Courses


PETE 202: Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE 

Basic knowledge about petroleum industry. Historical background, sources, world supply and demand, chemical and physical properties of petroleum. Introduction to exploration, development and exploitation of oil and gas fields, reservoir types and engineering concepts, production methods, refining and transportation of natural hydrocarbons. 

 

GEOL 203: General Geology (6 credits)

 Prerequisite: PETE 202

Physical geology of Earth,  including rocks and minerals, structural-geological  features as faults, folds, landslides, streams, glaciers, oceans, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and their effects to the geological resources.

 

PETE 211: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (6 credits)

Definition of fluid properties. Fluid statics. Fluid-flow phenomena. The Bernoulli equation. Laminar and turbulent pipe flows. Transportation and metering of fluids.

 

PETE 218: Reservoir Fluid Properties (6 credits)

Properties of fluids encountered in petroleum engineering. Phase behavior, density, viscosity, interfacial tension, and composition of oil, gas, and brine systems. PVT relationships of hydrocarbon gas and liquid systems. Thermodynamic behavior of naturally occurring hydrocarbon mixtures; evaluation and correlation of physical properties of petroleum reservoir fluids, including laboratory and empirical methods. Interpreting lab data for engineering applications. Flash calculations.

 

PETE 220: Reservoir Rock Properties (6 credits)

Petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks and measurement procedures: Coring and core handling; sandstone and carbonate reservoir rock and pore types; fundamental porosity, grain density, permeability and saturation properties; special core analysis such as mechanical, acoustic and electrical properties; multiphase rock and fluid interactions, interfacial tension, capillary pressure, wettability and relative permeability properties.

 

PETE 303: Physics of Oil and Gas Reservoirs (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PHSC 111, PHSC 112 

Reservoir rocks properties-porosity, permeability, electrical properties, properties of porous media with fluid saturation, and relative permeability. Mechanical properties of porous rocks, composition of carbonates. Reservoir fluids. Properties of Newtonian and non-Newtonian oils. Properties of these oils in reservoir and in normal conditions. PVT and phase behavior of reservoir fluids. Molecular properties of reservoir fluids: wettability and capillarity. Base physics of displacement oil in porous media by water and gas injections. Compatibility of water injections. 

 

PETE 302: Drilling Engineering (6 credits)

Prerequisite: GEOL 203, PETE 202 

Drilling machinery: hole and equipment. Drilling fluids and hydraulics. Cement and hyd­rau­lics. Drill off tests (bit performances). Pressure control/ Measurement while drilling. Direc­tional drilling (Tangential, ROC and Minimum Curvature Methods). Drill string design (neutral point of tension and compression, neutral point of bending, Lubinski’s stresses, margin of over pull). Casing design (biaxial, triaxial). Casing setting (buckling and well head loads).

 

 GEOL 310:  Petroleum Geology (6 credits)
Prerequisites: GEOL 203

An introduction to the processes responsible for transportation and deposition of sedimentary particles. Overview of sedimentary environments and facies. Sedimentology and sedimentary rocks. Porosity and permeability. Physical processes of transportation. Integration of geology, geophysics, and geochemistry and their implications to exploration, development of oil and gas fields, reservoir characterization and enhanced oil recovery.

 

PETE 311: Reservoir Petrophysics (6 credits)

Prerequisites: GEOL 310, PHYS 112

Systematic theoretical and laboratory study of physical properties of petroleum reservoir rocks; lithology, porosity, elastic properties, strength, acoustic properties, electrical properties, relative and effective permeability, fluid saturations, capillary characteristics and rock-fluid interactions such as adsorption and absorption.

 

PETE 312: Well Logging (6 credits)

Prerequisite: GEOL 310 

Principles and operation of gamma ray, self potential, caliper, resistivity (micro and focused), density neutron, sonic, cement bond and variable density; diameter of well logging tools. Interpretation of well log and their cross plotting techniques. Determination of formation properties such as porosity, hydrocarbon saturation, lithology, zone thickness, shakiness, etc. Correlation of gas bearing formations and determination of predictable reserves. Guidelines to select proper logs in given field conditions. 

 

ENGR 312 Mechanics of Materials

Definition of stress, strain and mechanical properties of engineering materials. Stress and deflection analysis of mechanical components. Derivation of design relations between geometry, loading and material strength. Mohr’s circle, principal stresses and multi-axial strength analysis. Buckling and elastic stability.


PETE 318: Well Completion (6 credits)

Prerequisites: PETE 302

Casing program, casing and tubing design, principles of cementing, completion added skin, well perforating, hydraulic fracturing, sand control and acidizing.

 

MATH 340: Statistical Methods for Engineers (6 credits)

Prerequisite: MATH 221

Introduction to probability, random variables and distributions. Statistical inference including point and interval estimation and test of hypotheses. Elementary experimental design. Regression and correlation.

