PG8300 - Rock Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours C

Course content

The course will focus on relations between physical (primarily acoustical, mechanical and hydraulic) properties of porous rocks and their microstructure, plus effects of external variables such as stresses. Topics included in the lectures will be: Biot's theory of poroelasticity. Effective medium theory for solids containing cracks/inclusions. Description of porous media as grain packs. Anisotropy. In addition, selected topics are discussed; like fractals and self-organised criticality, electromagnetic properties of porous media, or plasticity and localization of mechanical failure.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The course shall provide fundamental understanding of the physical and mathematical basis for different rock physics models, including Biot's theory of poroelasticity.

Skills: The students shall be able to develop or refine rock physics models, and to implement models into specific applied problems. The students shall be able to see limitations of existing rock physics models, and to perform a critical analysis of literature within the area.

General competence: The students shall give presentations of one scientific article and limited own scientific work on a relevant topic agreed between the student and the teacher(s).

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught every second year. Lectures and exercises. The students will perform a literature study and present it orally. In addition, a limited research work will be performed by the students in groups or individually.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Oral exam will count 100 % of the mark for the course. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Solid background in mathematics, physics and mechanics.

Course materials

Compendiums, presentations, parts of the book "Petroleum Related Rock Mechanics" by E. Fjær et al. (2021).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIG4918 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
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