651-4240-00L  Geofluids

Semester Spring Semester 2017
Lecturers X.‑Z. Kong, T. Driesner, A. Ebigbo, A. Moreira Mulin Leal
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English

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Abstract This course presents advanced topics of single and multiphase fluid flow, heat transfer, reactive transport, and geochemical reactions in the subsurface. Emphasis is on the understanding of the underlying governing equations of each physical and chemical process, and its relevance to applications, e.g., groundwater management, geothermal energy, CO2 storage, waste disposal, and oil/gas production.
Objective This course will enable students to understand and model basic physical and chemical processes in the subsurface, such as fluid flow, reactive transport, heat transfer, and fluid-rock interactions in a porous and/or fractured medium. The students will learn the underlying governing equations, followed by a demonstration of their solution, analytically or numerically. By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Understand, formulate, derive, and solve basic equations of fluid flow, heat transfer, and solute transport;
2. Understand the physical processes governing multiphase flow and be able to simplify a general formulation into a simpler and more practical modeling problem;
3. Solve simple flow problems affected by fluid density (induced by solute concentration or temperature);
4. Understand uncertainties pertaining to these processes in regional geofluid systems;
5. Assess simple coupled reactive transport problems.
Content 1) Introduction to the basic concepts of fluid flow in the subsurface
2) Immiscible fluid flow in porous/fractured media
3) Reactive transport, heat transfer and solute transport
4) Density-driven flow
5) Uncertainty estimation
6) Reactive transport
7) Fluid injection and production
8) Fluid-rock interactions (non-mechanical)
(8a) mineral and gas solubility in brines
(8b) mineral dissolution/precipitation affecting rock porosity and permeability
Literature R. Allan Freeze and John A. Cherry. Groundwater. 1979.
Steven E. Ingebritsen, Ward E. Sanford, and Christopher E. Neuzil. Groundwater in geologic processes. 2008.
Vedat Batu. Applied flow and solute transport modelling in aquifers. 2006.
Luigi Marini. Geological sequestration of carbon dioxide : thermodynamics, kinetics, and reaction path modeling. 2006.
Jacob Bear. Dynamics of fluids in porous media. 1988.
Prerequisites / Notice Prerequisites: successful completion of 651-4023-00 Groundwater, 102-0455-00 Groundwater I or 651-4001-00 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits 6 credits
Examiners X.‑Z. Kong, T. Driesner, A. Ebigbo, A. Moreira Mulin Leal
Type graded semester performance
Language of examination English
Course attendance confirmation required No
Repetition Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Number Title Hours Lecturers
651-4240-00 G Geofluids 5 hrs
Mon 08-10 NO F 11 »
Wed 15-18 NO E 11 »
X.‑Z. Kong, T. Driesner, A. Ebigbo, A. Moreira Mulin Leal


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Applied Geophysics Master Period ETHZ W+ Information
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