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Three-dimensional modeling of mass transfer in porous media using the mixed hybrid finite elements and the random-walk methods. (English) Zbl 1107.76401
Summary: A three-dimensional (3D) mass transport numerical model is presented. The code is based on a particle tracking technique: the random-walk method, which is based on the analogy between the advection-dispersion equation and the Fokker-Planck equation. The velocity field is calculated by the mixed hybrid finite element formulation of the flow equation. A new efficient method is developed to handle the dissimilarity between Fokker-Planck equation and advection-dispersion equation to avoid accumulation of particles in low dispersive regions. A comparison made on a layered aquifer example between this method and other algorithms commonly used, shows the efficiency of the new method. The code is validated by a simulation of a 3D tracer transport experiment performed on a laboratory model. It represents a heterogeneous aquifer of about 6-m length, 1-m width, and 1-m depth. The porous medium is made of three different sorts of sand. Sodium chloride is used as a tracer. Comparisons between simulated and measured values, with and without the presented method, also proves the accuracy of the new algorithm.

MSC:
76S05 Flows in porous media; filtration; seepage
76M10 Finite element methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
80A20 Heat and mass transfer, heat flow (MSC2010)
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