FYS-GEO4510 – Introduction to mechanical geomodeling
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Dimensional analysis and scaling. Finite difference methods: diffusion equation in 1d and 2d; elastic wave equation in 1d and 2d; fracture. Approximation techniques: trial functions, and Galerkin’s Finite Element Formulation. Finite Element programming in Matlab: program structure; matrix elements and vectors. Laplace’s and poisson’s equations. Elasticity: plane stress; plane strain; three-dimensional solid: dynamics, thermal stress. Viscous, visco-elastic, and visco-elastoplastic rheologies. Coupling of deformation and fluid flow.
- The mathematical formulation of geomechanical problems using partial differential equations
- Computer implementation of various numerical techniques with a focus on the finite element method as applied to heat transfer and solid/fluid mechanics
- The theory of linear finite element method for the model parabolic, elliptic, and hyperbolic problems:
- Approximate solution using the weak form formulation
- Numerical interpolation, differentiation and integration
- Isoparametric elements for multidimensional problems
- Error analysis, stability, convergence
- Stable discretizations and solution strategies for the incompressible Stokes problem
- Direct and iterative methods for solving linear systems of equations
- Basic solution strategies for coupled non-linear problems
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
Bachelor-degree in physics, geoscience, or applied mathematics.
The course is given every spring semester and comprises 30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of computer-based exercises (compulsory submissions), and 30 hours of theoretical exercises, altogether 6 hours per week.
10 compulsory exercises (Pass/fail). In addition a final oral exam (Pass/fail).
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