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Wettability processes PET904

An introduction to capillary pressure, hysteresis, and wettability for reservoir evaluation and network models.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

Number of semesters


Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction


Offered by

Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources

Learning outcome

The course should give students deeper insights and knowledge related to some of these scientific themes:

  • The effect of wettability on natural science processes.
  • Chemical components and physical properties affecting wetting.
  • Description of wettingSurface wettability and hysteresisCapillary forces in porous mediumModelling of wettability processes

The course contains themes on an advanced level leading the candidate to the research front in his/her selected themes.

Capillary pressure, wettability and hysteresis in a porous medium; Young-Laplace equation, Kelvin equation, colloid and surface chemistry, stability of thin films, quantification of wettability, correlations, scaling groups for imbibition, Barenblatt model.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Valid admission to a PhD program at the Department of Petroleum Engineering.
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral exam 1/1 Pass - Fail

Oral presentation of a given topic, then questioning.

Coursework requirements
Presentation of given topic
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Skule Strand
Course coordinator: Tina Puntervold
Head of Department: Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
Guided self-tuition, colloquia, presentations of papers.
Open for
Petroleum Engineering - PhD Technology and Natural Science - PhD programme
Course assessment
Form and/or discussion
The syllabus can be found in Leganto