Petroleum Engineering facilities

The facilities at the School of Petroleum Engineering are extensive. They include the following:

  • Fully equipped PVT laboratory for the study of fluid properties, minimum miscibility pressure, and heavy fraction characterisation
  • Restored-state wettability determination, pendant drop apparatus for measurement of interfacial tension and spreading coefficients at reservoir conditions
  • Core flooding facilities, gravity stable gas flooding facilities
  • High-pressure glass micromodel flooding and flow visualisation facilities
  • Beckman L8-M rock ultracentrifuge equipped for high pressure, high temperature displacement experiments
  • Multi-component apparatus for measuring mixed gas adsorption/disorption isotherms on coal
  • In situ conditions apparatus for simultaneous measurement of porosity and permeability of coal and tight rock
  • Full range of CMG compositional and black-oil reservoir simulation software. CMG compositional and PVT software. In-house coal bed gas simulation software and phase behaviour software. FEKETE well test analysis software.
  • Silicon Graphics INDIGO2/IRIS workstations, direct access to UNSW supercomputing facilities
  • Dynamic filtration apparatus to study formation damage of reservoir rock under simulated reservoir conditions
  • Mud lab consisting of FAN50 viscometer, high-temperature high-pressure filter press, chemical analysis and API test equipment
  • API standard cement testing laboratories
  • Equipment to study petrophysical and mineralogical properties of reservoir rocks

Core Preparation and Cleaning Laboratories

The school also has a number of core preparation and cleaning laboratories, including:

  • Laboratory scale drilling rig to study drilling parameters under bottom hole conditions
  • Liquid and gas pulse permeameter to study permeability of tight rocks (in the range of n-Darcy)
  • Laboratory to study mud induced stresses in shales
  • BHA design capability for directional control in drilling deviated and horizontal wells
  • Drilling mud design capability for a range of drilling conditions: drilling through shales, hot wells, high-pressure wells, etc.
  • Design and optimisation capability of oil well tubular goods
  • Capability to design chemical treatments for prevention and removal of formation damage
  • Summagraphics Microgrid II. In-house software used for digitising well logs, volumetric analysis of pay zones and calculating aerial extent of reservoirs
  • Summa Sketch II. Plus graphics tablet for small-scale accurate tracing of pictures, maps, drawings and photos
  • In-house software for the interpretation of well logs
  • HP Draft Pro colour plotter for draft size (A1) maps and diagrams
  • State-of-the-art geological modelling software STRATAMODEL
  • Pseudo 3D fracture simulation model STIMPLAN

Extensive Computing Facilities

The School also has extensive computing facilities featuring:

  • 2 Silicon Graphics and 1 Digital Alpha workstations, direct access to UNSW supercomputing facilities
  • 1 Sun Fire workstation
  • Computer Laboratory with 24 PCs
  • 40 PCs for postgraduate students
  • Student common room equipped with 8 PCs

Find out more about the facilities at the School of Petroleum Engineering website. Alternatively, call Associate Professor Sheik S Rahman, Postgraduate Research Coordinator, on +61 2 9385 5192 or send an email.

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