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  1. Fractal and Multifractal Models Applied to Porous Media - Editorial

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    Given the current high level of interest in the use of fractal geometry to characterize natural porous media, a special issue of the Vadose Zone Journal was organized in order to expose established fractal analysis techniques and cutting-edge new developments to a wider Earth science audience. The ...

  2. Porous media

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    Bullien, F.A.L. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

    1992-01-01

    The unique property of a porous medium, the one that distinguishes it from other solid bodies on the one hand and from simple conduits on the other, is its complicated pore structure. Fluid flow, diffusion, and electrical conduction in porous media take place within extremely complicated microscopic boundaries that in the past made a rigorous solution of the equations of change in the capillary network practically impossible. The past state of affairs is one of the reasons why some of the brilliant and successful practitioners in the field of flow through porous media have tried, as much as possible, to stick with the continuum approach in which no attention is paid to pores or pore structure. Another reason is that the continuum approach is often adequate for the phenomenological description of macroscopic transport processes in porous media. This book has been written with the primary purpose of presenting in an organized manner the most pertinent information available on the role of pore structure and then putting it to use in the interpretation of experimental data and the results of model calculations.

  3. Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes Applied to Solute Transport in Non Saturated Porous Media

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    Mathieu-Balster, I.; Sicard, J.

    1999-09-01

    Modeling of solute transport in non-saturated and non-isothermal porous media is dealt with by thermodynamics of irreversible processes. This rigorous approach enables us to consider the different kinds of transfer and the coupling. Every physical phenomenon as water phase transition and solute adsorption by the solid matrix can be taken into account. The final model may be applied to several fields such as civil engineering, agronomy, pollution and the assessment of radioactive waste repositories. A numerical modeling taking into account the effect of temperature gradient on solute transport (“Soret effect”) is in the process of implementation in the French software “CESAR-LCPC” of the “Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées”.

  4. Direct sampling from N dimensions to N dimensions applied to porous media

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    Adler, Pierre; Nguyen, Thang; Coelho, Daniel; Robinet, Jean Charles; Wendling, Jacques

    2014-05-01

    The reconstruction of porous media starting from some experimental data is still a very challenging problem in terms of random geometry and a very attractive one because of its innumerable industrial applications. The developments of Computed Microtomography (CMT) have not diminished the need for reconstruction methods and the availability of three dimensional data has considerably facilitated the reconstruction of porous media. In the past, several techniques were used such as thresholded Gaussian fields [1], simulated annealing [2] and Boolean models where polydisperse and penetrable spheres are generated randomly (see [3] for a combination with correlation function). Recently, [4] developed the Direct Sampling method (DSM) as an alternative to multiple-point simulations. The purpose of the present work is to develop DSM and to apply it to the reconstruction of porous media made of one or several minerals [5]. Application of this method only necessitates a sample of the medium to reproduce called Training Image (TI). The main feature of DSM can be summarized as follows. Suppose that n points (x1,…,xn) are already known in the Simulated Medium (SM) and that one wants to determine the value of an extra point x; the TI is searched in order to find a configuration (y1,…,yn) where these points have the same colors and relative positions as (x1,…,xn) in the SM; then, the value of the point y in the TI which is in the same relative position with respect to (y1,…,yn) than x with respect to (x1,…,xn) is given to x in the SM. The algorithm and its main features are briefly described. Important advantages of DSM are that it can easily generate media with several phases which are spatially periodic or not. The searching process - i.e. the selected points y in the TI and the corresponding determined points x in the SM - will be illustrated by some short movies. The properties of the resulting SMs (such as the phase probabilities and the correlation functions) will

  5. Modeling of two-phase flow in membranes and porous media in microgravity as applied to plant irrigation in space

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    Scovazzo, P.; Illangasekare, T. H.; Hoehn, A.; Todd, P.

    2001-01-01

    In traditional applications in soil physics it is convention to scale porous media properties, such as hydraulic conductivity, soil water diffusivity, and capillary head, with the gravitational acceleration. In addition, the Richards equation for water flux in partially saturated porous media also contains a gravity term. With the plans to develop plant habitats in space, such as in the International Space Station, it becomes necessary to evaluate these properties and this equation under conditions of microgravitational acceleration. This article develops models for microgravity steady state two-phase flow, as found in irrigation systems, that addresses critical design issues. Conventional dimensionless groups in two-phase mathematical models are scaled with gravity, which must be assigned a value of zero for microgravity modeling. The use of these conventional solutions in microgravity, therefore, is not possible. This article therefore introduces new dimensionless groups for two-phase models. The microgravity models introduced here determined that in addition to porous media properties, important design factors for microgravity systems include applied water potential and the ratio of inner to outer radii for cylindrical and spherical porous media systems.

  6. Modeling of two-phase flow in membranes and porous media in microgravity as applied to plant irrigation in space.

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    Scovazzo, P; Illangasekare, T H; Hoehn, A; Todd, P

    2001-05-01

    In traditional applications in soil physics it is convention to scale porous media properties, such as hydraulic conductivity, soil water diffusivity, and capillary head, with the gravitational acceleration. In addition, the Richards equation for water flux in partially saturated porous media also contains a gravity term. With the plans to develop plant habitats in space, such as in the International Space Station, it becomes necessary to evaluate these properties and this equation under conditions of microgravitational acceleration. This article develops models for microgravity steady state two-phase flow, as found in irrigation systems, that addresses critical design issues. Conventional dimensionless groups in two-phase mathematical models are scaled with gravity, which must be assigned a value of zero for microgravity modeling. The use of these conventional solutions in microgravity, therefore, is not possible. This article therefore introduces new dimensionless groups for two-phase models. The microgravity models introduced here determined that in addition to porous media properties, important design factors for microgravity systems include applied water potential and the ratio of inner to outer radii for cylindrical and spherical porous media systems.

  7. Imaging techniques applied to the study of fluids in porous media

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    Tomutsa, L.; Doughty, D.; Brinkmeyer, A.; Mahmood, S.

    1992-06-01

    Improved imaging techniques were used to study the dynamics of fluid flow and trapping at various scales in porous media. Two-phase and three-phase floods were performed and monitored by computed tomography (CT) scanning and/or nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI) microscopy. Permeability-porosity correlations obtained from image analysis were combined with porosity distributions from CT scanning to generate spatial permeability distributions within the core which were used in simulations of two-phase floods. Simulation-derived saturation distributions of two-phase processes showed very good agreement with the CT measured values.

  8. Imaging techniques applied to the study of fluids in porous media

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    Tomutsa, L.; Doughty, D.; Mahmood, S.; Brinkmeyer, A.; Madden, M.P.

    1991-01-01

    A detailed understanding of rock structure and its influence on fluid entrapment, storage capacity, and flow behavior can improve the effective utilization and design of methods to increase the recovery of oil and gas from petroleum reservoirs. The dynamics of fluid flow and trapping phenomena in porous media was investigated. Miscible and immiscible displacement experiments in heterogeneous Berea and Shannon sandstone samples were monitored using X-ray computed tomography (CT scanning) to determine the effect of heterogeneities on fluid flow and trapping. The statistical analysis of pore and pore throat sizes in thin sections cut from these sandstone samples enabled the delineation of small-scale spatial distributions of porosity and permeability. Multiphase displacement experiments were conducted with micromodels constructed using thin slabs of the sandstones. The combination of the CT scanning, thin section, and micromodel techniques enables the investigation of how variations in pore characteristics influence fluid front advancement, fluid distributions, and fluid trapping. Plugs cut from the sandstone samples were investigated using high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance imaging permitting the visualization of oil, water or both within individual pores. The application of these insights will aid in the proper interpretation of relative permeability, capillary pressure, and electrical resistivity data obtained from whole core studies. 7 refs., 14 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. FLUID TRANSPORT THROUGH POROUS MEDIA

    EPA Science Inventory

    Fluid transport through porous media is a relevant topic to many scientific and engineering fields. Soil scientists, civil engineers, hydrologists and hydrogeologists are concerned with the transport of water, gases and nonaqueous phase liquid contaminants through porous earth m...

  10. FLUID TRANSPORT THROUGH POROUS MEDIA

    EPA Science Inventory

    Fluid transport through porous media is a relevant topic to many scientific and engineering fields. Soil scientists, civil engineers, hydrologists and hydrogeologists are concerned with the transport of water, gases and nonaqueous phase liquid contaminants through porous earth m...

  11. Porous polymer media

    DOEpatents

    Shepodd, Timothy J.

    2002-01-01

    Highly crosslinked monolithic porous polymer materials for chromatographic applications. By using solvent compositions that provide not only for polymerization of acrylate monomers in such a fashion that a porous polymer network is formed prior to phase separation but also for exchanging the polymerization solvent for a running buffer using electroosmotic flow, the need for high pressure purging is eliminated. The polymer materials have been shown to be an effective capillary electrochromatographic separations medium at lower field strengths than conventional polymer media. Further, because of their highly crosslinked nature these polymer materials are structurally stable in a wide range of organic and aqueous solvents and over a pH range of 2-12.

  12. Modeling and simulation of the chemically induced swelling behavior of anionic polyelectrolyte gels by applying the theory of porous media

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    Leichsenring, Peter; Wallmersperger, Thomas

    2017-03-01

    Ionic hydrogels belong to the class of polyelectrolyte gels, also known as ionic gels. Their ability to swell or shrink under different environmental conditions such as change of pH, ion concentration or temperature make them promising materials for new sensoric or actuatoric devices. Numerical simulations play a crucial role for further developing hydrogel based devices. In the present contribution, a thermodynamically consistent continuum model based on the theory of porous media is derived. The governing field equations are solved on a one-dimensional domain by applying the finite element method. For the time discretization an Euler backward algorithm is implemented. The hydrogel swelling behavior is triggered by a chemical stimulus and is analyzed in space and time. Two mechanical configurations are considered: the hydrogel free swelling behavior and a mechanically clamped configuration, where the hydrogel swelling is hindered, are evaluated in detail. The presented results lead to a precise understanding of the chemo-electro-mechanical behavior and the driving pressure contributions.

  13. Regeneratively Cooled Porous Media Jacket

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    Mungas, Greg (Inventor); Fisher, David J. (Inventor); London, Adam Pollok (Inventor); Fryer, Jack Merrill (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    The fluid and heat transfer theory for regenerative cooling of a rocket combustion chamber with a porous media coolant jacket is presented. This model is used to design a regeneratively cooled rocket or other high temperature engine cooling jacket. Cooling jackets comprising impermeable inner and outer walls, and porous media channels are disclosed. Also disclosed are porous media coolant jackets with additional structures designed to transfer heat directly from the inner wall to the outer wall, and structures designed to direct movement of the coolant fluid from the inner wall to the outer wall. Methods of making such jackets are also disclosed.

  14. Dynamic pressures in porous media

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    Balcerak, Ernie

    2012-12-01

    Understanding the relationship between fluid pressures and water content (saturation) in soils or other porous media can be important in a wide range of practical areas, including oil recovery, infiltration and flooding during extreme weather events, and environmental remediation. The relationship between fluid pressures and saturation in porous media has been reported to be dynamic—to depend on the flow rate as saturation changes. However, previous studies designed to understand the dynamic component of this relationship have been highly contradictory. To learn more, Hou et al. conducted experiments to quantify the relationship between pressure and rate of saturation change using a small-volume system with highly characterized fluid selective microsensors. Their analyses corrected for two often-overlooked experimental artifacts: gas pressure gradients and sensor response rate. When the researchers applied these corrections, they found that the dependence of pressure on the rate of saturation change may be much less significant than previously thought. (Water Resources Research, doi:10.1029/2012WR012434, 2012)

  15. Ventilation of porous media

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    Neeper, Donald A.

    1994-01-01

    Methods for distributing gases throughout the interstices of porous materials and removing volatile substances from the interstices of porous materials. Continuous oscillation of pressures and flows results in increased penetration of the interstices by flowing gases and increased transport of gaseous components out of the interstices. The invention is particularly useful in soil vapor extraction.

  16. Ventilation of porous media

    DOEpatents

    Neeper, D.A.

    1994-02-22

    Methods are presented for distributing gases throughout the interstices of porous materials and removing volatile substances from the interstices of porous materials. Continuous oscillation of pressures and flows results in increased penetration of the interstices by flowing gases and increased transport of gaseous components out of the interstices. The invention is particularly useful in soil vapor extraction. 10 figures.

  17. Transport of subsurface bacteria in porous media

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    Bales, R.C.; Arnold, R.G.; Gerba, C.P.

    1995-02-01

    The primary objective of this study was to develop tools with which to measure the advective transport of microorganisms through porous media. These tools were then applied to investigate the sorptive properties of representative microorganisms that were selected at random from the DOE`s deep subsurface collection of bacterial, maintained at Florida State University. The transport screening procedure that arose from this study was also used to investigate biological factors that affect the transport/sorption of biocolloids during their movement through porous media with the bulk advective flow.

  18. Evaporation from layered porous media

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    Shokri, N.; Lehmann, P.; Or, D.

    2010-06-01

    Evaporation rates from porous media may vary considerably due to changes in internal transport mechanisms and potential interruption of hydraulic continuity; both are influenced by media pore space properties. Evaporation behavior in layered porous media is affected by thickness and sequence of layering and capillary characteristics of each layer. We propose a composite characteristic length for predicting drying front depth at the end of a period with a high and constant drying rate (stage 1 evaporation) from layered porous media. The model was tested in laboratory experiments using Hele-Shaw cells filled with alternating layers of coarse and fine sands considering different combinations of thicknesses and positions. The presence of textural interfaces affects drying rate, modifies liquid phase configuration, and affects the dynamics of the receding drying front. Neutron radiography measurements were used to delineate dynamics of liquid phase distribution with high temporal and spatial resolution. Results show that air invading an interface between fine and coarse sand layers results in a capillary pressure jump and subsequent relaxation that significantly modify liquid phase distribution compared with evaporation from homogeneous porous media. Insights are potentially useful for designing mulching strategies and capillary barriers aimed at reducing evaporative losses.

  19. Neural Tissue as Porous Media

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    Basser, Peter J.

    2008-12-05

    The fields of MR in Porous Media and Neuroradiology have largely developed separately during the past two decades with little appreciation of the problems, challenges and methodologies of the other. However, this trend is clearly changing and possibilities for significant cross-fertilization and synergies are now being realized.

