Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Numerical Analysis of Shaft Resistance and Toe Resistance of a Pile in Unsaturated Soil

E. Evgin[1], J. A. Infante Sedano[1], Z. Fu[1]
[1]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 ...

Simulation of Deep Geothermal Heat Production

E. Holzbecher, P. Oberdorfer, F. Maier, and Y. Jin
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany

Geothermal heat production from deep reservoirs (5000-7000 m) is currently examined, not only in Germany. Our reference set-up consists of two pipes within a single borehole: one for pumping. We examine a design, where a single borehole splits into two legs at a certain depth. The two legs are connected by highly permeable geological, natural or artificial strata in the deep subsurface. The ...

Groundwater Modeling as an Assessment Tool for Underground Mines Located in Fractured Massifs

J. Font-Capó[1], A. Nardi[1], M. Mendoza [2], E. Ruiz[2], S. Jordana[1], J. Molinero[1], P. Trinchero[1], J. Vargas[3]
[1]Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
[2]Amphos 21 Perú, Lima, Perú
[3]Worley Parson/TWP, Lima, Perú

Some of the present metallic ores mines are located in areas formed by a heterogeneous fractured massif where groundwater flows preferentially through fractures. Underground mining in these zones can cause impacts in streams, lakes and change the natural water balance of the watersheds, leading to conflicts between traditional uses of water and the mining activity. Quantification of these ...

Fracture-Matrix Flow Partitioning and Cross Flow: Numerical Modeling of Laboratory Fractured Core Flood

R. Sanaee[1], G.F. Oluyemi[1], M. Hossain[1], B.M. Oyeneyin[1]
[1]Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

The contrast between hydro-mechanical behavior of the rock matrix and fracture network systems results in flow partitioning between fracture and matrix systems which is affected by the In-situ stress regime. Fracture flow, Darcy law and free and porous media flow physics interfaces of COMSOL were used in simulating a fractured core flooding test to achieve a better understanding of flow ...

Investigating the Impacts of Hydrogeological Parameters on DSI Efficiency through Numerical Simulation

Y. Jin[1], E. Holzbecher[1], S. Ebneth[2]
[1]Department of Applied Geology, GZG, Georg-August- University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
[2]Hölscher Wasserbau, Haren, Germany

Düsensauginfiltration (DSI),‘nozzle-suction-infiltration’, is a new method for dewatering that avoids groundwater abstraction from the aquifer. Drawdown is achieved via pumping of groundwater at upper abstraction section, meanwhile, all the pumped water is injected through the same borehole, but in greater depth. We use COMSOL Multiphysics® for the development of a 2D model that ...

Hydro-Mechanical Modelling of Infiltration Test for a Bentonite-Sand Mixture: Model Verification and Parameter Identification

M. Hasal[1], R. Hrtus[1], Z. Michalec[1], R. Blaheta[1]
[1]Institute of Geonics AS CR, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The first aim of our work is to create a hydro-mechanical model (HM) of unsaturated fluid flow in bentonite-sand mixture (BSM) MX-80. The second aim is to validate and calibrate the developed model by using the data from a laboratory infiltration test of BSM. The used multi-physics model combines Richards type unsaturated flow with diffusive vapour flow and (nonlinear) elastic response of the ...

Stability of an Underground Limestone Mine

R. Haemers[1], F. Broekkamp[1], H. van Halewijn[1]
[1]Fontys University of Applied Physics, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The hills of South-Limburg, the Netherlands, are crisscrossed with underground limestone mines. These "caves" are not equally stable, and can be dangerous. With COMSOL Multiphysics® a stability assessment has been made. The first study examines the full stress and displacement profile without excavation. In a second study the domains of the corridors are excluded, to represent the excavation ...

Benchmark Calculations with COMSOL of the Transport of Radionuclides Through Clay and Bentonite Barriers in a Geological Repository

M.L. Sentís[1], F. Altorfer[1], M. Herfort[1], A. Jakob[2], G. Kosakowski[2], and S. Friedel[3]

[1]Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, Villigen, Switzerland
[2]Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
[3]COMSOL Multiphysics GmbH, Zürich, Switzerland

A benchmark study was carried out by the Swiss Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) in collaboration with the Laboratory for Waste Management (LES) of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in order to evaluate the capabilities of the program COMSOL for the calculation of the transport of radionuclides through clay and bentonite barriers in a geological repository for radioactive waste. In this study ...

The Simulation of Pore Scale Fluid Flow with Real World Geometries Obtained from X-Ray Computed Tomography

W. Fourie1, R. Said2, P. Young3, and D. L. Barnes1
1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water
and Environmental Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA
2Simpleware, Ltd. Exeter, UK
3Computer Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

With the recent improvement of X-ray Computed Tomography and robust modeling tools, it is now possible to show that pore scale fluid flow modeled by the Navier-Stokes equation can be used to derive macro parameters of Darcy’s Law, such as the hydraulic conductivity. The model allows calculation of isotropy, tortuosity and dispersivity of the soil in all directions. These parameters, which are ...

Simulation of Novel Groundwater Lowering Technique using Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Method

Y. Jin, E. Holzbecher, and P. Oberdorfer
Applied Geology
Geoscience Centre
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany

A novel method for groundwater lowering, which can be applied at construction sites, for aquifer remediation measures or in open mining, is proposed. In contrast to conventional techniques, dewatering is achieved without water conveyance. In this paper the physical concept of the new technology, referred as single borehole pump & inject, is modeled using COMSOL Multiphysics. Two and three ...

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