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SEAWAT-based simulation of axisymmetric heat transport

(2014) GROUNDWATER. 52(6). p.908-915
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Simulation of heat transport has its applications in geothermal exploitation of aquifers and the analysis of temperature dependent chemical reactions. Under homogeneous conditions and in the absence of a regional hydraulic gradient, groundwater flow and heat transport from or to a well exhibit radial symmetry, and governing equations are reduced by one dimension (1D) which increases computational efficiency importantly. Solute transport codes can simulate heat transport and input parameters may be modified such that the Cartesian geometry can handle radial flow. In this article, SEAWAT is evaluated as simulator for heat transport under radial flow conditions. The 1971, 1D analytical solution of Gelhar and Collins is used to compare axisymmetric transport with retardation (i.e., as a result of thermal equilibrium between fluid and solid) and a large diffusion (conduction). It is shown that an axisymmetric simulation compares well with a fully three dimensional (3D) simulation of an aquifer thermal energy storage systems. The influence of grid discretization, solver parameters, and advection solution is illustrated. Because of the high diffusion to simulate conduction, convergence criterion for heat transport must be set much smaller (10(-10)) than for solute transport (10(-6)). Grid discretization should be considered carefully, in particular the subdivision of the screen interval. On the other hand, different methods to calculate the pumping or injection rate distribution over different nodes of a multilayer well lead to small differences only.
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FLOW, SOLUTE TRANSPORT, MODEL, MODFLOW, AQUIFER, WELLS

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Vandenbohede, Alexander, Andy Louwyck, and Nele Vlamynck. “SEAWAT-based Simulation of Axisymmetric Heat Transport.” GROUNDWATER 52.6 (2014): 908–915. Print.
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Vandenbohede, A., Louwyck, A., & Vlamynck, N. (2014). SEAWAT-based simulation of axisymmetric heat transport. GROUNDWATER, 52(6), 908–915.
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Vandenbohede, Alexander, Andy Louwyck, and Nele Vlamynck. 2014. “SEAWAT-based Simulation of Axisymmetric Heat Transport.” Groundwater 52 (6): 908–915.
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Vandenbohede, Alexander, Andy Louwyck, and Nele Vlamynck. 2014. “SEAWAT-based Simulation of Axisymmetric Heat Transport.” Groundwater 52 (6): 908–915.
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Vandenbohede A, Louwyck A, Vlamynck N. SEAWAT-based simulation of axisymmetric heat transport. GROUNDWATER. 2014;52(6):908–15.
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A. Vandenbohede, A. Louwyck, and N. Vlamynck, “SEAWAT-based simulation of axisymmetric heat transport,” GROUNDWATER, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 908–915, 2014.
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  abstract     = {Simulation of heat transport has its applications in geothermal exploitation of aquifers and the analysis of temperature dependent chemical reactions. Under homogeneous conditions and in the absence of a regional hydraulic gradient, groundwater flow and heat transport from or to a well exhibit radial symmetry, and governing equations are reduced by one dimension (1D) which increases computational efficiency importantly. Solute transport codes can simulate heat transport and input parameters may be modified such that the Cartesian geometry can handle radial flow. In this article, SEAWAT is evaluated as simulator for heat transport under radial flow conditions. The 1971, 1D analytical solution of Gelhar and Collins is used to compare axisymmetric transport with retardation (i.e., as a result of thermal equilibrium between fluid and solid) and a large diffusion (conduction). It is shown that an axisymmetric simulation compares well with a fully three dimensional (3D) simulation of an aquifer thermal energy storage systems. The influence of grid discretization, solver parameters, and advection solution is illustrated. Because of the high diffusion to simulate conduction, convergence criterion for heat transport must be set much smaller (10(-10)) than for solute transport (10(-6)). Grid discretization should be considered carefully, in particular the subdivision of the screen interval. On the other hand, different methods to calculate the pumping or injection rate distribution over different nodes of a multilayer well lead to small differences only.},
  author       = {Vandenbohede, Alexander and Louwyck, Andy and Vlamynck, Nele},
  issn         = {0017-467X},
  journal      = {GROUNDWATER},
  keywords     = {FLOW,SOLUTE TRANSPORT,MODEL,MODFLOW,AQUIFER,WELLS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {908--915},
  title        = {SEAWAT-based simulation of axisymmetric heat transport},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12137},
  volume       = {52},
  year         = {2014},
}

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