Structure of the Research Progamme
The research programme is divided into four research areas (RA). All research projects associated to the SRP "NUPUS" are assigned to an RA. The four research ares are:
- Research Area A: Free flow and porous-media flow interaction
- Research Area B: Fracture and fluid flow interaction
- Research Area C: Fluid-solid phase change interaction
- Research Area D: Simulation methods and tools
Even though, the research is divided into four research areas, those areas and the research therein are strongly interconnected. Fracture dynamics, as investigated within RA-B, are strongly influenced by the coupling of free flow (in the fractures) and porous media flow that is the main subject of RA-A. The fluid solid phase change problems tackled by RA-C may be heavily influenced by the development of sub-scale fractures and therefore link strongly to RA-B. Salt precipitation, which is driven by the winds on top of the subsurface, and the clogging of pore space in the subsurface links RA-A to RA-C. RA-D can deliver important software tools and stochastic methods for addressing the research questions that are posed in all the other research areas.
The research areas of SRP "NUPUS" had an important impact on the research structure of SFB 1313.