Synopses Elective Courses

Synopses of Petroleum Engineering Elective Courses

SKM 4153 Petroleum Refining Technology

This course introduces the characteristics of crude oil and that each of the hydrocarbon compounds has its own boiling temperature. The principles of distillation are introduced leading to the separation into fractions according to cut points. Maximisation of cuts or fractions are achieved through processes like catalytic cracking, alkylation, catalytic reforming and hydrocracking. Gasoline blending is introduced to increase octane number for better performance and to provide designed vapour pressure in gasoline to cope with seasonal altitudinal needs.

SKM 4253 Geophysics

This course introduces students with the introduction and application of applied geophy sics in resource exploration and development, and pollution control. The course emphasis on the methods of geophysical techniques, especially seismic methods, including some of the modern interpretation techniques. It also discusses the general approach, equipment and field operations of the methods used. The course provides practice in carrying out a small-scale fieldwork project to investigate shallow geological features which are presumed to exist in the subsurface.

SKM 4333 Enhanced Oil Recovery

In this course, students are introduced to the important concepts, theories, and methods of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). This course covers the general classification of EOR processes, microscopic displacement of multiphase fluids in porous media, the concept of mobilization and trapping of oil, mobility ratio and capillary number. Also included are the important concepts and operational procedures of various type of EOR methods such as polymer flooding, chemical flooding, miscible and immiscible gas flooding and thermal recovery processes.

SKM 4343 Waterflooding

This course covers the waterflood technique to increase the oil recovery after natural depletion. The displacement and the entrapment of oil by water are also discussed, followed by prediction of the waterflood performance using various published methods.

SKM 4353 Safety in Petroleum Engineering

This course presents fundamental principle of safety and risk assessment in petroleum engineering. In particular, it emphasizes on safety legislation, inherent safety design concept, methods of hazard identification, chemical health risk assessment, and various methods of risk assessments. The course also covers health and environment issues related to petroleum engineering. At the end of this course, students should be able to appreciate the theoretical and practical aspects of occupational safety and health in petroleum engineering. Students should also be able to use the techniques of hazard identification and risk assessment in the design and operation of petroleum engineering projects.

SKM 4413 Advanced Drilling Engineering

This course covers the special operations such as coring and fishing, identification of kick or blow out and methods of well control, advance drilling operations used in the industry, drilling optimization, and procedures and legislation of well abandonment.

Gas Engineering Electives Courses

SKPG 4233  Fire and Explosion Safety

This course enables students to understand the basic concept of fire science and combustion and related calculations as well as to expose them to the concept of explosion and detonation. In addition, the principles of fire and explosion protection and mitigation will be discussed within the context of understanding the fire and explosion development mechanism. At the end of the course, students should be able to explain and relate the fundamental knowledge of combustion, flame and explosion and its important safety aspects involving gaseous fuel utilization. Students should able to apply general combustion and engineering principles to fires and explosion and should know the parameters involved on the initiation of both fire and explosion. The students should be also able to use CFD fire modeling (CFast) to analyse the fire development on the case studies given.

SKPG 4253  Economic and Management of Natural Gas

This course introduces general concept of natural gas economic and management of its industry.  Various issues will be is cussed including the Act and regulation, economic of supplying natural gas, energy demand, energy policies and international trade. This will enable students to have a basic knowledge of natural gas economics and managements that ready to be further explored

SKPG 4133  Membrane Technology for Gas Separation

Provide knowledge to students to enable them to describe the fundamentals of gas separation membrane and membrane processes. The students will also be learning to manufacture their own simple geometry membrane during the schedule laboratory class. This subject will also enable the students to select the right membrane materials, membrane morphology and membrane module according to the properties of the involved compounds for specific application. In addition, the students will be able to evaluate the productivity and purity of the products under fixed operating conditions from transport equation or supplier information. This subject is also briefly provide the students with the knowledge of potential application of membrane gas separation technology in various industries including petrochemicals, food, energy, environment and some emerging application in the future like Fuel Cells.

Nuclear Engineering Elective Courses

SKPN 1313 Fundamentals of Energy Engineering

This course introduces the basic concept of primary energy sources and the technologies used to utilize them. This course also describes basic engineering calculations on material and energy balances during energy transformations in energy systems. In addition, the course will present an introduction to alternative technologies of energy converters such as fuel cell and battery.

SKPN 2113 Energy Security

The course examines the relationship between security and supplies and demands of energy resources. The course will highlight policy challenges to integrate diverse economic, geopolitical and environmental objectives by examining selected energy security policy issues and approaches. The course will examine how the demands of the growing energy consumption will present significant impact and challenges to the Malaysian and international community. The course is set to provide students with a basis for better understanding the emergence of energy issues, energy security and energy policy and its effect on environment and economy as critical components in international relations study. The course takes energy security as its launching point, exploring not only how countries shape their grand strategies to meet their energy needs, but also how such actions have implications for other countries and the international system.

SKPN 3123 Sustainable Energy

This course enables students to a professional career development of long-term solutions to meet the world’s rapidly growing energy needs using sustainable energy production from existing sources. In addition to in-depth knowledge of sustainable energy technologies and systems, this course will facilitate an understanding of designing state-of-the-art technologies that underpin energy systems within the context of the sustainability of energy supply and demand. The course is engineering-based but also covers a wider range of topics including sustainability and environmental  studies. At the end of the course, students will gain a thorough insight into the possibilities and limitations of sustainable energy systems, specifically in relation to sustainable development.

SKPN 3153 Nanomaterials Engineering

The aim of this course is to expose undergraduate student with advance knowledge that have been discovered in the process of research and development. This course discusses a number of topics that focus on synthesis processes, types of nanomaterials and their applications in various fields. This course is set to show how the knowledge in application of nanomaterial evolves rapidly.

SKPN 4423  Nuclear Radiation Physics

This course is a follow-up of nuclear physics and is designed to expose students to different types of radiation that exist in nature and environment, in particular the nuclear-based radiation. Primary and secondary, directly and indirectly ionizing radiation is differentiated. Interactions of alphas, betas, photons and neutrons with matter are detailed. Radiation effects on materials are discussed. Applications of radiation in radio tracing, gauging, dating, and industrial imaging are studied. Accelerator as sources of radiation and their usefulness is also covered. Upon completion student are expected to have good grounding in applied radiation physics and ability to explain and discuss the application of radiations in various fields.

 SKPN 4473  Advanced Nuclear Physics

This is a continuation of the introductory nuclear physics course. Some topics are repetition of the introductory course but would be dealt in more detail. The course begins with the discussion of the nuclear properties, followed by the quantum mechanics theory applied specifically to the different potential- well of the nucleus. Different aspects of   nuclear forces are dealt with great length.  The classical shell model of the nucleus is discussed in detail together with some other realistic nuclear models.  The three important nuclear emission; alpha emission, beta decay, gamma radiation will also be dealt.  In addition the types of nuclear reactions, types and processes are included.  The course ended with the introduction of nuclear energy production and nuclear astrophysics.

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