Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Modelling Reservoir Stimulation in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

G. Perillo[1], G. De Natale[2], M.G. Di Giuseppe[2], A. Troiano[2], C. Troise[2]
[1]University of Naples Parthenope, Italy
[2]INGV - Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy

Fluid injection in deep wells is a basic procedure in geothermal permeability enhancement. The retrieved changes of Pressure and Temperature are subsequently considered as sources of incremental stress and strain changes, using the elastic model from COMSOL Multiphysics®, which are then converted to Coulomb stress changes on favoured faults, taking into account also the background regional ...

Full Coupling of Flow, Thermal and Mechanical Effects in COMSOL Multiphysics® for Simulation of Enhanced Geothermal Reservoirs

D. Sijacic[1], P. Fokker[1]
[1]TNO, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The effective modeling of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) requires the coupling of geomechanics, fluid flow and thermal processes. An understanding of the complete system with these coupled processes is vital, not just for reservoir stimulation targeted at enhancing reservoir performance, but also for the understanding, prediction and prevention of induced seismicity. Thermal effects however ...

COMSOL 2D Simulation of Heavy Oil Recovery by Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage

I. I. Bogdanov, K. El Ganaoui, and A. M. Kamp
Centre Huile Lourde Ouvert et Expérimental (CHLOE), Pau, France

Multiphysics flexibility and computational performance of COMSOL gave us the idea to model SAGD (steam assisted gravity drainage), one of the popular thermal methods of oil recovery. The modeling is far from straightforward and requires solving a system of non-linear PDEs for thermal multiphase flow under conditions of thermodynamic (phase) equilibrium. This paper presents the main results of our ...

Aquifer Physics Modes for Hydrogeological Modeling – an Application of the COMSOL Physics Builder

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

Although there are porous media and subsurface flow modes available in a toolbox of COMSOL Multiphysics®, some common requirements in hydrogeological models can not be easily accessed in the graphical user interface. Most crucially, there is no distinction between confined and unconfined situations for permeable layers, so called aquifers. Using the Physics Builder for such distinctions aquifer ...

Poroelasticity Benchmarking for FEM on Analytical Solutions

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

We examine the poroelastics mode, which couples hydraulics and mechanics by some basic benchmarks. For cases with analytical solutions we check the accuracy for changing meshes and calculate the convergence rate.

Why We Have Earthquakes in the Eastern United States

J. K. Costain[1]
[1]Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

There are only two types of naturally-occurring earthquakes anywhere on the Earth: 1) those associated with the dynamics of plate tectonics and 2) those associated with the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle. The first type is characteristic of an INTERplate setting (like the San Andreas Fault). The second (“hydroseismicity”) is characteristic of an INTRAplate setting (like the Virginia ...

Simulation of Reactive Transport in Porous Media: A Benchmark for a COMSOL-PHREEQC-Interface

D. Müller[1], H. Francke[1], G. Blöcher[1], H. Shao[2]
[1]Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
[2]Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

The reactive transport simulation interface COMSOL-PHREEQC, developed by Wissmeier & Barry (2011), provides a MATLAB®-based coupling interface to combine COMSOL Multiphysics® for flow and heat transport simulations and PHREEQC as a geochemical batch reaction simulator. The functionality of the coupling tool is tested using the “calcite” example (Shao et al. 2010) as a benchmark. The results ...

CO2 Storage Trapping Mechanisms Quantification

A. Nardi[1], E. Abarca[1], F. Grandia[1], J. Molinero[1]
[1]Amphos 21, Barcelona, Spain

The capture and storage of CO2 in deep geological formations is one of the proposed solutions to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. CO2 is injected as a supercritical fluid deep below a confining geological formation that prevents its return to the atmosphere. In general, four trapping mechanisms are expected, which are of increasing importance through time: (1) structural, (2) residual ...

Coupling Multiphysics with Geochemistry: The COMSOL-PhreeqC Interface

A. Nardi[1], L. M. de Vries[1], P. Trinchero[1], A. Enrique Idiart [1], J. Molinero[1]
[1]Amphos 21, Barcelona, Spain

Phreeqc is a program for simulating chemical reactions and 1D transport processes in aqueous systems. Several couplings between conservative transport codes and PHREEQC already exist. The methodology used here is based on the operator splitting concept: the transport of the aqueous components and the chemical reactions are solved in two different steps. The Java interface uses the COMSOL Java ...

Simulation of Deep Geothermal Heat Production

E. Holzbecher, P. Oberdorfer, F. Maier, and Y. Jin
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany

Geothermal heat production from deep reservoirs (5000-7000 m) is currently examined, not only in Germany. Our reference set-up consists of two pipes within a single borehole: one for pumping. We examine a design, where a single borehole splits into two legs at a certain depth. The two legs are connected by highly permeable geological, natural or artificial strata in the deep subsurface. The ...

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