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  • Main Title Summary of the Models and Methods for the FEHM Application-A Finite-Element Heat- and Mass-Transfer Code


  • Author: Zyvoloski, George A.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Robinson, Bruce A.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Dash, Zora V.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Trease, Lynn L.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (RW) (United States)


  • Name: Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: New Mexico
    Additional Info: Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)


  • Creation: 1997-07-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The mathematical models and numerical methods employed by the FEHM application, a finite-element heat- and mass-transfer computer code that can simulate nonisothermal multiphase multi-component flow in porous media, are described. The use of this code is applicable to natural-state studies of geothermal systems and groundwater flow. A primary use of the FEHM application will be to assist in the understanding of flow fields and mass transport in the saturated and unsaturated zones below the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The component models of FEHM are discussed. The first major component, Flow- and Energy-Transport Equations, deals with heat conduction; heat and mass transfer with pressure- and temperature-dependent properties, relative permeabilities and capillary pressures; isothermal air-water transport; and heat and mass transfer with noncondensible gas. The second component, Dual-Porosity and Double-Porosity/Double-Permeability Formulation, is designed for problems dominated by fracture flow. Another component, The Solute-Transport Models, includes both a reactive-transport model that simulates transport of multiple solutes with chemical reaction and a particle-tracking model. Finally, the component, Constitutive Relationships, deals with pressure- and temperature-dependent fluid/air/gas properties, relative permeabilities and capillary pressures, stress dependencies, and reactive and sorbing solutes. Each of these components is discussed in detail, including purpose, assumptions and limitations, derivation, applications, numerical method type, derivation of numerical model, location in the FEHM code flow, numerical stability and accuracy, and alternative approaches to modeling the component.
  • Physical Description: Medium: P; Size: vp.


  • Keyword: Heat Transfer
  • Keyword: Chemical Reactions
  • STI Subject Categories: 99 General And Miscellaneous//Mathematics, Computing, And Information Science
  • Keyword: Finite Element Method
  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Disposal
  • Keyword: Ground Water
  • Keyword: Geothermal Legacy
  • Keyword: Mathematical Models
  • Keyword: F Codes
  • Keyword: Geologic Fractures
  • STI Subject Categories: 12 Management Of Radioactive Wastes, And Non-Radioactive Wastes From Nuclear Facilities
  • STI Subject Categories: 15 Geothermal Energy
  • Keyword: Geothermal Systems
  • Keyword: Multiphase Flow Geothermal Legacy
  • Keyword: Mass Transfer


  • Other Information: PBD: 1 Jul 1997


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: LA-13307-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/14903
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 14903
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc619272


  • Display Note: INIS; OSTI as DE00014903