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Simulation of Heat Transfer during Artificial Ground Freezing Combined with Groundwater Flow

R. Hu [1], Q. Liu [1],
[1] School of Earth Science and Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China

Based on the heat transfer and seepage theory in porous media, a 2D cross section of a horizontal AGF project is selected and a numerical model is set up, which is based on full coupling of temperature and flow fields by combining physical interfaces of Darcy's Law and Heat Transfer in Porous Media. The simulation results show that freezing wall appears in an asymmetrical shape as the ...

Development of a Thermo-Hydro-Geochemical Model for Low-Temperature Geoexchange Applications

F. Eppner [1], P. Pasquier [1], P. Baudron [1],
[1] École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

Standing column wells (SCW) are open-loop geoexchange systems used to provide space heating and cooling to buildings. As they use groundwater as heat carrier fluid and modify its thermo-chemical conditions along the year, they may favor calcite dissolution and precipitation, thus increasing maintenance costs. In order to predict the thermo-hydro-chemical (THC) processes occurring in a SCW and ...

Finite Element-Based Characterization of Viscoelastic Materials

X. Song [1], S. Dircks [1], D. Mirosnikov [1], B. Lassen [2],
[1] Mads Clausen Institute, SDU, Sønderborg, Denmark
[2] DONG Energy, Fredericia, Denmark

The objective of this study is to acquire a full characterization of a hyper-elastic material. The process is realized by performing a Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) with a viscoelastic material, which is extended by image processing algorithms in order to measure the changing distance of two dots in the direction of contraction. Due to the non-linear behavior of the material, the model ...

Energy Pile Simulation – an Application of THM-Modeling - new

E. Holzbecher[1]
[1]Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

Energy piles, i.e. heat exchangers located within the foundation piles of buildings, are used for heating of cooling purposes. Although the absolute values of deformations and temperature gradients are low or moderate, the entire setting can be influenced by thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling. The fluctuating thermal regime may affect the deformation of pile and surrounding ground as effect of ...

An Equivalent Kd-based Radionuclide Transport Model Implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

O. Silva [1], E. Abarca [1], J. Molinero [1], U. Kautsky [2]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
[2] Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm, Sweden

Radionuclide sorption is often simulated using a lumped approach where retention processes are represented by the distribution coefficient (Kd), which relates the radionuclide mass retained in the solid phase to its aqueous concentration. Classical Kd-based simulations rely on two strong assumptions: Kd depends on soil properties and is constant in time. However, sorption processes depend also ...

Modeling and Simulation of the Consolidation Behaviour of Cemented Paste Backfill

L. Cui [1], M. Fall [1],
[1] University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

In underground mining operations, the mined-out spaces (called stopes) need to be backfilled to maintain the stability of surrounding rock mass and increase the ore recovery. Cemented paste backfill (CPB), a mixture of water, binder, and tailings, has been intensively utilized in underground mining operations to fill the stopes. After preparation, the fresh CPB is transported into stopes via ...

Investigation of Hydraulic Fracture Re-Orientation Effects in Tight Gas Reservoirs

B. Hagemann[1], J. Wegner[1], L. Ganzer[1]
[1]Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

In tight gas formations where the low matrix permeability prevents successful and economic production rates, hydraulic fracturing is required to produce a well at economic rates. As production from the well and its initial fracture declines, re-fracturing treatments are required to accelerate recovery. The orientation of the following hydraulic fracture depends on the actual stress-state of the ...

The Effect of Different Geometries on the Thermal Mantle Convection

M. Herein, and A. Galsa
Department of Geophysics
Eötvös University
Budapest, Hungary

For the numerical solving of the equations, Comsol has been applied. Simulations have been modeled in 2D Cartesian, in cylindrical coordinate system and in a “mantle-like” cylindrical-shell. Mantle dynamics is controlled by the Rayleigh number (Ra), which is the ratio of the buoyancy and viscous force. The effect of Ra has been studied in the range of 1e4 to 1e7. The significance of the ...

Quantification of Porosity Changes Due to Precipitation of Cement Materials with iCP

D. Sampietro [1], E. Abarca [1], M. Bayer [1], S. Jordana [1], J. Molinero [1], T. Tanaka [2], S. Hashimoto [2], T. Iwatsuki [3], H. Onoe [3], H. Saegusa [3]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
[2] Obayashi Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
[3] Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Gifu, Japan

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is carrying out an URL (Underground Research Laboratory) project in Mizunami city, central Japan. The project is a purpose-built generic URL project that is planned for a scientific study of the deep geological environment in fractured crystalline rock as a basis of research and development for geological disposal of nuclear waste. The concrete material ...

3D Numerical Modeling of Vertical Geothermal Probes

J. M. Dedulle [1], D. Nguyen [2]
[1] SIMTEC, Grenoble, France
[2] BRGM, Montpellier, France

The Solargeotherm project is assessing the possibility of using vertical geothermal probes drilled into a rock mass (bedrock) for storing the thermal energy produced by solar panels and later releasing it. The research project relies on the installation of an experimental system and the use of heat transfer models. The underground device, set up entirely in Paleozoic schist (greenish grey banded ...