Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithm Optimization using COMSOL Multiphysics®: Applications to the Analysis of Ground Deformation in Active Volcanic Areas
A. Manconi, P. Tizzani, G. Zeni, S. Pepe, and G. Solaro
IREA, CNR, Napoli, Italy
INGV, Osservatorio Vesuviano, Napoli, Italy
We combine the potentiality of COMSOL with Monte Carlo optimization procedures, referred to as Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithm, in order to analyze and interpret ground deformation measured in active volcanic areas. Through MATLAB® subroutines, we use FE (Finite Element) models that include complexities like topography, vertical and lateral heterogeneities and time-dependent ...
R. Viola, F. Zama, M.Tuller, and E. Mesini
DICMA, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Dep. of Mathematics, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Dep. of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Arizona, USA
Advances in visualization and discretization of pore structures by means of Computed Tomography, and rapidly increasing computational capabilities, allow numerical modeling of pore-scale fluid flow based on the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations rather than using a macroscopic approach based on Darcy’s law. To test the capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics modeling platform, we ...
X. Ma and J. Grabe
Institude for Geotechnics and Construction Management, Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany
Natural groundwater flow can increase the efficiency of geothermal system. But groundwater flow is not available everywhere. A patented new idea is to use air injection well to create artificial flow in sandy or gritty soils. The governing equations of fluid flow and heat transfer problem were solved with the COMSOL’s Earth Science Module.
Using COMSOL for the Transport Modelling of Some Special Cases in a Bentonite Buffer in a Final Repository for Spent Nuclear Fuel
M. Olin, V-M. Pulkkanen, A. Seppälä, T. Saario, A. Itälä, M. Tanhua-Tyrkkö, and M. Liukkonen
VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
The bentonite barrier is an essential part of a safe spent fuel repository in granitic bedrock. In this work COMSOL Multiphysics® is used in modelling the Thermal (T), Hydrological (H), Mechanical (M) and Chemical (C) phenomena and processes taking place in a bentonite buffer. Special interest lies in systems in which the density of bentonite or bentonite pore water varies. Typically, variation ...
A. Schwen, G. Bodner, A. Schnepf, D. Leitner, G. Kammerer, and W. Loiskandl
Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
Institute of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
Institute of Soil Science, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
Modeling soil water dynamics requires an accurate description of soil hydraulic properties, i.e. the retention and hydraulic conductivity functions. Generally, these functions are assumed to be unchanged over time in most simulation studies. In this paper, we implemented temporal changes in the soil hydraulic properties in a Richards’ equation simulation of soil water dynamics. Based on ...
X. Gong, R. Wan
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
THM (Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical) behavior of the reservoir during SAGD (Steam-Assistant-Gravity-Drainage) was studied through a proper constitutive modeling of the porous media. Specifically, a generalized density-stress-fabric dependent elasto-plastic model with stress-dilatancy and plastic damage as main ingredients was implemented into COMSOL Multiphysics®, to model geomechanical behavior during ...
J. K. Costain
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA
There are only two types of naturally-occurring earthquakes anywhere on the Earth: 1) those associated with the dynamics of plate tectonics and 2) those associated with the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle. The first type is characteristic of an INTERplate setting (like the San Andreas Fault). The second (“hydroseismicity”) is characteristic of an INTRAplate setting (like the Virginia ...
E. Evgin, J. A. Infante Sedano, Z. Fu
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
A pile transfers structural load to the ground at the surface of its shaft and at its toe. In the calculation of these two components of load, both the deformation characteristics and the strength properties of the soil are needed. In unsaturated soils, matric suction changes the stress-strain-strength behavior of the soil. Similarly, the adhesion and the friction angle at the contact area ...
Full Coupling of Flow, Thermal and Mechanical Effects in COMSOL Multiphysics® for Simulation of Enhanced Geothermal Reservoirs
D. Sijacic, P. Fokker
TNO, Utrecht, The Netherlands
The effective modeling of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) requires the coupling of geomechanics, fluid flow and thermal processes. An understanding of the complete system with these coupled processes is vital, not just for reservoir stimulation targeted at enhancing reservoir performance, but also for the understanding, prediction and prevention of induced seismicity. Thermal effects however ...
G. Perillo, G. De Natale, M.G. Di Giuseppe, A. Troiano, C. Troise
University of Naples Parthenope, Italy
INGV - Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy
Fluid injection in deep wells is a basic procedure in geothermal permeability enhancement. The retrieved changes of Pressure and Temperature are subsequently considered as sources of incremental stress and strain changes, using the elastic model from COMSOL Multiphysics®, which are then converted to Coulomb stress changes on favoured faults, taking into account also the background regional ...