 

PETE 417: Petroleum Reservoir Simulation (6 credits)
Prerequisite: PETE 323

Basic principles of simulation. Finite difference/finite element form of equation in governing single and multiphase flow through porous media. Characteristics of finite difference/finite element equations. Solution strategy techniques of originating matrix problems. Data evaluation in simulation problems. Case studies. 

 

PETE 402: Production Engineering I (6 credits)

Prerequisites: PETE 302, PETE 318

Inflow Performance relationships, single and multiphase flow in pipes, components of production system, basics of fluid separation and treatment, and analysis and optimization of production systems.

 

PETE 323: Petroleum Reservoir Engineering (8 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 303 

Estimation of hydrocarbon pore volume and recovery factor. Classification of oil reservoirs. Reservoir performance prediction for solution gas drive, water drive, gas-cap drive, drainage and combination drive mechanisms using material balance approach. Water influx theory. Water gas coning in oil producing formations. Characterization of fractured reservoirs. Steady and unsteady state single phase flow equations through porous media, steady and unsteady superposition. Multiphase flow through porous media. Reservoir characterization in homogeneous and heterogeneous reservoir by pressure and tracer testing. 

 

MATH 221: Numerical Methods for Engineers (6 credits)

Prerequisite: MATH 340 

The objectives of this course are to give an over view of relevant statistical methods and to illustrate. Their application for engineering and numerical simulation. Planning of sampling programs. Linear regression and correlation their application for reservoir engineering. 

 

PETE 407: Oil and Gas in Place Dynamics (6 credits)

Prerequisite: ENGR 210 

Foundations of the filtration theory inflow of the non-compressible and homogeneous compressible fluids. Differential equation for isothermal filtration. Mass preservation law for fluid filtration. Motion quantity change law and energy preservation law for fluid filtration. Inflow to the well in an oval reservoir. Inflow to the perfect and imperfect well. Motion and balance of two fluids boundary in the porous.

 

PETE 410: Oil and Gas Gathering, Treatment and Storage (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 403, PETE 415 

Oil, gas and gas-condensate gathering on the fields. The network of pipelines used to gathering gas, gas-condensate and crude oil. Complication in the gathering. Separation of gas from crude oil and gas-condensate. Purification of oil and gas on the fields. Storage oil and gas. Tanks and its type. Underground storage of gas. Transportation of oil and gas. Problems of environmental at the gathering, separation and transportation of oil and gas. 

 

PETE 414: Transport Processes in Petroleum Production (6 credits)

Basics and applications of fluid mechanics (statics; mass, energy, momentum balances; laminar and turbulent flow, Reynolds number, Moody diagram; non-Newtonian fluid flow; multi-phase flow; flow in porous media, non-Darcy flow); heat transfer (heat conduction, convection, heat exchangers); emphasis on analogies and similarities within mass, energy and momentum transport.

 

PETE 415: Gas and Gas-Condensate Reservoir Engineering (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 403 

The origin and characteristics of natural gas. Estimation of gas reserves. Gas well testing. Estimation of gas deliverability. Gas flow measurement. Natural gas transmission, design of gathering systems. Gas-condensate reservoir engineering. Cycling process. Field treating and processing of natural gas. Underground Gas Storage. 

 

ENV 305: Health, Safety and Environment (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 302, PETE 318, PETE 403 

Elements of the field life cycle and environmental systems. International environmental standards. Collection of environmental data. Environmental control and standard test methods. Pollution analyses and prevention. Injection of produced water into reservoir. Oily water treatment. Drilling mud treatment. Energy optimization. Combined Cycle Gas turbines and Steam turbine. Well Stream turbine. Aspect of safety while drilling, well testing and oil and gas production. 

 

PETE 421: Petroleum Economics (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 403 

Time value of money; profitability measures; engineering analysis and prediction of cash flows in operations of exploration, development and exploitation oil and gas fields; revenues, discounts, depreciation, depletion, and risk analysis; contemporary economic issues affecting oil industry.

 

PETE 422: Petroleum Property Valuation (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 403 

Estimation of reserves. Optimization of production rate. Maximizing the oil recovery within economic limits. Investment required for exploration and development of oil and gas fields. Investment required for improving recovery processes. Operating cost. Taxes, prices and depreciation. Profit analysis.

 

PETE 423: Production Engineering II (6 credits)

Prerequisites: PETE 402

Overview and application of common methods for artificially lifting oil wells, dewatering gas wells and boosting deepwater production; detailed theory, design and troubleshooting of the important artificial lift methods, including continuous gas lift, beam pumping, electrical submersible pumping and progressing cavity pumps. Prerequisite: PE 3013, PE 3073.

