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Computer Facilities
All rooms on the two floors of the Department are wired to a LAN computer network maintained by the Department. In addition to the file, mail and printer servers, the LAN contains thirty PCs. Laser and inkjet color printers serve the local printing needs. The Department’s LAN is connected to the different servers located on the University Campus and thus a direct access to the Internet is also available.
The LAN system of the Department is loaded with general purpose software packages for word-processing, database management, spreadsheets, programming, etc. Many leading petroleum engineering software packages (e.g. reservoir simulation, NODAL analysis) are also installed for the use of the faculty and students as well.
Two fully equipped rooms serve the computing needs of students who have free access to those at any time. The computing facilities are in high demand because most student assignments (report writing, problem solutions, etc.) require the use of computers. All students get free access to the Department LAN and also to the University’s computing services and can have their individual E-mail addresses. Internet and World Wide Web resources are thus freely available enabling students to get a feeling of "surfing the Net".
Drilling Fluids Laboratory
The Drilling Fluids Laboratory is equipped with all the fundamental instruments needed for the determination of drilling fluid properties. Baroid Mud Balances provide a simple method for the accurate determination of mud densities. Mud viscosity can be measured with two types of devices: the Marsh Funnel, or the Fann Model 35A Viscometers. Gel strength can be determined by using the Fann VG Meter or the auxiliary instrument "Shearometer". Filtration properties of drilling muds are measured with the Baroid Standard Filter Press. A high-pressure, high-temperature Filter Press is also available for testing muds at elevated temperatures and pressures.
The above devices are mostly used by students in regular Drilling Engineering classes. For individual research in the field of rheological behavior of drilling fluids (up to a pressure of 1,000 psi, and a temperature of 500 F) the Fann Model 50C Viscometer is used.
Reservoir Engineering Laboratory
Most activities in the Reservoir Engineering Laboratory are related to the determination of the properties of reservoir rocks. Graduate students routinely use laboratory equipment to measure the porosity and permeability of porous media. More advanced investigations of special rock properties (e.g. thermal conductivity, compressibility, surface area, two-phase relative permeability) require the use of specialized measuring devices. A Carlo Erba Porosimeter is used for measuring porosity as well as pore size distribution in porous media with a mercury injection of up to 12,000 psi of pressure. The porosity of extremely tight rocks is measured with an Extended Range Helium Porosimeter from Corelab Co. Surface area of porous materials is determined on a Sorptomatic-1800 device. A compressibility measuring apparatus, also made by Corelab, can be used for measuring rock compressibility at reservoir conditions of up to 10,000 psi and 600 F.
Rheological Laboratory
The main profile of the Rheological Laboratory is the experimental determination of flow properties of different oil field liquids. Such measurements are fundamental for the calculation of frictional pressure drops in well tubing or pipelines, where a proper knowledge of the rheological behavior of the flowing liquids is required. This fact is of even bigger importance in case of non-Newtonian fluids very often encountered in crude production and transport. For such fluids, the function of shear stress vs. shear rate is of utmost importance.
The Rheological Laboratory is equipped with all devices necessary for the measurement of rheological properties of crude oils and other fluids encountered in the oil field. Measurements can be made in a broad range of operating conditions, up a pressure of 2,200 psi and a temperature of 600 F. Simple measurements are carried out on manually controlled HAAKE rotational viscometers. More complex investigations, usually required for thixotropic fluids, need the use of a fully automated measuring device. The HAAKE Rotovisco RV 20 is a fully computer-controlled measuring unit that allows the determination of rheological properties of liquids with very complex rheological behavior.
Well Control Laboratory
The establishment of a separate Well Control Laboratory made it possible to extend the Department’s activities into the well control and safety fields. Using well control simulators, students are trained for real-life situations in drilling, production, and workover operations. The laboratory is equipped with the latest models of two portable simulators. The DPWS-22 unit from Computer Simulation Inc. consists of several consoles (Driller's, Drawworks, Choke, BOP, Tree, and Coiled Tubing) that can be connected in various configurations for simulating different wellsite conditions in drilling, production, and workover operations. The other unit, an IMCO BOSS simulator is mostly used for demonstrating well control problems.
The availability of these simulators and high-quality drilling experts at the department made it possible for the management to establish the Well Control Training School, an integral entity of the Petroleum Engineering Department. The school received full accreditation from the internationally acknowledged body of International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) in 1997. Since then, the well control training courses regularly held at the department fully comply with the appropriate regulations of the IADC WellCAP program. The Petroleum Engineering Department thus became the first Central European institution authorized to issue IADC WellCAP Certificates of worldwide validity.

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