A locally conservative mixed finite element framework for coupled hydro-mechanical–chemical processes in heterogeneous porous media

T. Kadeethum, S. Lee, F. Ballarin, J. Choo, H. M. Nick

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Abstract

This paper presents a mixed finite element framework for coupled hydro-mechanical–chemical processes in heterogeneous porous media. The framework combines two types of locally conservative discretization schemes: (1) an enriched Galerkin method for reactive flow, and (2) a three-field mixed finite element method for coupled fluid flow and solid deformation. This combination ensures local mass conservation, which is critical to flow and transport in heterogeneous porous media, with a relatively affordable computational cost. A particular class of the framework is constructed for calcite precipitation/dissolution reactions, incorporating their nonlinear effects on the fluid viscosity and solid deformation. Linearization schemes and algorithms for solving the nonlinear algebraic system are also presented. Through numerical examples of various complexity, we demonstrate that the proposed framework is a robust and efficient computational method for simulation of reactive flow and transport in deformable porous media, even when the material properties are strongly heterogeneous and anisotropic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104774
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalComputers and Geosciences
Volume152
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Enriched Galerkin method
  • Hydro-mechanical–chemical coupling
  • Local conservation
  • Mixed finite element method
  • Poroelasticity
  • Reactive flow

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