  20. Heterogeneous porous media in hydrology

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    Ababou, Rachid

    In natural geologic formations, flow and transport-related processes are perturbed by multidimensional and anisotropic material heterogeneities of diverse sizes, shapes, and origins (bedding, layering, inclusions, fractures, grains, for example). Heterogeneity tends to disperse and mix transported quantities and may initiate new transfer mechanisms not seen in ideally homogeneous porous media. Effective properties such as conductivity and dispersivity may not be simple averages of locally measured quantities.The special session, “Effective Constitutive Laws for Heterogeneous Porous Media,” convened at AGU's 1992 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, addressed these issue. Over forty-five contributions, both oral and poster, covering a broad range of physical phenomena were presented. The common theme was the macroscale characterization and modeling of flow and flow-related processes in geologic media that are heterogeneous at various scales (from grain size or fracture aperture, up to regional scales). The processes analyzed in the session included coupled hydro-mechanical processes; Darcy-type flow in the saturated, unsaturated, or two-phase regimes; tracer transport, dilution, and dispersion. These processes were studied for either continuous (porous) or discontinuous (fractured) media.

  1. Nonlinear flow in porous media

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    Rojas, Sergio Jesus

    1998-07-01

    Numerical solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations in two-dimensional quasi-periodic and quasi-isotropic random media were obtained to analyze the local and large scale aspects of finite Reynolds number flow. For Reynolds number less than one, the results show a first correction to Darcy's law which is cubic in the Darcy (averaged) velocity, while for Reynolds number greater than one, the results are in agreement with Forchheimer equation. That is, the correction to Darcy's law is quadratic in the average (Darcy) velocity. The cubic correction to Darcy's law support Mei and Auriault's (1991) theoretical study, based on homogenization theory. In addition, the results show support to a unifying empirical equation describing fluid flow in porous media of similar structure, first proposed by Beavers and Sparrow (1969). Also, the results show agreement, except by a multiplicative constant, with Sangani and Acrivos (1982) equation for the drag on dilute array of cylinders.

  2. A flexible modeling framework for gas transport and reaction: Applied to oxide removal from non-oxide porous media

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    Pantina, Joseph Albert

    Many non-oxide ceramics are produced through the densification of a non-oxide powder compact by sintering. A pervasive problem when processing non-oxide powders is the growth of a native oxide layer on the powder surface due to oxidation. Non-oxide powders sinter poorly without the addition of sintering additives to aid in the removal of surface oxide and lower grain boundary energies. Reducing agents, such as C, remove the oxide layer at hold temperatures much below the sintering temperature, forming a significant amount of gas (mainly CO(g)) to be removed. However, sintering additives to enhance densification at the sintering temperature can also form gas at the lower temperature, depleting the additive before reaching the sintering temperature. In this work, we have developed an analytical modeling framework to simulate gas transport and reaction in a porous medium comprised of an arbitrary collection of chemical species. This modeling framework automatically generates the necessary conditions to calculate the thermodynamic equilibrium composition at a given temperature and uses the Dusty Gas Model (DGM) to predict the gas transport. This model accounts for processing parameters including the initial powder composition, sample thickness, porosity, pore radius, and tortuosity of the powder compact, plus the furnace pressure and heating cycle. This model was used to predict the time for complete oxide removal ( tc) and residual composition for three material systems. The C/SiC/SiO2 and B4C/B2O3/C systems were studied to identify the functional dependence of t c with respect to each processing parameter. Additionally, the C/SiC/SiO2 system was studied to determine optimal heating cycles to control the rate of CO(g) effusion into the furnace while reduce heating times. The C/SiC/SiO2/B4C system was studied to quantify the amount B4C depleted and redistributed during SiO 2 removal for samples of varying thicknesses, initial SiO2 content, and holding temperature. B4C

  3. Forced imbibition through model porous media

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    Odier, Celeste; Levache, Bertrand; Bartolo, Denis

    2016-11-01

    A number of industrial and natural process ultimately rely on two-phase flow in heterogeneous media. One of the most prominent example is oil recovery which has driven fundamental and applied research in this field for decades. Imbibition occurs when a wetting fluid displaces an immiscible fluid e.g. in a porous media. Using model microfluidic experiment we control both the geometry and wetting properties of the heterogenous media, and show that the typical front propagation picture fails when imbibition is forced and the displacing fluid is less viscous than the non-wetting fluid. We identify and quantitatively characterize four different flow regimes at the pore scale yielding markedly different imbibition patterns at large scales. In particular we will discuss the transition from a conventional 2D-front propagation scenario to a regime where the meniscus dynamics is an intrinsically 3D process.

  4. Gas-phase diffusion in porous media: Comparison of models

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    Webb, S.W.

    1998-09-01

    Two models are commonly used to analyze gas-phase diffusion in porous media in the presence of advection, the Advective-Dispersive Model (ADM) and the Dusty-gas Model (DGM). The ADM, which is used in TOUGH2, is based on a simple linear addition of advection calculated by Darcy`s law and ordinary diffusion using Fick`s law with a porosity-tortuosity-gas saturation multiplier to account for the porous medium. Another approach for gas-phase transport in porous media is the Dusty-Gas Model. This model applies the kinetic theory of gases to the gaseous components and the porous media (or dust) to combine transport due to diffusion and advection that includes porous medium effects. The two approaches are compared in this paper.

  5. Dual Transport Process for Targeted Delivery in Porous Media

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    Deng, W.; Fan, J.

    2015-12-01

    The targeted delivery in porous media is a promising technology to encapsulate the solute (i.e., the cargo) in colloid-like microcapsules (i.e., the carriers), transport the microcapsules in the targeted location in porous media, and then release the solute. While extensive literatures and applications about the drug delivery in human and animal bodies exist, the targeted delivery using similar delivery carriers in subsurface porous media is not well understood. The dual transport process study is an explorative study for the targeted delivery in porous media. While the colloid transport is dominated by the advection process and the solute transport is dominated by the advection-dispersion, the dual transport process is the process with the first step of carrier transport, which is dominated by advection, and then after the release of cargo, the transport of cargo is dominated by advection-dispersion. By applying the random walk particle tracking (RWPT) approach, we investigate how the carriers transport in porous media and how the cargo release mechanisms affect the cargo distribution for the targeted delivery in various patterns of porous media. The RWPT numerical model will be verified against the experimental results of dual transport process in packed-disk 2D micromodels. The understanding of the mechanism of dual transport process is crucial to achieve the potential applications of targeted delivery in improved oil and gas recovery, CO2 sequestration, environmental remediation, and soil biomediation.

  6. Improving degradation of emerging organic compounds by applying chaotic advection in Managed Aquifer Recharge in randomly heterogeneous porous media

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    Rodríguez-Escales, P.; Fernà ndez-Garcia, D.; Drechsel, J.; Folch, A.; Sanchez-Vila, X.

    2017-05-01

    Improving degradation rates of emerging organic compounds (EOCs) in groundwater is still a challenge. Although their degradation is not fully understood, it has been observed that some substances are preferably degraded under specific redox conditions. The coupling of Managed Aquifer Recharge with soil aquifer remediation treatment, by placing a reactive layer containing organic matter at the bottom of the infiltration pond, is a promising technology to improve the rate of degradation of EOCs. Its success is based on assuming that recharged water and groundwater get well mixed, which is not always true. It has been demonstrated that mixing can be enhanced by inducing chaotic advection through extraction-injection-engineering. In this work, we analyze how chaotic advection might enhance the spreading of redox conditions with the final aim of improving degradation of a mix of benzotriazoles: benzotriazole, 5-methyl-benzotriazole, and 5-chloro-benzotriazole. The degradation of the first two compounds was fastest under aerobic conditions whereas the third compound was best degraded under denitrification conditions. We developed a reactive transport model that describes how a recharged water rich in organic matter mixes with groundwater, how this organic matter is oxidized by different electron acceptors, and how the benzotriazoles are degraded attending for the redox state. The model was tested in different scenarios of recharge, both in homogenous and in heterogenous media. It was found that chaotic flow increases the spreading of the plume of recharged water. Consequently, different redox conditions coexist at a given time, facilitating the degradation of EOCs.

  7. Using TRINET for simulating flow and transport in porous media

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    Najita, J.; Doughty, C.

    1998-08-01

    The finite element model TRINET calculates transient or steady-state fluid flow and solute transport on a lattice composed of one-dimensional finite elements (i.e., pipes) of porous medium. TRINET incorporates an adaptive gridding algorithm to minimize numerical dispersion for transport calculations. Although TRINET was originally developed to study fracture networks, the primary interest here is in applying TRINET more generally to simulate transport in porous media (or a fractured medium being treated as an effective continuum). This requires developing expressions to relate TRINET inputs to equivalent parameters used to describe flow and transport in homogeneous porous media. In this report, the authors briefly describe the basic TRINET formulation for flow and transport, present TRINET equivalences for porous medium parameters, and compare TRINET to analytical solutions using the proposed porous medium equivalents.

  8. Multiphase flow in fractured porous media

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    Firoozabadi, A.

    1995-02-01

    The major goal of this research project was to improve the understanding of the gas-oil two-phase flow in fractured porous media. In addition, miscible displacement was studied to evaluate its promise for enhanced recovery.

  9. The significance of biofilms in porous media

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    Rittmann, Bruce E.

    1993-07-01

    The recent literature contains conflicting claims about the characteristics of attached bacteria in subsurface porous media and how these characteristics affect permeability reduction. Some claim that the bacteria form continuous biofilms that restrict the pore size, while others claim that bacteria are attached in patchy aggregates that accumulate in pore throats. This contribution applies a recently developed tool from biofilm kinetics, the normalized surface loading, to interpret a wide range of experimental data from porous media experiments and biological filtration. The normalized surface loading is the actual substrate flux (i.e., rate of removal per unit surface area) divided by the minimum flux capable of supporting a deep biofilm. The analyses show that biofilms are continuous for normalized surface loadings greater than 1.0, but appear to become discontinuous for values less than about 0.25. For the low-load situation, distinguishing between continuous and discontinuous biofilms is not important when the modeling goal is prediction of substrate removal. However, the distinction is more critical when the modeling goal is to describe the spatial distribution of attached biomass and permeability loss.

  10. The Interfaces of One-Dimensional Flows in Porous Media.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-07-01

    Words: flows in porous media, interfaces, blow-up time, waiting time, asymptotic behaviour Work Unit Number 1 (Applied Analysis) D1 )iv. Matematicas ...AD-A132 862 THE INTERFACES OF ONE-DIMENSIONAL FLOWS IN POROUS MEDIA 1 / 1 (U) WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON MATHEMATICS RESEARCH CENTER .J L VAZQUEZ JUL 83...MRC-TSR-2538 DAAG2N-80-C-0041 UNCLASSIFIED FIG 12/ 1 N lm . 1.25 1.4 16 MICROCOY RESOLUTION TEST CHART sNarOAI.I U(’ OV $t MOAAI9 - -A A1 NRC Technical

  11. Natural thermal convection in fractured porous media

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    Adler, P. M.; Mezon, C.; Mourzenko, V.; Thovert, J. F.; Antoine, R.; Finizola, A.

    2015-12-01

    In the crust, fractures/faults can provide preferential pathways for fluid flow or act as barriers preventing the flow across these structures. In hydrothermal systems (usually found in fractured rock masses), these discontinuities may play a critical role at various scales, controlling fluid flows and heat transfer. The thermal convection is numerically computed in 3D fluid satured fractured porous media. Fractures are inserted as discrete objects, randomly distributed over a damaged volume, which is a fraction of the total volume. The fluid is assumed to satisfy Darcy's law in the fractures and in the porous medium with exchanges between them. All simulations were made for Rayleigh numbers (Ra) < 150 (hence, the fluid is in thermal equilibrium with the medium), cubic boxes and closed-top conditions. Checks were performed on an unfractured porous medium and the convection cells do start for the theoretical value of Ra, namely 4p². 2D convection was verified up to Ra=800. The influence of parameters such as fracture aperture (or fracture transmissivity), fracture density and fracture length is studied. Moreover, these models are compared to porous media with the same macroscopic permeability. Preliminary results show that the non-uniqueness associated with initial conditions which makes possible either 2D or 3D convection in porous media (Schubert & Straus 1979) is no longer true for fractured porous media (at least for 50porous medium is in good agreement with an unfractured porous medium of the same bulk permeability.

  12. Macroscopic Potentials for Charged Swelling Porous Media

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    Bennethum, L. S.

    2011-12-01

    Here we discuss the macroscopic potentials that induce bulk fluid flow through swelling porous materials. Swelling porous media such as expansive soils, food stuff, biotissue, and swelling polymers have complex microstructure such as a possibly charged solid surface and a large liquid-solid interfacial area density causing the solid-liquid interaction to affect macroscopic behavior. Here we discuss the macroscopic pressures and chemical potentials that produce flow within the framework of hybrid mixture theory.

  13. Fluid dynamics in porous media with Sailfish

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    Coelho, Rodrigo C. V.; Neumann, Rodrigo F.

    2016-09-01

    In this work we show the application of Sailfish to the study of fluid dynamics in porous media. Sailfish is an open-source software based on the lattice-Boltzmann method. This application of computational fluid dynamics is of particular interest to the oil and gas industry and the subject could be a starting point for an undergraduate or graduate student in physics or engineering. We built artificial samples of porous media with different porosities and used Sailfish to simulate the fluid flow through them in order to calculate their permeability and tortuosity. We also present a simple way to obtain the specific superficial area of porous media using Python libraries. To contextualise these concepts, we analyse the applicability of the Kozeny-Carman equation, which is a well-known permeability-porosity relation, to our artificial samples.

  14. Cryptosporidium Parvum Transport Through Natural Porous Media

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    Araujo, J. B.; Santamaria, J.; Blandford, W. P.; Gerba, C. P.; Brusseau, M. L.

    2005-12-01

    The objective of this study was to quantify the transport of Cryptosporidium parvum through saturated natural porous media. A series of miscible-displacement experiments were conducted, varying the properties of the porous media and electrolyte solution to help elucidate retention mechanisms. Significant removal (~99%) of oocysts was observed for transport in a sandy soil. Similar removals were also observed for experiments conducted with deionized water in place of the 0.01M NaCl electrolyte solution and experiments with a sub sample of the sandy soil that was treated with nitric acid. Effluent recoveries were greater for experiments conducted using coarser porous media. These results indicate straining contributed to the retention of Cryptosporidium parvum in our system.

  15. Microscopic interfacial phenomena during flow in porous media

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    Miksis, M.J.; Ida, M.P.

    1996-12-31

    A fundamental process during any multiphase flow in porous media is the breaking apart of one of the phases into smaller components. Here the authors investigate this breaking process as applied to a thin liquid film. They study the breaking of both a two dimensional planar film and a cylindrical thread of liquid using both analytical and numerical methods.

