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Design and Analysis of Numerical Schemes with Characteristic Methods on Generic Grids for Flows in Porous Media

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posted on 2019-08-16, 00:25 authored by HANZ MARTIN CHENG
This thesis studies characteristic-based numerical schemes for a mathematical model of miscible fluid flow in porous media, a coupled and advection-dominated system of partial differential equations describing an oil recovery process. In particular, we analyse characteristic-based schemes on generic polygonal meshes, with diffusive component discretised using modern finite volume methods. We also develop a novel algorithm for reconstructing velocity fields suitable for characteristic tracking. The proposed scheme mixes two characteristic-based discretisations, and implements an original post-processing algorithm to ensure local and global mass conservation. Extensive numerical tests are provided, on various polygonal meshes. A rigorous convergence analysis is also performed.


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Jerome Droniou

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Mathematical Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Science