A numerical simulation has been performed through the natural geothermal system of Suio-Castelforte (LT) in order to investigate the hydothermal area and assess its geothermal potentiality. Starting from geological and hydrogeological data a 2D conceptual model has been built. For numerical purpose, the latter idealizes and simplifies the natural system. The area has been affected by a temperature gradient, from low to medium enthalpy, related to the Quaternary volcanism. By a FEM (Finite Element Model) method, using the COMSOL MULTIPHYSICS® software, a homogeneous and isotrope media have been assumed, simulating the groundwater flow and simultaneous heat transfer. Using the porous media approach, Darcy and heat transfer laws have been applied in steady-state conditions. The results have been compared with the collected data and bibliography.
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Casale, A., Saroli, M., Giovinco, G., Lancia, M., Albano, M., Zarlenga, F., & Dell'Isola, M. (2016). Hydrogeological study and numerical model of the Suio-Castelforte hydrothermal area (central Italy). Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, 41, 276 - 279. https://doi.org/10.3301/ROL.2016.147