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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course covers hydrodynamics where capillary and viscous forces play a role. It also covers simulation methods, thermodynamics and statistical physics relevant to porous media.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you will:

  • Have knowledge of hydrodynamic and thermodynamic transport processes in porous media.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of the Navier-Stokes equation and Darcy’s law, and also diffusion and dispersion processes.
  • Be able to program molecular and Brownian dynamics codes as well as the lattice Boltzmann-model and simple network models that are used to simulate flow in complex geometries.
  • Know the theory behind the simulation models and have an understanding of how small scale processes affect processes at larger scales. This includes the understanding of percolation theory.
  • Be able to account for and understand a current research article on the numerical modeling of flow in porous media.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours excercises per week throughout the semester.

There is a week spent on a numerical project.

In addition to the main subject a presentation is to be given of a current research article on the numerical modeling of flow in porous media. The presentation must be approved before the final exam.


The examination consists of:

  • Theoretical home exam in the middle of the semester, with assessment pass/fail.
  • Final project assignment, corresponding to 1 week's work, with assessment pass/fail.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: ​FYS4465 – Dynamics of Complex Media

This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam


Examination support material

All examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 29, 2020 9:15:06 PM

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