  16. Modeling isothermal and non-isothermal flows in porous media

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    Mohseni Languri, Ehsan

    2011-12-01

    solutions obtained after applying the stress-continuity and stress-jump boundary conditions are found to work well at low porosities, which is in contradiction with the results achieved earlier by other researchers. The traditional approach of using averaged equations in the regions of sharp gradients in porous media to describe flow and transport is theoretically untenable and perhaps inaccurate. A novel ensemble averaging method is being proposed to test the accuracy of the volume averaged or smoothed description of flows in porous media in the regions of sharp gradients. In the new method, the flow in a certain arrangement of particles (called a realization) is averaged using a small unit cell, much smaller than the REV. Then such an averaged flow variable is further averaged over a whole gamut of randomly-generated particle realizations. First the accuracy of the ensemble averaging method was tested by comparing the permeability of an artificially generated porous medium obtained by the proposed method against the permeability predicted by some established theoretical models of permeability. The proposed method was found to be quite accurate. Later the ensemble average method was applied to the open-channel porous-medium interface region characterized by a sharp gradient in the flow velocities. It was discovered that the volume averaged description of such flows, characterized by the use of the Brinkman equation along with the stress-continuity and stress-jump conditions, is quite accurate for a range of Reynolds numbers. The non-isothermal transport during flow in porous media is examined next. The main focus in this area of research is the thermal dispersion term found in the heat transfer equation for single- and dual-scale porous media. Most of the previous efforts on modeling the heat transfer phenomena in porous media were devoted to isotropic porous media. However, for the anisotropic porous media widely in many industrial applications, not much research on the

  17. Explosion propagation in inert porous media.

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    Ciccarelli, G

    2012-02-13

    Porous media are often used in flame arresters because of the high surface area to volume ratio that is required for flame quenching. However, if the flame is not quenched, the flow obstruction within the porous media can promote explosion escalation, which is a well-known phenomenon in obstacle-laden channels. There are many parallels between explosion propagation through porous media and obstacle-laden channels. In both cases, the obstructions play a duel role. On the one hand, the obstruction enhances explosion propagation through an early shear-driven turbulence production mechanism and then later by shock-flame interactions that occur from lead shock reflections. On the other hand, the presence of an obstruction can suppress explosion propagation through momentum and heat losses, which both impede the unburned gas flow and extract energy from the expanding combustion products. In obstacle-laden channels, there are well-defined propagation regimes that are easily distinguished by abrupt changes in velocity. In porous media, the propagation regimes are not as distinguishable. In porous media the entire flamefront is affected, and the effects of heat loss, turbulence and compressibility are smoothly blended over most of the propagation velocity range. At low subsonic propagation speeds, heat loss to the porous media dominates, whereas at higher supersonic speeds turbulence and compressibility are important. This blending of the important phenomena results in no clear transition in propagation mechanism that is characterized by an abrupt change in propagation velocity. This is especially true for propagation velocities above the speed of sound where many experiments performed with fuel-air mixtures show a smooth increase in the propagation velocity with mixture reactivity up to the theoretical detonation wave velocity.

  18. Surface transport processes in charged porous media

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    Gabitto, Jorge; Tsouris, Costas

    2017-03-03

    Surface transport processes are important in chemistry, colloidal sciences, engineering, biology, and geophysics. Natural or externally produced charges on surfaces create electrical double layers (EDLs) at the solid-liquid interface. The existence of the EDLs produces several complex processes including bulk and surface transport of ions. In this work, a model is presented to simulate bulk and transport processes in homogeneous porous media comprising big pores. It is based on a theory for capacitive charging by ideally polarizable porous electrodes without Faradaic reactions or specific adsorption of ions. A volume averaging technique is used to derive the averaged transport equations inmore » the limit of thin electrical double layers. Description of the EDL between the electrolyte solution and the charged wall is accomplished using the Gouy-Chapman-Stern (GCS) model. The surface transport terms enter into the average equations due to the use of boundary conditions for diffuse interfaces. Two extra surface transports terms appear in the closed average equations. One is a surface diffusion term equivalent to the transport process in non-charged porous media. The second surface transport term is a migration term unique to charged porous media. The effective bulk and transport parameters for isotropic porous media are calculated solving the corresponding closure problems.« less

  19. Macroscopic properties of fractured porous media

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    Thovert, J.; Mourzenko, V. V.; Adler, P. M.

    2007-12-01

    The determination of the local fields in fractured porous media is a challenging problem, because of the multiple scales that are involved and of the possible nonlinearity of the governing equations. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overall view of the numerical technique which has been used to solve numerous problems. It is based on a three-dimensional discrete description of the fracture network and of the embedding matrix. Any fracture network geometry, any type of boundary condition, and any distribution of the fracture and matrix properties can be addressed, without simplifying approximations. The first step is to mesh the fracture network as it is by triangles of a controlled size. This meshing by an advancing front technique is done successively for each fracture and the intersections between fractures are taken into account. Then, the space in between the fractures is meshed by tetrahedra by the advancing front technique again. The faces of the tetrahedra which are in contact with fractures, coincide with the corresponding triangles in these fractures. The performances of these meshing codes will be illustrated by a few examples. The second step consists in discretizing the conservation equations by the finite volume technique. Specific properties are given to each fracture such as a surface permeability or a joint rigidity. This general technique has been applied to the basic and most important properties of fracture networks and of fractured porous media (1). These properties are single and two phase flows, wether they are accompagnied or not by dispersion of a solute and mechanical properties possibly coupled with flow. These applications will be briefly illustrated by some examples, including when possible comparison with real data. Ref: (1) P.M. Adler, V.V. Mourzenko, J.-F. Thovert, I. Bogdanov, in Dynamics of fluids and transport in fractured rock, ed. B. Faybishenko, Geophysical Monograph Series, 162, 33, 2005.

  20. Multiphase flow and transport in porous media

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    Parker, J. C.

    1989-08-01

    Multiphase flow and transport of compositionally complex fluids in geologic media is of importance in a number of applied problems which have major social and economic effects. In petroleum reservoir engineering, efficient recovery of energy reserves is the principal goal. Unfortunately, some of these hydrocarbons and other organic chemicals often find their way unwanted into the soils and groundwater supplies. Removal in the latter case is predicated on ensuring the public health and safety. In this paper, principles of modeling fluid flow in systems containing up to three fluid phases (namely, water, air, and organic liquid) are described. Solution of the governing equations for multiphase flow requires knowledge of functional relationships between fluid pressures, saturations, and permeabilities which may be formulated on the basis of conceptual models of fluid-porous media interactions. Mechanisms of transport in multicomponent multiphase systems in which species may partition between phases are also described, and the governing equations are presented for the case in which local phase equilibrium may be assumed. A number of hypothetical numerical problems are presented to illustrate the physical behavior of systems in which multiphase flow and transport arise.

  1. Permeability model of sintered porous media: analysis and experiments

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    Flórez Mera, Juan Pablo; Chiamulera, Maria E.; Mantelli, Marcia B. H.

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, the permeability of porous media fabricated from copper powder sintering process was modeled and measured, aiming the use of the porosity as input parameter for the prediction of the permeability of sintering porous media. An expression relating the powder particle mean diameter with the permeability was obtained, based on an elementary porous media cell, which is physically represented by a duct formed by the arrangement of spherical particles forming a simple or orthorhombic packing. A circular duct with variable section was used to model the fluid flow within the porous media, where the concept of the hydraulic diameter was applied. Thus, the porous is modeled as a converging-diverging duct. The electrical circuit analogy was employed to determine two hydraulic resistances of the cell: based on the Navier-Stokes equation and on the Darcýs law. The hydraulic resistances are compared between themselves and an expression to determine the permeability as function of average particle diameter is obtained. The atomized copper powder was sifted to reduce the size dispersion of the particles. The porosities and permeabilities of sintered media fabricated from powders with particle mean diameters ranging from 20 to 200 microns were measured, by means of the image analysis method and using an experimental apparatus. The permeability data of a porous media, made of copper powder and saturated with distilled water, was used to compare with the permeability model. Permeability literature models, which considers that powder particles have the same diameter and include porosity data as input parameter, were compared with the present model and experimental data. This comparison showed to be quite good.

  2. Liquid imbibition in particulate porous media in microgravity

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    Jones, Scott; Tuller, Markus; Or, Dani

    Porous media liquid imbibition has been characterized on earth (1g) to describe gravitydependent wetting processes and is of interest in reduced gravity for characterizing hydrodynamic properties of porous media. Short microgravity (µug) periods of about 20 seconds aboard NASA's parabolic flight aircraft provide limited experimental opportunities to observe imbibition in weightlessness. The objectives of this study were to i) obtain measurements of µg liquid imbibition during parabolic flight and ii) to apply capillary-dominated imbibition models to characterize and describe this process. Glass beads and baked ceramic aggregates ranging in size from 0.25 to 3.5 mm were used to visually record liquid imbibition during µg. The Lucas-Washburn (1918, 1921) and Philip (1957) equations were used to model imbibition in these media and to compare parameters obtained under earth's gravity using the same porous media. In µg, capillary forces dominate imbibition with wetting rates lying between horizontal and vertical (upward) 1g measurements. Pre-wet media exhibited repeatable enhanced imbibition rates compared to imbibition in dry media. Phenomena associated with wetting dry media include air entrapment caused by prefferential flow paths and instabilities at the wetting front.

  3. Colloid straining within saturated heterogeneous porous media.

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    Porubcan, Alexis A; Xu, Shangping

    2011-02-01

    The transport of 0.46 μm, 2.94 μm, 5.1 μm and 6.06 μm latex particles in heterogeneous porous media prepared from the mixing of 0.78 mm, 0.46 mm and 0.23 mm quartz sands was investigated through column transport experiments. It was observed that the 0.46 μm particles traveled conservatively within the heterogeneous porous media, suggesting that under the experimental conditions employed in this research the strong repulsive interactions between the negatively charged latex particles and the clean quartz sands led to minimal colloid immobilization due to physicochemical filtration. The immobilization of the 2.94 μm, 5.1 μm and 6.06 μm latex particles was thus attributed to colloid straining. Experimental results showed that the straining of colloidal particles within heterogeneous sand mixtures increased when the fraction of finer sands increased. The mathematical model that was developed and tested based on results obtained using uniform sands (Xu et al., 2006) was found to be able to describe colloid straining within heterogeneous porous media. Examination of the relationship between the best-fit values of the clean-bed straining rate coefficients (k(0)) and the ratio of colloid diameter (d(p)) and sand grain size (d(g)) indicated that when number-average sizes were used to represent the size of the heterogeneous porous media, there existed a consistent relationship for both uniform sands and heterogeneous sand mixtures. Similarly, the use of the number-averaged sizes for the heterogeneous porous media produced a uniform relationship between the colloid straining capacity term (λ) and the ratio of d(p)/d(g) for all the sand treatments.

  4. Averaged model for momentum and dispersion in hierarchical porous media.

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    Chabanon, Morgan; David, Bertrand; Goyeau, Benoît

    2015-08-01

    Hierarchical porous media are multiscale systems, where different characteristic pore sizes and structures are encountered at each scale. Focusing the analysis to three pore scales, an upscaling procedure based on the volume-averaging method is applied twice, in order to obtain a macroscopic model for momentum and diffusion-dispersion. The effective transport properties at the macroscopic scale (permeability and dispersion tensors) are found to be explicitly dependent on the mesoscopic ones. Closure problems associated to these averaged properties are numerically solved at the different scales for two types of bidisperse porous media. Results show a strong influence of the lower-scale porous structures and flow intensity on the macroscopic effective transport properties.

  5. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    Tam, S.W.; Ambrose, V.

    1991-12-31

    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion-reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the relative contribution of diffusion and convective flow to tritium transport in porous lithium ceramics. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  6. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    Tam, S.W.; Ambrose, V.

    1991-01-01

    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion-reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the relative contribution of diffusion and convective flow to tritium transport in porous lithium ceramics. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  7. Finite volume hydromechanical simulation in porous media.

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    Nordbotten, Jan Martin

    2014-05-01

    Cell-centered finite volume methods are prevailing in numerical simulation of flow in porous media. However, due to the lack of cell-centered finite volume methods for mechanics, coupled flow and deformation is usually treated either by coupled finite-volume-finite element discretizations, or within a finite element setting. The former approach is unfavorable as it introduces two separate grid structures, while the latter approach loses the advantages of finite volume methods for the flow equation. Recently, we proposed a cell-centered finite volume method for elasticity. Herein, we explore the applicability of this novel method to provide a compatible finite volume discretization for coupled hydromechanic flows in porous media. We detail in particular the issue of coupling terms, and show how this is naturally handled. Furthermore, we observe how the cell-centered finite volume framework naturally allows for modeling fractured and fracturing porous media through internal boundary conditions. We support the discussion with a set of numerical examples: the convergence properties of the coupled scheme are first investigated; second, we illustrate the practical applicability of the method both for fractured and heterogeneous media.

  8. Finite volume hydromechanical simulation in porous media

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    Nordbotten, Jan Martin

    2014-01-01

    Cell-centered finite volume methods are prevailing in numerical simulation of flow in porous media. However, due to the lack of cell-centered finite volume methods for mechanics, coupled flow and deformation is usually treated either by coupled finite-volume-finite element discretizations, or within a finite element setting. The former approach is unfavorable as it introduces two separate grid structures, while the latter approach loses the advantages of finite volume methods for the flow equation. Recently, we proposed a cell-centered finite volume method for elasticity. Herein, we explore the applicability of this novel method to provide a compatible finite volume discretization for coupled hydromechanic flows in porous media. We detail in particular the issue of coupling terms, and show how this is naturally handled. Furthermore, we observe how the cell-centered finite volume framework naturally allows for modeling fractured and fracturing porous media through internal boundary conditions. We support the discussion with a set of numerical examples: the convergence properties of the coupled scheme are first investigated; second, we illustrate the practical applicability of the method both for fractured and heterogeneous media. PMID:25574061

  9. Mechanism behind Erosive Bursts In Porous Media

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    Jäger, R.; Mendoza, M.; Herrmann, H. J.

    2017-09-01

    Erosion and deposition during flow through porous media can lead to large erosive bursts that manifest as jumps in permeability and pressure loss. Here we reveal that the cause of these bursts is the reopening of clogged pores when the pressure difference between two opposite sites of the pore surpasses a certain threshold. We perform numerical simulations of flow through porous media and compare our predictions to experimental results, recovering with excellent agreement shape and power-law distribution of pressure loss jumps, and the behavior of the permeability jumps as a function of particle concentration. Furthermore, we find that erosive bursts only occur for pressure gradient thresholds within the range of two critical values, independent of how the flow is driven. Our findings provide a better understanding of sudden sand production in oil wells and breakthrough in filtration.

