Fluid Flow in Porous Media (GEO140)

In this course we will explore general concepts within fluid flow and storage in porous media that are relevant for the distribution of fluids in the subsurface, and their storage, transport, and extraction. The knowledge gained will be useful for contributing to an efficient utilization of the subsurface natural resources, and for understanding how the subsurface plays a role in the storage of CO2 for sustainable development.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The course provides insights into porous media properties and ability to transport and store fluids, in addition to skills to determine the storage capacity of a porous medium and recovery of fluids from petroleum reservoirs.

Examples of methods taught are: pressure, volume, temperature (PVT) properties of various phases, petrophysics, capillary pressure, relative permeabilities, wettability preference, multiphase flow in porous media and material balance for fluid recovery from petroleum reservoirs.

Learning outcome


  • Characterization of fluids present in or injected into the subsurface formations
  • Parameters that are important for fluid flow and storage in a porous medium
  • Terms and definitions used within reservoir engineering


  • Practical skills for determining petrophysical properties like porosity, permeability and capillary pressure
  • Know how to use material balance in recovery calculations
  • Know how to use the Buckley-Leverett theory to determine multiphase flow in porous media.

General competence:

  • Ability to interpret experimental analysis results and extract the necessary data to do relevant 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

Pen and paper exam.

Coursework requirements

Lab course
The 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

Energy and Petroleum Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering 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.


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