Locally Conservative Continuous Galerkin FEM for Pressure Equation in Two-Phase Flow Model in Subsurfaces

Locally Conservative Continuous Galerkin FEM for Pressure Equation in Two-Phase Flow Model in... A typical two-phase model for subsurface flow couples the Darcy equation for pressure and a transport equation for saturation in a nonlinear manner. In this paper, we study a combined method consisting of continuous Galerkin finite element methods (CGFEMs) followed by a post-processing technique for Darcy equation and a nodal centered finite volume method (FVM) with upwind schemes for the saturation transport equation, in which the coupled nonlinear problem is solved in the framework of operator decomposition. The post-processing technique is applied to CGFEM solutions to obtain locally conservative fluxes which ensures accuracy and robustness of the FVM solver for the saturation transport equation. We applied both upwind scheme and upwind scheme with slope limiter for FVM on triangular meshes in order to eliminate the non-physical oscillations. Various numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the performance of the overall methodology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Scientific Computing Springer Journals

Locally Conservative Continuous Galerkin FEM for Pressure Equation in Two-Phase Flow Model in Subsurfaces

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Mathematics; Algorithms; Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis; Mathematical and Computational Engineering; Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
ISSN
0885-7474
eISSN
1573-7691
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10915-017-0493-9
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Abstract

A typical two-phase model for subsurface flow couples the Darcy equation for pressure and a transport equation for saturation in a nonlinear manner. In this paper, we study a combined method consisting of continuous Galerkin finite element methods (CGFEMs) followed by a post-processing technique for Darcy equation and a nodal centered finite volume method (FVM) with upwind schemes for the saturation transport equation, in which the coupled nonlinear problem is solved in the framework of operator decomposition. The post-processing technique is applied to CGFEM solutions to obtain locally conservative fluxes which ensures accuracy and robustness of the FVM solver for the saturation transport equation. We applied both upwind scheme and upwind scheme with slope limiter for FVM on triangular meshes in order to eliminate the non-physical oscillations. Various numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the performance of the overall methodology.

Journal

Journal of Scientific ComputingSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 10, 2017

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