Let me take a minute to let you know what my expectations of you will be at the end of this couse. This is as important as the pedagogical information that I provide for you as a formal description of the course. By the end of this course, you should know at least three things:
- Why phase behavior knowledge is pivotal to the performance of petroleum and/or natural gas engineers in their daily assignments, be it in reservoir performance analysis, pipeline flow analysis, gas processing, LNG processing, or surface production facility design and analysis, etc. Equally importantly, you should know the dire consequence of a lack of a working knowledge of phase behavior on performance and operational efficiency of system design and analyses.
- The principles governing phase behavior calculations, the limitations of any phase behavior model and how best to evaluate and deploy them phase behavior packages.
- How to apply phase behavior knowledge in designing, evaluating, analyzing and optimizing operational systems commonly encountered in the oil and gas industries.
So, as you go through each module, please keep these goals in mind and always attempt to relate what you are learning to at least one of them. Above all, it is my desire that you will end this class speaking a new language, called “phase.” Learning and speaking a new language is always fun … please have a lot of it!