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PETE 407: Petroleum Production Engineering

FALL 2017
Credits = 3, Contact Hours = 3 (lecture)

INSTRUCTOR: Santanu Khataniar (SK)

Office: Duckering 421, Hours: Tuesday 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Phone: (907) 474 5658

None. Please take notes in class.

Production system analysis, inflow performance analysis, gas lift design, sucker
rod pumping and production decline analysis. Prerequisite: PETE 476, ES 341,ES
346. This is a required course for PETE majors.

1. To familiarize you with the principles of a producing oil or gas well. This
includes delivery of reservoir fluids to the wellbore (inflow), flow of fluids through
the tubing, choke and surface flowline (outflow), and stabilized well performance.
2. To familiarize you with the principles of artificial lift design. This includes
continuous and intermittent gas lift, sucker rod pump (beam pump), and electric
submersible pump (ESP).
At the end of this course you should have a quantitative understanding of
production well performance, with and without artificial lift.


ABET required outcome Role of PETE 407
(a) ability to apply
Students apply knowledge of mathematics,
knowledge of mathematics,science and engineering in all of the
science and engineering homework problems. All problems in this
course involve engineering problems.
Students learn how to solve these problems by
applying knowledge of mathematics, science
and engineering
(e) ability to identify, This course involves problems related to
formulate and solve petroleum production engineering. Students
engineering problems learn to analyze available data and identify,
formulate and solve these problems

1. Inflow Performance (IPR)
- Concept of inflow performance and deliverability
- IPR models:
single phase liquid flow
two phase (oil and gas) flow
flow efficiency and skin factor
composite IPR
gas well IPR
2. Outflow Performance
- Two phase flow in vertical tubing
- Choke or bean performance
- Flow line performance
3. Overall or stabilized well performance
- Solution at wellbore
- Calculation of wellhead pressure
4. Artificial lift methods
- Gas lift valves
- Principles of continuous gas lift design
- Sucker rod (beam) pump fundamentals
- Principles of ESP
5. Introduction to production decline analysis

Three Exams, 25% each, In-class, Open books/notes/computers (wi-fi OFF)
Two quizzes, 5% each, In class, CLOSED EVERYTHING
Exam and quiz dates:
Quiz 1 and Exam 1 on October 4
Quiz 2 and Exam 2 on October 25
Exam 3 on November 22
Exam 4 is 15%, on December 6
Note: 1. All exams will be in-class. BRING YOUR OWN WRITING PAPER.
2. Use of computer in open book exams will be permitted only if the Wi-Fi
is turned OFF. Use of any communication device is prohibited during exams,
violation will result in C- or lower grade for the entire course. Please note that
open book exam and use of computer in exam are your privileges, not your
3. The +/- grading system will be used for letter grades as follows:
95% and above: A
90% to 95%: A-
84% to 90%: B+
76% to 84%: B
68% to 76%: B-
59% to 68%: C+
49% to 59%: C
39% to 49%: C-
Grades below C- will be computed using 5% point decrements below 39%.
C- (C minus) is the PASSING grade for this course (2013 or later catalog)
The NB (no basis) grade will NOT be used in this course.
4. Make up exams, extra work etc. will NOT be given. If you miss an
exam you must provide proper documentation (student athlete exemption, police
report or emergency room visit report, doctors note stating illness or injury) in
order to reschedule exam. If you have a job interview conflict with exam, then
inform me ahead of exam date to reschedule your exam.
5. In the exams, show your work NEATLY and LEGIBLY. Partial credit
is a privilege, and not a right. Sloppy work will NOT get any partial credit. If
your answer is correct but the work is sloppy and not clear, you may not get any
credit because such work will likely be deemed as answer copied from someone.
BRING your own writing paper to open book exams and you can attach additional
sheets as needed, so you should clearly write down your procedures, which charts
or tables or equations you used, etc. Fully Erase or Neatly cross out the portions
(if any) of your work you do not want me to grade. Always circle or draw a box
around your final answer to a question: failure to do this may result in loss of
credit. If you circle multiple answers for one question, then you will definitely get
ZERO. BOTTOM LINE: I cannot read your mind --- if I could, we would not
need any exams!!

6. FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS IN CLASS. If you do not ask, I have no

way of knowing if you have learned or not. Also feel free to make comments and
share your experience (if any) related to the course materials. Any feedback
regarding the course is welcome during the semester.

7. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to acquire the material you missed.
There is no grade for attendance.
8. Graded exams will be retained by the instructor to prevent formation of
question banks

9. ONE-WEEK CONE OF SILENCE on exams: Do not discuss an exam with

anyone for one week after the exam. This is for your own benefit.

10. Keep in mind that students junior to you will end up being your competition
in the job market. It will be in your own best interest to keep exam questions,
solutions and other hints CONFIDENTIAL. Do not believe what facebook says
you have 0 (ZERO) friends in real life!

The office of disability services, UAF, implements the Americans with Disability
Act (ADA) and insures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and
course materials. If you feel that you have a disability, please contact the office of
disability services (Room 203 WHIT, Phone: 474-7043). I will provide reasonable
accommodation as recommended by the office of disability services.