651-4221-00L  Numerical Modelling of Ore Forming Hydrothermal Processes

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Driesner
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-4221-00 GNumerical Modelling of Ore Forming Hydrothermal Processes
Not suitable for students without earth science background.
2 hrs
Wed10:15-12:00NO E 11 »
T. Driesner

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AbstractIntroduction to computer tools for the simulation of hydrothermal fluid flow and hydrothermal reactions. The computer programs are handed out to the students and can be run on normal laptop PCs (Windows operating system; MAC or Linux users will have to install a virtual machine or team up with a colleague with a Window computer). No programming knowledge is necessary.
ObjectiveLearn how to use the simulation programs HYDROTHERM and Geochemist's Workbench to explore how hydrothermal ore deposition works. In addition, you'll learn how natural geothermal systems work and what controls their energy content.
ContentIntroduction to computer tools for the simulation of hydrothermal processes: HYDROTHERM for fluid flow simulations, Geochemist's Workbench for thermodynamic modeling. While learning the respective computer programs is an essential part of the course, the emphasis will be on using these tools to learn how the physics and chemistry of hydrothermal system actually work.
Lecture notesComputer programs and course material will be distributed during the course.
LiteratureIngebritsen S.E., Sanford W., Neuzil C. (2006) Groundwater in geologic processes. Cambridge University Press

Bethke C.M. (1996) Geochemical reaction modeling. Oxford University Press

Turcotte D.L., Schubert G. (2001) Geodynamics, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is intended for earth science students; people interested but with a different background should contact the lecturer before signing up.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCooperation and Teamworkfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersT. Driesner
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationAssignment (report on HYDROTHERM simulations and/or Geochemist's Workbench modelling from a small, self-defined project)

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