Liquid displacement: Pattern formed by one liquid displacing another in a flat, porous medium. In this experiment, every continuous area of liquid has its own color. Picture courtesy: Department of Physics, UiO.

PoreLab offers projects for both PhD and Master degrees. PhD positions are announced regularly under and other medias. Master students who are interested in developing a project with PoreLab are invited to take contact with the Center members / Project Initiators (PIs). Examples of master projects are given at the bottom of this page.

Two special courses are offered as part of the PhD program. The courses are offered at both universities, UiO and NTNU, with a double code.

PoreLab course 1: FYS4465/FYS9465 at UiO or KJ8210 at NTNU

Theory and simulation of flows in complex media

Background assumed: Equilibrium statistical mechanics.  Some students may know about diffusion/Langevin equations/basic theory of Onsager reciprocity relations, others will know the Boltzmann equation. Goal: Bring the student to understand the hydrodynamics of flows in porous media, including thermal gradients and concentration gradients. Also, the student will get a toolbox to simulate the flow in porous media on different scales. The course will support  the experimental course in PoreLab.

During the fall 2018, the courses are held in Oslo at the 4th floor in the west wing of the Physics Building (V414), University of Oslo, with a video connection in Trondheim from our meeting room at our PoreLab offices (S.P. Andersens vei 15 B, PTS2, 2nd floor.) every Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 to 12:15.

The compendium for the course is available here.


PoreLab course 2: FYS4420/FYS9420 at UiO or PG8605/TPG4565 at NTNU

PoreLab course 2 is organised through 2 courses, one at UiO and the other one at NTNU.

Experimental techniques in condensed matter physics (FYS4420/FYS9420 at UiO)

The course contains four projects that will give students introduction to important experimental techniques in the field of condensed matter physics. The course is adapted to the center of excellence PoreLab with a special focus on porous media physics.

Dual Porosity reservoirs (PG8605 at NTNU) or Petroleum Engineering, Specialization Course (TPG4565 at NTNU)

Methods for analyzing flow of fluids in dual porosity (fractured) reservoirs. Subjects covered are: Classification of reservoirs with dual porosity. Physical properties with emphasis on absolute and relative permeability and capillary pressure. Modeling of one- and two-phase flow. Drive mechanisms with emphasis on water drive (spontaneous and forced imbibition). Production models.


Within the research fields of PoreLab, NTNU and UiO offer as well the following courses:

Examples of master degree projects

  Pressure fluctuations in porous media flows, UiO

  Influence of flow speed on the pore invasion dynamics, UiO

 Projects in Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics, NTNU

 Steady state two phase flow experiments in 3D, UiO

 CO2 storage and stability of convection plumes in model aquifers, UiO

 Modeling a cyclic granular plug formation process, UiO

 Fast deformation and fracturing during fluid injection into a porous reservoir model, UiO

 Granular plug dynamics in confined geometry, UiO

 Steady state two phase flow in a gravitational field, UiO

 From statistical distribution of the two-phase system to the overall permeability, NTNU


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