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Engineering

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1E Q: What is the physical law that gives the pressure drop in a fluid across a cylindrical tube?

A: It assumes that the flow is laminar, viscous and incompressible. It also assumes that the

flow traveled is longer than the diameter of the cross-sectional area. Hagen-Poisuelle

Equation, ΔP=8μLQ/(πr4).

2E Q: What is the apparatus used to measure mud filtrate volume and mud cake thickness?

A: API filter press

A: Rheometer viscometer

A: Fluid properties can be related to a fluid’s critical temperature and pressure. Can be used

to calculate z-factors.

A: 29 g/gmol

A: 60 degrees Fahrenheit

A: 14.7 psia

A: Pressure

A: Work done per unit area in expanding the surface of a liquid in contact with another phase

A: Work done per unit area in expanding surface of a liquid against its own vapor phase

A: Critical Point, Bubble Point, Dew Point, Cricondentherm, Cricondenbar

A: Maximum temperature at which two phases can exist

A: Maximum pressure at which two phases can exist

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14E Q: What is the name for the fluid described below?

A: Newtonian fluid

A: Power Law fluid

A: Bingham Plastic Fluid

A: Herschel Bulkley Fluid

A: pH

19E Q: This commonly used temperature scale in the industry named after a Scottish engineer has

absolute zero set at 0 degrees while using Fahrenheit as its incremental degree.

A: Rankine

20E Q: This term describes the apparent weight loss of an object immersed in fluid.

A: Buoyancy

A: Linearly elastic, homogenous, isotropic, and 2-D

A: Enthalpy

23E Q: What is the recommended pressure (psi) used for a standard API filtration test?

A: 100 psi

24E Q: This thermodynamic principle mentioned by Van der Waals indicates that all fluids at the

same reduced temperature and pressure have the same compressibility factor and deviate

from ideal gas behavior to the same degree.

A: Principle of corresponding states

25E Q: This thermodynamic variable is equal to the pressure of an ideal gas that has the same

chemical potential as the real gas. In other words, it becomes equal to the pressure of the fluid

at pressures low enough that the fluid approaches ideal gas state.

A: Fugacity

26E Q: What is the maximum number of coexisting phases at equilibrium for a pure fluid?

A: Three, 3

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27E Q: Above ice's melting point, does the specific volume of the substance increase or decrease?

A: Decreases

28E Q: This cycle developed by a French engineer demonstrates the most efficient cycle for

converting thermal energy into work or extracting the most work from a given flow of heat

between two temperature baths.

A: Carnot cycle

A: Three, 3

30E Q: Regarding phase behavior, this is the point where 3 phases coexist in equilibrium.

A: Triple Point

31E Q: On a phase diagram, this is the term given to a line of highest temperature where a mixture

can exist in two phases.

A: Cricondentherm

32E Q: This is the name where molecules of natural gas, usually methane, are trapped in ice

molecules.

A: Methane Hydrate, Clathrate

A: P1V1 = P2V2

A: Young-La Place

35E Q: This diagram can be used to determine the overall, vapor phase, and liquid phase

compositions of 3 separate components at one temperature and pressure.

A: Ternary Diagram

36E Q: Which measure of project profitability is the discount (interest) rate at which the net present

value equals 0?

A: Rate of return, internal rate of return

A: Re <1, Newtonian, No-slip boundary conditions, single phase flow, no chemical Interaction

between rock and fluid

A: (Interconnected volume)/(Total volume)

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39E Q: Define formation volume factor

A: Reservoir volume/standard volume

A: The ratio between the length of the curve to the distance between the end points

A: Apparent viscosity divided by density of the fluid

A: Paraffins, Napthenes (cycloparaffins), Aromatics, Asphalts

A: Laminar flow, steady state, non-compressible fluid, complete segregation (non-interacting

fluid)

44E Q: What is the equation for the minimum porosity in a dispersed shale?

A: Porosity = sand porosity * shale porosity

45E Q: If a lower permeability sand was present at the same depth, would the water saturation in

that sand be higher, lower or the same as in Sand A?

A: Higher

A: Theta < 90 degrees

47E Q: What chemical found in TNT is also found in oil, particularly Borneo crude?

A: Toloul

A: Elastomer

49E Q: Describe what a z factor is also give the equation for it.

A: The "z" factor is the ratio of the volume occupied by a gas at a given pressure and

temperature to the volume the gas would occupy at the same pressure and temperature if it

behaved like an ideal gas. Z= VACTUAL /VIDEAL

A: Yg = Ygas/Yair

51E Q: What do the variables represent in the gas specific gravity equation?