  10. Capture of particles in soft porous media

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    Louvet, N.; Höhler, R.; Pitois, O.

    2010-10-01

    We investigate the capture of particles in soft porous media. Liquid foam constitutes a model system for such a study, allowing the radii of passage in the pore space to be tuned over several orders of magnitude by adjusting the liquid volume fraction. We show how particle capture is determined by the coupling of interstitial liquid flow and network deformation, and present a simple model of the capture process that shows good agreement with our experimental data.

  11. Analysis of Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst transport in porous media

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    Kim, Song-Bae; Yavuz Corapcioglu, M.

    2004-08-01

    Cryptosporidium parvum is a protozoan parasite, transmitted through aqueous environments in the form of an oocyst. In this study, a transport model into which sorption, filtration and inactivation mechanisms are incorporated is applied to simulate laboratory column data, and the suitability of a kinetic model to describe the C. parvum oocyst transport and removal in porous media is compared with an equilibrium model. The kinetic model is applied to simulate previous column experimental data and successfully simulates the concentration peak; the late time tailing effect appeared in the breakthrough curves, indicating that the kinetic model is more suitable than the equilibrium one at simulating the fate and transport of the oocysts in porous media. Simulation illustrates that sorption causes retardation along with a tailing in the breakthrough curve. Additionally, filtration acts as a major mechanism of removing the oocysts from the aqueous phase, whereas the role of inactivation in reducing the viable oocyst concentration is minimal.

  12. Convective heat transfer in porous media

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    Cheng, P.

    Recent emerging technologies on the extraction of geothermal energy, the design of insulation systems for energy conservation, the use of aquifers for hot-water storage, the disposal of nuclear wastes in sub-seabeds, the enhanced recovery of oils by thermal methods, and the design of catalyst-bed reactors have demanded an improved understanding of heat transfer mechanisms in fluid-filled porous media. Experiments have been conducted to investigate the onset of free convection in rectangular and cylindrical enclosures filled with porous media and heated from below. The Nusselt numbers determined from these experiments during steady conditions are correlated in terms of the Rayleigh number. The data for free convection in rectangular geometries show considerable scattering among investigators using different porous media and fluids. Recently, some data has been obtained for free convect on in water-filled glass beads adjacent to a heated vertical flat plate, a horizontal cylinder and between vertical concentric cylinders. The data obtained at low Rayleigh numbers is found to be in good agreement with theoretical predictions based on Darcy's law.

  13. Biofilm Growth Induced Transformation of Porous Media Dynamics

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    Gage, J. P.; Seymour, J. D.; Codd, S. L.; Gerlach, R.

    2004-12-01

    Magnetic resonance microscopy (MRM) has been applied to study hydrodynamic dispersion in porous media impacted by biofilms growth. MRM measures the averaged propagator of motion which provides the probability of displacements to occur over experimentally controlled times. The transition from pre-asymptotic to asymptotic hydrodynamic dispersion in a homogeneous porous medium constructed from monodisperse spheres is clearly visualized by the time evolution of the propagator to a Gaussian distribution. The growth of biofilms in the porous media induces a transition in the hydrodynamic dispersion from normal to anomalous transport which is visualized by the propagator transition from Gaussian to that modeled by a subdiffusive fractal kinetics model based on continuous time random walks (CTRW's). This transition is consistent with the porous media structure changing from homogeneous to nonhomogeneous and connections to fractal dimensions are discussed. The MRM data can be analyzed in the q-space domain, i.e. the wavelength space reciprocal to displacement, and provides information on the dynamics on scales above and below a single pore. Fractional kinetics models for subdiffusive processes predict stretched exponential Gaussian behavior and the q-space data fits to strectched exponentials exhibit a transition from Gaussian to subdiffusion due to biofilm growth.

  14. Effects of capillarity on microscopic flow in porous media

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    Miksis, M.J.

    1993-01-01

    Central theme of this proposal is to study effects of capillarity on motion of a fluid interface and to apply these results to flow in porous media. Here we report on several problems considered this year, the second year of the grant. In particular we have developed a numerical code to study the dynamics of a gas bubble in a pore in order to examine the fundamental mechanism for the generation of a foam in a porous material, we have started an investigation of the stability of a foam lamella in order to understand the stability of foam flow in a porous material and we have derived systematically a slip coefficient for flow over a rough surface, e.g., as in a pore. In addition we report on work on several other problems.

  15. Lattice Boltzmann simulations of convection heat transfer in porous media

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    Liu, Qing; He, Ya-Ling

    2017-01-01

    A non-orthogonal multiple-relaxation-time (MRT) lattice Boltzmann (LB) method is developed to study convection heat transfer in porous media at the representative elementary volume scale based on the generalized non-Darcy model. In the method, two different LB models are constructed: one is constructed in the framework of the double-distribution-function approach, and the other is constructed in the framework of the hybrid approach. In particular, the transformation matrices used in the MRT-LB models are non-orthogonal matrices. The present method is applied to study mixed convection flow in a porous channel and natural convection flow in a porous cavity. It is found that the numerical results are in good agreement with the analytical solutions and/or other results reported in previous studies. Furthermore, the non-orthogonal MRT-LB method shows better numerical stability in comparison with the BGK-LB method.

  16. Scaling theory of drying in porous media

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    Tsimpanogiannis, I.N.; Yortsos, Y.C.; Poulou, S.; Kanellopoulos, N.; Stubos, A.K.

    1999-04-01

    Concepts of immiscible displacements in porous media driven by mass transfer are utilized to model drying of porous media. Visualization experiments of drying in two-dimensional glass micromodels are conducted to identify pore-scale mechanisms. Then, a pore network approach is used to analyze the advancing drying front. It is shown that in a porous medium, capillarity induces a flow that effectively limits the extent of the front, which would otherwise be of the percolation type, to a finite width. In conjuction with the predictions of a macroscale stable front, obtained from a linear stability analysis, the process is shown to be equivalent to invasion percolation in a stabilizing gradient. A power-law scaling relation of the front width with a diffusion-based capillary number is also obtained. This capillary number reflects the fact that drying is controlled by diffusion in contrast to external drainage. The scaling exponent predicted is compatible with the experimental results of Shaw [Phys Rev. Lett. {bold 59}, 1671 (1987)]. A framework for a continuum description of the upstream drying regimes is also developed. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  17. Bacterial Trapping in Porous Media Flows

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    Dehkharghani, Amin; Waisbord, Nicolas; Dunkel, Jörn; Guasto, Jeffrey

    2016-11-01

    Swimming bacteria inhabit heterogeneous, microstructured environments that are often characterized by complex, ambient flows. Understanding the physical mechanisms underlying cell transport in these systems is key to controlling important processes such as bioremediation in porous soils and infections in human tissues. We study the transport of swimming bacteria (Bacillus subtilis) in quasi-two-dimensional porous microfluidic channels with a range of periodic microstructures and flow strengths. Measured cell trajectories and the local cell number density reveal the formation of filamentous cell concentration patterns within the porous structures. The local cell densification is maximized at shear rates in the range 1-10 s-1, but widely varies with pore geometry and flow topology. Experimental observations are complemented by Langevin simulations to demonstrate that the filamentous patterns result from a coupling of bacterial motility to the complex flow fields via Jeffery orbits, which effectively 'trap' the bacteria on streamlines. The resulting microscopic heterogeneity observed here suppresses bacterial transport and likely has implications for both mixing and cell nutrient uptake in porous media flows. NSF CBET-1511340.

  18. Numerical Analysis of Turbulent Flow in Porous Media

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    Hassanipour, Fatemeh; Catoe, James K.; Lage, Jose

    2008-11-01

    Modeling techniques and simulation of laminar flow through porous media have been applied for a number of years for designing particulate filters, catalytic reactors, thermal and sound insulators, combustors, and more recently fuel cells. Essential for further analysis, and in support of new synthesis, is the modeling necessary for simulating turbulent flows in porous media. This has been studied in the present work, in principle, through modeling that is an alternative to Direct Numerical Simulation. A natural approach to build a turbulence model for flow in porous media is to simply apply the time averaging (for handling turbulence) and the space averaging (for handling the morphology) to the microscopic equations valid at the pore level. When pursuing a combined time and space averaging approach, the averaging order (i.e. space-time or time-space) matters. The difference in pursuing a time-space or a space-time averaging order is now known to essentially impact the way in which the resulting model treats the interaction of a large flow structure. In the current study, these two different approaches have been investigated in parallel to the experiments for their validity range. The comparisons are based on flow structure visualization and on values of turbulence characteristics obtained from direct measurements of fluid velocity via digital particle image velocimetry.

  19. Network models of dissolution of porous media.

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    Budek, Agnieszka; Szymczak, Piotr

    2012-11-01

    We investigate the chemical dissolution of porous media using a 2D network model in which the system is represented as a series of interconnected pipes with the diameter of each segment increasing in proportion to the local reactant consumption. Moreover, the topology of the network is allowed to change dynamically during the simulation: As the diameters of the eroding pores become comparable with the interpore distances, the pores are joined together, thus changing the interconnections within the network. With this model, we investigate different growth regimes in an evolving porous medium, identifying the mechanisms responsible for the emergence of specific patterns. We consider both the random and regular network and study the effect of the network geometry on the patterns. Finally, we consider practically important problem of finding an optimum flow rate that gives a maximum increase in permeability for a given amount of reactant.

  20. Tetrahydrofuran hydrate decomposition characteristics in porous media

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    Song, Yongchen; Wang, Pengfei; Wang, Shenglong; Zhao, Jiafei; Yang, Mingjun

    2016-12-01

    Many tetrahydrofuran (THF) hydrate properties are similar to those of gas hydrates. In the present work THF hydrate dissociation in four types of porous media is studied. THF solution was cooled to 275.15 K with formation of the hydrate under ambient pressure, and then it dissociated under ambient conditions. THF hydrate dissociation experiments in each porous medium were conducted three times. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to obtain images. Decomposition time, THF hydrate saturation and MRI mean intensity (MI) were measured and analyzed. The experimental results showed that the hydrate decomposition time in BZ-4 and BZ-3 was similar and longer than that in BZ-02. In each dissociation process, the hydrate decomposition time of the second and third cycles was shorter than that of the first cycle in BZ-4, BZ-3, and BZ-02. The relationship between THF hydrate saturation and time is almost linear.

  1. Uncertainty quantification for porous media flows

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    Christie, Mike . E-mail: mike.christie@pet.hw.ac.uk; Demyanov, Vasily; Erbas, Demet

    2006-09-01

    Uncertainty quantification is an increasingly important aspect of many areas of computational science, where the challenge is to make reliable predictions about the performance of complex physical systems in the absence of complete or reliable data. Predicting flows of oil and water through oil reservoirs is an example of a complex system where accuracy in prediction is needed primarily for financial reasons. Simulation of fluid flow in oil reservoirs is usually carried out using large commercially written finite difference simulators solving conservation equations describing the multi-phase flow through the porous reservoir rocks. This paper examines a Bayesian Framework for uncertainty quantification in porous media flows that uses a stochastic sampling algorithm to generate models that match observed data. Machine learning algorithms are used to speed up the identification of regions in parameter space where good matches to observed data can be found.

  2. Thermohaline instability in anisotropic porous media

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    Tyvand, P.A.

    1980-04-01

    The onset of thermohaline convection in a horizontal porous layer is investigated theoretically. The layer is homogeneous, anisotropic, and of infinite horizontal extent. Horizontal isotropy with respect to permeability, thermal diffusivity, and solute diffusivity is assumed. For porous media with thermally insulating solid matrices the stability diagram has the same shape as in the case of isotropy. The critical wave number is constant and equal to that of the one-component case. For thermally conducting matrices, new features may occur. The locus of the direct mode in the stability diagram may not be a straight line, and the corresponding wave number may be nonconstant. The initiation of salt fingers is studied by linear theory. It seems that the width of salt fingers is influenced by anisotropy in the diffusivities. Anisotrophy may or may not favor salt fingers, depending on a dimensionless diffusion parameter being greater than or less than one. 12 references.

  3. Modeling Endovascular Coils as Heterogeneous Porous Media

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    Yadollahi Farsani, H.; Herrmann, M.; Chong, B.; Frakes, D.

    2016-12-01

    Minimally invasive surgeries are the stat-of-the-art treatments for many pathologies. Treating brain aneurysms is no exception; invasive neurovascular clipping is no longer the only option and endovascular coiling has introduced itself as the most common treatment. Coiling isolates the aneurysm from blood circulation by promoting thrombosis within the aneurysm. One approach to studying intra-aneurysmal hemodynamics consists of virtually deploying finite element coil models and then performing computational fluid dynamics. However, this approach is often computationally expensive and requires extensive resources to perform. The porous medium approach has been considered as an alternative to the conventional coil modeling approach because it lessens the complexities of computational fluid dynamics simulations by reducing the number of mesh elements needed to discretize the domain. There have been a limited number of attempts at treating the endovascular coils as homogeneous porous media. However, the heterogeneity associated with coil configurations requires a more accurately defined porous medium in which the porosity and permeability change throughout the domain. We implemented this approach by introducing a lattice of sample volumes and utilizing techniques available in the field of interactive computer graphics. We observed that the introduction of the heterogeneity assumption was associated with significant changes in simulated aneurysmal flow velocities as compared to the homogeneous assumption case. Moreover, as the sample volume size was decreased, the flow velocities approached an asymptotical value, showing the importance of the sample volume size selection. These results demonstrate that the homogeneous assumption for porous media that are inherently heterogeneous can lead to considerable errors. Additionally, this modeling approach allowed us to simulate post-treatment flows without considering the explicit geometry of a deployed endovascular coil mass

  4. Upscaling flow and transport properties in synthetic porous media

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    Jasinski, Lukasz; Dabrowski, Marcin

    2015-04-01

    Flow and transport through the porous media has instances in nature and industry: contaminant migration in geological formations, gas/oil extraction from proppant filled hydraulic fractures and surrounding porous matrix, underground carbon dioxide sequestration and many others. We would like to understand the behavior of propagating solute front in such medium, mainly flow preferential pathways and the solute dispersion due to the porous medium geometry. The motivation of our investigation is to find connection between the effective flow and transport properties and porous media geometry in 2D and 3D for large system sizes. The challenge is to discover a good way of upscaling flow and transport processes to obtain results comparable to these calculated on pore-scale in much faster way. We study synthetic porous media made of densely packed poly-disperse disk-or spherical-shaped grains in 2D and 3D, respectively. We use various protocols such as the random sequential addition (RSA) algorithm to generate densely packed grains. Imposed macroscopic pressure gradient invokes fluid flow through the pore space of generated porous medium samples. As the flow is considered in the low Reynolds number regime, a stationary velocity field is obtained by solving the Stokes equations by means of finite element method. Void space between the grains is accurately discretized by using body-fitting triangular or tetrahedral mesh. Finally, pure advection of a front carried by the velocity field is studied. Periodicity in all directions is applied to microstructure, flow and transport processes. Effective permeability of the media can be calculated by integrating the velocity field on cross sections, whereas effective dispersion coefficient is deduced by application of centered moment methods on the concentration field of transported solute in time. The effective parameters are investigated as a function of geometrical parameters of the media, such as porosity, specific surface area

  5. Fluids in porous media: a morphometric approach

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    Mecke, Klaus; Arns, C. H.

