Energy Courses

Starting soon: Energy Studies Short Course: July 6th - July 15th, 2009

Energy Studies Short Course

Offered by the University of Alberta's Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Energy Studies short course provides a unique, multidisciplinary overview of energy issues. It covers topics in conventional and alternative energy technologies, modeling, economics, management, and regulatory policy issues. Participants will learn about energy sources, energy conversion and gain an understanding of the benifits and limitations of alternative fuels.

Date: July 6-15, 2009

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Engineering Management

EngM 508 - Energy Auditing and Management

EngM 643 - Energy Simulation and Modeling

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Mechanical Engineering

MecE 443 - Energy Conversion
Units of course weight 3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Sources, flow and overall efficiency of use of various energy forms in society, thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion devices such as thermoelectric and magnetohydrodynamic generators, solar and fuel cells, energy from fission and fusion reactors. Prerequisite: MEC E 340.

MecE 463 - Thermo-Fluids Systems Design
Units of course weight 4 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-2). Design and optimization of thermo-fluid systems, heating and ventilating equipment and load calculations, system design, piping networks, heat exchanger analysis and design, computer-aided design projects. Corequisite: MEC E 370.

MecE 541 - Combustion Engines
Units of course weight 3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). History of basic cycles, combustion theory including ignition flame propagation and engine knock, cycle analysis with deviations from ideal cycles and performance characteristics, fuels, design and operation of carburation and injection processes, exhaust emissions measurements. Identification of design parameters and their effect on emissions. Prerequisite: MEC E 340.

MecE 565 - Environmental Factors in Mechanical Engineering
Units of course weight 3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). System dynamics and limits to technological growth. Source inventories and regulatory standards for biological effects of pollutants, atmospheric dispersion models, stack design, analysis of source control of particulate and combustion product emissions, probability theory for risk analysis, and toxic release hazard assessments. Prerequisite: CH E 243. Corequisite: MEC E 330.

MecE 567 - Engineering Evaluation using Life Cycle Assessment
Units of course weight 3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Introduction to the concept of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). History and development of existing LCA methodologies. Stages of LCA analysis: goal definition, scoping, inventory assessment, impact analysis, improvement analysis, reporting. Sources of data, boundary selection and uncertainty. Relationship between LCA, Design for Environment, and the ISO 14000 Environmental Management Standards. Prerequisites: STAT 235 or equivalent, and consent of Instructor.

MecE 643 - Renewable Energy Engineering & Sustainability
Units of course weight 3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Principles of renewable energy systems such as solar, wind, tidal, biomass, geothermal, and fuel cells. Environmental aspects of implementation of renewable energy e.g. hydro and nuclear energy sources. Energy conservation and conventional fossil fuel sources. New technologies and trends in renewable energy. Concept of sustainability and sustainable design for energy systems. Elementary economics of implementation of renewable energy sources and related policy and social issues. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.


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Electrical Engineering

ECE 730 - Clean Energy and Electrical Systems
This course is intended to introduce engineers to current and future options for environmentally aware generation, storage and use of electricity. The focus of the course will be the use of existing and new electrical technologies and their interaction with electrical systems.


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Chemical Engineering

CHEM E 594 - Energy and Environment (Winter 09)
The course aims to introduce different types of primary and secondary energy resources. The major primary energy resources will include fossil fuels, nuclear energy and renewable resources such as solar, wind, hydro and biomass. The course will discuss various conversion processes of converting these primary energy sources to secondary energy types such as electricity, hydrogen and transport fuels. These conversion technologies have significant impacts on the environment. In this course, there will be emphasis in analyzing these conversion processes and other energy intensive processes using tools such as environment impact assessment and life cycle analysis. Environment impact assessment and life cycle analysis will be introduced at the beginning of the course.

Source: Professor Rajender Gupta

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Petroleum Engineering

PET E 295 Introduction to Fundamental Petroleum Engineering *3.8 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-3/2). The relationships of geology, basic reservoir rock properties, surface and interfacial phenomena, the flow of fluids through porous media, classification of oil and natural gas reservoirs, and introduction to reserve estimation principles. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

PET E 362 Petroleum Reservoir Fluids *3.8 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-3/2). Qualitative and quantitative phase behavior of petroleum reservoir fluids through the algebraic and numerical application of thermodynamic theory, equations of state, and empirical correlations. Determination of engineering PVT parameters. Oilfield waters. Introduction to mass transfer. Prerequisite: CH E 243. Corequisite: CHEM 271.

