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Evaluation of coupled THMC processes related to geo-energy applications: from laboratory to reservoir scale
Convener: Guido Blöcher  | Co-Conveners: Victor Vilarrasa , Mauro Cacace , Jerome Fortin , Harald Milsch , Estanislao Pujades , Dorothee Rebscher , Jonny Rutqvist 
 / Thu, 12 Apr, 15:30–17:00  / Room M1
 / Attendance Thu, 12 Apr, 17:30–19:00  / Hall X4

Thermal, hydraulic, mechanical and chemical (THMC) processes in geological settings are of increasing interest in different geo-scientific fields. This is especially the case within current research applied to exploration and usage of natural and mineral resources from the underground. This session is intended as a scientific platform to present and discuss studies focused on various kinds of processes relevant for geo-energy related applications. These comprise, but are not limited to, aquifer storage, geologic carbon storage, nuclear waste storage, enhanced geothermal applications, enhanced oil recovery, hydraulic fracturing and its subsequent wastewater disposal and induced seismicity. Therefore, we invite contributions ranging from innovative laboratory experiments, analytical solutions and mathematical model applications to the discussion of an improved way to understand the history, current state as well as future performance of reservoirs.
More specifically, we welcome contributions dealing with analysis and quantification of: (i) fluid flow, permeability, fluid conductivity; (ii) electrical properties, conductivity, resistivity and permittivity in both real and complex domains; (iii) heat flow, geothermal states, thermal conductivity and diffusivity; (iv) transport of energy by elastic waves, their velocities and the dispersion of compression, shear and other types of elastic waves; and (v) mechanical properties of fractured and intact rock materials. Contributions on coupling mechanisms of THMC-processes in fractured and intact reservoir rocks are of special interest.
This session is intended to provide an overview of current research activities in this field. By discussing advances and challenges in quantifying coupled physical processes in geological settings and their implications it aims to stimulate new ideas for future work.