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Implementation of a Modified Anisotropic Creep Model for Clays with Use of the Physics Builder

M. Karlsson [1], J. Yannie [1],
[1] Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

In this work a modified anisotropic creep model with structure for soft soils was implemented by using the Physics Builder. The model is validated against boundary value laboratory test such as undrained tri-axial tests and CRS (constant rate of strain) tests. The implemented user-defined MAC-s constitutive model seems to capture many of the important behaviors seen in soft soils.

Developments in a Coupled Thermal-Hydraulic-Chemical-Geomechanical Model for Soil and Concrete

S.C. Seetharam[1], D. Jacques[1]
[1]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 ...

Remote Sensing of Electromagnetically Penetrable Objects: Landmine and IED Detection

R. Eze [1], G. Sivulka [2], ,
[1] City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY, USA
[2] 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 ...

Calibration of a Geothermal Energy Pile Model - new

R. Caulk[1], J. McCartney[2], E. Ghazanfari[1]
[1]University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA
[2]University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

In this study, a model of in-situ geothermal energy piles was constructed using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Geothermal energy piles serve two purposes, first to transfer building load into the subsurface, but also to extract thermal heat from surrounding soils. This is achieved using a heat pump coupled with embedded heat exchangers. As a result, a multiphysics problem is introduced - heat ...

Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoir Simulations - A Gas/Liquid Fluid Flow Model for Gas Hydrate Containing Sediments - new

S. Schlüter[1], T. Hennig[1], G. Janicki[1], G. Deerberg[1]
[1]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. ...

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 ...

Two-Phase Flow Models of Gas Generation and Transport in Geological Formations

O. Silva [1]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting S.L. - iMaGe Consortium, Barcelona, Spain

Gas generation and transport through porous media is a process common to many field applications such as radioactive waste and underground gas storage. In these operations, the gas phase evolution depends on the thermodynamic conditions at depth, the properties of the fluids (density, viscosity, surface tension) and the geological formation (permeability, porosity, retention curve), as well as ...

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.

The Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® Software to Explore Flooding and Rising Dampness Problems Related to Cultural Heritage

H.L. Schellen [1], A.W.M. van Schijndel [1],
[1] Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

In The Netherlands rising dampness problems due to flooding of rivers and high groundwater levels form an essential treat for monumental buildings and heritage. A number of cases exists where rising dampness problems lead to the deterioration of wall finishes but also of valuable wall paintings in churches and castles. To explore the problem and to look for solutions like drying regimes, ...

Simulating Hydraulic Fracturing and Contaminant Transport with MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

D. W. Pepper [1], E. Nabizadeh [1], J. Waters [2],
[1] University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA
[2] 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 ...