PETR4511 Reservoir Simulation

6 points
This unit covers the formulation of flow equations governing single-phase and multiphase flow in porous media; introduction to numerical solution techniques; solutions of a wide variety of single-phase flow problems in porous media for compressible and incompressible flow; treatment of pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) data and rock properties; modelling of wells; introduction to modelling of naturally fractured reservoirs; introduction to black-oil, compositional, thermal, dual-porosity models; and practical considerations in the use of reservoir simulation for predicting reservoir performance
Students are able to (1) develop knowledge of the fundamentals of fluid flow equations that describe petroleum recovery processes in porous media; (2) demonstrate their ability to derive numerical solutions by use of a ready-to-use computer package; and (3) demonstrate their ability to relate numerical solutions to the practical use of reservoir simulation for making reservoir performance predictions.
This comprises continuous assignments and an end-of-semester examination.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete the course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jishan Liu
UWA (Perth)
Unit rules
PETR3511 Reservoir Engineering
Advisable prior study:
PETR3511 Reservoir Engineering, PETR8503 Reservoir Engineering
Contact hours
52 (lectures: 39 hours; practical classes: 13 hours; labs: to be discussed)

Course notes: Liu, J. Reservoir Simulation: UWA School of Mechanical Engineering 2010

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