On the Use of Modeling Tools for Teaching Groundwater Flow and Transport

6 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2020

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Ekkehard Holzbecher

German University of Technology

Ahmed Hadidi

German University of Technology

Date Written: February 4, 2020


Lecturers of physics-oriented topics increasingly apply modeling software in classroom teaching. We report about the set-up of a class teaching groundwater flow and transport at German University of Technology in Oman using the COMSOL Multiphysics software. Two models are presented which demonstrate different approaches how the tool is applied. Both approaches familiarize course participants with the basic concepts and phenomena of the topic. One approach in addition instructs the students to handle a modeling tool. The user-friendly design of COMSOL makes the software appropriate for use in the classroom for both of the mentioned purposes. The students benefit from the easy handling of model input, which is completely performed within the graphical user interface. The post-processing options for graphical output are striking. A standalone application can be produced easily, which can be used in the classroom without any deep knowledge of modeling issues. The instructor thus can decide between the two presented approaches. The multi-physics concept, on which the software is built, is best suited for physics-based simulations in various fields including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, hydrology, hydraulics and engineering.

Keywords: Modeling, simulation tool, multi-physics

Suggested Citation

Holzbecher, Ekkehard and Hadidi, Ahmed, On the Use of Modeling Tools for Teaching Groundwater Flow and Transport (February 4, 2020). Sohar University Proceedings of 5th Teaching & Learning Conference, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3531394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3531394

Ekkehard Holzbecher (Contact Author)

German University of Technology ( email )

Ahmed Hadidi

German University of Technology ( email )

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