Powei Huang Publications

Powei Huang

PhD Student for Geothermal Energy and Geofluids

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Mailing Address
Powei Huang
Geothermal Energy & Geofluids
Institute of Geophysics
NO F 51.1
Sonneggstrasse 5
CH-8092 Zurich Switzerland

Contact
Phone +41 44 633 4041
Email powei.huang(at)erdw.ethz.ch

Administration
Dominique Ballarin Dolfin
Phone +41 44 632 3465
Email ballarin(at)ethz.ch

Publications

THESES

1.  Huang, P. Investigating different formulations for hydrothermal convection in geothermal systems, MSc Thesis RWTH Aachen, pp., 2017. Abstract
Hydrothermal convection in porous media is an important piece of physics in geothermal reservoirs, and understanding them leads to better development of geothermal energy. We analyze the validity of simulating hydrothermal convection using different formulations of partial differential equations. Using the Elder problem as a physical benchmark, we found out that the stream function formulation and the velocity formulation are a valid and efficient model of hydrothermal convection. The Nusselt number and entropy production are measurements of the quality of convective heat transfer. The Rayleigh number describes the physical properties of a porous media. We use simulations to further investigate the discrepancy in the Nusselt Rayleigh relationship found in previous experiments. The conclusion is that the multiple steady states of convection pattern in a 3D box are the main reason for the discrepancy in the Nusselt Rayleigh relationship.

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THESES

1.  Huang, P. Investigating different formulations for hydrothermal convection in geothermal systems, MSc Thesis RWTH Aachen, pp., 2017. Abstract
Hydrothermal convection in porous media is an important piece of physics in geothermal reservoirs, and understanding them leads to better development of geothermal energy. We analyze the validity of simulating hydrothermal convection using different formulations of partial differential equations. Using the Elder problem as a physical benchmark, we found out that the stream function formulation and the velocity formulation are a valid and efficient model of hydrothermal convection. The Nusselt number and entropy production are measurements of the quality of convective heat transfer. The Rayleigh number describes the physical properties of a porous media. We use simulations to further investigate the discrepancy in the Nusselt Rayleigh relationship found in previous experiments. The conclusion is that the multiple steady states of convection pattern in a 3D box are the main reason for the discrepancy in the Nusselt Rayleigh relationship.