Romania: June 17-20

Our students have returned from their conference by the Black Sea, and have provided us with some wonderful reports and photos on their cultural activities in addition to their coursework.

Alex Romanyuk tells us:

Today (June 17) we visited the Oil Museum in Ploiesti. Housed in a beautiful building near the center of the city, the museum focuses on the history of oil exploitation and use in Romania and the beginning and evolution of oil industry tools. We received a guided tour through the museum, viewing old textbooks, paintings, and tools that depict Romania’s oil history. Outside, we saw various trucks, pumps, and drilling equipment dating back decades.

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When we arrived back at the university, we performed a lab about monitoring vibrations. A sensor was placed on various sections of an electric motor connected to a pump that was pumping water throughout a series of pipes. In order to create vibrations, and simulate a situation in which monitoring of equipment will come in handy, a valve was opened to allow air to enter the system. The air caused the pump to vibrate, and these vibrations were recorded through the sensor.

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Lecture was about maintenance of drilling equipment. We were introduced to the various types of maintenance and their benefits. Students from OU worked with local students in order to name examples and further our understanding of the concepts.

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For the weekend, the group traveled and took in the beauty of the Romanian countryside and pieces of its cultural heritage. Jordan Sylvester explains:

On Sunday we drove into the Carpathian Mountains to visit Sinaia, a town that is home to a beautiful monastery and one of the most famous castles in Romania. The monastery is over 300 years old, and is still visited by people from all over the world. The long climb up the mountain was completely worth it, since we were rewarded by spectacular views and a tour of one of the landmarks that makes Romania so special.

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On Monday, we visited the beautiful city of Brașov, also located in the Carpathian Mountains in the Transylvania region of Romania. Brașov is filled with historic buildings and delicious food, and is commonly cited by locals as one of the best places to visit in Romania. We took a cable car to the top of the mountain that borders the city, and spent some time in the city center before returning to Ploiești.

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When we got back, we had class and reviewed some of the important concepts that we have learned in the course. Dr. Teodoriu taught us about important concepts in drilling equipment maintenance with a focus on proactive and preventative measures.

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