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Flow & Transport in Permeable Media
Gordon Research Conference

Bridging the Gap Between Scales and Processes for Strongly Coupled Systems

Dates

July 31 - August 5, 2016

Location

PGA Catalunya Business and Convention Centre
Girona, Spain

Organizers

Chair:
Rainer Helmig

Vice Chair:
Ruben Juanes

Meeting Description

The dynamics of porous-media flows in environmental, technical, and biological applications are quite complex and span a very wide range of disciplines and interests, including physics, chemistry, biology, computational mathematics, hydrology, reservoir and geothermal engineering. The scales of interest also span an incredibly wide range, from tiny (micrometer and smaller) scales to enormously large terrestrial (energy, water, and climate) systems. Thus, it is critically important to sustain and encourage the growth of a multi-disciplinary porous-media research community that deals with these complex and vitally important (natural) systems.

The biennial Gordon Research Conference has become the premier venue for researchers from academia, national labs, and industry to share their latest ideas and exciting research findings related to flow and transport in permeable media. The 2016 meeting will be an outstanding forum for recognized leaders in their respective fields to get together and meet exceptional young scientists (senior PhD students, post-docs). The conference will highlight theoretical, experimental, and mathematical research aimed at understanding the physics for strongly coupled systems. Specific topics and speakers will focus on wetting and flow: basic physical understanding and implications for porous media, emerging challenges and critical problems associated with the future of CCS, energy storage, fracking, and water resources, environmental protection, ecology, as well as biological and technical systems.

The speakers and participants are expected to share new, evolving, and unpublished ideas and research findings. The presentations will be chaired by recognized leaders in each of the topical areas under discussion. A primary objective is to generate stimulating discussions that engage the entire conference community in a constructive atmosphere. The conference format - programmed morning and evening lectures and free afternoons - provides ample time for informal interactions and the exchange of ideas. The setting is a unique forum for young scientists to engage with leaders in the field. The highly interactive poster sessions are a critical part of the conference, and all the GRC attendees are strongly encouraged to submit a poster on their latest research work.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Flow & Transport in Permeable Media" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmRapid Response vs. High-Fidelity Models: Is Approximately Right Better than Precisely Wrong?
Discussion Leader: Michael Celia (Princeton University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmSebastian Geiger (Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom)
"Less Is More? Fast Prototyping of Reservoir Models with Dynamic Feedback"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmJens Birkholzer (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Use of Component Models in System-Level Risk Assessments: Is Less Really More?"
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTheory and Models: What Is Necessary and Available?
Discussion Leader: Steffen Berg (Shell Global Solutions International B.V., The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:35 amHolger Steeb (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
"SPH Modelling of Pore-Scale Events in Porous and Particulate Media"
9:35 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amCoffee Break
10:25 am - 11:00 amTanguy Le Borgne (Université de Rennes, France)
"Mixing as a Stretching and Aggregation Process"
11:00 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:55 amVahid Niasar (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"Fundamentals of Wettability Alteration in Porous Media from Pore to Continuum Scale"
11:55 am - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Gabriele Seitz (University of Stuttgart, Germany) and Beatrix Becker (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmCapillarity, Wetting and Flow: Basic Physical Understanding and Implications for Porous Media
Discussion Leader: Ruben Juanes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:35 pmJoanna Aizenberg (Harvard University, USA)
"Multifunctionality of Liquid-Filled Porous Materials: From Encryption to Anit-Fouling"
6:35 pm - 6:55 pmDiscussion
6:55 pm - 7:30 pmMartin Brinkmann (Saarland University, Germany)
"The Role of Pore-Scale Wettability in Fluid Transport"
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCoupled Flow Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Jan Carmeliet (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
9:00 am - 9:35 amKathleen Smits (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
"Challenges and Opportunities in Measuring and Modelling Mass and Energy Exchanges Through Porous Media and at the Land/Atmosphere Interface"
9:35 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amCoffee Break
10:25 am - 11:00 amThijs Defraeye (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland)
"Drying of Cellular Biomaterials: Insights at the Air-Material Interface by Multiscale Modelling"
11:00 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:55 amNima Shokri (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"Complex Dynamics of NaCl Precipitation in Drying Saline Porous Media"
11:55 am - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmSubsurface Characterization and Flow Modeling
Discussion Leader: Martin Blunt (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
6:00 pm - 6:35 pmInsa Neuweiler (University of Hannover, Germany)
"Model Complexity and Model Simplification for Flow Modeling on Large Length Scales"
6:35 pm - 6:55 pmDiscussion
6:55 pm - 7:30 pmVeerle Cnudde (Ghent University, Belgium)
"Imaging Dynamic Processes in Geomaterials"
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLife in Porous Media
Discussion Leader: Ilenia Battiato (San Diego State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amAlfio Quarteroni (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Numerical Solution of Navier Stokes/Darcy Coupled Problem by the Interface Control Domain Decomposition Method, and Applications"
9:35 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amCoffee Break
10:25 am - 11:00 amLuis Cardoso (City College of the City University of New York, USA)
"Structure-Function Relationship in Biological Tissues: Anisotropic Mechanical Properties of Trabecular Bone Determined Using Poroelastic Ultrasound"
11:00 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:55 amPietro de Anna (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Quantifying Heterogeneous Flows Coupling with Bio-Chemical Activity"
11:55 am - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmThe Future of CCS, Energy Storage, and Fracking from a European and American Perspective
Discussion Leader: Hamdi Tchelepi (Stanford University, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:35 pmPhilip Ringrose (Statoil, Norway)
"Scale-Up of CCS: Physical and Economic Constraints"
6:35 pm - 6:55 pmDiscussion
6:55 pm - 7:30 pmTerry Engelder (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"A Brief Review of Flow and Transport Issues Associated with Fracking in North America"
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPorous Media and Society
Discussion Leader: Dani Or (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
9:00 am - 9:35 amHolly Michael (University of Delaware, USA)
"The Influence of Geologic Heterogeneity on Large-Scale Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport: Continental Shelves and Mega-Cities"
9:35 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amCoffee Break
10:25 am - 11:00 amFrank Reith (CSIRO, Australia)
"Understanding Gold Mobility in Surface Environments May Strengthen Our Economic Future by Providing Sustainable Exploration Solution"
11:00 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:50 amDominique Derome (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland)
"Water Sorption and Swelling in Wood and Painted Linen Canvas – From Molecular Dynamics Insights to Art Conservation"
11:50 am - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmNumerical Models for Fractured-Porous Media Systems
Discussion Leader: Inga Berre (University of Bergen, Norway)
6:00 pm - 6:35 pmJan Nordbotten (University of Bergen, Norway)
"Simulation of Desiccation of Drying Soils: Mathematical Modeling, Discretization and Non-Linear Solvers"
6:35 pm - 6:55 pmDiscussion
6:55 pm - 7:30 pmLuca Formaggia (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
"Darcy Flow in Fractured Media: Some Mathematical and Numerical Aspects"
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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