Numerical modelling of chemical effects of magma solidification problems in porous rocks

Chongbin Zhao, B. E. Hobbs, A. Ord, Shenglin Peng, H. B. Mühlhaus, Liangming Liu

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The solidification of intruded magma in porous rocks can result in the following two consequences: (1) the heat release due to the solidification of the interface between the rock and intruded magma and (2) the mass release of the volatile fluids in the region where the intruded magma is solidified into the rock. Traditionally, the intruded magma solidification problem is treated as a moving interface (i.e. the solidification interface between the rock and intruded magma) problem to consider these consequences in conventional numerical methods. This paper presents an alternative new approach to simulate thermal and chemical consequences/effects of magma intrusion in geological systems, which are composed of porous rocks. In the proposed new approach and algorithm, the original magma solidification problem with a moving boundary between the rock and intruded magma is transformed into a new problem without the moving boundary but with the proposed mass source and physically equivalent heat source. The major advantage in using the proposed equivalent algorithm is that a fixed mesh of finite elements with a variable integration time-step can be employed to simulate the consequences and effects of the intruded magma solidification using the conventional finite element method. The correctness and usefulness of the proposed equivalent algorithm have been demonstrated by a be benchmark magma solidification problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-728
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


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