    2005-03-01

    Predicting the relationship between the morphology of porous media and their physical properties, e.g, the conductivity, elasticity and permeability, is a long-standing problem and important to a range of applications from geophysics to materials science. Here, a set of four morphological measures, so-called Minkowski functionals, is defined which allows one to quantitatively characterize the shape of spatial structures, to optimally reconstruct porous media, and to accurately predict material properties. The method is based on integral geometry and Kac's theorem which relates the spectrum of the Laplace operator to the four Minkowski functionals. Analytic expressions for mean values of Minkowski functionals in Boolean models allow the definition of an effective shape of a grain in a system made up of a distribution of arbitrarily shaped constituents. Reconstructing the microstructure using this effective grain shape leads to an excellent match to the percolation thresholds and to the mechanical and transport properties across all phase fractions. Additionally, the use of the effective shape in effective medium formulations leads to good explicit predictions of bulk moduli. The method is verified for several model systems and sedimentary rock samples, demonstrating that a single tomographic image is sufficient to estimate the morphology and physical properties such as permeabilities and elastic moduli for a range of porosities. Also the thermodynamic behaviour of fluids in porous media, i.e., the shape dependence of the grand canonical potential and of surface energies of a fluid bounded by an arbitrarily shaped convex pore, can be calculated in the thermodynamic limit fully from the knowledge of the Minkowski functionals, i.e., of only four morphometric measures. This remarkable result is based on Hadwiger's theorem on the completeness of the additive Minkowski functionals and the assumption that a thermodynamic potential is an 'additive' functional which can be

  6. Reservoir performance in viscoelastic porous media

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    Rago, F.M.; Ohkuma, H.; Sepehrnoori, K.; Thompson, T.W.

    1982-01-01

    The mass balance equations for a two-phase two-component fluid system are written for viscoelastic porous media. The resulting equations are approximated by finite differences and the resulting numerical simulator is used to conduct a sensitivity study on the effects of uniaxial viscoelastic deformation in geopressured aquifers. Results of this study indicate that viscoelastic deformation may have considerable influence on the pressure maintenance of these aquifers. A numerical model of the geopressured aquifer in Brazoria County, Texas, is constructed and the numerical simulator is used to predict the ultimate recovery of solution gas from this viscoelastic geopressured aquifer.

  7. KPP type flame fronts in porous media

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    Ghazaryan, Anna; Gordon, Peter

    2008-05-01

    In this paper we study the model of pressure-driven flames in porous media proposed by Brailovsky et al (1997 Combust. Sci. Technol. 124 145-65). We show that, under the assumption of first order reaction with linear reaction kinetics (quadratic nonlinearity), the model admits a family of positive travelling wave solutions. Moreover, under the same assumption, we prove that propagation of disturbances in the system is fully determined by the rate of decay of the initial data at infinity. We also give an upper bound of the burning rate in the case of arbitrary chemical kinetics bounded by linear function.

  8. Probing porous media with gas diffusion NMR

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    Mair, R. W.; Wong, G. P.; Hoffmann, D.; Hurlimann, M. D.; Patz, S.; Schwartz, L. M.; Walsworth, R. L.

    1999-01-01

    We show that gas diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance (GD-NMR) provides a powerful technique for probing the structure of porous media. In random packs of glass beads, using both laser-polarized and thermally polarized xenon gas, we find that GD-NMR can accurately measure the pore space surface-area-to-volume ratio, S/V rho, and the tortuosity, alpha (the latter quantity being directly related to the system's transport properties). We also show that GD-NMR provides a good measure of the tortuosity of sandstone and complex carbonate rocks.

  9. Experiments with metallic and ceramic porous media

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    Frederking, T. H. K.; Abbassi, P.; Khandhar, P. K.; Luna, Jack

    1988-01-01

    Work in the area of mechano-caloric phenomena was initiated during 1988 with startup in the Summer 1988 period. The ideal system utilizing He-II super-phenomena is modeled readily, within the frame of thermodynamics energetics, using the concept of an ideal superleak. The real system however uses porous media of non-ideal pore-grain ingredients. The early phase of experimental and related modeling studies is outlined for the time period from Summer 1988 to the end of 1988.

  10. An Introduction to Flow and Transport in Fractal Models of Porous Media: Part II

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    Cai, Jianchao; San José Martínez, Fernando; Martín, Miguel Angel; Hu, Xiangyun

    2015-03-01

    This is the second part of the special issue on fractal geometry and its applications to the modeling of flow and transport in porous media, in which 10 original research articles and one review article are included. Combining to the first part of 11 original research articles, these two issues summarized current research on fractal models applied to porous media that will help to further advance this multidisciplinary development. This whole special issue is published also to celebrate the 70th birthday of Professor Boming Yu for his distinguished researches on fractal geometry and its application to transport physics of porous media.

  11. Dynamics of clogging in drying porous media

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    Kaplan, C. Nadir; Mahadevan, L.

    2014-11-01

    Drying in porous media pervades a range of phenomena from brine evaporation arrested in porous bricks, causing efflorescence, i.e. salt aggregation on the surface where vapor leaves the medium, to clogging of reservoir rocks via salt precipitation when carbon dioxide is injected for geological storage. During the process of drying, the permeability and porosity of the medium may change due to the solute accumulation as a function of the particle concentration, in turn affecting the evaporation rate and the dynamics of the fluid flow imposed by it. To examine the dynamics of these coupled quantities, we develop a multiphase model of the particulate flow of a saline suspension in a porous medium, induced by evaporation. We further provide dimensional arguments as to how the salt concentration and the resulting change in permeability determine the transition between efflorescence and salt precipitation in the bulk. This research was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) under Award FA9550-09-1-0669-DOD35CAP and the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard University.

  12. Fundamentals of foam transport in porous media

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    Kovscek, A.R.; Radke, C.J.

    1993-10-01

    Foam in porous media is a fascinating fluid both because of its unique microstructure and because its dramatic influence on the flow of gas and liquid. A wealth of information is now compiled in the literature describing foam generation, destruction, and transport mechanisms. Yet there are conflicting views of these mechanisms and on the macroscopic results they produce. By critically reviewing how surfactant formulation and porous media topology conspire to control foam texture and flow resistance, we attempt to unify the disparate viewpoints. Evolution of texture during foam displacement is quantified by a population balance on bubble concentration, which is designed specifically for convenient incorporation into a standard reservoir simulator. Theories for the dominant bubble generation and coalescence mechanisms provide physically based rate expressions for the proposed population balance. Stone-type relative permeability functions along with the texture-sensitive and shear-thinning nature of confined foam complete the model. Quite good agreement is found between theory and new experiments for transient foam displacement in linear cores.

  13. FEA for damping of structures having elastic bodies, viscoelastic bodies, porous media and gas

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    Yamaguchi, Takao; Kurosawa, Yoshio; Matsumura, Shuuji

    2007-01-01

    A numerical method is proposed to calculate damping properties for soundproof structures involving solid bodies, porous media and air in two-dimensional regions. Both effective density and bulk modulus have complex quantity to represent damped sound fields in the porous media. Particle displacements in the media are discretized using finite element method. For damped solid bodies, displacements are formulated using conventional finite elements including complex modulus of elasticity. Displacement vectors as common unknown variables are solved under coupled condition between solid bodies, porous media and gas. Further, by applying asymptotic method to complex eigenvalue problem, explicit expressions of modal loss factor for the mixed structures are derived. The proposed methods yield appropriate results for some typical problems and this method diminish computational time for large-scaled finite element models concerning the mixed structure. Moreover, it is found that damping can be coupled in the mixed structures between solid bodies, porous media and air.

  14. Review of enhanced vapor diffusion in porous media

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    Webb, S.W.; Ho, C.K.

    1998-08-01

    Vapor diffusion in porous media in the presence of its own liquid has often been treated similar to gas diffusion. The gas diffusion rate in porous media is much lower than in free space due to the presence of the porous medium and any liquid present. However, enhanced vapor diffusion has also been postulated such that the diffusion rate may approach free-space values. Existing data and models for enhanced vapor diffusion, including those in TOUGH2, are reviewed in this paper.

  15. Particle Swarm Transport in Porous Media

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    Hoe, A.; Pyrak-Nolte, L. J.; Mitchell, C. A.

    2016-12-01

    Interest in particulate transport in the subsurface has increased with the increased use of micro-particulates in consumer products. Potential exists for contaminants to be released as a swarm, i.e. a drop-like collection of millions of micro-sized particles that exhibit a number of unique characteristics. The objective of this research is to identify key features of pore network topology and surface chemistry on swarm evolution in porous media. Synthetic translucent porous media were fabricated to image directly swarm transport along a layer of grain between an impermeable matrix. Two types of spherical grains ( 10 mm in diameter) were used: (1) hydrogel spheres that were hydrophilic and (2) 3D printed PMMA spheres that were hydrophobic. Swarms (5, 10 and 20 µL) were composed of 3 micron polystyrene beads (1-2% by weight) in either water or an aqueous KCL solution. During the experiments, the porous medium was fully submerged in the same solution used to compose the swarm. Swarms were either released into a pore or above a grain. The swarms were illuminated with a green (525 nm) LED array and imaged optically with a CCD camera. As swarms fell under gravity, bifurcation cascades occurred around grains. More bifurcations resulted in an increase in the lateral extent of the swarm transport path. Swarms released in a pore exhibited fewer bifurcations than those released above a grain. Particle-grain interactions between the swarm and grains were strongly affected by the surface chemistry of the grains. Swarms in the PMMA medium exhibited transport paths with a consistent ( 12-15 mm) lateral extent and left deposits of particles on the top surfaces of grains. In the hydrogel medium, the swarm particles tended to slide along and split around the surface of the grains, losing particles until the swarms were too dilute to image. The potential spread of particulate contaminants by swarms may yield highly dispersed or highly localized concentrations depending on the

  16. Utilization of Porous Media for Condensing Heat Exchangers

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    Tuan, George C.

    2006-01-01

    The use of porous media as a mean of separating liquid condensate from the air stream in condensing heat exchangers has been explored in the past inside small plant growth chambers and in the Apollo Command Module. Both applications used a cooled porous media made of sintered stainless steel to cool and separate condensation from the air stream. However, the main issues with the utilization of porous media in the past have been the deterioration of the porous media over long duration, such as clogging and changes in surface wetting characteristics. In addition, for long duration usage, biofilm growth from microorganisms on the porous medial would also be an issue. In developing Porous Media Condensing Heat Exchangers (PMCHX) for future space applications, different porous materials and microbial growth control methods will need to be explored. This paper explores the work performed at JSC and GRC to evaluate different porous materials and microbial control methods to support the development of a Porous Media Condensing Heat Exchanger. It outlines the basic principles for designing a PMCHX and issues that were encountered and ways to resolve those issues. The PMCHX has potential of mass, volume, and power savings over current CHX and water separator technology and would be beneficial for long duration space missions.

  17. Utilization of Porous Media for Condensing Heat Exchangers

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    Tuan, George C.

    2006-01-01

    The use of porous media as a mean of separating liquid condensate from the air stream in condensing heat exchangers has been explored in the past inside small plant growth chambers and in the Apollo Command Module. Both applications used a cooled porous media made of sintered stainless steel to cool and separate condensation from the air stream. However, the main issues with the utilization of porous media in the past have been the deterioration of the porous media over long duration, such as clogging and changes in surface wetting characteristics. In addition, for long duration usage, biofilm growth from microorganisms on the porous medial would also be an issue. In developing Porous Media Condensing Heat Exchangers (PMCHX) for future space applications, different porous materials and microbial growth control methods will need to be explored. This paper explores the work performed at JSC and GRC to evaluate different porous materials and microbial control methods to support the development of a Porous Media Condensing Heat Exchanger. It outlines the basic principles for designing a PMCHX and issues that were encountered and ways to resolve those issues. The PMCHX has potential of mass, volume, and power savings over current CHX and water separator technology and would be beneficial for long duration space missions.

  18. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    Tam, S. W.; Ambrose, V.

    1992-09-01

    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the approach to steady state tritium release from solid breeders. Diffusion was found to be the dominant transport process. The time constant for the approach to steady state was found to obey a scaling law with respect to the size L of the network. This scaling law was found to closely approximate the scaling law obeyed by conventional diffusion process in a completely homogeneous medium.

  19. P-adic model of transport in porous disordered media

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    Khrennikov, Adrei Yu.; Oleschko, Klaudia

    2014-05-01

    The soil porosity and permeability are the most important quantitative indicators of soil dynamics under the land-use change. The main problema in the modeling of this dynamic is still poor correlation between the real measuring data and the mathematical and computer simulation models. In order to overpassed this deep divorce we have designed a new technique, able to compare the data arised from the multiscale image analices and time series of the basic physical properties dynamics in porous media studied in time and space. We present a model of the diffusion reaction type describing transport in disordered porous media, e.g., water or oil flow in a complex network of pores. Our model is based on p-adic representation of such networks. This is a kind of fractal representation. We explore advantages of p- adic representation, namely, the possibility to endow p-adic trees with an algebraic structure and ultrametric topology and, hence, to apply analysis which have (at least some) similarities with ordinary real analysis on the straight line. We present the system of two diffusion reaction equations describing propagation of particles in networks of pores in disordered media. As an application, one can consider water transport through the soil pore Networks, or oil flow through capillaries nets. Under some restrictions on potentials and rate coefficients we found the stationary regime corresponding to water content or concentration of oil in a cluster of capillaries. Usage of p-adic analysis (in particular, p-adic wavelets) gives a possibility to find the stationary solution in the analytic form which makes possible to present a clear pedological or geological picture of the process. The mathematical model elaborated in this paper (Khrennikov, 2013) can be applied to variety of problems from water concentration in aquifers to the problem of formation of oil reservoirs in disordered media with porous structures. Another possible application may have real practical

  20. Transport of dissolved gases through unsaturated porous media

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    Maryshev, B. S.

