Galerkin finite-element simulation of a geothermal reservoir

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The equations describing fluid flow and energy transport in a porous medium can be used to formulate a mathematical model capable of simulating the transient response of a hot-water geothermal reservoir. The resulting equations can be solved accurately and efficiently using a numerical scheme which combines the finite element approach with the Galerkin method of approximation. Application of this numerical model to the Wairakei geothermal field demonstrates that hot-water geothermal fields can be simulated using numerical techniques currently available and under development.

    Publication type Article
    Publication Subtype Journal Article
    Title Galerkin finite-element simulation of a geothermal reservoir
    Series title Geothermics
    DOI 10.1016/0375-6505(73)90011-4
    Volume 2
    Issue 3-4
    Year Published 1973
    Language English
    Publisher Elsevier
    Description 9 p.
    First page 81
    Last page 89
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