Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Pore Scale Modelling and Upscaling of (Reactive) Transport in Partially-Saturated Porous Media

when 13 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 800

This course is designed to introduce 2D and 3D imaging techniques to reconstruct the pore structure and to provide theoretical and modelling principles of partially-saturated flow as well as multi component reactive transport. Both numerical codes at pore and continuum scales are presented.

Migration of solutes, nanoparticles, and colloids in the subsurface is affected by a multitude of complex, interactive physical, geochemical and microbiological processes. Simulation of these processes is essential for the analysis and the treatment of contaminants in the subsurface.
For understanding reactive transport process in complex porous media, it is crucial to identify and understand flow and transport processes at the microscopic (pore) scale, and then try to describe their manifestation at the continuum (core and field) scale. After characterizing the pore structures in 3D, a powerful approach for transferring pore-scale information to the larger scale, and establishing relationships among the scales, is pore-scale modelling. Using pore-scale modelling, one can simulate flow and transport in detail by explicitly modelling mass transfer across interfaces and mass fluxes through pores. Micro-scale hydrodynamic and reactive processes can be explicitly modelled in detail and their effects at the larger scale can be quantified.
This course is designed to familiarize participants with the principles of different destructive and non-destructive imaging techniques to reconstruct the pore structure and numerical analyses of partially-saturated flow and coupled multi-component reactive transport, as well as application of state-of-the-art numerical codes at both the pore and continuum scales. Applications to solute transport, virus and colloid transport will be discussed. Although participants should have a general background in the principles of subsurface hydrology, the course gives an introduction to some theoretical aspects of water flow, solute transport. Hands-on computer sessions will familiarize participants with the basic use of the software packages.

Course leader

Amir Raoof, S. Majid Hassanizadeh

Target group

Masters and PhDs

Course aim

The objective of this course is to gain insight into both theories and modelling about groundwater flow. It will provide some theories of water flow and solute transport. Numerical codes at both pore and continuum scales will be introduced. In addition, imaging and constructions at pore scale will also be provided. Hands-on computer sessions will familiarize participants with the basic use of the software packages.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 800: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 600: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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