Fiches de cours

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Reservoir geo-mechanics engineering


Lecturer(s) :

Lecampion Brice Tanguy Alphonse




This course introduces the concepts required to develop fluid-filled porous reservoirs in subterranean formation for a number of industrial applications. It covers the effects of fluid withdrawal and injection on in-situ rock stresses and deformation, well stimulation, deep drilling etc.


-        Introduction to geo-energy & the different types of subterranean reservoirs

-        Introduction to numerical methods in geomechanics (FE/FD algorithms for hydro-mechanical coupling)

-        Deep well construction

-        Poroelasticity & flow in deformable fractures

-        Extension to thermal effects

-        Fluid flow around a well, pore-pressure diffusion, interference between wells, introduction to reservoir management.

-        Effects induced by fluid withdrawal and/or injection: fault re-activation, induced seismicity, surface deformation, cap-rock integrity, un-controlled fracturing.

-        Introduction to hydraulic fracturing for well stimulation.

-       Applications to conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources, deep geothermal systems and CO2 geological storage.


geo-energy, energy, geotechnical engineering, poromechanics, fluid flow, fractures, wells

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Recommended courses

Geomechanics, groundwater flow, soil mechanics, rock mechanics, fracture mechanics

Important concepts to start the course

good knowledge of continuum mechanics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Expected student activities

A group project will be assigned mid-october and run through the end of the semester. It will count for 50% of the grade. It will involve the following steps: i) solving anaytically/numerically a simplified configuration linked to a  real engineering problem, ii) discussing order of magnitude via dimensional analysis, iii) and discuss the relevance of the results for practice.

Assessment methods

50% Project during the semester

50% Final oral exam


Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

In the programs

    • Semester
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
    • Subject examined
      Reservoir geo-mechanics engineering
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German