An introduction to GeoChemFoam


Edinburgh Campus and Online

GeoChemFoam is the world most advanced open source pore-scale numerical simulator based on OpenFOAM developed at the Institute for GeoEnergy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. Capabilities include multiphase reactive transport, an improved multiphase solver, two-phase flow at low capillary number, conjugate heat transfer, an improved reactive dissolution solver, contaminant transport, and Darcy-Stokes-Brinkman flow and transport. GeoChemFoam is made specifically for researching pore-scale processes related to the energy transition.

Come join us for a two-day introduction to GeoChemFoam on Jul 28/29 both in Edinburgh and online. The course is free of charge and no prior OpenFOAM or modelling experience is required. The course will cover the basics of using GeoChemFoam with the precompiled version available on Docker. The only requirement is that you have access to a computer with Docker installed (note: this requires administrative rights on the machine). Below is a tentative schedule for the course.

Day 1:

  • Introduction to OpenFOAM & GeoChemFoam with Docker
  • Calculation of permeability in a segmented micro-CT image (Stokes)
  • Visualization with ParaView
  • Calculation of permeability in an unsegmented micro-CT image (Darcy-Stokes-Brinkman)

Day 2:

  • Heat Transfer in a micro-CT image
  • Calcite dissolution in a micromodel
  • Dissolution of a CO2 bubble in a cavity
  • Two-phase flow in a micromodel