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EPSRC Reference: GR/S42699/01
Title: VGW - A Virtual Geoscience Workbench for discontinuous systems
Principal Investigator: Latham, Dr J
Other Investigators:
Sanderson, Professor DJ Woods, Professor J Pain, Professor CC
Blunt, Professor MJ King, Professor PR
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Continuum Resources London Orica UK Limited Rio Tinto
WF Baird & Associates
Department: Department of Earth Sciences
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2004 Ends: 30 September 2009 Value (£): 469,567
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Coastal & Waterway Engineering Ground Engineering
Mining & Minerals Extraction Multiphase Flow
Oil & Gas Extraction
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Environment
Related Grants:
GR/S42705/01
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
08 Apr 2003 Engineering Prioritisation Panel (C) April 2003 Deferred
19 Jun 2003 Engineering Prioritisation Panel (C) June 2003 Deferred
Summary on Grant Application Form
The virtual geoscience workbench for discontinuous systems, (VGW) will be developed. A network of users of VGW will be established, training provided and exploitation facilitated. VGW will be created using advanced discontinua techniques in the context of indicative geosience phenomena and problems such as granular dynamics, packing and heap stability. VGW will be a synthesis of key developments in discrete element modelling (DEM), combined finite discrete elements (FEMIDEM), complex system modelling, continua modelling, software design and test-bed applications to both fundamental and applied research in earth science and earth engineering. It will incorporate world-leading in-house algorithms for complex shape collision dynamics, interaction between particles, fluid coupling, fracturing and fragmenting particles - that are ideally suited to dynamic, pseudo-static geological timescale systems. VGW will be open source, extendable, modular, object-0rientated, transparent, portable, intemet- and user-friendly. It will be easy to customise, configure and apply to an impressive range of problems. VGW will be tested and demonstrated on earth science and earth engineering lose studies arising under the common theme: 'a sedimentary rock process model - from genesis to brittle deformation'. These will focus on. the dependence of emergent behaviour on particle-scale interactions and will include sedimentation, avalanching, compaction, diagenesis, mufti-phase flow through granular media, faulting and jointing.
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Project URL: http://VGeST.net
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