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Colloid Systems PET907

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

Course code


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Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

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Exam semester


Language of instruction


Offered by

Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering

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 effecting wetting.
  • Description of wetting Wettability measurementsSurface wettability and hysteresisCapillary forces in porous mediumModelling of wettability processes

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


Wetting is the ability of a fluid to maintain contact with a solid surface. Wettability are controlled by chemical and physical phase properties. The wettability effects most natural science systems, dictating biological processes in nature, behavior of complex multiphase systems, and are an important part of material science and manufacturing.

Wettability dictates fluid flow in porous media, and the effect of wettabilty on oil production are important when field development are evaluated as commercially successful, and if enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes could be introduced to extend the lifetime of fields.

Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral Exam 1/1 2 Hours Pass - Fail

Oral Exam, duration: 2 hours, Passed / Not passed 

Coursework requirements
Mandatory project assignment
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Mahmoud Khalifeh
Course coordinator: Mahmoud Khalifeh
Head of Department: Øystein Arild
Method of work

Guided self-tuition, colloquia, presentations.

The student should write a report, with references to the literature, covering some of the scientific themes.

Open for
Petroleum Engineering - PhD Technology and Natural Science - PhD programme
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