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Course Overview

This course presents an introduction to the theories that govern the flow of oil and gas through a reservoir rock. The mechanisms that drive the fluid flow through the reservoir and that control hydrocarbon production are described and discussed. Some ways of increasing hydrocarbon production are introduced. The course is intended for students on the honours petroleum engineering degree program and students will require a strong engineering, or physics background (to level 3) and a good grasp of engineering mathematics at level 3 (or equivalent).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jan Vinogradov

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of EG3018 Fluid Mechanics (Studied) or EM3018 Fluid Mechanics (Studied) or EM3019 Fluid Mechanics (Studied)
  • One of Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering or Bachelor Of Science In Engineering (Petroleum)
  • GL2512 Introduction to Geology for Petroleum Engineers (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG3596 Reservoir Engineering I - Fundamentals (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course provides students with an understanding of the properties of reservoir rocks. Fluid flow through hydrocarbon reservoirs and the interaction between the fluids and the reservoir is examined. The course introduces basic concepts such as porosity and permeability and combines Darcy's law with conservation principles to establish the diffusivity equation for porous media and the radial flow of compressible and nearly incompressible fluids, with the main focus on oil. Primary drive mechanisms are introduced and material balance equations developed and used to confirm reserve estimations and drive mechanism assumptions.



Further Information & Notes

Avialable only to Petroleum Engineering students or with the permission of the Head of the School of Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (90%). Report on practical work (10%). Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (90%) plus the mark for the first attempt of the report on the practical work (10%).

Formative Assessment

Problems are presented and discussed in class and students are given time to complete these on their own before the solution is formally presented.

Sheets of sample problems are provided for the students to try on their own.


Worked examples are presented in class and sheets of sample problems are provided for the students to try on their own. Students can obtain help with these and feedback on their progress at weekly, tutor supported, feedback sessions. Feedback on formally assessed work is also given during these timetabled feedback (or tutorial) sessions and general feedback is provided electronically.

Course Learning Outcomes


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