Subsea Engineering

Course — SUBS 6380: Subsea Systems

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Term: 

Usually offered in the Spring Semester.

Description: 

This course will provide an in-depth look at the myriad aspects of Subsea Systems. Students will learn how hydrocarbons are retrieved from subsea wells and how they are directed to the surface. From there, students will walk through the equipment of subsea systems, including: trees, jumpers, pipeline risers, manifolds, templates, pipeline end termination, remotely operated vehicles and construction vessels.

Students will be able to design a subsea field given the many different possible inputs. Students will know the relevant API codes for each component. Students will be able to perform calculations for each aspect of the subsea systems.

Topics Covered: 

The course will discuss subsea processing, well injection, flow assurance, field architecture, oceanography, field architecture, material choices, corrosion prevention techniques and controls and sensors. Furthermore, students will learn about project management and the economics of subsea systems. The applicable API codes for each topic will be referenced.

Simulation Software Tools: 

Students are encouraged to use PIPESIM for their final project. PIPESIM software offers a comprehensive steady-state flow assurance workflows, both for front-end system design and production operations. Students will be able to simulate an accurate description of fluid properties in order to model a specific production system.

Course Grading: 

The course grade will be based on homework, project, quizzes and final exam.

Project: 

The course will culminate in a final project that pulls together all of the many facets of subsea systems. Final project involves the development of a subsea system field. Students will conduct the design of a subsea infield and export arquitecture, sizing calculations to determine appropriate production tubing, tree bore size, flowline and riser sizes, installation sequence and cost analysis.