facets of completion and intervention in oil and gas wells, including design and procedures to meet deliverability, safety, and integrity, starting with completion, stimulation, workover, and intervention, ending with plug and abandonment requirements. Prerequisites: C or better in both PETE 2050 and ES 2410. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

3890. Engineering Honors Program Research Methods. 3. A general approach to scientific research and graduate school preparation. Topics will include: finding a research mentor, literature search skills, using the scientific method for approaching a research problem and developing a research methodology, writing a research funding proposal, delivering a research presentation and selecting and applying for graduate school. Restricted to College of Engineering Honors Program students. Cross listed with ARE/ATSC/CE/CHE/COSC/EE/ES 3890. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

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. Requires a written research proposal to be approved by instructor prior to course start. Prerequisites: junior standing as a petroleum engineering major and consent of instructor.

JumpLink4000. Environment, Technology and Society. 3. 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 lab sciences.

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. 3. Covers knowledge of well test interpretation techniques. Theory for well testing include drawdown and buildup tests, single-rate and multi-rate testing, derivative alaysis, wellbore storage, type curve matching, fall off and injectivity, fractured wells, fractured reservoirs, interference and pulse testing, and horizontal well analysis. Prerequisite: PETE 3200. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

4300. 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 5300. Prerequisite: PETE 3200, MATH 2210, MATH 4440.

4310. 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 5310. Prerequisite: PETE 3200.

4320. Well Log Interpretation. 3. Studies use of various types of open hole logs for quantitative evaluation of formations. Prerequisite: C or better in PETE 2050. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major. (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. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major. (Normally offered fall semester)

4400. Tight Gas Sand/Coalbed Methane. 3. This course provides information needed to understand geoscience and engineering considerations concerning the development of Fractured, Tight Gas Sands and Coalbed Methane reservoirs. Subjects include the origin and accumulation of hydrocarbons within these reservoirs, and the tools, methods and workflows used for locating, characterizing, and developing these reservoir types. Dual listed with PETE 5400. Prerequisites: PETE 3200; student must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

4580. Honors Undergraduate Research. 3. An independent research experience for undergraduate students enrolled in the Engineering Honors Program. Before registering for this class, students are responsible for discussing their interests with faculty, identifying a willing research mentor, obtaining approval by said mentor, and communicating the student/faculty partnership tot he appropriate staff in their home department. Must be in the Engineering Honors Program. Cross listed with ATSC/BE/CE/CHE/COSC/ES/ESE 4580. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

4736. Petroleum Engineering Design. 3. [{none}<>COM3] 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. Prerequisites: PETE 3200, PETE 3255, PETE 3715, PETE 3725, and C or better in COM2. Students must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

4800 [4850]. Shale Reservoir Development. 3. Provides an overview of the geoscience and engineering aspects involved in the exploration and development of shale reservoirs. Topics covered include organic geochemistry, geomechanics, petrophysics, geophysics, reservoir and completion engineering, and drilling. The primary phases involved in obtaining hydrocarbon production from shale reservoirs are detailed. Dual listed with PETE 5800. Prerequisites: C or better in both PETE 2050 and PETE 3200.

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: 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. Requires a written project proposal to be approved by instructor prior to course start. 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. Prerequisite: Student must be a Petroleum Engineering major.

JumpLink5010. Transport Phenomena. 3. Examines the modeling of momentum, heat and mass transport. Cross listed with CHE 5010. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5020. Thermodynamics. 3. Utilizing the laws of thermodynamics to a wide variety of process applications. Evaluating current methods for predicting thermodynamic properties of pure fluids and mixtures. Modeling multiphase, multicomponent equilibria. Cross listed with CHE 5020. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5045. Reactor Design. 3. Examines reactor design techniques, including the use of thermodynamics, kinetics, heat transfer, and mass transfer. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

5060. Flow through 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: graduate standing.

5070. Multiphase Flow. 3. A thorough background in the methods of analysis and current developments in gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquidsolid, and gas-liquid-solid flows. Introduction to multiphase flow instrumentation. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

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. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5090. Graduate Teaching and Research: Theory and Methods. 2. A general approach to scientific research and graduate school. Topics include: purpose of graduate school, career options with graduate degrees, communication basics, literature search skills, presentations, research instrumentation, the scientific method, developing hypotheses, grant proposals, paper writing, research ethics, copyrights, patents, research notebooks, and classroom teaching techniques. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5100. Topics. 1-3 (Max. 12). Selected topics in petroleum engineering. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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 5215. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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: graduate standing.

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: graduate standing.

5320. Geostatistical/Subsurface Characterization. 3. Providing practical way for building realistic subsurface models. Students must have basic knowledge of mathematical and statistical modeling. Both fundamental and practical aspects are covered. Students will be able to take real data derived from subsurface modeling and build geostatistical models, which will be performed deterministically and stochastically. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5350. Advanced Reservoir Engineering. 3. Covers high-level understanding of modern reservoir engineering. Provides knowledge of scientific principles to formulate fluid flow, heat and mass transport in permeable media. Use analytical and computational tools to resolve research-oriented problems. Develop competence in interpreting results of modeling. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5400. Tight Gas Sand/Coalbed Methane. 3. This course provides information needed to understand geoscience and engineering considerations concerning the development of Fractured, Tight Gas Sands and Coalbed Methane reservoirs. Subjects include the origin and accumulation of hydrocarbons within these reservoirs, and the tools, methods and workflows used for locating, characterizing, and developing these reservoir types. Dual listed with PETE 4400. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

5715. Production Engineering. 3. Provides elements for calculating production rate of oil/gas wells, including reservoir inflow performance, determined by reservoir rock and fluids properties using Darcy's law, and tubing performance, determined by tubing parameters and using Newtonian dynamics. Basic design of artificial life systems, reservoir stimulations and optimization of production systems are included. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5800. Shale Reservoir Development. 3. Provides an overview of the geoscience and engineering aspects involved in the exploration and development of shale reservoirs. Topics covered include organic geochemistry, geomechanics, petrophysics, geophysics, reservoir and completion engineering, and drilling. The primary phases involved in obtaining hydrocarbon production from shale reservoirs are detailed. Dual listed with PETE 4850. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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 standing 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: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

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. Prerequisites: PETE 5310 and graduate standing or consent of instructor.

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: graduate standing.

5890. 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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