Reservoir geo-mechanics engineering


Lecturer(s) :

Lecampion Brice Tanguy Alphonse




-        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.

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

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