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Title: A suite of benchmark and challenge problems for enhanced geothermal systems

Abstract

A diverse suite of numerical simulators is currently being applied to predict or understand the performance of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). To build confidence and identify critical development needs for these analytical tools, the United States Department of Energy, Geothermal Technologies Office sponsored a Code Comparison Study (GTO-CCS), with participants from universities, industry, and national laboratories. A principal objective for the study was to create a community forum for improvement and verification of numerical simulators for EGS modeling. Teams participating in the study were those representing U.S. national laboratories, universities, and industries, and each team brought unique numerical simulation capabilities to bear on the problems. Two classes of problems were developed during the study, benchmark problems and challenge problems. The benchmark problems were structured to test the ability of the collection of numerical simulators to solve various combinations of coupled thermal, hydrologic, geomechanical, and geochemical processes. This class of problems was strictly defined in terms of properties, driving forces, initial conditions, and boundary conditions. The challenge problems were based on the enhanced geothermal systems research conducted at Fenton Hill, near Los Alamos, New Mexico, between 1974 and 1995. The problems involved two phases of research, stimulation, development, and circulation inmore » two separate reservoirs. The challenge problems had specific questions to be answered via numerical simulation in three topical areas: 1) reservoir creation/stimulation, 2) reactive and passive transport, and 3) thermal recovery. Whereas the benchmark class of problems were designed to test capabilities for modeling coupled processes under strictly specified conditions, the stated objective for the challenge class of problems was to demonstrate what new understanding of the Fenton Hill experiments could be realized via the application of modern numerical simulation tools by recognized expert practitioners. We present the suite of benchmark and challenge problems developed for the GTO-CCS, providing problem descriptions and sample solutions.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (EE-4G)
OSTI Identifier:
1422296
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-130128
Journal ID: ISSN 2363-8419; GT0100000
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources; Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
enhanced geothermal systems; numerical simulation; code comparison study; coupled process modeling

Citation Formats

White, Mark, Fu, Pengcheng, McClure, Mark, Danko, George, Elsworth, Derek, Sonnenthal, Eric, Kelkar, Sharad, and Podgorney, Robert. A suite of benchmark and challenge problems for enhanced geothermal systems. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1007/s40948-017-0076-0.
White, Mark, Fu, Pengcheng, McClure, Mark, Danko, George, Elsworth, Derek, Sonnenthal, Eric, Kelkar, Sharad, & Podgorney, Robert. A suite of benchmark and challenge problems for enhanced geothermal systems. United States. doi:10.1007/s40948-017-0076-0.
White, Mark, Fu, Pengcheng, McClure, Mark, Danko, George, Elsworth, Derek, Sonnenthal, Eric, Kelkar, Sharad, and Podgorney, Robert. Mon . "A suite of benchmark and challenge problems for enhanced geothermal systems". United States. doi:10.1007/s40948-017-0076-0.
@article{osti_1422296,
title = {A suite of benchmark and challenge problems for enhanced geothermal systems},
author = {White, Mark and Fu, Pengcheng and McClure, Mark and Danko, George and Elsworth, Derek and Sonnenthal, Eric and Kelkar, Sharad and Podgorney, Robert},
abstractNote = {A diverse suite of numerical simulators is currently being applied to predict or understand the performance of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). To build confidence and identify critical development needs for these analytical tools, the United States Department of Energy, Geothermal Technologies Office sponsored a Code Comparison Study (GTO-CCS), with participants from universities, industry, and national laboratories. A principal objective for the study was to create a community forum for improvement and verification of numerical simulators for EGS modeling. Teams participating in the study were those representing U.S. national laboratories, universities, and industries, and each team brought unique numerical simulation capabilities to bear on the problems. Two classes of problems were developed during the study, benchmark problems and challenge problems. The benchmark problems were structured to test the ability of the collection of numerical simulators to solve various combinations of coupled thermal, hydrologic, geomechanical, and geochemical processes. This class of problems was strictly defined in terms of properties, driving forces, initial conditions, and boundary conditions. The challenge problems were based on the enhanced geothermal systems research conducted at Fenton Hill, near Los Alamos, New Mexico, between 1974 and 1995. The problems involved two phases of research, stimulation, development, and circulation in two separate reservoirs. The challenge problems had specific questions to be answered via numerical simulation in three topical areas: 1) reservoir creation/stimulation, 2) reactive and passive transport, and 3) thermal recovery. Whereas the benchmark class of problems were designed to test capabilities for modeling coupled processes under strictly specified conditions, the stated objective for the challenge class of problems was to demonstrate what new understanding of the Fenton Hill experiments could be realized via the application of modern numerical simulation tools by recognized expert practitioners. We present the suite of benchmark and challenge problems developed for the GTO-CCS, providing problem descriptions and sample solutions.},
doi = {10.1007/s40948-017-0076-0},
journal = {Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources},
number = 1,
volume = 4,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Nov 06 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Mon Nov 06 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}