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Permeability in Fragmented Materials and its Application to Underground Mining - new

S. Palma [1], R. Castro [1], A. Hekmat [1],
[1] Mining Engineering Department, Block Caving Laboratory, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

The block caving mine is considered by the mining industry as one of the natural replacements of the current open cut mines in the near future. The block caving technique is based on the extraction of small broken rocks, created by blasted initially large solid rocks, and the fracture of compact material located in the upper layers because the stress propagation generated by the extraction ...

Modeling of Biocalcification in Non-Saturated Conditions - new

B. Courcelles [1], C. Raymond-Poirier [1],
[1] École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

In the context of increasing demographic pressures around the world, soil improvement techniques constitute viable alternatives to expensive foundations. Among these techniques, the biocalcification of granular soils appears as a promising alternative relying on the formation of calcium carbonates. The process is relatively basic and energy efficient, as based on the metabolic activity of the ...

Solution of Poroelastic Equations with Different Base Variables Using Equation-based Modeling - new

M. H. Akanda [1], Y. Cao [1], A. J. Meir [1],
[1] Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

Poroelasticity equations describe the interaction between fluid flow and solids deformation within a porous medium. Modeling of poroelasticity is coupling between elastic deformation of porous materials and Darcy’s law. Poroelasticity has numerous real world applications such as in reservoir engineering, bio-engineering, environmental engineering etc. We have used quasi-static poroelastic ...

Effect of Parallel Strip Water Source Spacing on Lateral Infiltration Flux - new

M. García-Serrana [1], J. L. Nieber [1], J. S. Gulliver [1],
[1] University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

This analysis evaluates the importance of the lateral component of flow on the infiltration of water from parallel strip sources of water on the soil surface. Flow from such sources will be two-dimensional, having both vertical and lateral components. Here we examine the effect of the spacing between parallel strip sources and the texture of the soil on the rate of infiltration through a given ...

Benchmarking Tailored Formulations of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media - new

Á. Sainz [1,2], A. Nardi [1], E. Abarca [1], F. Grandía [1]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona, Spain
[2] Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Nowadays, gas and nuclear waste storage, shale gas and EOR exploitation rise the need to understand and predict the fate of multiphase flows in the underground. Various formulations for multiphase flow arise from different linear combinations of governing equations and choice of associated unknowns. Each formulation has its own benefits and drawbacks; and the optimal may vary depending on the ...

Two-phase Flow Calculations in Pore Unit Cells Implementing Mixed FEM/Lattice-Boltzmann Simulators - new

E. D. Skouras [1][2], A. N. Kalarakis [2], M. S. Valavanides [3], V. N. Burganos [1],
[1] Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas/Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, Patras, Greece
[2] Dept of Mechanical Engineering, TEI of Western Greece, Patras, Greece
[3] Dept of Civil Engineering, Applied Mechanics Laboratory, TEI of Athens, Athens, Greece

In general, macroscopic two-phase flow in porous media is a mixture of connected and disconnected oil flow. The latter is expressed as ganglion dynamics and drop traffic flow, patterns observed experimentally in pore network models [1,2] and real porous media [3,4]. This characteristic was adversely not taken into account in previous modeling approaches. The mechanistic model DeProF [5], ...

Scraping Non-Newtonian Power-Law Paint - new

C. R. Meyer [1], J. R. Rice [1],
[1] Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

A similarity solution to Taylor's paint scraper problem for the flow of a non-Newtonian power-law fluid is presented. A shooting method numerical solution agrees with the results found for Newtonian fluids and is able to capture both shear-thinning and shear-thickening fluids. Simulations created in COMSOL Multiphysics® software are also presented to corroborate the shooting method and display ...

An Equivalent Kd-based Radionuclide Transport Model Implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software - new

O. Silva [1], E. Abarca [1], J. Molinero [1], U. Kautsky [2]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
[2] Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm, Sweden

Radionuclide sorption is often simulated using a lumped approach where retention processes are represented by the distribution coefficient (Kd), which relates the radionuclide mass retained in the solid phase to its aqueous concentration. Classical Kd-based simulations rely on two strong assumptions: Kd depends on soil properties and is constant in time. However, sorption processes depend also ...

Lithic Hypar: New Frontiers in Structural Stone Research - new

D. Malomo [1], V. Varano [2],
[1] DICEA, University of Rome, Italy
[2] LAMS, University of Rome, Italy

The "Lithic Hypar" research is based on the mechanical analysis of an innovative reinforced stone's structure, architecturally designed by Prof. Fallacara, University of Bari (Italy): the headquarters entrance portal of the French company SNBR (Société Nouvelle Batiment Régional) located in Troyes (France), the realization of which is planned for October 2015. The main idea of this lithic ...

New Thermo-Mechanical Fluid Flow Modeling of Multiscale Deformations in the Levant Basin - new

M. Belferman [1], R. Katsman [1], A. Agnon [2], Z. Ben-Avraham [1],
[1] The Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, Leon H.Charney School of marine sciences. Haifa University, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel
[2] Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

The Levant has been repeatedly devastated by numerous earthquakes since prehistorical times. In order to understand the role of the dynamics of the water bodies in triggering the deformations in the Levant basin, a new theoretical thermo-mechanical model is constructed and extended by including a fluid flow component, in COMSOL Multiphysics simulation environment. The latter is modeled on a ...