PPSL #41 "Challenges (and some solutions) of modelling subsurface flow" by Florian Doster

June 15, 2023 /

The SFB 1313 "Pretty Porous Science Lecture" #41 will be given by Florian Doster (Institute for GeoEnergy Engineering of the Heriot-Watt University, UK) | 15 June 2023 | 4 pm CET

We are pleased to announce that Florian Doster, professor at the Institute for GeoEnergy Engineering of the Heriot-Watt University (UK), will give the SFB 1313 "Pretty Porous Science Lecture" #41. His talk will be on "Challenges (and some solutions) of modelling subsurface flow".

Date: Thursday, 15 June 2023
Time: 4:00 pm CET
Speaker: Prof. Florian Doster, Heriot-Watt University
Lecture title: "Challenges (and some solutions) of modelling subsurface flow"
Place: Multi Media Lab (MML), U1.003, Pfaffenwaldring 61, 70569 Stuttgart, Campus Vaihingen.
If you are interested in participating in the lecture online, please contact melanie.lipp@iws.uni-stuttgart.de


Migration of fluids in the subsurface has mattered to humanity from early days: Groundwater sources, water management for agriculture and hot springs. In the late 19th century hydrocarbon migration was added to the agenda and today CO2, hydrogen and convected heat come into focus. Subsurface flow phenomena play a key role in tackling one of the most pressing global challenge:  Supplying humanity with affordable energy, water and food, while mitigating climate change.

Despite this high and long-lasting interest, a robust, thoroughly predictive, and all-encompassing theory for multiphase flow phenomena has not been derived yet. Harvesting and managing subsurface resources however require simulation tools based on such a theory. Models and theories must therefore be developed and tailored to the specific challenges of the application, revisiting foundations, and identifying shortcuts and simplifications. This intellectually intriguing challenge requires the collaboration across many disciplines including physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology and a whole range of engineering disciplines.  

Professor Florian Doster’s Lecture explores and illustrates the foundations of these challenges. The lecture will then present approaches to address these challenges in the context of CO2 storage, a technology paramount for decarbonising the energy sector and industry.

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