Teaching Experience @ IIT – Madras


Petroleum Engineering

2009 – Till date



Courses Formulated and Taught (Department of Ocean/Petroleum Engineering)

 PE 6030 Reservoir Engineering
 PE 6031 Reservoir Simulation
 PE 6312 Enhanced Oil Recovery
 PE 6100 Reservoir Engineering Laboratory
 PE 6316 Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering

 PE 6317 Applied Hydrodynamics in Petroleum Exploration and Production

 PE 5020 Environmental Impacts of Petroleum Exploration and Production


Introduced a New Course in Jan 2014


 PE 6317 Applied Hydrodynamics in Petroleum Exploration and Production

Broadly covers:  Fundamentals of Flow through Pipes; &  Fundamentals of Flow through Porous Medium;

Hydrodynamics associated with Petroleum Exploration and Production.

Involves Weekly Assignment; Quiz; & Term Project.



Introduced a New Course by Jan 2018

 PE 5020 Environmental Impacts of Petroleum Exploration and Production


Civil Engineering

2006 –  2010

Courses Taught (Civil Engineering)

 CE 648   Contaminant Transport Modeling
 CE 546   Groundwater Engineering
 CE 545   Applied Hydraulic Engineering
 CE 403   Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory
 ME 1120 Engineering Drawing






Petroleum Engineering Courses – Syllabus – Offered by Prof. G Suresh Kumar



Environmental Impacts of Petroleum Exploration and Production (GSK)


To impart a fundamental understanding on the various environmental problems associated with oil and gas exploration and production; and

subsequently to bring into perspective the environmental impact associated with both onshore and offshore environments.

To understand the main issues and remediation techniques associated with the solid, liquid and gaseous wastes emerging from oil and gas

exploration and production technologies; and to apply a critical-thinking and problem-solving approach in order to mitigate the environmental

impacts of petroleum exploration and production activities.

Course Contents:

Offshore oil spill: accidental and operational oil pollution; marine pollution sources from ships, vessel-source and offshore petroleum extraction; fate of oil spills; natural weathering processes acting on spilled oil including evaporation, spreading, dispersion, water-in-emulsion, dissolution, oxidation, biodegradation and sedimentation;

movement of oil slicks; oil spill response methods that include passive oil removal, manual oil removal, mechanical oil removal,

chemical oil removal, bioremediation,

thermal remediation, in-situ/controlled burning; equipment used for

cleanup operations including boom and skimmer; case studies of major marine oil spills; state of the art on offshore oil spill modelling.

Onshore oil spill: sources of onshore oil spill;

LNAPL transport parameters; LNAPL

transport through vadose and saturated zones; LNAPL migration at the field scale; LNAPL migration in fractured media; fate of

LNAPLs in the subsurface including

volatilization, dissolution, sorption

and biodegradation; LNAPL site

characterization; estimating apparent

LNAPL thickness; remediation techniques

including excavation, recovery

wells, soil-vapor extraction, air sparing and

bioremediation; case studies of major

onshore oil spills; LNAPL modeling.


Environmental impacts from conventional

oil and gas fields: sources of spilled

hydrocarbon accumulations in the vicinity

of conventional oil and gas fields; contamination of groundwater

aquifers by over-pressuring the annulus;

drilling fluids and technologies; drilling

fluids related environmental issues and regulations; drilling waste reduction techniques; waste disposal issues; environmental friendly drilling fluid technologies; advanced drilling waste management technologies.


Environmental impacts from

unconventional oil and gas fields:

geological principles of fracking and

shale gas extraction; hydraulic fracturing

fluids including proppants, gelling agents,

friction reducers, cross-linkers, breakers,

acids and bases, biocides, scale and

corrosion inhibitors, clay

stabilizers, and surfactants;

flowback and produced water that

includes production chemicals,

dissolved minerals, metals, dissolved

and dispersed oil components and

produced solids; releases, effects and

remediation of oil and gas production

wastewater; pollution prevention techniques.


Text Books:

Doerffer, J . W. (1992). Oil Spill Response

in the Marine Environment, Elsevier Publications, 392 pages.

