14-17 May 2018
New Orleans
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A new iterative downscaling procedure for multiscale methods in porous media flows

16 May 2018, 14:55
New Orleans

New Orleans

Oral 20 Minutes MS 2.08: Recent Advances in Multiscale Methods and Uncertainty Quantification Parallel 8-H


Dr Fabricio Sousa (University of Sao Paulo)


Non-overlapping domain decomposition multiscale methods have been succesfully applied to flows in porous media. Such remarkable class of methods seek to decompose the domain of the porous media flow equations in non-overlapping subdomains, solving smaller local problems in parallel, and one global interface problem, instead of a large coupled one. Usually the interface problem enforces the compatibility conditions — continuity of pressures and normal fluxes — across subdomain interfaces. In multiscale methods, these conditions are enforced at different length scales, originating different methods. Examples are the MMMFEM [1] (Multiscale Mixed Mortar Finite Element Method), that prioritize pressure continuity at fine scales and weak flux continuity; the MHM [2] (Multiscale Hybrid-Mixed Method), that enforces continuity of normal fluxes at fine scales and weak pressure continuity; the MuMM [3] (Multiscale Mixed Method) that enforces weak continuity of both pressure and normal fluxes through Robin-type boundary conditions. Recently, the MRCM [4] (Multiscale Robin Coupled Method) that generalizes the aforementioned methods in one single variational formulation has been introduced.

It is well known that enforcing continuity only at larger scales creates a discrepancy in the continuity (of pressure or normal fluxes, or both) in fine scales, so that a downscaling is required to keep the resulting velocity fields conservative.

We propose a new iterative procedure based on alternating domains with minimum overlapping to perform downscaling of the computed normal fluxes, resulting in new conservative velocity fields. We studied the applicability and efficiency of this new method when applied to multiphase flow problems using the MRCM, as compared to existing techniques, illustrating the advantages of our new procedure.


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[4] R.T. Guiraldello, R.F. Ausas, F.S. Sousa, F. Pereira, G.C. Buscaglia, The Multiscale Robin Coupled Method for flows in porous media, In J. Comput. Phys. 355 (2018) 1-21.

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Primary authors

Ms Franciane Rocha (University of Sao Paulo) Dr Fabricio Sousa (University of Sao Paulo) Rafael Trevisanuto Guiraldello (University of São Paulo - São Carlos) Felipe Pereira (Mathematical Sciences Department, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA) Dr Roberto Federico Ausas (University of São Paulo - São Carlos) Dr Gustavo Carlos Buscaglia (University of São Paulo - São Carlos)

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