Numerical modeling of enhanced geothermal systems


Project Description

This research project is to apply a fully coupled mathematical model of the thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) coupling process that may significantly influence the overall energy production processes regarding enhance geothermal system (EGS). The student interns will work together with experienced researchers at KAUST to conduct a series of parametric studies regarding EGS reservoirs under various conditions. They will also participate in various academic activities at KAUST to enhance their knowledge and understanding regarding numerical techniques and simulation applications Recommended Student Academic & Research Background:Having an education background on geomechanics and geotechnical engineering, Programming by Matlab/ C++/Fortran, Familiar with numerical simulation ​
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - civil engineering, environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering ​​

About the

Shuyu Sun

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering

Shuyu Sun
​Professor Sun's recent research covers:
  • Finite element methods (in particular, adaptive discontinuous Galerkin methods for flow and reactive transport problems in porous media) and numerical analysis (a priori and a posteriori error estimation)
  • Computational transport phenomena and numerical oil reservoir simulations
  • Computational thermodynamics of reservoir fluids

Desired Project Deliverables

​1. fluid and heat transfer data with the mechanical effect of the EGS reservoirs 2. A report summarizing the research progress during the internship