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 ...
E. Holzbecher , T. Manchester ,
 German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), Halban, Oman
 Univ. Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
A model is presented for heat rejection in the subsurface. Geometries of different dimension are coupled by linear and general extrusions. In that way it is possible to deal with multi-scale physical set-up. An example shows the high influence of groundwater flow.
Oscillatory Thermal Response Test (OTRT) – An Advanced Method for Gaining Thermal Properties of the Subsurface
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
Thermal Response Tests (TRTs) are the state-of-the-art method to obtain the thermal conductivity of the subsurface in the nearby ambience of a borehole heat exchanger (BHE). The results of TRTs are used to determine the necessary depth of the borehole and to make long time predictions about the potential of heat extraction. For a TRT, a constant heat load is injected into the subsurface and the ...
Using COMSOL for the Transport Modelling of Some Special Cases in a Bentonite Buffer in a Final Repository for Spent Nuclear Fuel
M. Olin, V-M. Pulkkanen, A. Seppälä, T. Saario, A. Itälä, M. Tanhua-Tyrkkö, and M. Liukkonen
VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
The bentonite barrier is an essential part of a safe spent fuel repository in granitic bedrock. In this work COMSOL Multiphysics® is used in modelling the Thermal (T), Hydrological (H), Mechanical (M) and Chemical (C) phenomena and processes taking place in a bentonite buffer. Special interest lies in systems in which the density of bentonite or bentonite pore water varies. Typically, variation ...
S. Gradmann , Y. Maystrenko , M. Keiding , O. Olesen ,
 Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway
Investigating the unusual neotectonic activity in northern Norway provides a number of challenges since both far-field and near-field stresses need to be considered. The far-field background stress strongly controls the overall stress regime. The regional stress field stems from the additional interaction of ridge push and GIA (glacial isostatic adjustment); the local stress field mainly results ...
J. Lippmann-Pipke, J. Kulenkampff, G. Marion, and M. Richter
Rossendorf, Institut of Radiochemistry
Research Site Leipzig
Reactive Transport Division
We apply COMSOL Multiphysics for reproducing our experimental observations of fluid flow and transport processes in geological media. Our experimental GeoEPT-method allows the 4D monitoring of transport processes in geological material on laboratory scale. Explicitly we import “realistic structures” from geologic samples scanned by means of computer tomography (CT) as stl-files into COMSOL ...
An Innovative Reactive Transport Modeling Approach for the Chemical Evolution of a HLW Cell in the Callovo-Oxfordian Formation
J. Molinero, D. García, M. Grivé, A. Nardi
Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
Andra (The French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency) envisages the safe disposal of High-Level Waste (HLW) and Intermediate-Level Long-Lived Waste (IL-LLW) in deep geological storage using a multi-barrier system. To ensure the containment of radioactivity, the principle of storage is based on a clay formation with low permeability, homogeneity and continuity (i.e Callovo-Oxfordian ...
Numerical Inversion of Surface Deformation at Long Valley Caldera (California) By Using 3D Mechanical Models
S. Pepe, P. Tizzani, and A. Manconi
IREA-CNR, Napoli, Italy
We use 3D numerical models to analyze the ground deformation observed at Long Valley Caldera (LVC) between 1992 and 2000 via space-based geodetic techniques. More specifically, we implement a complex model that includes the topography and the material heterogeneities information of LVC. The 3D heterogeneous models are implemented of COMSOL models in a Genetic Algorithm optimization to constrain ...
Finite Element Solution of Nonlinear Transient Rock Damage with Application in Geomechanics of Oil and Gas Reservoirs
S. Enayatpour, T. Patzek
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
The increasing energy demand calls for advances in technology which translate into more accurate and complex simulations of physical problems. Understanding the rock damage is essential to understanding the geomechanics of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The fragile microstructure of some rocks makes it difficult to predict the propagation of fracture in these rocks, therefore a mathematical model is ...
Investigating the Impacts of Hydrogeological Parameters on DSI Efficiency through Numerical Simulation
Y. Jin, E. Holzbecher, S. Ebneth
Department of Applied Geology, GZG, Georg-August- University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
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 simulates ...