Benchmark Calculations with COMSOL of the Transport of Radionuclides Through Clay and Bentonite Barriers in a Geological Repository
M.L. Sentís, F. Altorfer, M. Herfort, A. Jakob, G. Kosakowski, and S. Friedel
Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, Villigen, Switzerland
Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
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 ...
Modeling of the Heat Transfer Between a CO2 Sequestration Well and the Surrounding Geological Formation
B. Sponagle, M. Amadu, D. Groulx, and M. Pegg
Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
In a carbon sequestration system CO2 would be pumped down a well and into a reservoir at supercritical temperatures and pressures. An important consideration is the long term stability of the reservoir. The goal of these simulations is to thermally model the injection well and investigate the temperature gradient developed in the cap rock. Ultimately, results from this study will lead to an ...
Numerical Simulations of Radionuclide Transport through Clay and Confining Units in a Geological Repository using COMSOL
J. Hansmann, M. L. Sentis, B. J. Graupner, A.-K. Leuz, C. Belardinelli
Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI), Brugg, Switzerland
Kantonsschule Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland
Introduction: The sectoral plan that defines the procedure and criteria of site selection for deep geological repositories for all categories of waste (high-level and low- and intermediate-level waste) in Switzerland started in 2008 and will last for about ten years. ENSI (Swiss Nuclear Safety Inspectorate) is in charge of reviewing the proposals and safety assessments for geological ...
Computation of the Longitudinal Dispersion Coefficient in an Adsorbing Porous Medium Using Homogenization
A. Rijnks, M. Darwish, and H. Bruining
StatoilHydro ASA, Bergen, Norway
Shell Exploration & Production International Centre, Rijswijk,
Section of Geoengineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
The method to derive upscaled expressions for the dispersion coefficients for reactive flow in a porous medium uses a periodic unit cell (PUC), which consists for instance of a spherical grain in a cube, but nothing prohibits defining more complex PUC's. Homogenization leads to a coupled system of equations where the flow is described by Stokes equation and the concentration fluctuation is ...
M. García-Serrana , J. L. Nieber , J. S. Gulliver ,
 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 ...
C. Corradi, L. Schiavi, S. Rainieri, and G. Pagliarini
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma, Italy
An estimation method, known as Thermal Response Test, of the soil thermal properties necessary to the design of a borehole geothermal energy storage system is discussed in relation to its application to the ground having non–homogeneous composition. The governing equations of the conduction/convection heat transfer unsteady problem which describe the system behaviour have been solved ...
Impact Assessment of Hydrologic and Operational Factors on the Efficiency of Managed Aquifer Recharge Scheme
M.A. Rahman, P. Oberdorfer, Y. Jin, M. Pervin, E. Holzbecher
Department of Applied Geology, Geoscience Center, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Due to increased demands on groundwater accompanied by increased drawdowns (ca. 2-3 meters/year), technologies that use alternative water resources have been suggested for Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Preliminary studies show that managed aquifer recharge (MAR) would help in optimal use of available water resources and to reduce adverse effects of pumping in the Dupitila aquifer of the city. In this ...
G. Ha, S. S. Kim, J. H. Kim
Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea
Here we aim to advance geomagnetic modeling approaches using COMSOL Multiphysics® software and improve the degree of detail that can be obtained from the measured magnetic field. First, we carried out benchmark tests by comparing the computed results using the widely used analytic solutions for rectangular bodies with arbitrary direction of magnetization with those from the AC/DC Module of ...
J. L. Nieber , G. V. Wilson , G. A. Fox ,
 University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
 United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS, USA
 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
The erosion of the interior of soil pipes is an important process in the fields of geomechanics and geomorphology. Soil pipes can form in water holding structures like dams and levees, and water flow through these structures becomes concentrated into the soil pipes as they evolve by the process of internal erosion. With time the erosion process will lead to a soil pipe spanning the entire ...
MSS-Mat Laboratory, CNRS, Ecole Centrale Paris, Châtenay Malabry, France
Ensuring the quality of underground water and controlling its quantity is of major concern for the population. Therefore, this subject attracts many students from different specialties at different levels of their curriculum. In fact, the pedagogic objectives of the course may be different according to the level or/and interest of the students and COMSOL is used due to its versatility. In this ...