A: Yg is the specific gravity of the gas, Y is the density of the gas, and Yair is the density of dry

air.

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52E Q: What are the two types of chemical bonds?

A: Covalent and ionic bonds

53E Q: Wildcatter's used to taste and classify oils as sweet, medium sour, and sour based on what

property of oil?

A: Sulfur Content

54E Q: What are the two possible ways single phase flow can be characterized?

A: Laminar or Turbulent

A: Laminar

56E Q: Assuming uniform pipe diameters, what will be the pressure drop due to kinetic energy for

an incompressible fluid.

A: Zero

A: Length of the protrusions on the pipe wall

A: When the lighter phase flows faster than the denser phase

A: Dispersed bubbles of gas in a continuous liquid phase.

A: At higher gas rates, the bubbles coalesce into larger bubbles, called Taylor bubbles, that

eventually fill the entire pipe cross section. Between the large gas bubbles are slugs of liquid

that contain smaller bubbles of gas entrained in the liquid.

A: With a further increase in gas rate, the larger gas bubbles become unstable and collapse,

resulting in churn flow, a highly turbulent flow pattern with both phases dispersed. Churn flow

is characterized by oscillatory, up and down motions of the liquid.

A: At higher gas rates, gas becomes the continuous phase, with liquid flowing in an annulus

coating the surface of the pipe and with liquid droplets entrained in the gas phase.

63E Q: Which two phase pressure gradient correlation can be used for any pipe inclination and flow

direction?

A: Beggs and Brill

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64E Q: Why for two phase flow would an increase in the imposed well head pressure result in a

proportionately larger increase in the corresponding bottom hole pressure?

A: Because gas would be re-dissolved, increasing the density of the fluid in the wellbore.

65E Q: With two phase flow, why does the flow regime not affect the pressure drop in horizontal

flow as it does in vertical flow?

A: No potential energy contribution to the pressure drop in horizontal flow

66E Q: Brill and Beggs described three flow regimes for horizontal gas-liquid flow, what are they?

A: Segregated flow, intermittent flow, and distributive flow

A: The two phases are for the most part separate.

A: Gas and liquid phase alternates

A: One phase is dispersed in the other phase.

A: Stratified, Wavy and Annular.

A: Slug and Plug.

A: Bubble and mist.

73E Q: How are the effects of valves and fittings included when calculating the pressure drop.

A: Adding the equivalent length to the actual length

74E Q: This pressure is defined as the non-wet phase pressure minus wetting phase pressure in

the interface between two immiscible fluids.

A: Capillary Pressure

75E Q: This type of permeability is a measure of the conductance of a porous medium for one fluid

phase when the medium is saturated with more than one fluid. What is the name of this type

of permeability?

A: Effective permeability

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76E Q: What is the term for the ratio of the resistivity of a rock filled with water to the resistivity of

that water?

A: Formation factor

77E Q: Contact angle is used to measure the wettability, the solid is called water-wet if the contact

angle is below ___ and is oil-wet if the contact angle is more than ___

A: 90, 90

A: Oil relative permeability. Kro = Koil/k

79E Q: What is the term for a formation with constant permeability and no high or low 'streaks'?

A: Homogeneous

80E Q: What is the term for a gas that is a vapor in the reservoir and has no liquid dropout because

separator conditions are still in the vapor region of the phase diagram?

A: Dry gas

81E Q: Real gases have a factor that is used to relate the gas to ideal conditions, what is the name

of this factor?

A: Gas deviation, or 'z' factor

82E Q: If the contact angle between oil and water of a liquid on a core sample is less than 90°, what

is the wetting phase?

A: Water

83E Q: What is the term for the equilibrium point between the sublimation line, the melting point

line, and the vapor pressure line?

A: The triple point

84E Q: The motion of atoms and molecules in fluids due to the temperature of a fluid appears to be

random but is described by the relationships derived by the man for which this motion is named.

What is the name of this motion?

A: Brownian motion

A: q=ka(p1-p2)/µL

86E Q: What is the conversion factor to obtain field units for Darcy's Law?

A: 1.127 x 10-3

A: Laminar flow, viscous flow, incompressible flow, steady state, homogeneous formation,

100% saturation with flowing fluid phase.