 

PETE 438: Fluid Mechanics for Petroleum Engineers (6 credits)

Prerequisites: PETE 211

Review of basic concepts related to Newtonian fluid flow. Introduction to non-Newtonian fluid flow. Turbulent flow of non-Newtonian fluids in pipes. Flow of multiphase mixtures Perfect fluid flow. The law of conservation of energy for perfect fluid flow. Dynamical similarity of ideal gas flows. Holdup relations for two-phase flow. Determination of pressure losses for two-phase flow in pipes. Hydraulic design. Maximum hydraulic horse power and maximum hydraulic impact concepts in bit hydraulic optimization.

 

PETE 451: Petroleum Engineering Design (6 credits)

Design problems related to petroleum reservoir development such as selection of optimum well spacing for a specified reservoir, evaluation of producing property or installation of a waterflood. Designing of economic, uncertainty analysis, as well as conservation, environmental, and professional ethics factors.

 

PETE 450: Summer Practice (6 credits)

A minimum of four weeks (20 working days) of summer practice is obligatory to fulfill the requirements for the BSc degree. Summer practice is to familiarize the petroleum-engineering student with practices and equipment of the drilling operations, production and reservoir after the third year of undergraduate education. The training is based on the content of the summer practice manual.

 

PETE 458: Well Performance (6 credits)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of reservoir inflow performance and how it is affected by various completion methods. Reservoir performance (IPR) in oil wells. Wellbore/Formation Interface performance modeling. Perforations, Sand control applications. Skin quantification. Formation Damage mechanism and treatment. Introduction to Nodal analysis concepts and applications. Production optimizations with Artificial lift techniques. Multi-well production optimization management

 

PETE 505: Advanced Drilling Engineering (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 302

Advanced topics in Drilling Engineering. Their contents may vary according to the interests of students and instructor in charge. New technologies will be covered.

 

PETE 509: Petroleum Geoscience (6 credits)

Prerequisite: GEOL 310 

Process of integrating geological, geochemical and geophysical data to provide a history of a sedimentary basin's formation and growth, and an understanding of its sedimentary fill. Potential of sedimentary basins to produce hydrocarbons through the analysis of possible hydrocarbon sources in the basin fill, and the development of a thermal model to investigate source maturity.

 

PETE 518: Advanced Topics in Production Optimization (6 credits)

Inflow relationships for oil and gas wells. IPR curves for fractured wells. Multiphase flow in tubing. 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. 

 

PETE 519: World Energy Sources (6 credits)

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.

 

PETE 530:  Non-balance Systems Application in Oil and Gas Fields Development (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 415 

The possible way to control the development process on the base of non-balance and energetic approach, as well as on the base of control of the fluid withdrawal from the well. The sequential adaptation of the technological procedure for the field development. The results of the laboratory study of the effect of surface active substance additives on the stability of emulsion structures of the gas and liquid flow. 

 

PETE 531: Formation Evaluation (6 credits)

Theory of various well logging methods (electrical, acoustic, and radioactive). Application of log interpretation techniques for lithology and hydrocarbon identification and calculation of reservoir parameters (porosity and saturation) for the quantitative evaluation of oil and gas reserves.

 

PETE 538: Well Stimulation (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 458 

Design and analysis of well stimulation methods, including acidizing and hydraulic fracturing; causes and solutions to low well productivity. 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.

 

PETE 540: Advanced Petroleum Reservoir Engineering (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 509

Advanced topics in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering. Their contents may vary according to the contents of subject-matters involved in recent technological applications and interests of students and instructor in charge.

 

PETE 542: Advanced Gas and Gas-condensate Reservoir    Engineering  (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 540

Characteristics of natural gas and gas-condensate. Estimation of gas and gas-condensate reserves. Gas well testing. Estimation of gas deliverability. Gas flow measurement. Natural gas transmission, design of gathering systems. Gas-condensate reservoir engineering. Cycling process. Field treating and processing of natural gas. Underground Gas Storage. 

 

PETE 548: Advanced Petroleum Production Technology (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 505

Selected topics in oil industry’s economic evaluation, including offshore bidding, project ranking and selection, capital budgeting, long-term oil and gas field development projects and incremental analysis for assisted recovery and acceleration.

 

PETE 550: Pressure Transient Analysis (6 credits)

Theory of transient fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs and applications of methods to interpret transient pressure behavior.

 

PETE 551: Design of Development of Oil and Gas Fields (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 538 

Data for reservoir development planning. Schemes of well’s location. Estimation of natural reservoir drive mechanism. Petroleum reservoir engineering by water flooding. Hydrodynamic calculation of production and water injection pressure for water-drive reservoir. Hydrodynamic calculation of water and gas injection into reservoir. Economic evaluation of oil reservoir projects development. Optimization of production rate. Maximizing the oil recovery within economic limits. Analyze, control and regulation of oil reservoir development. 

