An order-reduced simulation framework for 3D multiscale geophysical electromagnetic problems

The goal of this research is to investigate the extension of upscaling and multiscale methods and their application to efficiently simulate (frequency-dependent and time-dependent) electromagnetic fields in geophysical scenarios that include metallic-cased boreholes and fractures filled with conductive/resistive fluids. Simulating this type of geophysical settings is quite challenging because they consider highly heterogeneous media and features at multiple spatial scales that require a very large mesh to be accurately represented. This results in a system of equations to be solved that often exceeds the limits of average computers. Thus, the key is to reduce the problem size but retain the accuracy of the electromagnetic responses, which is what upscaling and multiscale methods aim to do efficiently. The research-based solution proposed in this project is relevant to advance the prediction and simulation capabilities for geophysical electromagnetic problems in the context of Hydraulic fracturing. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Eldad Haber


Luz Angelica Caudillo Mata


Computational Geosciences Inc.


Geography / Geology / Earth science


Oil and gas




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