Experimental Reservoir Physics

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Objectives and content

The aim of the course is to learn laboratory methods that are important for porous media research. The student will generate their own experimental data, analysis and discussion of key porous media parameters, including porosity, permeability, displacement efficiency during drainage and imbibition processes.

The student will gain knowledge of using experimental data in numerical simulations for history matching and estimation of parameters. Understanding multiphase porous media flow parameters is important for CO2 sequestration and underground hydrogen storage, and to reduce carbon footprint in underground energy production from oil and gas, hydrate utilization, geothermal heat and to limit chemical and radioactive contamination.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • know fundamental properties of reservoir rocks and fluids.
  • has knowledge of various experimental methods in reservoir physics.
  • can explain different parameters and their influence on fluid flow, production and storage in porous rocks
  • has knowledge of using experimental data in numerical simulations.


The student

  • can measure the properties of porous rocks related to energy production and storage.
  • can perform experiments to determine the production and storage capacity of core samples.
  • can interpret experiments with multi-phase flow in porous rocks.
  • can perform core analysis without supervision.
  • can use and evaluate experimental data in a numerical simulator

General competence

The student

  • includes Helth-Safety-Environment (HSE) thinking and actions in laboratory work
  • can manage and analyze experimental data
  • can write and provide feedback to scientific reports.

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
PTEK214: 10 ECTS
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method is by lectures and laboratory exercises and by student peer- review on laboratory journals.

Lectures, 2 hours a week for 10 weeks including peer review sessions
Laboratory exercises, 4-8 hours for 4 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Compulsory attendance at lectures and laboratory exercises.
Laboratory reports.
Compulsory assignments are valid for 2 subsequent semesters.
Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

Laboratory reports, 50 % of total grade
Oral Examination, 50 % of total grade.

Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Reading List
The reading list will be available within December 1st for spring semester
Course Evaluation
The course will be avaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material