Exploration Technique: Analytical Modeling
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|Exploration Group:||Data and Modeling Techniques|
|Exploration Sub Group:||Modeling Techniques|
|Parent Exploration Technique:||Modeling Techniques|
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Analytical models are mathematical models that have a closed form solution. Or in other words the solution to the equations used to describe changes in a system can be expressed as a mathematical analytic function.
Analytical models were more commonly used up until the 1990s before numerical modeling became possible with the advance in the capabilities and speed of computers. They were used to verify assumptions on the heat and fluid transport in the geothermal system. Currently, analytical modeling is rarely used due to the complexity of the geothermal system.
Matching the analytical model solutions with measured data can provide verification of assumptions on the geothermal reservoir.
In analytical modeling it is very important to identify the main factors defining the complex system. Doing this can help provide guidance and what needs to be measured to understand the subsurface processes.
Analytical modeling can become more complicated if the number of variables solved for increases.
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