R. Viola, F. Zama, M.Tuller, and E. Mesini
DICMA, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Dep. of Mathematics, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Dep. of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Arizona, USA
Advances in visualization and discretization of pore structures by means of Computed Tomography, and rapidly increasing computational capabilities, allow numerical modeling of pore-scale fluid flow based on the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations rather than using a macroscopic approach based on Darcy’s law. To test the capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics modeling platform, we ...
Coupled Gas Flow and Thermal and Reactive Transport in Porous Media for Simulating Waste Stabilization Phenomena in Semi-Aerobic Landfill
H. Ishimori, K. Endo, T. Ishigaki, H. Sakanakura, and M. Yamada
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Semi-aerobic landfill has interesting structure that passively provides the atmospheric oxygen into landfilled waste due to the heat convection generated by the decomposition of landfilled waste. There are limited studies on the mechanisms of the oxygen transport. This paper presents the governing equations and parameter estimation methods for the numerical simulation of the gas fluid flow and ...
D. Rizzello, P. Canepa, E. Armadillo
DISTAV - University of Genova, Genova, Italy
Topographic effects on magnetotelluric responses may be severe on rugged terrains. Finite elements simulation is a valuable tool to quantify this effect, due to its capability to match real morphologies. To do the estimate of the distortion, the AC/DC Module of COMSOL has been employed, using a model of homogeneous resistivity on which a DEM (Digital Elevation Model) profile of the Deep Freeze ...
G. Perillo , G. De Natale , M. G. Di Giuseppe , A. Troiano , C. Troise ,
 University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy
 INGV – Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy
Electric, magnetic and electromagnetic (em) methods are widely used to monitor active volcanoes. A review of such applications is presented in Johnston (cit). Em signals were recorded in correspondence of numerous volcanic eruptions, for example in the case of the Mt. Unzen in Giapppone, of Merapi in Indonesia, Etna in Italy and during rapid deformation in Long Valley in California. ...
M. Quinn, D. Whitlow, O.D.S. Taylor, M.H. McKenna
 Engineer Resource and Development Center, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS, USA
Bridge piers and abutments makeup the bridge substructure and transmit loads from the superstructure to the bridge foundation material (Figure 1). The bridge abutment serves three purposes: to provide vertical support to the bridge superstructure where the bridge ends, to connect the bridge with the approach roadway, and to retain roadway base materials. There are several types of abutment ...
E. Evgin, J.A.I. Sedano , Z. Fu
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Energy piles transfer the mechanical loads from buildings to the ground and serve as heat exchangers. Temperature changes in the ground influence its moisture content. This paper examines the effect of soil moisture content on the shaft resistance of a pile. Tests were carried out in the laboratory to determine the mechanical properties of an interface corresponding to various soil moisture ...
S. Palma , R. Castro , A. Hekmat ,
 Mining Engineering Department, Block Caving Laboratory, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
The block caving mine is considered by the mining industry as one of the natural replacements of the current open cut mines in the near future. The block caving technique is based on the extraction of small broken rocks, created by blasted initially large solid rocks, and the fracture of compact material located in the upper layers because the stress propagation generated by the extraction ...
S. Titarenko, A. McCaig
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
The Atlantis massif is a domal submarine seamount close to the mid-Atlantic Ridge at 30 °N. Close to the crest of the Massif, the Lost City hydrothermal field (LCHF) has been active for at least 120,000 years, venting fluids with a temperature of 40-90 °C. 5 km north of Lost City, a temperature profile has been measured in IODP Hole 1309D, with a near-conductive thermal gradient of ~100 °C/km ...
A. De Falco , M. Mori , G. Sevieri ,
 University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
 University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Seismic evaluation of existing dams is a major issue that has been even more highlighted by the recent events in Italy. In this regard, researchers and engineers need a reliable and quick tool to assess the complex behaviour of the structure – fluid – soil system. In this paper the soil-structure interaction for concrete gravity dams is considered, investigating its effect on the dynamic ...
J. Perko, D. Mallants, E. Vermariën, and W. Cool
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Mol, Belgium
Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Material (ONDRAF/NIRAS), Mol, Belgium
Mass transport modelling through porous media is typically characterized by complex physics and geometry. In the particular case of radionuclide transport, modelling for radioactive waste repositories, an additional level of complexity, and thus uncertainty, originates from the long time frames involved. Performing a safety analysis of a radioactive waste disposal system requires therefore ...