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88E Q: What does the term "dead oil" describe"

A: Oil with no dissolved gas

A: Psuedoplastic (shear thinning), dilatant (shear thickening), and Bingham plastic fluids

90E Q: What is the term for the effect of gas slippage at low pressure and is the cause for

overestimation of absolute permeability in a gas saturated core?

A: Klinkenberg effect or slippage effect

91E Q: What process is used to determine the pore size distribution in a formation sample?

A: Inject the sample with mercury then plot a graph of capillary pressure vs. water saturation

A: The formation has large pores since low pressure is needed for a fluid to enter the formation

A: Gas formation volume factor

A: Rs

A: Imbibition

96E Q: This fraction of the pore space occupied by water when the hydrocarbon content is at its

maximum. This level of water can only be reduced by flow of a very dry gas that evaporates

the water.

A: Irreducible water saturation

97E Q: What is the term used to describe a high quality low sulfur oil?

A: Sweet

A: Stress tensor times unit normal vector

A: Stress Tensor

100E Q: Three mutually perpendicular normal stresses in a coordinate system where all shear

stresses vanish defines what?

A: The Principal Stress

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101E Q: What constant is used to directly relate strain and stress?

A: Young's Modulus or Elastic Modulus or Tension Modulus

dependent variable is a function of more than one independent variable?

A: Partial Differential Equation

A: Boundary Element Method

104E Q: This numerical model has a solution procedure based on numerical approximation of the

governing equations.

A: Finite Difference Method

105E Q: This numerical model has a solution procedure that exploits approximations to the

connectivity of the elements and to the continuity of stress and displacements between the

elements

A: Finite Element Method

A: Galerkin, Variational Principles (Raleigh-Ritz)

107E Q: What substitutions are made for the method of weighted residuals?

A: u=ΣNaua and v=Σwbδub.

A: wb = Nb

A: Weak Form

110E Q: A PDE that describes a physical process and has BC's that are essential and/or natural.

A: Strong Form

111E Q: As opposed to the standard discrete system, the more general Finite Element method

utilizes what?

A: Approximations

A: The strong form.

113E Q: What is a graph which plots the percentage (by volume) of a given grade of crude which

boils off as a function of temperature?

A: Distillation curve

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114E Q: In the petroleum coking process, what is the length of time it takes to heat the coke drum

sufficiently to safely introduce hot hydrocarbons, transform the raw material into solid

petroleum coke, and remove or cut the solid coke from the drum before repeating the process?

A: Drum cycle

A: High-Conversion.

116E Q: Saturated hydrocarbons, with a general formula CnH2n+2 are known as what?

A: Paraffins or alkanes

A: Parraffins/alkanes, naphthenes/cycloalkanes, and aromatic compounds

118E Q: Gas hydrates are compounds of frozen water that contain gas molecules. What is the term

for the molecules themselves?

A: Clathrates

119E Q: A mixture of hydrocarbons that existed in the liquid phase in natural underground reservoirs

and remain liquid at atmospheric pressure after passing through surface separating facilities is

known as what?

A: Crude oil

120E Q: In the study of petroleum fluids, which bonds are we most concerned with, covalent or ionic?

A: Covalent

A: 109.5 degrees

A: Alkanes

A: An aromatic hydrocarbon

A: Sulfur compounds

125E Q: What point on a phase diagram represents the pressure and temperature at which solid,

liquid, and gas coexist under equilibrium conditions?

A: The triple point, equilibrium point

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126E Q: Why are alkanes the main constituents of petroleum gas, as opposed to other

hydrocarbons?

A: Because they are the simplest molecules, making them the most stable

127E Q: The major difference between the Bingham model and Newtonian fluids is?

A: Bingham model has a yield point

A: Risk

129E Q: On a phase diagram, this is defined as the maximum temperature above which liquid cannot

be formed regardless of pressure.

A: Cricondentherm

130E Q: What is the maximum pressure above which gas cannot be formed regardless of

temperature.

A: Cricondenbar

131E Q: This is the pressure corresponding to the maximum temperature above which liquid cannot

be formed regardless of pressure.

A: Cricondentherm pressure

132E Q: This is the temperature which relates to the maximum pressure above which gas cannot be

formed regardless of temperature.

A: Cricondenbar temperature

133E Q: What precipitate is formed when hydrofluoric acid reacts with calcium carbonate?

A: Calcium Fluoride (CaF2)

A: 45-47%

135E Q: Petroleum fluids can be characterized by their distillation temperature. Rank the following

from highest to lowest distillation temperature: Diesel, Gasoline, Jet Fuel, Naptha.

