Geomechanics A - PTRL5100

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Petroleum Engineering

Course Outline: School

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisites: PTRL2019 OR PTRL5019

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course introduces the fundamental aspects of geomechanics for petroleum engineers. It covers continuum mechanics and rock mechanics, including elasticity, fracture mechanics, plasticity, damage mechanics, fluid flow through deformable media. Dedicated applications are discussed, including reservoir operation, hydraulic fracturing, drill string analyses, borehole stability etc.

In case of non-engineering background, the following courses are recommended:
  • MATH2019 – Mathematics 1E,
  • MATH 3121 - Mathematical methods & partial differential equations

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