Davidson, W.F., K. Lee., and A. Cogswell. (2008): Oil Spill response: A Global Perspective, Springer Publications, 345 pages.

Craft, B. C., M. Hawkins., and R. E. Terry. (1991). Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering (2nd Edition), Prentice Hall, 464 pages.

Yu-Shu Wu. (2016). Multiphase Fluid Flow in

Porous and Fractured Reservoirs. Gulf

Professional Publishing, 418 pages.


Reference Books:

Veil, J. A., and M. D. Dusseault. (2003).

Evaluation of slurry injection technology for

management of drilling wastes, U. S. Department of Energy,


Gupta, D. V. S., and B. T. Hlidek. (2009).

Frac fluid recycling and water conservation:

a case history, SPE Hydraulic Fracturing

Technology Conference, Woodlands, Texas, USA, January 19-21.

US Environmental Protection Agency. (2011). Hydraulic Fracturing. (US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC), http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/


Kerr RA (2010) Natural gas from shale bursts onto the scene. Science, 328:1624-1626.



Course No

Course Name



Learning Objectives




Applied Hydrodynamics in Petroleum Exploration and Production (GSK)


  • To impart the knowledge of hydrodynamics as applicable in a complex sub-surface petroleum reservoir system under elevated temperature and pressure;

  • To enhance the knowledge of pressure controls on petroleum exploration as well as production.

To understand the main concepts and techniques that applies to hydrodynamics of a petroleum reservoir; and to apply a critical-thinking towards the main principles of reservoir hydrodynamics.

Internal forces in hydrostatic and hydrodynamic sub-surface environments; hydraulic segregation of hydrocarbons; force models of hydrocarbon traps;

hydrodynamic rock-water systems; interpretation of pressure-depth gradient plots and potentiometric surfaces; pressure deflection maps; tilted and

displaced oil and gas pools.

Origins of abnormal pressure: development of abnormal pressure, low pressure environments, prediction and detection of over pressure, aqua-thermal pressuring, osmosis, imposed pressure and paleo-pressures; pressure engineering:

pressure gradients of oil, water and gas, formation balance gradient, effective over-burden pressure in normal and geo-pressured formations, bottom

hole circulating pressure, swab and surge pressures; Fracture pressure: past and current technology, estimation of fracture pressure, sub-surface stress states, zero tensile strength concept;

pressure related problems: causes, effects

and solutions of lost circulation, massive

hydraulic fracturing and stimulation, kicks,

pressures in carbonates.


Bear, J. (1972). Dynamics of fluids in porous media. Courier Dover Publications: New York, 764 pages.

Civan, F. (2011). Porous media transport phenomena. John Wiley & Sons: New Jersey, 463 pages.

Leonov, E. G., and V. I. Isaev. (2010). Applied hydro-aeromechanics in oil and gas drilling. John Wiley & Sons: New Jersey, 443 pages.

Dahlberg, E. C. (1994). Applied Hydrodynamics in petroleum exploration. 2nd Edition, Springer-Verlag:

New York, 295 pages.

Phillips, O. M. (2009). Geological fluid dynamics: Sub-surface flow and reactions. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 285 pages.


Chilingar, G. V., V. A. Serebryakov., and J. O. Robertson. (2002). Origin and prediction of abnormal formation pressures. Elsevier: Amsterdam, 373 pages.

Fertl, W. H., G. V. Chilingar., and H. H. Rieke. (1976). Abnormal formation pressures: Implications to exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas resources. Elsevier: Amsterdam, 382 pages.

Franciss, F. O. (2010). Fractured rock hydraulics. Taylor & Francis group: London, 170 pages.

Magara, K. (1978). Compaction and fluid migration: Practical petroleum geology. Elsevier: Amsterdam, 330 pages.

Tissot, B. P. and Welte, D. H. (1984). Petroleum formation and occurrence. 2nd Edition, Springer-Verlag: Berlin, 699 pages.



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Course Name



Learning Objectives




Reservoir Engineering (GSK)


To impart a fundamental understanding on multi-phase fluid flow through a petroleum reservoir.

