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Subsurface Flow Modulex

Two-Phase Flow in Column

The first model describes the simultaneous flow of two immiscible fluids in porous media - here air displaces water in a multi-step inlet pressure experiment. We solve for the pressure and the degree saturation for the air and water within a representative volume and so track saturation ... Read More

Two-Phase Flow over a Low Permeable Lens

This example demonstrate two-phase flow in a porous medium which contains a low permeable lens. The heavier phase infiltrates the porous medium, so the low permeable lens is infiltrated only when a critical saturation at the outside is reached. Read More

Two-Phase Flow in a Porous Medium: Buckley–Leverett Model

This benchmark models two-phase flow in a porous medium in 1D, where the flow can be analytically described by the Buckley-Leverett equation. Read More

Reservoir with Horizontal Wells

This example models a oil reservoir with two horizontal wells. The reservoir contains two phases, water and oil. Oil is recovered by injecting water through the bottom well, so the oil production rate and the water-oil production ratio over time are computed. Read More

Aquifer Characterization

This model uses the Optimization interface to solve the inverse problem for determining the spatially variable hydraulic conductivity on a discretized quadratic grid from a number of aquifer pump tests. Because the number of observations is smaller than the number of unknown parameters, ... Read More

Buoyancy Flow with Darcy's Law — The Elder Problem

Density variations can initiate flow even in a still fluid. In earth systems, density variations can arise from naturally occurring salts, subsurface temperature changes, or migrating pollution. This buoyant or density-driven flow factors into fluid movement in salt-lake systems, saline ... Read More

Variably Saturated Flow and Transport — Sorbing Solute

In this example water ponded in a ring on the ground moves into a relatively dry soil column and carries a chemical with it. As it moves through the variably saturated soil column, the chemical attaches to solid particles, slowing the solute transport relative to the water. Additionally ... Read More

Solute Transport in Prescribed Groundwater Flow, Preset Model

Predicting the transport of solutes that move with subsurface fluids is of general interest in environmental engineering and geosciences. Solutes may not only be pollutants but also artifical tracers added to the groundwater for investigation purposes. This model tracks a solute over ... Read More

Estimating Permeability from Microscale Porous Structures

This example shows how to estimate the permeability of a porous material by creating a detailed fluid flow model in a small unit cell. The result of the model is a lumped permeability of the material, which can be used in homogenized models using Darcy's law or the Brinkman equations. ... Read More

Failure of a Multilateral Well

Multilateral wells—those with multiple legs that branch off from a single well—can produce oil efficiently because the legs can tap multiple productive zones and navigate around impermeable ones. Unfortunately, drilling engineers must often mechanically stabilize multilateral wells with ... Read More