Verification benchmarks for single-phase flow in three-dimensional fractured porous media

Inga Berre, Wietse M. Boon, Bernd Flemisch*, Alessio Fumagalli, Dennis Gläser, Eirik Keilegavlen, Anna Scotti, Ivar Stefansson, Alexandru Tatomir, Konstantin Brenner, Samuel Burbulla, Philippe Devloo, Omar Duran, Marco Favino, Julian Hennicker, I-Hsien Lee, Konstantin Lipnikov, Roland Masson, Klaus Mosthaf, Maria Giuseppina Chiara NestolaChuen-Fa Ni, Kirill Nikitin, Philipp Schädle, Daniil Svyatskiy, Ruslan Yanbarisov, Patrick Zulian

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Flow in fractured porous media occurs in the earth’s subsurface, in biological tissues, and in man-made materials. Fractures have a dominating influence on flow processes, and the last decade has seen an extensive development of models and numerical methods that explicitly account for their presence. To support these developments, four benchmark cases for single-phase flow in three-dimensional fractured porous media are presented. The cases are specifically designed to test the methods’ capabilities in handling various complexities common to the geometrical structures of fracture networks. Based on an open call for participation, results obtained with 17 numerical methods were collected. This paper presents the underlying mathematical model, an overview of the features of the participating numerical methods, and their performance in solving the benchmark cases.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103759
JournalAdvances in Water Resources
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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