Research Project B03

Heterogeneous multi-scale methods for two-phase flow in dynamically fracturing porous media


The propagation and bifurcation of fractures in fluid-filled porous media depends on the likewise inter-related flow in the pore space and on the mechanical displacement field in the solid matrix. Assuming that fractures cannot be homogenised but persist on a continuum-mechanical scale as sharp time-dependent interfaces, a discrete fracture-network approach is developed. The final task of the project is the construction of a multi-scale model that serves as the basis for numerical simu-lations by a moving mesh ansatz. In particular, the new approach accounts for the dynamical evolution of fractures and allows to integrate arbitrary flow processes within the fractures.

Publications in Project B03

  1. Berre, I., Boon, W. M., Flemisch, B., Fumagalli, A., Gläser, D., Keilegavlen, E., Scotti, A., Stefansson, I., Tatomir, A., Brenner, K., Burbulla, S., Devloo, P., Duran, O., Favino, M., Hennicker, J., Lee, I.-H., Lipnikov, K., Masson, R., Mosthaf, K., … Zulian, P. (2021). Verification benchmarks for single-phase flow in three-dimensional fractured porous media. Advances in Water Resources, 147, 103759.
  2. Burbulla, S., & Rohde, C. (2020). A Fully Conforming Finite Volume Approach to Two-Phase Flow in Fractured Porous Media. In R. Klöfkorn, E. Keilegavlen, F. A. Radu, & J. Fuhrmann (Eds.), Finite Volumes for Complex Applications IX - Methods, Theoretical Aspects, Examples (pp. 547--555). Springer International Publishing.

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Christian Rohde

Deputy Spokesman, Principal Investigator, Research Projects B03 and C02, Project MGK

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