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Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 9804291, 13 pages
Research Article

A Novel Boundary-Type Meshless Method for Modeling Geofluid Flow in Heterogeneous Geological Media

Department of Harbor and River Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan

Correspondence should be addressed to Cheng-Yu Ku

Received 3 July 2017; Accepted 18 December 2017; Published 16 January 2018

Academic Editor: Shujun Ye

Copyright © 2018 Jing-En Xiao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel boundary-type meshless method for modeling geofluid flow in heterogeneous geological media was developed. The numerical solutions of geofluid flow are approximated by a set of particular solutions of the subsurface flow equation which are expressed in terms of sources located outside the domain of the problem. This pioneering study is based on the collocation Trefftz method and provides a promising solution which integrates the T-Trefftz method and F-Trefftz method. To deal with the subsurface flow problems of heterogeneous geological media, the domain decomposition method was adopted so that flux conservation and the continuity of pressure potential at the interface between two consecutive layers can be considered in the numerical model. The validity of the model is established for a number of test problems. Application examples of subsurface flow problems with free surface in homogenous and layered heterogeneous geological media were also carried out. Numerical results demonstrate that the proposed method is highly accurate and computationally efficient. The results also reveal that it has great numerical stability for solving subsurface flow with nonlinear free surface in layered heterogeneous geological media even with large contrasts in the hydraulic conductivity.