Computational tools

Computational tools

The digital porous media technology research team has established a series of tools which have been applied in variety of materials including reservoir rocks and soils:

  • 3D Porous Architecture Model. This is a powerful tool to build 3-dimentainal heterogeneous porous media model using 2D images. This tool has opened new field to efficiently quantify the multiphase flow in complicated porous media from nano scale to filed scales.
  • Integration of multiscale heterogeneous pore structure information. This tool using SEM, FIB and micro-CT images, to integrate multiscale rock and soil structure and utilising multiscale pore network models to predict multi-scale flow functions from core scale to higher scale.
  • Incorporation of fracture and matrix into network models.  A new fracture matrix pore network model (FM-PNM) is developed to efficiently simulate the fluid flow properties in fractured porous media.

The group has developed a number of  Computation Fluid Dynamics to support research in coastal and renewable energy hydraulics 

High-fidelity CFD model for floating offshore wind turbines

Multi-region overset mesh solver for floating offshore renewable energy devices

Near trapping effects on the seabed response around a cylinder array

Coupled Wave-Biot model for Fluid-Structure-Seabed Interaction

Wave propagation in coastal zone

A fully nonlinear potential flow solver for water wave propagation and transformation