Introduction to the Numerical Modeling of Groundwater and Geothermal Systems: Fundamentals of Mass, Energy and Solute Transport in Poroelastic Rocks

Jochen Bundschuh, Mario César Suárez A.

July 5, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 522 Pages
ISBN 9780415401678 - CAT# SW1674
Series: Multiphysics Modeling


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A comprehensive work, which compiles and synthesizes the state of the art of the principal fields of numerical modeling of subsurface systems as of fluid flow in saturated groundwater-flow and geothermal systems, including the related solute and heat transport in an authoritative one volume book. Presenting many new and stimulating ideas of possible applications. The book, which covers numerical modeling in an integrated approach, will help to overcome barriers -which yet hinder applications- by presentation of possible applications in theoretical examples and real case studies.


This book provides an introduction to the scientific fundamentals of groundwater and geothermal systems. In a simple and didactic manner the different water and energy problems existing in deformable porous rocks are explained as well as the corresponding theories and the mathematical and numerical tools that lead to modeling and solving them. This approach provides the reader with a thorough understanding of the basic physical laws of thermoporoelastic rocks, the partial differential equations representing these laws and the principal numerical methods, which allow finding approximate solutions of the corresponding mathematical models. The book also presents the form in which specific useful models can be generated and solved. The text is introductory in the sense that it explains basic themes of the systems mentioned in three areas: engineering, physics and mathematics. All the laws and equations introduced in this book are formulated carefully based on fundamental physical principles. This way, the reader will understand the key importance of mathematics applied to all the subjects. Simple models are emphasized and solved with numerous examples. For more sophisticated and advanced models the numerical techniques are described and developed carefully.
This book will serve as a synoptic compendium of the fundamentals of fluid, solute and heat transport, applicable to all types of subsurface systems, ranging from shallow aquifers down to deep geothermal reservoirs.
The book will prove to be a useful textbook to senior undergraduate and graduate students, postgraduates, professional geologists and geophysicists, engineers, mathematicians and others working in the vital areas of groundwater and geothermal resources.


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