Grechka, V.1, Kachanov, M.2
1 Shell E & P, Houston, TX
2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Almost ubiquitous presence of fractures in the earth and their tendency to provide natural pathways for flow of hydrocarbons makes them an important target in exploration for oil and gas. While typical geophysical (mainly seismic) data indicate only relatively large faults, information about many small fractures of exploration interest has to be inferred from seismics by applying some effective ...
McKenna, J.R.1, Blackwell, D.D.2
1 U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center, Geotechnical & Structures Laboratory, Vicksburg, Mississippi
2 Department of Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Thermal anomalies indicating elevated temperatures often are present in producing hydrocarbon fields. This paper discusses precision temperature logs obtained over a salt dome in the Bayou Bleu hydrocarbon field in southwest Lousiana, and presents a 3-D thermal-fluid model of the dome constrained by these types of logs. The numerical model in which both an enhanced thermal conductivity ...
A. Schwen, G. Bodner, A. Schnepf, D. Leitner, G. Kammerer, and W. Loiskandl
Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
Institute of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
Institute of Soil Science, Univ. Natural Resour. Appl. Life Sci., BOKU, Wien, Austria
Modeling soil water dynamics requires an accurate description of soil hydraulic properties, i.e. the retention and hydraulic conductivity functions. Generally, these functions are assumed to be unchanged over time in most simulation studies. In this paper, we implemented temporal changes in the soil hydraulic properties in a Richards’ equation simulation of soil water dynamics. Based on ...
G. Galgana, P. McGovern, and E. Grosfils
Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas, USA
Pomona College, Claremont, California, USA
We present an implementation of the Structural Mechanics module of COMSOL Multiphysics to model the state of stress associated with the emplacement of large volcanic edifices on the surface of a planet. These finite element models capture two essential physical processes: (1) Elastic flexure of the lithosphere beneath the edifice load, and (2) Pressurization of a magma-filled chamber that serves ...
Modelling the Thermal Impact of a Repository for High-Level Radioactive Waste in a Clay Host Formation
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Waste & Disposal Department, Mol, Belgium
Disposal in deep clay geological formations is one of the promising options for disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Yet, they can generate considerable amounts of heat as a side effect of radioactive decay. This paper shows how COMSOL Multiphysics has been used to evaluate the physical impacts of the heating on the geological media around a deep disposal system. The software was found ...
P. Olsson, F. Larsson, A. Khlopotin, S. Razanica
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
In solid mechanics, there is considerable interest in achieving “invisibility”. The applications in mechanics include protection of structures and parts of structures from potentially harmful transient waves and steady state vibrations. A suggested large scale application is that protection against seismic waves from earthquakes could be achieved by using cloaking to re-route the waves around ...
S. Lazzari, A. Priarone,
DIN, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
DIME-TEC, University of Genova, Genova, Italy
The transient behavior of the thermal resistance of single and double U-tube borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) is investigated numerically by means of COMSOL Multiphysics® software with reference to the 2D cross section of usually employed BHEs. The study is performed in a dimensionless parametrical form, the parameters being the ratio between the thermal conductivities of grout and ground, the ...
Flores, N., Gamio, J.C., Ortiz-Alemán, C., Damián, E.
Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, México, D.F., México
Multiphase flow characterization is an important task for monitoring, measuring or controlling industrial processes. This can be done by means of process tomography. One category of process tomography, is electrical capacitance tomography (ECT), where the cross section to be imaged is surrounded by a set of capacitance electrodes formed from simple metal plates. This paper presents the ...
F. Pulvirenti, M. Aloisi, G. De Guidi, M. Mattia, and C. Monaco
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze Geologiche, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy
Structural, morphological and ground deformation studies suggest that the eastern flank of Mt. Etna (eastern Sicily) is spreading seaward. Three contrasting models have been proposed: deep-seated spreading, shallow sliding and tectonic block movements. In order to better understand the kinematics of instability processes on eastern flank of Mt. Etna, a numerical simulation has been applied to a ...
M. Suárez , and F. Samaniego 
Faculty of Sciences, Michoacán University (UMSNH), Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Faculty of Engineering Postgrade Studies Division, National University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico
New geothermal energy sources hold promise for the future. Deep submarine geothermal energy related to hydrothermal vents is emerging in many places along the oceanic spreading centers. Shallow submarine geothermal systems are found near to continental platforms. We present the initial development of mathematical models to simulate the energy transport in submarine systems. A model for the ...