To understand the main concepts and techniques that applies to reservoir engineering; and to apply a critical-thinking and problem-solving approach towards the main principles of reservoir engineering.

Introduction to reservoir engineering; petroleum reservoir system; petroleum reserves; reservoir pressure and temperature; reservoir fluids composition; phase behavior of hydrocarbons; properties of reservoir liquids; fundamental properties of reservoir rocks; reservoir drive mechanisms; single and multi-phase fluid flow through porous media; material balance equation; basic water-drive and immiscible displacement theories. Laboratory demonstration of porosity and permeability measurements using Helium Porosimeter and Liquid Permeameter.

Text Books:

Lyons, W. C. (1996). Standard Handbook of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Gulf professional Publishing (6th Edition), 1076 pages.

Craft, B. C., M. Hawkins., and R. E. Terry. (1991). Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering (2nd Edition), Prentice Hall, 464 pages.

Lake, L. W. (1989). Enhanced Oil Recovery, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs.

Amyx, J. W., D. M. Bass., and R. L. Whiting. (1960). Petroleum Reservoir Engineering – Physical Properties. McGraw-Hill Inc.

Marle, C. M. (1981). Multiphase Flow in Porous Media. Gulf Publishing Company.

Reference Books:

Dake, L. P. (2001). Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering (Developments in Petroleum Science), Elsevier, ISSN: 0376-7361 (series).

Towler, B. F. (2002). Fundamental Principles of Reservoir Engineering. Textbook Vol. 8, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 232 pages. ISBN: 978-1-55563-092-8.

Ewing, R.E. (1987). The Mathematics of Reservoir Simulation. Society for Industrial

Mathematics, 198 pages.

Ahmed, T. (2006). Reservoir Engineering Handbook. Gulf Professional Publishers,

(3rd edition), 1376 pages.

Goodman, R. E. (1989) Introduction to Rock Mechanics, Second edition, John Wiley & Sons.

Jaegar, J., N. G. Cook., and R. Zimmerman (2007) Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics, Fourth Edition,Blackwell Publishing.


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Course Name



Learning Objectives




Reservoir Simulation (GSK)


This course aims to (1) introduce the student a fundamental knowledge on modelling multi-phase fluid flow through petroleum reservoirs by numerical techniques, which is a widely used tool in petroleum industry and research and (2) guide the student to learn how to solve oil recovery techniques through the professional use of numerical modelling techniques.

The learning outcomes are for the student to (1) gain knowledge and skills needed to solve reservoir engineering problems by means of numerical techniques; (2) apply integrated knowledge of mathematical and basic sciences to the solution of problems related to multi-phase fluid flow through petroleum reservoirs and reservoir performance predictions.

Derivation of partial differential equations governing single and multi-phase fluid flow through petroleum reservoirs; Conceptual, mathematical and numerical modelling principles; Introduction to elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations; Introduction to finite difference techniques; Introducing numerical modelling concepts on thermal/microbial enhanced oil recovery techniques; fluid flow through fractured/shale-gas/coal-bed-methane reservoirs using dual-porosity approach.

Text Books:

Zhangxin Chen. (2008) Reservoir Simulation: Mathematical Techniques in Oil Recovery, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Abou-Kassem, J. H., Farouq Ali, S. M., and Islam, M. R. (2006) Petroleum Reservoir Simulation: A Basic Approach, Gulf Publishing Company.

Fanchi John R. (2005) Principles of Applied Reservoir Simulation, Gulf Professional Publishing.

Carlson, M. R., (2003) Practical Reservoir Simulation: Using, Assessing, and Developing Results, Pennwell Books.

Reference Books:

Mattax, C.C. and Kyte, R.L. (1990) Reservoir Simulation, Monograph Series, SPE, Richardson, TX.

Ertekin, Abou-Kassem and King. (2001) Basic Applied Reservoir Simulation, SPE Textbook 7.

Mattax, C. C. and Dalton, R. L. (1990) Reservoir Simulation, SPE Monograph.

Armin Iske, and Trygve Randen (Editors). (2004) Mathematical Methods and Modelling In Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Part III. Springer.