TPG4160 - Reservoir Simulation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam and group-based project report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group-based project report 25/100
School exam 75/100 4 hours D

Course content

This course covers the simulation of flow in porous media during production or storage in subsurface reservoirs, e.g., during CO2 sequestration, hydrocarbon production, or water production from aquifers. The course derives partial differential equations (PDE's) for one-phase and multi-phase flow in porous materials, and numerical methods for solving these. Topics: Summary of material 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 models; practical sides of reservoir simulation applications.

Learning outcome

Ingress: The course aims at giving the students basic knowledge of numerical simulation of fluid flow in porous media.

Knowledge: 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.

Skills: Students will be able to use common modeling tools for numerical prediction of reservoir behavior during production or injection.

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

The grade in the course is based on a group-based project report (25%) and a final written exam (75%). In order to be eligible to receive a grade in the course, both assessments must receive a passing score. 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.

Students who have passed the course and would like to try to improve their grade will only re-take the written exam. Students who have failed the course but passed the group project will only re-take the written exam.

Course materials

Reservoir simulation - Through open source software:

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4042 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

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: Written exam and group-based project report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 75/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Group-based project report 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 75/100 D INSPERA
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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