PET E 364 Oil Well Drilling and Completion *3.5 (fi 6) (first term, 3-1s-0). Elements of rock mechanics, drilling fluids, factors affecting rate of penetration, formulation evaluation and well completions. Prerequisites: CIV E 270, CH E 312 and either CHEM 271 or CH E 243, or consent of Instructor.

PET E 365 Well Logging and Formation Evaluation *3.5 (fi 6) (first term, 3-1s-0). Theory and engineering applications of measurements of physical properties of the formation near the well bore; interpretation and use of the information in reservoir engineering. Corequisite: PET E 362 or consent of Instructor.

PET E 366 Petroleum Production Operations *3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0). Land units in Western Canada, types and characteristics of well completions, perforating, wellbore damage and simulation, combined inflow and well performance analysis, multiphase flow through conduits, oil well pumping, gas lift, surface facilities and flow measurement, applied mass transfer. Prerequisite: CH E 312 or consent of Instructor.

PET E 367 Drilling Fluids Laboratory *1.8 (fi 6) (second term, 1-0-3/2). Functions and types of drilling fluids, drilling fluid properties and their control, equipment and test procedures used to determine drilling fluid properties, common drilling fluid additives, and drilling problems related to drilling fluids will be discussed. Laboratory experiments are designed to help students better understand the factors controlling drilling fluid properties as well as familiarize students with field testing procedures of drilling fluids.

PET E 368 Fundamentals of Well Test Analysis *3.8 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-3/2). A basic course in well test design and interpretation. Analysis methods for pressure drawdown, buildup, and interference tests. Principle of superposition and its application in well test analysis. Average reservoir pressure estimation. Effect of wellbore conditions on pressure behavior. An introduction to drill stem testing and gas well testing. Prerequisite: PET E 295 or consent of Instructor.

PET E 444 Natural Gas Engineering *3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0). Topics include gas properties, resources and reserves estimation, material balance equation, decline curve analysis, gas well deliverability, gas well testing, gas storage, transmission. Prerequisite: PET E 362 or consent of Instructor.

PET E 470 Heavy Oil Recovery *3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0). The objectives of this course are to introduce the student to the current heavy oil recovery technology, and to develop the practical project design techniques. Emphasis will be on thermal methods, although nonthermal methods will be covered briefly. This is designed to be suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students. Prerequisite or corequisite: PET E 473.

PET E 471 Enhanced Oil Recovery *3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Classification of EOR methods. Chemical oil recovery methods. Principles of polymer flooding. Principles of surfactant flooding. Oil displacement by surfactant solutions, principles of alkaline flooding, principles of micellar flooding, oil displacement by micellar solutions, design of scaled models. Heavy oil recovery by thermal methods. Other chemical oil recovery methods. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

PET E 473 Fundamental Reservoir Engineering *3.8 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-3/2). Rock properties, rock-fluid interaction, flow through porous media; material balance. Prerequisite: PET E 362 or consent of Instructor.

PET E 475 Applied Reservoir Engineering *3.8 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-3/2). Analysis and prediction of reservoir performance by use of material balance. Reservoir performance by use of decline curves. Fluid displacement, pressure maintenance and enhanced recovery. Prerequisite: PET E 473.

PET E 477 Modelling in Petroleum Engineering *3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0). Fundamentals of Modelling in Petroleum Engineering. Simulation methods as applied to specific problems in petroleum reservoir behavior. Examples will be drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary recovery phases of petroleum production. Prerequisites: PET E 473, ENCMP 100 and MATH 201 or equivalent.

PET E 484 Oil and Gas Property Evaluation *3.5 (fi 6) (first term, 2-0-3). An economic and property evaluation in petroleum engineering involving exploration, drilling, production and development fundamentals and field case histories, Canadian oil and gas regulations, unitization and equalization of investment. Prerequisite: ENGG 310 or 401 or equivalent.

PET E 488 Petroleum Field Trip *.5 (fi 1) (either term, 0-1s-0). Students in fifth and sixth terms of the traditional program, and students in the seventh and eighth terms of the co-op program, will be required to make several trips to selected field installations, laboratories and industrial plants.

PET E 489 Petroleum Seminar *1 (fi 2) (second term, 1-0-0). Meeting of students and staff for discussion of topics related to petroleum engineering.

PET E 496 Petroleum Engineering Design Project *4 (fi 6) (second term, 1-6s-0). Designed to deal with special case studies in the mining and petroleum industries; an analysis of reserves; the prediction of production and operating procedures related to the project; the application of economics in the analysis of profitability; economics and planning as tools for a management position. Prerequisite: PET E 484 or consent of Instructor.

