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Galerkin finite-element simulation of a geothermal reservoir

January 1, 1973

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.

    Citation Information

    Publication Year 1973
    Title Galerkin finite-element simulation of a geothermal reservoir
    DOI 10.1016/0375-6505(73)90011-4
    Authors J.W. Mercer, G.F. Pinder
    Publication Type Article
    Publication Subtype Journal Article
    Series Title Geothermics
    Series Number
    Index ID 70010056
    Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
    USGS Organization