FEFTRA(TM): Verification

Jari Löfman, Vesa Keto, Ferenc Mészáros

    Research output: Book/ReportReport


    FEFTRA is a finite element program package developed at VTT for the analyses of groundwater flow in Posiva's site evaluation programme that seeks a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Finland. The code is capable of modelling steady-state or transient groundwater flow, solute transport and heat transfer as coupled or separate phenomena. Being a typical research tool used only by its developers, so far the FEFTRA code has been short of a competent testing system and precise documentation of the verification of the code. The objective of this work was to reorganise all the material related to the existing verification cases and place them into the FEFTRA program path under the version-control system. The work also included development of a new testing system, which automatically calculates the selected cases, checks the new results against the old approved results and constructs a summary of the test run. All the existing cases were gathered together, checked and added into the new testing system. The documentation of each case was rewritten with the LaTeX document preparation system and added into the testing system in a way that the whole test documentation (this report) can easily be generated in a postscript or pdf-format. At the moment the report includes mainly the cases related to the testing of the primary result quantities (i.e. hydraulic head, pressure, salinity concentration, temperature). The selected cases, however, represent typical hydrological applications, in which the program package has been and will be employed in the Posiva's site evaluation programme, i.e. the simulations of groundwater flow, solute transport and heat transfer as separate or coupled phenomena. The comparison of the FEFTRA results to the analytical, semianalytical and/or other numerical solutions proves the capability of FEFTRA to simulate such problems. The report is available both in a printed and electronic format. As the report is in a constant state of evolution resulting from the current code development, the printed form represents a "snapshot" of its content at the date of publishing, while the electronic format represents always the most up-to-date version of the report.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages118
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-6920-5
    ISBN (Print)978-951-38-6919-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Tiedotteita - Meddelanden - Research Notes


    • modelling
    • groundwater flow
    • solute transport
    • heat transfer
    • nuclear waste
    • disposal


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