PET E 555 Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering *3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Research studies and/or projects dealing with selected subjects relevant to Petroleum Engineering. Suitable subjects are chosen in consultation with a Petroleum Engineering Faculty member. Typical study categories include reserve estimation, reservoir management techniques, production operations, regulations, safety, environmental impacts of oil and gas operations. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

PET E 614 Well-Logging and Formation Evaluation *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). Petrophysics and modern well-logging methods; discussion of the physical properties of porous media and the measurement of geometric and mechanical properties of the porous media, fluid saturations, chemical composition of the saturating fluids; application of the results in formulation and reservoir evaluation.

PET E 630 Petroleum Reservoir Engineering *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). Characteristics of reservoir materials (rock, reservoir fluids); reservoir evaluation (volumetric method, material balance method with water influx); fundamental production processes (primary recovery).

PET E 632 Advanced Topics in Petroleum Production Mechanics *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). Concepts of reservoir engineering from an advanced point of view as applied to forecasting the performance of oil and/or gas reservoirs; combined driving mechanisms; applications to practical problems encountered during performance by primary means.

PET E 634 Secondary Recovery *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). Evaluation and operation of secondary recovery projects; fundamental consideration of petroleum engineering and reservoir behavior applied to secondary recovery of oil; recent technical papers.

PET E 635 Numerical and Analytical Solution of Porous Media Flow Problems *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). The goal of this course is to develop techniques for the solution of a wide variety of single phase flow problems in porous media for compressible and incompressible flow. Two dimensional flow will be considered for the greater part. Selected mathematical techniques, analytical as well as numerical, will be developed for specific problems. In a number of cases, analytical and numerical solutions will be compared.

PET E 644 Fluid Mechanics of Natural Gas Production *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). Review of natural gas properties; reserve estimation techniques and advanced treatment of water influx in gas reservoirs; steady and transient single-phase gas flow in porous media; non-Darcy flow; deliverability tests; transient gas well testing: single and multiphase flow in circular conduits. Normally offered in alternate years.

PET E 650 Reservoir Simulator Development *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). The principal objective of this course is the development of reservoir simulation theory to the level required for the construction of a three-phase, three-dimensional reservoir simulator. In addition to providing practice in developing a simulator, the course will also cover recent advances in simulation and history matching.

PET E 664 Advanced Drilling Engineering *3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Recent advances and changes in drilling techniques will be discussed. The topics will include directional drilling and deviation control, design aspects of horizontal and multilateral well drilling, measurement while drilling, drillstring mechanics, bottomhole assembly design, tubular stability, drag and torque problems. Prerequisite: PET E 364 or consent of Instructor.

PET E 668 Advanced Well Test Analysis *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). Analytical techniques employed to solve complex well test problems. Pressure derivative analysis. Production time effects on buildup analysis. Pressure transient analysis for fractured wells. Layered reservoir testing. Prerequisite: PET E 368 or consent of Instructor. Normally offered in alternate years.

PET E 679 Thermal Recovery *3.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-1s-0). Thermal recovery processes are mainly steam-based and can be divided into two main categories: displacement or drive processes and stimulation processes. Will cover steam displacement processes (steamflooding, steam-assisted gravity drainage), cyclic steam stimulation, in situ combustion, and briefly mention hot waterflooding. It will also cover properties of fluid and rock, wellbore heat losses, and a selection of thermal processes. Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.


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School of Business

BUEC 463 - Energy and the Environment: Industry Structure, Performance and Challenges
Uses the basic tools of business economics in order to gain a better understanding of energy markets and industries. Differences and similarities between specific industries (oil, gas, electricity, etc.) and between different industry segments (exploration, production, retail, etc.) are highlighted. New challenges faced by the industry, most notably environmental concerns, but also globalization and new forms of competition, are analysed with respect to the impacts that they have had and might have in the future on firms' strategies and on market performance. Prerequisite: BUEC 311.


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Interdisciplinary Courses

INT D 561 - Values, Ethics, and Sustainability
Students will gain an appreciation for how values and ethics impinge on decisions that are needed to reconnect humans to the ecosystems upon which we depend for a sustainable future. The topic is considered in relation to social, economic, and biophysical vibrancy the world over. Because the integrity of life-supporting ecosystems is essential to human health and well-being, the concept of sustainability is examined in various contexts: individually, collectively, regionally and internationally. While mechanisms are explored for integrating sustainability into the individual disciplines, students will emerge better able to engage in the broader social discourse on what changes are needed and how to achieve them for a sustainable world.


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