Section: Application Domains
Many environmental studies rely on modelling geo-chemical and hydrodynamic processes. Some issues concern aquifer contamination, underground waste disposal, underground storage of nuclear wastes, land-filling of waste, clean-up of former waste deposits. Simulation of contaminant transport in groundwater is a highly complex problem, governed by coupled nonlinear PDAEs. The main objective of the team is to design and to implement an efficient and robust numerical method to solve the systems of nonlinear coupled equations at each time step. The output will be a software running on parallel platforms such as clusters and on experimental computational grids. Simulations of several test cases will assess the performance of the software.
Recent research showed that rock solid masses are in general fractured and that fluids can percolate through networks of inter-connected fractures. Rock media are thus interesting for water resources as well as for the underground storage of nuclear wastes. Fractured media are by nature very heterogeneous and multi-scale, so that homogenisation approaches are not relevant. The team develops a numerical model for fluid flow and contaminant transport in three-dimensional fracture networks.