    2017-06-01

    The natural porous media (e.g. soil, sand, peat etc.) usually are partially saturated by groundwater. The saturation of soil depends on hydrostatic pressure which is linearly increased with depth. Often some gases (e.g. nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, methane etc.) are dissolved into the groundwater. The solubility of gases is very small because of that two assumptions is applied: I. The concentration of gas is equal to solubility, II. Solubility depends only on pressure (for isothermal systems). In this way some part of dissolved gas transfers from the solution to the bubble phase. The gas bubbles are immovably trapped in a porous matrix by surface-tension forces and the dominant mechanism of transport of gas mass becomes the diffusion of gas molecules through the liquid. If the value of water content is small then the transport of gas becomes slow and gas accumulates into bubble phase. The presence of bubble phase additionally decreases the water content and slows down the transport. As result the significant mass of gas should be accumulated into the massif of porous media. We derive the transport equations and find the solution which is demonstrated the accumulation of gases. The influence of saturation, porosity and filtration velocity to accumulation process is investigated and discussed.

  1. Miscible, porous media displacements with density stratification.

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    Riaz, Amir; Meiburg, Eckart

    2004-11-01

    High accuracy, three-dimensional numerical simulations of miscible displacements with gravity override, in both homogeneous and heterogeneous porous media, are discussed for the quarter five-spot configuration. The influence of viscous and gravitational effects on the overall displacement dynamics is described in terms of the vorticity variable. Density differences influence the flow primarily by establishing a narrow gravity layer, in which the effective Peclet number is enhanced due to the higher flow rate. Although this effect plays a dominant role in homogeneous flows, it is suppressed to some extent in heterogeneous displacements. This is a result of coupling between the viscous and permeability vorticity fields. When the viscous wavelength is much larger than the permeability wavelength, gravity override becomes more effective because coupling between the viscous and permeability vorticity fields is less pronounced. Buoyancy forces of a certain magnitude can lead to a pinch-off of the gravity layer, thereby slowing it down.

  2. Plume dynamics in heterogeneous porous media

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    Neufeld, Jerome A.; Huppert, Herbert E.

    2008-11-01

    Buoyancy driven flows in layered porous media are present in many geological settings and play an important role in the mixing of fluids, from the dispersal of pollutants in underground aquifers to enhanced oil recovery techniques and, of more recent importance, the sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2). Seismic images of the rise of a buoyant CO2 plume at Sleipner in the North Sea indicate that these plumes are greatly influenced by a vertical array of thin lenses of relatively low permeability material. We model propagation of CO2 at each layer as a gravity current in a porous medium which propagates along, and drains through, a thin, low permeability seal. Drainage, driven both by hydrostatic pressure and the body force on the draining fluid, leads to an initial rapid advance followed by a gradual retreat of the current to a steady-state. By incorporating a vertical array of these single layer models we are able to capture the rise of the buoyant plume in layered reservoirs. We find that the plume is characterized by a broad head with a tail given by the steady state extent.

  3. Helical swimming in viscoelastic and porous media

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    Liu, Bin

    2012-02-01

    Many bacteria swim by rotating helical flagella. These cells often live in polymer suspensions, which are viscoelastic. Recently there have been several theoretical and experimental studies showing that viscoelasticity can either enhance or suppress propulsion, depending on the details of the microswimmer. To help clarify this situation, we study experimentally the motility of the flagellum using a scaled-up model system - a motorized helical coil that rotates along its axial direction. A free-swimming speed is obtained when the net force on the helix is zero. When the helix is immersed in a viscoelastic (Boger) fluid, we find an increase in the force-free swimming speed as compared with the Newtonian case. The enhancement is maximized at a Deborah number of approximately one, and the magnitude depends not only on the elasticity of the fluid but also on the geometry of the helix. In the second part of my talk, I will discuss how spatial confinements, such as a porous medium, affect the flagellated swimming. For clarity, the porous media are modeled as cylindrical cavities with solid walls. A modified boundary element method allows us to investigate a situation that the helical flagella are very close to the wall, with high spatial resolution and relatively low computational cost. To our surprise, at fixed power consumption, a highly coiled flagellum swims faster in narrower confinements, while an elongated flagellum swims faster in a cavity with a wider opening. We try understanding these effects with simple physical pictures.

  4. Motion of Deformable Drops Through Porous Media

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    Zinchenko, Alexander Z.; Davis, Robert H.

    2017-01-01

    This review describes recent progress in the fundamental understanding of deformable drop motion through porous media with well-defined microstructures, through rigorous first-principles hydrodynamical simulations and experiments. Tight squeezing conditions, when the drops are much larger than the pore throats, are particularly challenging numerically, as the drops nearly coat the porous material skeleton with small surface clearance, requiring very high surface resolution in the algorithms. Small-scale prototype problems for flow-induced drop motion through round capillaries and three-dimensional (3D) constrictions between solid particles, and for gravity-induced squeezing through round orifices and 3D constrictions, show how forcing above critical conditions is needed to overcome trapping. Scaling laws for the squeezing time are suggested. Large-scale multidrop/multiparticle simulations for emulsion flow through a random granular material with multiple drop breakup show that the drop phase generally moves faster than the carrier fluid; both phase velocities equilibrate much faster to the statistical steady state than does the drop-size distribution.

  5. Convective mixing in homogeneous porous media flow

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    Ching, Jia-Hau; Chen, Peilong; Tsai, Peichun Amy

    2017-01-01

    Inspired by the flow processes in the technology of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in saline formations, we modeled a homogeneous porous media flow in a Hele-Shaw cell to investigate density-driven convection due to dissolution. We used an analogy of the fluid system to mimic the diffusion and subsequent convection when CO2 dissolves in brine, which generates a heavier solution. By varying the permeability, we examined the onset of convection, the falling dynamics, the wavelengths of fingers, and the rate of dissolution, for the Rayleigh number Ra (a dimensionless forcing term which is the ratio of buoyancy to diffusivity) in the range of 2.0 ×104≤Ra≤8.26 ×105 . Our results reveal that the effect of permeability influences significantly the initial convective speed, as well as the later coarsening dynamics of the heavier fingering plumes. However, the total dissolved mass, characterized by a nondimensional Nusselt number Nu, has an insignificant dependence on Ra. This implies that the total dissolution rate of CO2 is nearly constant in high Ra geological porous structures.

  6. Transport of engineered nanoparticles in saturated porous media

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    Tian, Yuan; Gao, Bin; Silvera-Batista, Carlos; Ziegler, Kirk J.

    2010-09-01

    Engineered nanoparticles (NPs) can be released into soils as emerging groundwater contaminants because many of them show toxic effects to the ecosystems; however, their fate and transport in soils are largely unknown. The present work examined the transport behavior of two NPs, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs), in saturated porous media. Sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS), an anionic surfactant, was used to disperse the engineered NPs to enhance their stabilities in water. The solubilized NPs were then applied to laboratory columns packed with two types of water-saturated quartz sand to obtain their breakthrough curves. The experimental results showed that the surfactant-solubilized NPs were highly mobile in the saturated porous media. The transport of CNTs in the column was similar to that of colloidal montmorillonite and their recovery rates were around 100%. Less than 15% of the AgNPs were retained in the saturated column during the breakthrough experiments. However, most of the retained AgNPs were released when a SDBS-free water pulse was used to flush the sand column. The Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory and a colloid transport model were used to simulate the fate and transport of the engineered NPs in the sand columns. The DLVO theory worked well with AgNPs, but failed to represent the interactions between CNTs and the two sand media. Predictions of the transport model matched the experimental breakthrough data of the two engineered NPs well. Our results indicate that theories and models of colloid transport in porous media may be applicable to describe the fate and behavior of engineered NPs under certain circumstances.

  7. Lab-on-chip methodologies for the study of transport in porous media: energy applications.

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    Berejnov, Viatcheslav; Djilali, Ned; Sinton, David

    2008-05-01

    We present a lab-on-chip approach to the study of multiphase transport in porous media. The applicability of microfluidics to biological and chemical analysis has motivated much development in lab-on-chip methodologies. Several of these methodologies are also well suited to the study of transport in porous media. We demonstrate the application of rapid prototyping of microfluidic networks with approximately 5000 channels, controllable wettability, and fluorescence-based analysis to the study of multiphase transport phenomena in porous media. The method is applied to measure the influence of wettability relative to network regularity, and to differentiate initial percolation patterns from active flow paths. Transport phenomena in porous media are of critical importance to many fields and particularly in many energy-related applications including liquid water transport in fuel cells, oil recovery, and CO(2) sequestration.

  8. Porous Media Approach for Modeling Closed Cell Foam

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    Ghosn, Louis J.; Sullivan, Roy M.

    2006-01-01

    In order to minimize boil off of the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen and to prevent the formation of ice on its exterior surface, the Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) is insulated using various low-density, closed-cell polymeric foams. Improved analysis methods for these foam materials are needed to predict the foam structural response and to help identify the foam fracture behavior in order to help minimize foam shedding occurrences. This presentation describes a continuum based approach to modeling the foam thermo-mechanical behavior that accounts for the cellular nature of the material and explicitly addresses the effect of the internal cell gas pressure. A porous media approach is implemented in a finite element frame work to model the mechanical behavior of the closed cell foam. The ABAQUS general purpose finite element program is used to simulate the continuum behavior of the foam. The soil mechanics element is implemented to account for the cell internal pressure and its effect on the stress and strain fields. The pressure variation inside the closed cells is calculated using the ideal gas laws. The soil mechanics element is compatible with an orthotropic materials model to capture the different behavior between the rise and in-plane directions of the foam. The porous media approach is applied to model the foam thermal strain and calculate the foam effective coefficient of thermal expansion. The calculated foam coefficients of thermal expansion were able to simulate the measured thermal strain during heat up from cryogenic temperature to room temperature in vacuum. The porous media approach was applied to an insulated substrate with one inch foam and compared to a simple elastic solution without pore pressure. The porous media approach is also applied to model the foam mechanical behavior during subscale laboratory experiments. In this test, a foam layer sprayed on a metal substrate is subjected to a temperature variation while the metal substrate is

  9. In situ imaging of biofilm within opaque porous media (Invited)

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    Iltis, G.; Davit, Y.; Wood, B. D.; Wildenschild, D.

    2010-12-01

    Microbial biofilms are observed in both natural and engineered subsurface environments and can dramatically alter the physical properties of porous media. Current understanding of biofilm formation and the associated impacts to structural and hydrodynamic properties of porous media are limited by our ability to observe changes to pore morphology in situ. Imaging biofilm within opaque porous media has historically presented a significant challenge. Synchrotron-based x-ray computed microtomography has been a long standing tool for the non-destructive imaging of porous media; however, traditional contrast agents used in tomography research diffuse readily into both the aqueous phase as well as the porous media associated biofilm, thereby preventing easy delineation of the two phases. Two new methods for imaging biofilm within porous media using x-ray microtomography will be presented. The first method utilizes silver-coated glass microspheres as a surface attached contrast agent for delineating the biofilm-aqueous phase interface within porous media. The second method introduces a barium sulfate suspension to the aqueous phase which is excluded from the biofilm matrix. The use of these contrast agents allow for direct segmentation of the solid, biofilm and aqueous phases. Imaging results using both of these methods will be presented along with the respective advantages and limitations. Quantitative analysis of biofilm formation and changes to macropore morphology will be presented, along with potential applications for these methods.

  10. Fractal analysis of electroviscous effect in charged porous media

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    Liang, Mingchao; Yang, Shanshan; Cui, Xiaomin; Li, Yongfeng

    2017-04-01

    An electroviscous effect is an important phenomenon making flow resistance larger in electrically charged capillaries or porous media. Thus, the study of this phenomenon is very meaningful in various scientific and engineering fields. In this work, based on the fractal characteristics of porous media, a theoretical apparent viscosity model is expressed in terms of the solid surface zeta potential, physical properties (viscosity, dielectric constant, and conductivity) of the electrolyte solution, maximum pore radius, pore fractal dimension, and tortuosity fractal dimension of porous media. A reasonably good match is found between the results from the fractal model and the available experimental data reported in the literature.

  11. Electrokinetic induced solute dispersion in porous media; pore network modeling

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    Li, Shuai; Schotting, Ruud; Raoof, Amir

    2013-04-01

    Electrokinetic flow plays an important role in remediation process, separation technique, and chromatography. The solute dispersion is a key parameter to determine transport efficiency. In this study, we present the electrokinetic effects on solute dispersion in porous media at the pore scale, using a pore network model. The analytical solution of the electrokinetic coupling coefficient was obtained to quantity the fluid flow velocity in a cylinder capillary. The effect of electrical double layer on the electrokinetic coupling coefficient was investigated by applying different ionic concentration. By averaging the velocity over cross section within a single pore, the average flux was obtained. Applying such single pore relationships, in the thin electrical double layer limit, to each and every pore within the pore network, potential distribution and the induced fluid flow was calculated for the whole domain. The resulting pore velocities were used to simulate solute transport within the pore network. By averaging the results, we obtained the breakthrough curve (BTC) of the average concentration at the outlet of the pore network. Optimizing the solution of continuum scale advection-dispersion equation to such a BTC, solute dispersion coefficient was estimated. We have compared the dispersion caused by electrokinetic flow and pure pressure driven flow under different Peclet number values. In addition, the effect of microstructure and topological properties of porous media on fluid flow and solute dispersion is presented, mainly based on different pore coordination numbers.

  12. Foam Flows in Analog Porous Media

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    Meheust, Y.; Géraud, B.; Jones, S. A.; Cantat, I.; Dollet, B.

