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Reservoir Simulation PET660

Advanced reservoir simulation, theory and practical work.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Learning outcome
After completing the course the student will be able to:
  • understand the construction of a standard simulator for reservoir fluid multiphase flow
  • use an advanced reservoir simulatorcommon to the industry
  • formulate differential equations, discretize them and linearize them to be solved in a programming software for a relatively simple multiphase flow problem
Differential equations for mass conservation, Black Oil and compositional models. Discretization, finite differences. Linearization, Newton's method. IMPES, AIM and implicit solution. Solution of linear equations, direct and iterative methods. Use of a simulator for solving reservoir technical problems.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
PET500 PVT of Petroleum Reservoirs and Fluids, PET510 Computational Reservoir and Well Modeling, PET560 Improved Recovery Methods, PET565 Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Transport Processes
PET500, PET510, PET560, PET565

Written exam and project assignment

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1 40/100 4 Hours A - F
Written exam 2 40/100 4 Hours A - F
Project report 20/100 A - F

Continuous assessment consisting og two tests and a Project report.
• Test 1, 4hrs, 40%
• Test 2, 4hrs 40%
• Discretization Project report, 20%

Students who wish to take one or several of the assessment parts again can do this the following year/next time the course is offered. All parts, including the mandatory assignments, must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course.

Coursework requirements
Four compulsary assignments
Four mandatory reservoir simulation Projects  (pass / fail). 
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Pål Østebø Andersen
Course teacher: Pål Østebø Andersen
Course coordinator: Hans Kleppe
Head of Department: Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
Lectures and work in computer lab.
Open for
Master students associated with energy and petroleum technology studies, primarily with specialization in reservoir technology. If more than 35 students register, reservoir students will be prioritized, then petroleum, then based on grades.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Reservoir simulation (MPE750) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto