PGE 334 - Reservoir Geomechanics
Instructor: John T. Foster, Ph.D.
Office: PGE 3.108
Class (Lecture) Location: CPE 2.204
Class (Lecture) Time: MWF 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Office Hours: F 9:00-10:30 and by appointment (see Calendar)
Laboratory Location: CPE 1.168
|18405||Monday||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM|
|18410||Tuesday||9:00 AM - 11:00 AM|
|18415||Wednesday||10:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
|18420||Wednesday||1:00 PM - 3:00 PM|
|18425||Wednesday||3:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
Course Website: https://utexas.instructure.com/courses/1219614
Course Description: Basic stress and strain analysis; pore pressure and in situ stress estimation and measurement; deformation mechanisms in rock; rock fracture description and analysis; wellbore stresses and failure; wellbore stability analysis; fault stability analysis; depletion-induced reservoir deformation; and hydraulic fracturing. Emphasis on applications to petroleum engineering.
Prerequisites: Engineering Mechanics 319 and Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 301 with a grade of at least C- in each.
- . Reservoir Geomechanics. Zoback. 2007.
- Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics. Jaeger, Cook, and Zimmerman. 2007.
Midterm Exam 1: 20%
Midterm Exam 2: 20%
Final Exam: 20%
Homeworks, quizzes, lab reports, and computer projects: 40%
The following grading rubric will be used to calculate letter grades from the final numerical course grade
Range Letter > 90 A 89 to < 90.0 A- 86 to < 89 B+ 80 to < 86 B 79 to < 80 B- 76 to < 79 C+ 70 to < 76 C 69 to < 70 C- 66 to < 69 D+ 60 to < 66 D 59 to < 60 D- < 59 F
I reserve the right to curve, but I will only do so in a way that shifts these ranges down. In other words, these letter grades are the lowest you could receive if your final numerical grade falls in these ranges, any curve will only work to improve your letter grade.
Below is a general outline of what I intend to cover in the course. This is subject to change based on the needs and preparation of the students in the class. Any updates will be posted as they occur.
|Jan. 17, 19||structural geology, fault classification|
|Jan. 22, 24, 26||tectonic stress, stress tensor|
|Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 2||principle stresses, pore pressure|
|Feb. 5, 7, 9||stress resolution|
|Feb. 12, 14, 16||constitutive laws|
|Feb. 19, 21, 23||Midterm Exam 1, Feb. 19, constitutive laws|
|Feb. 26, 28, Mar. 2||rock failure|
|Mar. 5, 7, 9||rock failure|
|Mar. 12, 14, 16||Spring Break|
|Mar. 19, 21, 23||wellbore failure, stability, design|
|Mar. 26, 28, 30||Midterm Exam 2, reservoir depletion|
|Apr. 2, 4, 6||reservoir depletion|
|Apr. 9, 11, 13||induced seismicity|
|Apr. 16, 18, 19||hydraulic fracturing|
|Apr. 23, 25, 27||hydraulic fracturing|
|May 30, 2, 4||hydraulic fracturing|
|May. 15||Final Exam||9:00 - 12:00 AM|
|Experiment 1||February 12-16|
|Experiment 2||February 26 - March 2|
|Experiment 3||March 19 - 23|
|Experiment 4||April 5 - 9|
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