The STOMP simulator is a suite of computer codes developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for solving problems involving the flow of multiple fluids, the transport and reaction phenomena of heat and chemical species, and porothermoelastic mechanics in geologic media. This broad range of modeling capabilities makes the simulator applicable to many research fields. This course is designed to instruct new users in the application of the STOMP-CO2 simulator to problems involving the injection of CO2 into deep saline reservoirs for permanent storage. Through a combination of lectures and computer laboratories, students are guided through a series of problems, designed to demonstrate the simulator's features and capabilities. Students will learn to prepare input files for carbon sequestration related problems and interpret simulation results by working with sample problems that vary in complexity and structure. Lectures will describe the mathematical models, numerical solution approaches, and code structure, but will also cover a series of simulation applications conducted by PNNL. Problems selected for the course are those that have been developed from two international code comparison studies; GeoSeq and the Stuttgart Workshop, plus additional problems that are more representative of reservoir applications. The principal objective of the course is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of using a numerical simulator to solve problems involving the sequestration of CO2 in geologic reservoirs, and a foundation on which to apply the STOMP simulator to future projects.
Students with backgrounds in geologic sciences, physical sciences or engineering will more greatly benefit from this course than those without. All students should be able to edit files with a text editor, and the course language will be English.