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Rock Mechanics

  • Course Code :
    MAN 301
  • Level :
    Undergraduate
  • Course Hours :
    2.00 Hours
  • Department :
    Department of Petroleum Engineering

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Area of Study :

The course aims to familiarize the 3rd year students with the Stress analysis, strain analysis, stress strain relations, some important problems in rock mechanics, rock behavior and loads, theories of rock failures.

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Rock Mechanics

Ability to bear stresses ,compressive strength, tensile strength, deformation response to stresses ,elastic moduli, Poisson’s ratio, principal stresses, in-situ stress regime, total-stress and effective-stress, temperature effects, nature and origin of pore pressure, faulting and folding, tectonics, regional structural analysis, regional and localized stress, stresses around boreholes, overburden stress, horizontal stresses, mini-frac tests, formation testers, other pressure transient techniques, and tool deployment unconfined compression, triaxial compression, hydrostatic compression, poly-axial, multi-stage triaxial, thick-walled cylinder, direct tensile strength, indirect (Brazilian) tensile strength, direct shear, uniaxial strain (compaction), and “quick look” (rock hardness) and “scratch” tests, geological/mapping methods, wireline logging techniques, analastic strain recovery, differential strain curve analysis, acoustic anisotropy, deformation mechanisms and common models used in petroleum related rock mechanics.

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Rock Mechanics

Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- Explain mechanical and physical properties for different types of rocks.
2- Recognize laboratory and in-situ tests for different types of rocks.
3- List methodologies of solving rock engineering problems and data collection.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- Select appropriate solutions for engineering problems based on analytical thinking.
2- Think in a creative and innovative way in problem solving and design.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, information technology, design, business context and engineering practice integrally to solve engineering problems.
2- Professionally merge the engineering knowledge, understanding, and feedback to improve design, products and/or services.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- Ability to work in a team.Ability to work in a team.
2- Ability to share ideas and communicate with others
3- Ability to deal with others according to the rules of professional ethics

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Rock Mechanics

Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Rock as a Material 8 4 4
Analysis of Stress and Strain 8 4 4
Deformation and Failure of Rock 8 4 4
Borehole Failure Criteria 8 4 4
Laboratory Testing of Rocks 4 2 2
Geological Aspects of Petroleum Related Rock Mechanics 16 8 8
Stresses Around Boreholes. 8 4 4

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Rock Mechanics

Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Interactive Lecturing
Discussion
Problem Solving

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Rock Mechanics

Course Assessment :

Methods of assessment Relative weight % Week No. Assess What
Final examination 40.00 15
Homework assignments 15.00
Mid-term examination 30.00 4
Participation and performance 5.00
Quizzes 10.00 10

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Rock Mechanics

Books:

Book Author Publisher
Petroleum Related Rock Mechanics Erling Fjar / R.M. Holt / A.M. Raaen Elsevier

Course notes :

Handouts for lectures and lecture notes

Recommended books :

Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics.

Periodicals :

Onepetro

Web Sites :

www.spe.org

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