Fluid Flow in Porous Media (GEO140)

The course gives an introduction to the physical and chemical laws that determine the transport of one or more phases in a porous medium.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




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Semester tution start


Number of semesters


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The course provides insights into porous media properties and transport phenomena and skills to determine the storage capacity of reservoirs and recovery of reservoir fluids. Examples of methods taught are: PVT properties of reservoir fluids, petrophysics, capillary pressure, relative permeabilities, wettability preference, material balance for oil reservoirs, and multiphase flow.

Learning outcome


  • Terms and definitions used within reservoir engineering
  • Characterization of reservoir fluids
  • Parameters that are important for fluid flow in a porous medium
  • Flow in homogeneous and fractured porous media


  • Know how to use material balance in recovery calculations
  • Know how to use the Buckley-Leverett theory to determine oil production by waterflooding
  • Practical skills for determining petrophysical properties like porosity, permeability and capillary pressure

General competence:

  • Ability to interpret experimental analysis results and extract the necessary data to do recovery calculations
  • Ability to report laboratory results
  • Ability to collaborate with peers

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades No printed or written materials are allowed. Approved basic calculator allowed

Coursework requirements

Lab course
Laboratory course must be passed to be allowed to take the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Tina Puntervold

Course teacher:

Tina Puntervold

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Study Adviser:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

Lectures, assignments and laboratory work.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Reservoir Technology (PET120_1) 10
Reservoir technology (BIP140_1) 10

Open for

Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto