Auxiliary variables for 3D multiscale simulations in heterogeneous porous media
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The multiscale control-volume methods for solving problems involving flow in porous media have gained much interest during the last decade. Recasting these methods in an algebraic framework allows one to consider them as preconditioners for iterative solvers. Despite intense research on the 2D formulation, few results have been shown for 3D, where indeed the performance of multiscale methods deteriorates. The interpretation of multiscale methods as vertex based domain decomposition methods, which are non-scalable for 3D domain decomposition problems, allows us to understand this loss of performance.
We propose a generalized framework based on auxiliary variables on the coarse scale. These are enrichments the coarse scale, which can be selected to improve the interpolation onto the fine scale. Where the existing coarse scale basis functions are designed to capture local sub-scale heterogeneities, the auxiliary variables are aimed at better capturing non-local effects resulting from non-linear behavior of the pressure field. The auxiliary coarse nodes fits into the framework of mass-conservative domain-decomposition (MCDD) preconditioners, allowing us to construct, as special cases, both the traditional (vertex based) multiscale methods as well as their wire basket generalization.