TPG4145 - Reservoir Fluids and Flow


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Group project report and oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group project report 50/100
Oral exam (with group presentations and group peer feedback) 50/100 2 hours

Course content

The fluid part of the course describes reservoir fluid properties, multi-component phase behavior, PVT lab tests, and use of PVT data in reservoir calculations. The flow part of the course treats single-well behavior for radial flow steady state condition of wells in porous media, as well as reservoir material balance and well testing.

Learning outcome


Completion of the course gives the students knowledge of chemistry, thermodynamics, and flow in porous media for optimal and sustainable utilization of the reservoirs.


By the end of the semester, the students understand the comprehensive use of fluid phase properties, the application of Darcy’s law, material balance and well testing. This knowledge can be used in hydrocarbon reservoir recovery or other applications such as carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS), hydrogen storage, study of aquifers (groundwater systems), and geothermal reservoirs.


By the end of the semester, the students will be able to perform phase equilibrium and flow calculations, and estimate fluid phase properties for reservoir and production engineering applications, and gas injection for enhanced recovery and storage, e.g., CO2 storage. The students also understand how to use or develop appropriate digital tools (e.g., Fluid Modeling software) to perform fluid and flow calculations.

General competence:

By the end of the semester, the students learn:

  • to apply fluid and flow knowledge and skills gained in the course for sustainable utilization of the reservoirs.
  • to use digital tools such as fluid modelling software and programming languages for problem solving, and will develop competences within data analysis.
  • how to become autonomous and independent problem solvers relying on their own ability to check and cross-check their work with others, in addition to using the lectures to seek feedback.

During group work the students learn to cooperate and to take responsibility for their part of the tasks. Group project, presentation and peer feedback experience in the course helps develop engineering communications skills.

Learning methods and activities

Flipped classroom, summary lectures, coaching, group project, report writing, group presentation and peer feedback, self-study. Lectures are held in English.

Course evaluation is carried out by a reference group giving students' feedbacks to the course coordinator.

Further on evaluation

The assessment is based on:

  • Group project report.
  • Oral exam (with group presentations and group peer feedback)

To pass the course, the students need to pass both parts in the course.

Assessment for the course is based on group work. If significant differences in the contributions from group members have been documented, individual adjustment of final grading may be considered.

For a re-take of the course, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Phase Behaviour SPE monograph (Whitson and Brule). Distributed notes and articles.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4035 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Reservoir Engineering
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Group project report and oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Group project report 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam (with group presentations and group peer feedback) 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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