    2015-12-01

    Foams have been used for decades as displacing fluids for EOR and aquifer remediation, and more recently as carriers of chemical amendments for the remediation of the vadose zone. Apart from various interesting physico-chemical and biochemical properties, foams are better injection fluids due to their low sensitivity to gravity and their peculiar rheology: for foams with bubbles on the order of at least the typical pore size, viscous dissipation arises mostly from the contact zones between the soap films and the walls. In most experimental studies no local information of the foam structure is possible, and only global quantities such as the effective viscosity can be measured. We investigate foam flow through a two-dimensional porous medium consisting of circular obstacles positioned randomly in a horizontal transparent Hele-Shaw cell. The local foam structure is recorded in situ, which provides a measure of the spatial distribution of bubble velocities and sizes at regular time intervals. The flow exhibits a rich phenomenology including preferential flow paths and local flow intermittency/non-stationarity despite the imposed permanent global flow rate. Moreover, the medium selects the bubble size distribution through lamella division-triggered bubble fragmentation. Varying the mean bubble size of the injected foam, its water content, and mean velocity, we characterize those processes systematically and show that the distributions of bubble sizes and velocities are to some extent correlated. We furthermore measure the evolution, along the flow direction, of the distribution of bubble sizes, and measure the efficiency of bubble fragmentation as a function of the control parameters. The bubble fragmentation can be modeled numerically and to some extent analytically, based on statistical measures inferred from the experimental data. This study sheds new light on the local rheology of foams in porous media and opens the way towards quantitative characterization of the

  13. Foam Transport in Porous Media - A Review

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    Zhang, Z. F.; Freedman, Vicky L.; Zhong, Lirong

    2009-11-11

    Amendment solutions with or without surfactants have been used to remove contaminants from soil. However, it has drawbacks such that the amendment solution often mobilizes the plume, and its movement is controlled by gravity and preferential flow paths. Foam is an emulsion-like, two-phase system in which gas cells are dispersed in a liquid and separated by thin liquid films called lamellae. Potential advantages of using foams in sub-surface remediation include providing better control on the volume of fluids injected, uniformity of contact, and the ability to contain the migration of contaminant laden liquids. It is expected that foam can serve as a carrier of amendments for vadose zone remediation, e.g., at the Hanford Site. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s EM-20 program, a numerical simulation capability will be added to the Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases (STOMP) flow simulator. The primary purpose of this document is to review the modeling approaches of foam transport in porous media. However, as an aid to understanding the simulation approaches, some experiments under unsaturated conditions and the processes of foam transport are also reviewed. Foam may be formed when the surfactant concentration is above the critical micelle concentration. There are two main types of foams – the ball foam (microfoam) and the polyhedral foam. The characteristics of bulk foam are described by the properties such as foam quality, texture, stability, density, surface tension, disjoining pressure, etc. Foam has been used to flush contaminants such as metals, organics, and nonaqueous phase liquids from unsaturated soil. Ball foam, or colloidal gas aphrons, reportedly have been used for soil flushing in contaminated site remediation and was found to be more efficient than surfactant solutions on the basis of weight of contaminant removed per gram of surfactant. Experiments also indicate that the polyhedral foam can be used to enhance soil remediation. The

  14. Characteristics of porous media used for modeling of filtration combustion

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    Dobrego, K. V.; Koznacheev, I. A.; Shmelev, E. S.

    2008-05-01

    Models that can be used in calculating the transport parameters of a porous medium are considered. Despite their simplicity, the models qualitatively and quantitatively characterize popular classes of porous media and are not given in the literature in the context in question, as far as the authors know. Certain aspects of determination and evaluation of the parameters of radiative transfer in a porous medium are discussed.

  15. Statistical mechanics of unsaturated porous media

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    Xu, Jin; Louge, Michel Y.

    2015-12-01

    We explore a mean-field theory of fluid imbibition and drainage through permeable porous solids. In the limit of vanishing inertial and viscous forces, the theory predicts the hysteretic "retention curves" relating the capillary pressure applied across a connected domain to its degree of saturation in wetting fluid in terms of known surface energies and void space geometry. To avoid complicated calculations, we adopt the simplest statistical mechanics, in which a pore interacts with its neighbors through narrow openings called "necks," while being either full or empty of wetting fluid. We show how the main retention curves can be calculated from the statistical distribution of two dimensionless parameters λ and α measuring the specific areas of, respectively, neck cross section and wettable pore surface relative to pore volume. The theory attributes hysteresis of these curves to collective first-order phase transitions. We illustrate predictions with a porous domain consisting of a random packing of spheres, show that hysteresis strength grows with λ and weakens as the distribution of α broadens, and reproduce the behavior of Haines jumps observed in recent experiments on an ordered pore network.

  16. Influence of microbial biofilms on reactive transport in porous media

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    Gerlach, Robin; Cunningham, Al.

    2012-05-01

    Microbial biofilms form in natural and engineered systems and can significantly affect the hydrodynamics in porous media. Subsurface remediation, enhanced oil recovery, abatement of saltwater intrusion, filtration, deep-subsurface sequestration of supercritical carbon dioxide, and biofouling of injection or recovery wells are examples of proposed or implemented beneficial porous media biofilm applications. The thickness of the desired biofilm depends on a number of factors including desirable groundwater flow velocity and residence time of contaminated groundwater within the biofilm barrier as well as the prevailing hydraulic gradient. In order to better understand the influence of biofilms on reactive transport in porous media and ultimately improve biofilm-based porous media technologies, bench and mesoscale studies have been ongoing in our laboratories. This manuscript summarizes some of our past, current, and future efforts in this area and gives an outlook and overview of research and development needs.

  17. Development of correlations to predict biopolymer mobility in porous media

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    Hejri, S.; Willhite, G.P.; Green, D.W. )

    1991-02-01

    This paper describes the flow and rheological behavior of biopolymer solutions in sandpacks over a wide range of permeability and frontal advance rates. Empirical correlations were developed to estimate polymer mobility in porous media. The correlations are based on porous medium properties, polymer concentration, and rheological parameters for the polymer derived from steady-shear measurements.

  18. Parametric study of boiling heat transfer in porous media

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    Shi, B.; Jones, B.G.; Pan, C.

    1996-04-01

    Detailed numerical modeling and parametric variation studies were conducted on boiling heat transfer processes in porous deposits with emphasis on applications associated with light water nuclear power reactor systems. The processes of boiling heat transfer in the porous corrosion deposits typically involve phase changes in finite volumetric regions in the porous media. The study examined such processes in two porous media configurations, without chimneys (homogeneous porous structures) and with chimneys (heterogeneous porous structures). A 1-D model and a 2-D model were developed to simulate two-phase flows with phase changes, without dry-out, inside the porous media for both structural configurations. For closure of the governing equations, an empirical correlation of the evaporation rate for phase changes inside the porous media was introduced. In addition, numerical algorithms were developed to solve the coupled nonlinear equations of mass, momentum, energy, capillary pressure, and evaporation rate. The distributions of temperature, thermodynamic saturation, liquid pressure, vapor pressure, liquid velocity, and vapor velocity were predicted. Furthermore, the effects of heat flux, system pressure, porosity, particle diameter, chimney population density, chimney radius, and crud thickness on the all superheat, critical heat flux, and minimum saturation were examined. The predictions were found to be in good agreement with the available experimental results.

  19. Characterization of an impinging jet into porous media

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    Wang, Cong; Alhani, Salwan; Gharib, Morteza

    2015-11-01

    In this work, characteristic behavior of a liquid jet into porous hydrophobic / hydrophilic particle media is investigated. In porous media, the capillary effect becomes significant, especially when the jet Reynolds Number is low. To analyze the cavity creation phenomena, the effect of jet's diameter, speed and acceleration as well as particles' size are carefully studied. Such knowledge of fluid behavior will provide guidance for medicine injection process. This work is supported by Caltech GALCIT STEM program.

  20. Nanoparticle tracers in calcium carbonate porous media

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    Li, Yan Vivian; Cathles, Lawrence M.; Archer, Lynden A.

    2014-08-01

    Tracers are perhaps the most direct way of diagnosing subsurface fluid flow pathways for ground water decontamination and for natural gas and oil production. Nanoparticle tracers could be particularly effective because they do not diffuse away from the fractures or channels where flow occurs and thus take much less time to travel between two points. In combination with a chemical tracer they can measure the degree of flow concentration. A prerequisite for tracer applications is that the particles are not retained in the porous media as the result of aggregation or sticking to mineral surfaces. By screening eight nanoparticles (3-100 nm in diameter) for retention when passed through calcium carbonate packed laboratory columns in artificial oil field brine solutions of variable ionic strength we show that the nanoparticles with the least retention are 3 nm in diameter, nearly uncharged, and decorated with highly hydrophilic polymeric ligands. The details of these column experiments and the tri-modal distribution of zeta potential of the calcite sand particles in the brine used in our tests suggests that parts of the calcite surface have positive zeta potential and the retention of negatively charged nanoparticles occurs at these sites. Only neutral nanoparticles are immune to at least some retention.

  1. Confined Impinging Jets in Porous Media

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    Buonomo, B.; Cirillo, L.; Manca, O.; Mansi, N.; Nardini, S.

    2016-09-01

    Impinging jets are adopted in drying of textiles, paper, cooling of gas turbine components, freezing of tissue in cryosurgery and manufacturing, electronic cooling. In this paper an experimental investigation is carried out on impinging jets in porous media with the wall heated from below with a uniform heat flux. The fluid is air. The experimental apparatus is made up of a fun systems, a test section, a tube, to reduce the section in a circular section. The tube is long 1.0 m and diameter of 0.012 m. The test section has a diameter of 0.10 m and it has the thickness of 10, 20 and 40 mm. In the test section the lower plate is in aluminum and is heated by an electrical resistance whereas the upper plate is in Plexiglas. The experiments are carried out employing a aluminum foam 40 PPI at three thickness as the test section. Results are obtained in a Reynolds number range from 5100 to 15300 and wall heat flux range from 510 W/m2 to 1400 W/m2. Results are given in terms of wall temperature profiles, local and average Nusselt numbers, pressure drops, friction factor and Richardson number.

  2. Colloid Straining within Saturated Heterogeneous Porous Media

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    Porubcan, A.; Walczak, J.; Xu, S.

    2008-12-01

    A thorough understanding of colloid movement in the subsurface system is critical to the assessment of groundwater pollution by pathogenic bacteria and colloid-bound contaminants. It is increasingly recognized that straining, a process that occurs when the pore space is too small to allow for a particle's passage, represents an important process in colloid immobilization within groundwater systems. Previously published studies have focused on the kinetics of colloid straining within sand packs composed of uniform mineral grains. Natural aquifers, however, are usually characterized by physically heterogeneous sediments. In this study, we conducted column transport experiments with carboxylated latex particles and quartz sand to investigate the impact of sediment texture (i.e., the size distribution of mineral grains) on colloid straining kinetics. The quartz sands used in the experiment were thoroughly cleaned and the strong repulsive interactions between colloid particles and quartz sands resulted in minimal physicochemical deposition so the straining kinetics can be quantified unambiguously. Sand packs of different textures were prepared by mixing sands of various sizes (mesh sizes of 20-25, 35-40 and 60-70). Our results suggested that the ratio of colloid size and the median sand grain size was insufficient to predict colloid straining within heterogeneous sediments. Soil texture, which was related to the size distribution of the sand grains, must be considered. A relationship between colloid straining kinetics and the heterogeneity of porous media that can be useful for the prediction of colloid transport within heterogeneous sediments was presented.

  3. A biphasic approach for the study of lift generation in soft porous media

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    Wu, Qianhong; Santhanam, Sridhar; Nathan, Rungun; Wang, Qiuyun

    2017-04-01

    Lift generation in highly compressible porous media under rapid compression continues to be an important topic in porous media flow. Although significant progress has been made, how to model different lifting forces during the compression process remains unclear. This is mainly because the input parameters of the existing theoretical studies, including the Darcy permeability of the porous media and the viscous damping coefficient of its solid phase, were manually adjusted so as to match the experimental data. In the current paper, we report a biphasic approach to experimentally and theoretically treat this limitation. Synthetic fibrous porous materials, whose permeability were precisely measured, were subsequently exposed to sudden impacts using a porous-walled cylinder-piston apparatus. The obtained time-dependent compression of the porous media, along with the permeability data, was applied in two different theoretical models to predict the pore pressure generation, a plug flow model and a consolidation model [Q. Wu et al., J. Fluid Mech. 542, 281 (2005a)]. Comparison between the theory and the experiments on the pore pressure distribution proved the validity of the consolidation model. Furthermore, a viscoelastic model, containing a nonlinear spring in conjunction with a linear viscoelastic generalized Maxwell mechanical module, was developed to characterize the solid phase lifting force. The model matched the experimental data very well. The paper presented herein, as one of the series studies on this topic, provides an important biphasic approach to characterize different forces that contribute to the lift generation in a soft porous medium under rapid compression.

  4. Effective Gradients in Porous Media Due to Susceptibility Differences

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    Hürlimann

    1998-04-01

    In porous media, magnetic susceptibility differences between the solid phase and the fluid filling the pore space lead to field inhomogeneities inside the pore space. In many cases, diffusion of the spins in the fluid phase through these internal inhomogeneities controls the transverse decay rate of the NMR signal. In disordered porous media such as sedimentary rocks, a detailed evaluation of this process is in practice not possible because the field inhomogeneities depend not only on the susceptibility difference but also on the details of the pore geometry. In this report, the major features of diffusion in internal gradients are analyzed with the concept of effective gradients. Effective gradients are related to the field inhomogeneities over the dephasing length, the typical length over which the spins diffuse before they dephase. For the CPMG sequence, the dependence of relaxation rate on echo spacing can be described to first order by a distribution of effective gradients. It is argued that for a given susceptibility difference, there is a maximum value for these effective gradients, gmax, that depends on only the diffusion coefficient, the Larmor frequency, and the susceptibility difference. This analysis is applied to the case of water-saturated sedimentary rocks. From a set of NMR measurements and a compilation of a large number of susceptibility measurements, we conclude that the effective gradients in carbonates are typically smaller than gradients of current NMR well logging tools, whereas in many sandstones, internal gradients can be comparable to or larger than tool gradients. Copyright 1998 Academic Press.

  5. Media, Media Technologies, and Language Learning: Some Applied Linguistic Perspectives.

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    Little, David

    An applied linguistic framework is presented within which specific applications of media technologies may be applied to language learning. The first two parts of the paper focus on the impact of media on linguistic communication and the possibilities offered by media technologies such as newspapers, radio, television, telephone/telex, computer…

  6. Rheology enhanced transport in Non-Newtonian porous media flows

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    Seybold, Hansjoerg; Dias Araujo, Ascanio; Lima, Roberto; Andrade, Roberto; Soares de Andrade, Jose, Jr.

    2017-04-01

    Flow and transport in porous media is of great interest in Earth Science, including oil extraction and groundwater hydrology. The disordered pore-structure leads heterogeneous flow patterns and preferential flow paths. Here we show how the fluid's rheology can be used to control the transport properies inside a porous medium. We find that for a Bingham type rheology, the fluid has a characteristic Reynolds number for which the flow is least localized, resulting in enhanced channelized transport. The increased channelization of the flow leads to a corresponding maximum in permeability. This result has important consequences for the design of chemical reactors, heat transfer and reactive transport in porous media in general.

