Institut für Geologie

Institut für Geologie

PFLOTRAN Short Course, June 4-6, 2019


The Rock-Water Interaction group at the Institute of Geological Sciences , University of Bern and the PFLOTRAN development team at Sandia National Lab will organize a shortcourse in the use of PFLOTRAN ( from June 4-6, 2019.

PFLOTRAN is a state-of-the-art, open source, peta-scale reactive multiphase flow and transport code founded upon the parallel PETSc framework and designed to run on computers ranging from laptops to supercomputers.  PFLOTRAN is being employed by users from around the world to simulate problems of varying complexity, from simple 1D transport to large 3D multiphase flow and biogeochemical reaction in heterogeneous porous media. This three-day short course provides an introduction to PFLOTRAN during the first two days with the third day reserved for advanced and user-defined problems.

Although participants should have a general background in the principles of hydrogeology and chemistry, the course gives an introduction to theoretical aspects of fluid flow, solute transport, and heat transport in the subsurface, as well as to modelling of geochemical processes such as water-mineral-gas reactions, surface sorption or biochemical reactions. Several hands-on simulation cases ranging in difficulty from simple to complex will familiarize the participants with the use of PFLOTRAN, including input deck generation, execution, post-processing and visualization.


Contact: Peter Alt-Epping (, Marek Pekala (