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Petroleum Physics

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course focuses on fundamental physics related to petroleum exploration.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, the student will: Be able to apply tensors in the description of physical properties of systems. Have knowledge about basic physical mechanisms related to exploration of oil and gas, in order to understand relevant literature and perform simple calculations.


Introduction to tensor analysis. Waves in elastic media. Capillary pressure and hysteresis. Waves in one- and multi phase fluid flow. Non-Newtonian fluids.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral exam1/145 minutesA - FNone permitted

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Dmitry Shogin
Course coordinator
Anders Tranberg
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours/week including lectures and exercises. Parts of the course will be a self-study. Student presentation of selected topics.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Petroleumphysics (MPT140_1) 10
Petroleum physics (TE0594_1) 6
Petroleum physics (TE0594_A) 6

Open to

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion


Compendium: Bærheim, Skjæveland, Amundsen, Time, Hodne & Larsen "Petroleum physics" (Canvas)

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 21.10.2019