An open-source toolbox for multiphase flow in porous media

Abstract : Multiphase flow in porous media provides a wide range of applications: from the environmental understanding (aquifer, site-pollution) to industrial process improvements (oil production, waste management). Modeling of such flows involve specifc volume-averaged equations and therefore specifc computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools. In this work, we develop a toolbox for modeling multiphase ow in porous media with OpenFOAM®, an opensource platform for CFD. The underlying idea of this approach is to provide an easily adaptable tool that can be used in further studies to test new mathematical models or numerical methods. The package provides the most common effective properties models of the literature (relative permeability, capillary pressure) and specific boundary conditions related to porous media flows. To validate this package, a solvers based on the IMplicit Pressure Explicit Saturation (IMPES) methodare developed in the toolbox. The numerical validation is performed by comparison with analytical solutions on academic cases. Then, a satisfactory parallel efficiency of the solver is shown on a more complex configuration.
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Pierre Horgue, Cyprien Soulaine, Jacques Franc, Romain Guibert, Gérald Debenest. An open-source toolbox for multiphase flow in porous media. Computer Physics Communications, Elsevier, 2015, vol. 187, pp. 217-226. ⟨10.1016/j.cpc.2014.10.005⟩. ⟨hal-01136502⟩

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