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Module Title
Oil And Gas Engineering A
Reference EN4580 Version 4
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to evaluate the theory and practice of drilling engineering; with particular reference to the oil/gas industry.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Explain materials corrosion mechanisms and control techniques.
2 Appraise the equipment and processes involved in drilling a well.
3 Explain drilling fluids technology including type, properties and flow behaviour.
4 Asses the hazards involved in drilling and the preventive measures.

Indicative Module Content
1. The Drilling Process: Basic Stress/Strain theory, Definition of Principal stresses; Theories of rock fracture and factors relating to penetration rate and direction control; Bit types and selection. 2. Drilling Equipment: Rotary drilling techniques for Vertical and Directional wells; derrick design. 3. Basic Principles of Well Planning & Construction: Definition of hole sizes versus casing sizes/setting depths; Directional Planning; Casing and Cementing programme Design. 4. Properties of materials and failure mechanisms including corrosion mechanism and control. 5. Drilling Fluids, Functions and Types: Drilling Fluids Classification: Newtonian and Non-Newtonian - Power law, Herschel Bulkley and Bingham Plastic fluids; Fluid Mechanics of drilling fluids: Flow of Slurries and pressure drop calculations for flow in pipes and annulus. 6. Drilling Hydraulics: Measurement of drilling fluids properties: Introduction to basic instruments - Mud balance, Viscometers, Filtration cells, Retort kit, etc 7. Drilling Hazards. Causes, Prevention and Control measures for: Formation Damage; Sloughing Shales; Washouts; Mud Contamination; Lost Circulation; Stuck pipe; pressure Surge and Swabbing; Kick and Blowout.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture based module supplemented by tutorials and case studies or coursework.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 60 60
Non-Contact Hours 90 90
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 1
Description: This is a single case-study based coursework
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3, 4
Description: This is a closed book examination

Explanatory Text
In order to pass, students should achieve a mark of at least 35% in each component (which has a weighting of 30% or more) and an overall grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Greater than or equal to 70%
B In the range 60% to 69%
C In the range 50% to 59%
D In the range 40% to 49%
E In the range 35% to 39%
F In the range 0% to 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Offshore Engineering (EN3581).
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 RABIA, H., 1985. Oilwell Drilling Engineering-Principles and Practice. London:Graham & Trotman.
2 GATLIN, C.,1960. Petroleum Engineering - Drilling and Well Completions. Eaglewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall).
3 CHILINGAR, G.V., 1983. Drilling and Drilling Fluids. Amsterdam : Elsevier.
4 JOSHI, S.D., 1991. Horizontal Well Technology. Tulsa, Okla : Penwell Books.
5 BOURGOYNE (Jr) A. T., CHENEVERT, M. E., MILLHELM, K. K. & YOUNG, F. S., 1986. Applied Drilling Engineering. SPE Textbook Series, Vol 2
6 BYARS, H. G., 1999. Corrosion Control in Petroleum Production, TPC Publication 5; (2nd Edition); NACE Inter; Houston

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