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Subsurface Flow Modulex

Thermal Impact of a Borehole Heat Exchanger Array

This model shows how to compute an array of borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) for shallow geothermal energy production. The BHEs are simplified as line heat sinks with a uniform heat extraction rate. The array is embedded into a layered subsurface model with groundwater flow in one of the ... Read More

Solute Injection

This model tracks a contaminant that enters an aquifer at a point, such as an injection well or toxic spill, and spreads through the aquifer with time. The model has an analytic solution developed by Wilson and Miller. This analytic solution has been used to test several dedicated fluid ... Read More

Aquifer Water Table Calculation

This model demonstrates the application of COMSOL Multiphysics to a benchmark case of steady-state subsurface fluid flow and transient solute transport along a vertical cross section in an unconfined aquifer. Because of profound geologic heterogeneity, the model must estimate solute ... Read More

Variably Saturated Flow

This example utilizes the Richards’ Equation interface to assess how well geophysical irrigation sensors see the true level of fluid saturation in variably saturated soils. The challenge to characterizing fluid movement in variably saturated porous media lies primarily in the need to ... Read More

Terzaghi Compaction

Fluids that move through pore spaces in an aquifer or reservoir can shield the porous medium from stress because they bear part of the load from, for instance, overlying rocks, sediments, fluids, and buildings. Withdrawing fluids from the pore space increases the stress the solids bear, ... Read More

Dam Breaking on a Column, Shallow Water Equations

This example uses the Shallow Water equations to model the impact of a water wave on a column. A body of water with a height of 0.3 meters is initially contained behind a gate. At the start of the simulation, the gate is suddenly released and the body of water forms a wave moving toward ... Read More

Tsunami Runup onto a Complex 3D Beach, Monai Valley

This example is an established benchmark case for the shallow water equations that models a 1/400 scaled laboratory experiment of the tsunami runup in Monai Valley in Japan. The experiment was made at the Central Research Institute for Electric Power Industry (CRIEIPI) in Abiko, Japan, ... Read More

Glacier Flow

This example shows how to set up a glacier flow model in principle, containing several important aspects of glacier modeling: The creation of the 2D geometry, the modeling of non-Newtonian flow, and the implementation of basal sliding. In this example, two different glacier types, a cold ... Read More

Phase Change in a Semi-Infinite Soil Column

In this example, a heat-conduction problem with phase change in a porous material is solved, and the results are compared with the analytical solution, also known as the Lunardini solution. This is the first test case from the InterFrost project. ... Read More

Seawater Intrusion in a Coastal Aquifer

Seawater intrusion is a critical issue in coastal regions, where it endangers both freshwater supplies and the overall quality of groundwater. This example showcases seawater intrusion in a coastal aquifer where a pumping well is located at some distance from the shoreline. The model ... Read More