Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems

BMBF-Project: Numerical investigation of flow and transport in fractured porous media

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 1st April 2008 until 31st March 2011

Description

The comprehension and the physically correct description of the wetting-front behavior and moisture distribution in the saturated and unsaturated zone of fractured porous rocks are of a fundamental significance regarding several hydro-geological and geotechnical problems, such as the adequate assessment of water resources, contaminant migration in the vadose zone, drainage of water into underground openings, or slope stability.The main targets are to improve the understanding of the development as well as the spatial and temporal behavior of moisture distributions in fractured rocks and furthermore to enable a near-natural description of the process behavior.Of absolute necessity is an intensive cooperation between field and numerical work, also incorporating investigations on different scales, in order to achieve and complete the description of the complex, dynamic, scale-dependent and parameter-intensive system of above mentioned propagation and distribution processes i.e. multiphase flow in fractured porous media, as well as to allow for the prediction of future system states.The evaluation and advancement of theories and methods for the description and prediction of the wetting-front behavior in fractured rocks for a wide scale range will be allowed by the field applicative data.This is prerequisite for the development and evaluation of different predictive modeling tools. Numerical simulations will allow for the identification of parameters and processes controlling the spatial and temporal behavior of moisture distribution and wetting fronts.

Project manager

Helmig, Rainer

Research assistant

Tatomir, Alexandru

Department

LH2

Duration

04/2008 - 03/2011

Funding

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Contact

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