E. Dagher, G. Su, T. S. Nguyen
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa, ON, Canada
COMSOL® software was used to simulate the conductive heat transfer with phase change in the geological formations encompassed in permafrost surrounding a shallow thaw lake. The purpose of the simulation was to verify the adequacy of COMSOL to model such phenomena by comparing the COMSOL results to those obtained by another FEM model (Ling and Zhang, 2003). The graphical comparison of the ...
S.C. Seetharam, D. Jacques
Performance Assessments Unit, Institute for Environment, Health and Safety, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Mol, Belgium
This paper documents current status in the development of a coupled thermal-hydraulic-chemical-geomechanical numerical suite within COMSOL-MATLAB environment to address soil and concrete applications. The mathematical formulations are based on well-established continuum scale models unifying mass conservation, energy conservation, charge conservation, thermodynamic equilibrium and kinetics and ...
Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoir Simulations - A Gas/Liquid Fluid Flow Model for Gas Hydrate Containing Sediments - new
S. Schlüter, T. Hennig, G. Janicki, G. Deerberg
Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Oberhausen, Germany
In the medium term, gas hydrate reservoirs in the subsea sediment are intended as deposits for carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuel consumption. This idea is supported by the fact, that CO2 hydrates are more stable than methane hydrates at certain conditions. The potential of producing methane by depressurization and/or by injecting CO2 is studied in the frame of the research project SUGAR. ...
M. S. Valavanides , E. D. Skouras , A. N. Kalarakis , V. N. Burganos ,
 TEI Athens, Athens, Greece
 FORTH/ICE-HT, Patras, Greece
 TEI of Western Greece, Patras, Greece
Relative permeability maps for steady-state two-phase flow in porous media, delivered by implementing the DeProF model  algorithm, were integrated within COMSOL Multiphysics® software  to resolve field-scale flows in porous media. The mechanistic model DeProF , predicts the relative permeability of oil and water in terms of the capillary number, Ca, the oil/water flowrate ratio, r, ...
Á. Sainz [1,2], A. Nardi , E. Abarca , F. Grandía 
 Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona, Spain
 Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Nowadays, gas and nuclear waste storage, shale gas and EOR exploitation rise the need to understand and predict the fate of multiphase flows in the underground. Various formulations for multiphase flow arise from different linear combinations of governing equations and choice of associated unknowns. Each formulation has its own benefits and drawbacks; and the optimal may vary depending on the ...
Fracture-Matrix Flow Partitioning and Cross Flow: Numerical Modeling of Laboratory Fractured Core Flood
R. Sanaee, G.F. Oluyemi, M. Hossain, B.M. Oyeneyin
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
The contrast between hydro-mechanical behavior of the rock matrix and fracture network systems results in flow partitioning between fracture and matrix systems which is affected by the In-situ stress regime. Fracture flow, Darcy law and free and porous media flow physics interfaces of COMSOL were used in simulating a fractured core flooding test to achieve a better understanding of flow ...
O. Silva , E. Abarca , J. Molinero , U. Kautsky 
 Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
 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 ...
R. Eze , G. Sivulka , ,
 City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY, USA
 Regis High School, New York, NY, USA
The detection, characterization, and classification of underground environmental hazardous objects [mines, IEDs, and other unexploded military hardware] is a worldwide problem that needs urgent attention and solution. While electromagnetic sensor technologies have been applied to identify these hazards, increasingly low dielectric contrast between newer, sophisticated landmines, and complex ...
Multiphysics Modelling of Standing Column Well and Implementation of Heat Pumps Off-Loading Sequence
A. Nguyen, P. Pasquier, D. Marcotte
 Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
A fully coupled multiphysics model involving heat transfer and groundwater flow within a SCW and its surrounding ground was implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a with MATLAB to simulate a 24-hour heating operation. The heat pumps were modeled using interpolation functions thereby allowing the effect of the pumped water temperature on the capacity and coefficient of performance of the heat ...
Simulating Hydraulic Fracturing and Contaminant Transport with MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® Software
D. W. Pepper , E. Nabizadeh , J. Waters ,
 University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA
 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used to extract oil and gas in shale rock. A mixture of water, sand, and chemicals are pumped into the well at high pressures to keep the fissures open, which allows the gas to flow. Although intermediate casings are inserted into the well to prevent the fracturing fluid or oil or gas from entering the water supply at the ground water layer ...