TPG4160 - Reservoir Simulation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 25/100
Oral examination 75/100

Course content

The course partial differential equations for one-phase and multi-phase flow in porous materials, and numerical methods for solving these. Topics: Summary of rock and fluid properties; derivation of PDE's; numerical solution of PDE's using finite differences; methods for solving linear and non-linear equations; discussion of different types of reservoir simulation methods; practical sides of reservoir simulation applications.

Learning outcome

The course aims at giving the students basic knowledge of numerical simulation of fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs.

Students will understand partial differential equations for single phase and multiphase flow in porous materials, and numerical solution methods of these using finite difference methods.

Students will be able to use common modeling tools for numerical prediction of reservoir behavior during production of oil and gas.

General competence:
Students will be able to do derivation of equations for flow in porous media, and numerical solution of these by using finite difference methods.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory simulation exercises and group project. The lectures are in English. The course will be evaluated by the students via a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (75%) and evaluation of compulsory exercises/group work (25%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the assessment form may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Course material will be given at semester start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4042 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Reservoir Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS work 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral examination 75/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination (1) 75/100 2021-06-04
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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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