Upscaling and modelling of coupled transport processes in the subsurface
Summer School, Utrecht University, 14 - 25 August 2006
Upscaling and modelling of coupled transport processes in the subsurface
Summer School, Utrecht University, 14 - 25 August 2006
 Upscaling and modelling of coupled transport processes in the subsurface / Scope

Scope of the Summer School

This Summer School deals with upscaling of (coupled) subsurface flow and transport processes. For a proper description and modelling of complex processes in multi-scale heterogeneous subsurface, an appropriate method for transfer of information between various spatial scales is crucial. In this Summer School, fundamentals of various upscaling techniques applicable to coupled subsurface flow and transport modelling will be presented and a number of applications will be discussed.

Topics

The main topics that will be taught at the summer school are:
  • Upscaling from molecular level to continuum to macroscale; fundamentals and applications of average thermodynamic theories
  • Upscaling using pore-scale network models: from pore to core
  • Homogenization : principles and application to specific cases
  • Renormalization: theories for single- and multiphase flow in heterogeneous media. Upscaling to the field scale
  • Numerical Upscaling of heterogeneous media : from core scale to field scale
Lectures on specialized topics include:
  • On the definition of average Pressure
  • Upscaling of density-dependent flow
  • The role of laboratory experiments in upscaling
  • The role of field scale experiments in upscaling
  • Upscaling relaxation and reversibility of tracer flow in porous media