Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Application of automatic differentiation for the simulation of
nonisothermal, multiphase flow in geothermal reservoirs
- Author(s): Kim, Jong G.
- Finsterle, Stefan
- et al.
Simulation of nonisothermal, multiphase flow through fractured geothermal reservoirs involves the solution of a system of strongly nonlinear algebraic equations. The Newton-Raphson method used to solve such a nonlinear system of equations requires the evaluation of a Jacobian matrix. In this paper we discuss automatic differentiation (AD) as a method for analytically computing the Jacobian matrix of derivatives. Robustness and efficiency of the AD-generated derivative codes are compared with a conventional derivative computation approach based on first-order finite differences.