Finite element modelling of three-dimensional convection problems in fluid-saturated porous media heated from below

Chongbin Zhao, B. E. Hobbs, H. B. Mühlhaus, A. Ord, Ge Lin

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Abstract

We use the finite element method to model three-dimensional convective pore-fluid flow in fluid-saturated porous media when they are heated from below. In particular, we employ the particle-tracking technique to mimic the trajectories of particles in three-dimensional fluid flow problems. The related numerical results demonstrated that: (1) The progressive asymptotic approach procedure, which was previously developed for the finite element modelling of two-dimensional convective pore-fluid flow problems, is equally applicable to the finite element modelling of three-dimensional convective pore-fluid flow in fluid-saturated porous media heated from below. (2) The perturbation of gravity at different planes has a significant effect on the pattern of three-dimensional convective pore-fluid flow and therefore, may influence the pattern of orebody formation and mineralization in three-dimensional hydrothermal systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalCommunications in Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

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