A: High to low: Diesel, Jet Fuel, Naptha, Gasoline

A: Laminar flow, viscous flow, incompressible flow, steady state, homogeneous formation,

100% saturation with flowing fluid phase.

137E Q: A change in the volume, pressure, or temperature of a gas, occurring without a gain or loss

of heat.

A: Adiabatic Change

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138E Q: What are two assumptions made for an ideal gas?

A: Perfectly elastic collisions (no lost energy), gas molecule size is insignificant, no attractive

or repulsive forces between molecules.

A: 42

140E Q: This system is used to control the increase in the amplitude of an electrical signal from the

original input to the amplified output. This is commonly used in seismic processing to improve

visibility of late-arriving events. What is the name of this system?

A: Automatic Gain Control

141E Q: What is the term used to describe Calories per gram of BTU per pound produced by burning

fuels?

A: Thermal value

142E Q: What is the chemical process of changing clay or other minerals to make them meet specific

performance levels?

A: Beneficiation

A: Bingham Plastic

A: Jug

A: Microgel (also called fisheyes)

A: Poisson's Ratio Effect and Tectonic Stresses

147E Q: What API instrument is used to measure liquid specific gravity? What is the equation to

determine API gravity from specific gravity?

A: Hydrometer. API = (141.5/specific gravity) - 131.5

148E Q: This is defined as the ratio of the density of a gas to the density of dry air when both are

measured at the same temperature and pressure.

A: Specific Gravity

149E Q: The constant b in van der Waals equation of state is a correction for what?

A: Volume occupied by the molecules of the gas

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150E Q: This is the fractional change of volume as pressure is changed at constant temperature for

a gas.

A: Coefficient of isothermal compressibility

A: Centipoise

A: Fluidity

153E Q: This type of oil contains fewer heavy molecules and more intermediates than black oils

A: Volatile oil

154E Q: This type of diagram (formed from equilateral triangles) is used for three-component

mixtures and must be plotted in such a way that the compositions of all three components can

be displayed.

A: Ternary diagram

A: Critical Point

156E Q: When a gas or liquid flows across a sand face, through a choke, or any device that

introduces a pressure drop, the temperature will decrease. What causes this?

A: Joule-Thomson Effect

157E Q: What is the term used to describe the lowest temperature at which an oil will pour or flow

under certain prescribed conditions.

A: Pour Point

A: Hydrometer

159E Q: This is a cyclic compound associated with asphaltenes that helps keep asphaltene platelets

in suspension.

A: Maltene

160E Q: What is the ratio between fluid inertial forces and fluid gravitational forces?

A: Froude Number

161E Q: Which law states that all pure gases have the same z factor at the same values of reduced

pressure and reduced temperature?

A: Law of Corresponding States

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162E Q: What is a naturally occurring mixture of short chain hydrocarbons with a minor amount of

inorganic compounds?

A: Natural Gas

A: Methane

A: Coal Bed methane

165E Q: What is the difference in pressure between two phases in equilibrium at the same depth

called?

A: Capillary Pressure

166E Q: This graph can be used to indicate whether a formation is homogenous or heterogeneous.

A: Capillary Pressure vs Water Saturation

167E Q: Why does oil viscosity decrease with decreasing pressure above bubble point?

A: The oil molecules are not forced as close together as they are at higher pressures.

A: Pore Geometry, Wettability, Fluid Distribution, and Saturations/Saturation History.

169E Q: What is the reduction in an ability of a fluid to flow in the presence of two or more immiscible

fluids called?

A: Relative Permeability Effect

170E Q: On a gas-oil relative permeability curve at what point will gas relative permeability begin to

increase above 0?

A: Critical Gas Saturation

171E Q: What is a measurement of the ability of a fluid to coat a rock of mineral surface?

A: Wettability

A: Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, and Cyclic Aliphatics

173E Q: What is the process classed that involves large amounts of hydrogen being added to coal

under high temperatures and pressures under the presence of a catalyst to create synthetic

fuels?

A: Hydrogenation

A: The process of extracting liquid from coal.

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175E Q: Concerning geostatistical or other statistical analysis, what relationship do standard

deviation and variance have?

A: SD = sqrt(variance) or Variance = SD^2

176E Q: While hydrocarbons by definition are compounds containing only hydrogen and carbon,

motor fuels consist of saturated hydrocarbons, also known as alkanes. What is the lightest

straight chain alkane that exists as a liquid at standard conditions?

A: Pentane

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