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Title: 2D finite volume model for groundwater flow simulations : integrating non-orthogonal grid capability into modflow
Author: Loudyi, Dalila
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 6885
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2005
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The modular finite-difference groundwater flow model MODFLOW is one of the most widely used groundwater modelling programs, and is applicable to most types of flow problems in its field. However, its finite difference formulation decreases its ability to simulate accurately natural aquifer geometries. To enhance its capability in simulating such boundaries, a finite volume scheme has been developed for inclusion in MODFLOW. In this study, the two-dimensional formulation has been considered. Three discretisations of the two-dimensional diffusion equation, governing groundwater flow and for use with structured quadrilateral meshes, have been developed. The three methods rely on a cell-centred finite volume approach, but show distinct differences in the choice of: gradient approximation, head interpolations and control volume. A time implicit formulation has been used in each model. The sparse system of linear equations that result from the implicit formulation has been solved by using an iterative solver, based on the strongly implicit procedure. Five test examples have been undertaken to compare the performance of the newly developed methods against MODFLOW predictions and analytical results. The accuracy of the results obtained was found to depend on the spatial and temporal discretisations. One of the three developed methods proved its robustness, with regard to mesh non-orthogonality and skewness, and was called the GWFV method. In a second step of studies, a field case study was used to test the preferred model. A mesh generator using a structured quadrilateral grid was used to produce the finite volume mesh of the simulated area. The results of MODFLOW and the GWFV model simulations were compared against field observations. A discussion about the performance of the new developed model has been included and the model has been shown to perform well in comparison with MODFLOW.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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