 

PETE 552: Measurements in Petroleum Engineering (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 415, MATH 402 

Fundamentals in instrumental techniques based on electromagnetic radiation, electrochemistry and diffusion. Modern methods of engineering measurements and their application  to petroleum engineering. 

 

PETE 553: Current Problems in Geothermal Production (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 402, MATH 501 

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

 

PETE 562: Advanced Natural Gas Engineering (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 415 

Material balance techniques for volumetric gas reservoir. Geo-pressured gas reservoirs. Flow of natural gas in pipelines. Gas flow measurements. Gas well testing, pseudofunctions, buildup and flow tests. Gas well deliverability testing. Flow after flow, isochronal and modified isochronal tests. Long term performance prediction for gas wells. 

 

PETE 563: Reservoir Management and Evaluation (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 531 

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

 

PETE 565: Fluid Flow in Porous Media (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 540 

Generalized Darcy's law, vector equations, solutions of partial differential equations with various boundary conditions as applied to the flow of fluids in porous media. 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.

 

PETE 570: Numerical Reservoir Simulation (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 540, PETE 563

Differencing schemes for the partial differential equations which govern single phase flow in porous media. Grid design, type and boundary conditions. Solution methods. Application of the variables, models and decision criteria used in development of oil and gas fields.

 

PETE 572: Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 548 

A study of improved oil recovery processes such as miscible displacement, micro emulsion displacement, and thermal methods. Displacement of the remaining oil by gas at high pressure and by CO2. Polymer and thermal (hot water, steam) drive. Chemical properties. Surface active substance (SAS) and acidizing. Physical methods of stimulation (pressure, magnetic fields; electrical). Technological feature of secondary recovery methods. In-situ combustion. Field design parameters. 

 

PETE 573: Thermal Recovery Methods (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 548

Introduction and applicability of thermal methods; theory of displacement mechanisms; the thermodynamics of steam; heat transfer calculation, important variables in steam flooding prospects, design of steam floods; comparison with other secondary recovery methods.    

 

PETE 578: Non-Newtonian Systems Application in Petroleum Production (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 548 

Classification of Newtonian systems. The rheologic and thermodynamic of non-Newtonian systems. The flow of non-Newtonian systems in the pipelines. The flow of non-Newtonian systems in the porous media. Generalized Darcy Law. The consecutive movement of non-Newtonian systems. Pressure drop of non-Newtonian systems in the porous medium. Replacement of oil from the porous medium by non-Newtonian systems.

 

 PETE 580: Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering (6 credits)

Courses not listed in the catalogue are given as Special Topics courses. Contents vary from year to year according to interest of students and instructor in charge. Courses include various petroleum engineering topics.

 

PETE 582: Phase Behavior of Petroleum Reservoir Fluids (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 540 

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.

 

PETE 600: MS Thesis (12 credits)

Scientific-research work. Individual investigation of the theme to be arranged with supervisor. The results of the work should be presented in the form of thesis

 

PETE 607: Well Testing (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 458

The theory and application of oil well testing. Pressure buildup and flow test. 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.

 

PETE 615: Water Drive Reservoir (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 458

Hydrodynamic factor which influence underground water movement, particularly with respect to petroleum reservoir. Design, surveillance and project management of waterfloods in reservoirs.

 

PETE 632: Carbon Dioxide Flooding. (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 458

Overview of conventional and oil recovery methods. Factors affecting displacement behavior. Principles of phase behavior and miscibilityCarbon dioxide process and sources. Assessment of process. Guideline for identifying reservoirs with carbon dioxide miscible flooding potential. Recovery prediction methods and model validation. Project economics and design.

 

PETE 642: Horizontal Well Technology (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 505, PETE 548

Horizontal Well Technology,  including horizontal drilling, horizontal well completion and stimulation, pumping and lift system, well testing, horizontal wells in waterflooding and enhanced oil recovery, cost, economics, regulations, tax incentives.

 

PETE 645: Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering (6 credits)

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.

 

PETE 653: Modern Petroleum Production (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PETE 548

An advanced treatment of modern petroleum production engineering encompassing well deliverability from vertical, horizontal and multilateral (multi branch) wells; diagnosis of well performance includes elements of well testing and production logging; the function of the production engineer is envisioned in the context of well design, stimulation and artificial lift.

 

PETE 680: Advanced Studies in Petroleum Engineering (6 credits)

These courses are not listed in the university catalogue. Ph.D. students choose and study advanced courses under the guidance of a faculty members and supervisor.

 

PETE 700: Ph.D. Dissertation (24 credits)

Program of research leading to Ph.D. degree, arranged between a student and the faculty member. Student register to this course in all semesters starting from the beginning of their second semester but not later than the beginning of the third semester while the research program or write-up of the dissertation is in progress.