  7. Enhancing nZVI mobility in porous media using humate

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    Schmid, Doris; Micic Batka, Vesna; Gondikas, Andreas; Velimirovic, Milica; von der Kammer, Frank; Hofmann, Thilo

    2016-04-01

    The limited transport of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles in porous media is a major drawback for its use in groundwater remediation. Among other factors, transport of nZVI particles might be negatively affected by mineralogical and physical heterogeneities of the aquifer matrix. Carbonate minerals and iron oxides, for instance, provide positively charged patches which would further increase particle attachment to the sand grains. This study does assess the potential of sodium humate, a salt of humic acids, to enhance the mobility of nZVI particles. Humate is a non-toxic, inexpensive material extracted from natural oxidized lignite and obtained in commercial grade, which makes it advantageous for field applications. Humate is expected to shield the positively charged patches of the sand grains and consequently enhance nZVI mobility in porous media. In this study the humate was injected into an aquifer prior to injection of the nZVI particles. The potential of humate for enhancing the mobility of nZVI particles was tested in an array of columns packed with heterogeneous natural porous media of different mineralogical composition and sediment texture. The results demonstrated that without pre-injection of humates only limited mobility of nZVI particles can be obtained in all tested porous media. After the pre-injection of low concentration of humate (10 mg/L) the mobility of nZVI particles (1 g/L) was enhanced in all tested porous media. The magnitude of this enhancement was depended on the properties of the porous media. The largest improvement of nZVI mobility was observed for homogeneous quartz. This material had also the highest porosity (~ 40%), good sorting, and therefore a higher permeability compared to the other porous media tested. It is assumed that the higher permeability of this porous medium allowed an optimal distribution of humate, resulting in an approximately 6-fold enhancement of nZVI mobility. In carbonate-rich porous medium with a

  8. Modeling Flow in Porous Media with Double Porosity/Permeability.

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    Seyed Joodat, S. H.; Nakshatrala, K. B.; Ballarini, R.

    2016-12-01

    Although several continuum models are available to study the flow of fluids in porous media with two pore-networks [1], they lack a firm theoretical basis. In this poster presentation, we will present a mathematical model with firm thermodynamic basis and a robust computational framework for studying flow in porous media that exhibit double porosity/permeability. The mathematical model will be derived by appealing to the maximization of rate of dissipation hypothesis, which ensures that the model is in accord with the second law of thermodynamics. We will also present important properties that the solutions under the model satisfy, along with an analytical solution procedure based on the Green's function method. On the computational front, a stabilized mixed finite element formulation will be derived based on the variational multi-scale formalism. The equal-order interpolation, which is computationally the most convenient, is stable under this formulation. The performance of this formulation will be demonstrated using patch tests, numerical convergence study, and representative problems. It will be shown that the pressure and velocity profiles under the double porosity/permeability model are qualitatively and quantitatively different from the corresponding ones under the classical Darcy equations. Finally, it will be illustrated that the surface pore-structure is not sufficient in characterizing the flow through a complex porous medium, which pitches a case for using advanced characterization tools like micro-CT. References [1] G. I. Barenblatt, I. P. Zheltov, and I. N. Kochina, "Basic concepts in the theory of seepage of homogeneous liquids in fissured rocks [strata]," Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, vol. 24, pp. 1286-1303, 1960.

  9. Homogenization of two fluid flow in porous media

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    Daly, K. R.; Roose, T.

    2015-01-01

    The macroscopic behaviour of air and water in porous media is often approximated using Richards' equation for the fluid saturation and pressure. This equation is parametrized by the hydraulic conductivity and water release curve. In this paper, we use homogenization to derive a general model for saturation and pressure in porous media based on an underlying periodic porous structure. Under an appropriate set of assumptions, i.e. constant gas pressure, this model is shown to reduce to the simpler form of Richards' equation. The starting point for this derivation is the Cahn–Hilliard phase field equation coupled with Stokes equations for fluid flow. This approach allows us, for the first time, to rigorously derive the water release curve and hydraulic conductivities through a series of cell problems. The method captures the hysteresis in the water release curve and ties the macroscopic properties of the porous media with the underlying geometrical and material properties. PMID:27547073

  10. Porous media heat transfer for injection molding

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    Beer, Neil Reginald

    2016-05-31

    The cooling of injection molded plastic is targeted. Coolant flows into a porous medium disposed within an injection molding component via a porous medium inlet. The porous medium is thermally coupled to a mold cavity configured to receive injected liquid plastic. The porous medium beneficially allows for an increased rate of heat transfer from the injected liquid plastic to the coolant and provides additional structural support over a hollow cooling well. When the temperature of the injected liquid plastic falls below a solidifying temperature threshold, the molded component is ejected and collected.

  11. Transport of human adenoviruses in porous media

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    Kokkinos, Petros; Syngouna, Vasiliki I.; Tselepi, Maria A.; Bellou, Maria; Chrysikopoulos, Constantinos V.; Vantarakis, Apostolos

    2015-04-01

    Groundwater may be contaminated with infective human enteric viruses from various wastewater discharges, sanitary landfills, septic tanks, agricultural practices, and artificial groundwater recharge. Coliphages have been widely used as surrogates of enteric viruses, because they share many fundamental properties and features. Although a large number of studies focusing on various factors (i.e. pore water solution chemistry, fluid velocity, moisture content, temperature, and grain size) that affect biocolloid (bacteria, viruses) transport have been published over the past two decades, little attention has been given toward human adenoviruses (hAdVs). The main objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of pore water velocity on hAdV transport in water saturated laboratory-scale columns packed with glass beads. The effects of pore water velocity on virus transport and retention in porous media was examined at three pore water velocities (0.39, 0.75, and 1.22 cm/min). The results indicated that all estimated average mass recovery values for hAdV were lower than those of coliphages, which were previously reported in the literature by others for experiments conducted under similar experimental conditions. However, no obvious relationship between hAdV mass recovery and water velocity could be established from the experimental results. The collision efficiencies were quantified using the classical colloid filtration theory. Average collision efficiency, α, values decreased with decreasing flow rate, Q, and pore water velocity, U, but no significant effect of U on α was observed. Furthermore, the surface properties of viruses and glass beads were used to construct classical DLVO potential energy profiles. The results revealed that the experimental conditions of this study were unfavorable to deposition and that no aggregation between virus particles is expected to occur. A thorough understanding of the key processes governing virus transport is pivotal for public

  12. Simulation of foam displacement in porous media

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    Kovscek, A.R.; Patzek, T.W.; Radke, C.J.

    1993-08-01

    Foam is an excellent fluid for achieving mobility control of gas in porous media. Practical application of foams for EOR processes, however requires a predictive model of foam displacement. Further, quantitative information on foam-flow behavior at reservoir flow rates and pressures is required as input to any field-scale modeling. An experimental and mechanistic-modeling study is reported for the transient flow of foam through 1.3 {mu}m{sup 2} (1.3 D) Boise sandstone at backpressures in excess of 5 MPa (700 psi) over a quality range from 0.80 to 0.99. Total superficial velocities range from as little as 0.42 to 2.20 m/day (1.4 ft/day to 7 ft/day). Sequential pressure taps and gamma-ray densitometry measure flow resistance and in-situ liquid saturations, respectively. We garner experimental pressure and saturation profiles in both the transient and steady states. Adoption of a mean-size foam-bubble conservation equation along with the traditional reservoir simulation equations allows mechanistic foam simulation. Since foam mobility depends heavily upon its texture, the bubble population balance is both useful and necessary as the role of foam texture must be incorporated into any model which seeks accurate prediction of flow properties. Our model employs capillary-pressure-dependent kinetic expressions for lamellae generation and coalescence and also a term for trapping of lamellae. Additionally, the effects of surfactant chemical transport are included. We find quantitative agreement between experimental and theoretical saturation and pressure profiles in both the transient and steady states.

  13. Transport of Graphene Oxide through Porous Media

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    Duster, T. A.; Na, C.; Bolster, D.; Fein, J. B.

    2012-12-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) is comprised of anisotropic nanosheets decorated with covalently-bonded epoxide, ketone, and hydroxyl functional groups on the basal planes, and carboxylic and phenolic functional groups at the edges. Individual GO nanosheets are generally two to three micrometers in width, with thicknesses depending on the degree of exfoliation and typically ranging from one to approximately 100 nanometers. As a result of this extraordinarily large surface area-to-mass ratio and the presence of numerous proton-active functional groups, GO nanosheets exhibit a tremendous capacity to adsorb metals and other contaminants from aqueous solutions and are thus often suggested for use in in situ remediation efforts. The potential importance of GO nanosheets as an adsorbent in soil and groundwater necessitates a detailed understanding of their mobility in environmental systems, but this topic remains largely unexplored. Hence, the objective of this study was to investigate the transport behavior of GO nanosheets through well-characterized saturated porous media. In this study, we used replicate glass columns packed with two different sand grain sizes, and within each treatment we varied pH (5.5 to 8.5), ionic strength (<0.01 M to 0.1 M), electrolyte composition (Na+ and Ca2+ salts), and GO nanosheet exfoliation extent (few-layered and many-layered) to determine the relative influence of both physical and electrochemical properties on GO nanosheet transport in these systems. The break-through of GO nanosheets from each treatment was continuously monitored using a flow-through quartz cuvette and UV-Vis absorbance at 230 nm. GO nanosheet transport through these systems was then modeled using distinct advection-dispersion equations to establish the relative influence of attachment, deposition, and detachment in the overall transport behavior, and a corresponding retardation coefficient was calculated for each treatment. Break-through curves displayed anomalous transport

  14. Liquid flow and distribution in unsaturated porous media

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    Alexander, J. Iwan

    2004-01-01

    Flow and transport in permeable or porous media and microchannels occurs in a variety of situations in micro- and reduced-gravity environments, many of them associated with environmental control and life support systems. While the role of gravity is limited, due to the typically small size scales associated permeable media, gravity, at the very least, affects the overall disposition of fluid in a macroscopic system. This presentation will discuss examples where the absence of gravity affects flow and phase distribution in selected examples of unsaturated flow and transport of heat and mass in porous media and microchannels that are pertinent to spacecraft systems.

  15. Is Chaotic Advection Inherent to Porous Media Flow?

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    Lester, Daniel; Metcalfe, Guy; Trefry, Mike

    2013-11-01

    All porous media, including granular and packed media, fractured and open networks, are typified by the inherent topological complexity of the pore-space. This topological complexity admits a large number density of stagnation points under steady Stokes flow, which in turn generates a 3D fluid mechanical analouge of the Bakers map, termed the Baker's flow. We demonstrate that via this mechanism, chaotic advection at the pore-scale is inherent to almost all porous media under reasonable conditions, and such dynamics have significant implications for a range of fluid-borne processes including transport and mixing, chemical reactions and biological activity.

  16. Liquid flow and distribution in unsaturated porous media

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    Alexander, J. Iwan

    2004-01-01

    Flow and transport in permeable or porous media and microchannels occurs in a variety of situations in micro- and reduced-gravity environments, many of them associated with environmental control and life support systems. While the role of gravity is limited, due to the typically small size scales associated permeable media, gravity, at the very least, affects the overall disposition of fluid in a macroscopic system. This presentation will discuss examples where the absence of gravity affects flow and phase distribution in selected examples of unsaturated flow and transport of heat and mass in porous media and microchannels that are pertinent to spacecraft systems.

  17. Modern hardware architectures accelerate porous media flow computations

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    Kulczewski, Michal; Kurowski, Krzysztof; Kierzynka, Michal; Dohnalik, Marek; Kaczmarczyk, Jan; Borujeni, Ali Takbiri

    2012-05-01

    Investigation of rock properties, porosity and permeability particularly, which determines transport media characteristic, is crucial to reservoir engineering. Nowadays, micro-tomography (micro-CT) methods allow to obtain vast of petro-physical properties. The micro-CT method facilitates visualization of pores structures and acquisition of total porosity factor, determined by sticking together 2D slices of scanned rock and applying proper absorption cut-off point. Proper segmentation of pores representation in 3D is important to solve the permeability of porous media. This factor is recently determined by the means of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), a popular method to analyze problems related to fluid flows, taking advantage of numerical methods and constantly growing computing powers. The recent advent of novel multi-, many-core and graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware architectures allows scientists to benefit even more from parallel processing and built-in new features. The high level of parallel scalability offers both, the time-to-solution decrease and greater accuracy - top factors in reservoir engineering. This paper aims to present research results related to fluid flow simulations, particularly solving the total porosity and permeability of porous media, taking advantage of modern hardware architectures. In our approach total porosity is calculated by the means of general-purpose computing on multiple GPUs. This application sticks together 2D slices of scanned rock and by the means of a marching tetrahedra algorithm, creates a 3D representation of pores and calculates the total porosity. Experimental results are compared with data obtained via other popular methods, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), helium porosity and nitrogen permeability tests. Then CFD simulations are performed on a large-scale high performance hardware architecture to solve the flow and permeability of porous media. In our experiments we used Lattice Boltzmann

  18. A pore scale study on turbulent combustion in porous media

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    Jouybari, N. F.; Maerefat, M.; Nimvari, M. E.

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents pore scale simulation of turbulent combustion of air/methane mixture in porous media to investigate the effects of multidimensionality and turbulence on the flame within the pores of porous media. In order to investigate combustion in the pores of porous medium, a simple but often used porous medium consisting of a staggered arrangement of square cylinders is considered in the present study. Results of turbulent kinetic energy, turbulent viscosity ratio, temperature, flame speed, convective heat transfer and thermal conductivity are presented and compared for laminar and turbulent simulations. It is shown that the turbulent kinetic energy increases from the inlet of burner, because of turbulence created by the solid matrix with a sudden jump or reduction at the flame front due to increase in temperature and velocity. Also, the pore scale simulation revealed that the laminarization of flow occurs after flame front in the combustion zone and turbulence effects are important mainly in the preheat zone. It is shown that turbulence enhances the diffusion processes in the preheat zone, but it is not enough to affect the maximum flame speed, temperature distribution and convective heat transfer in the porous burner. The dimensionless parameters associated with the Borghi-Peters diagram of turbulent combustion have been analyzed for the case of combustion in porous media and it is found that the combustion in the porous burner considered in the present study concerns the range of well stirred reactor very close to the laminar flame region.

  19. Effects of capillarity on microscopic flow in porous media

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    The central theme of this proposal is to study the effects of capillarity on the motion of a fluid interface and to apply these results to flow in porous media. Here we report on several problems considered this year. In particular we have investigated a new similarity solution of a moving boundary problem driven only by surface tension, we have started an investigation on the effect of roughness on the motion of a contact line and we have started both a numerical and analytical investigation of the motion of fluid interfaces in a pore. In addition we report on a new method to derive macroscopic effective equation of motion of two-phase flows at low volume fraction.

  20. Centrifuge Techniques and Apparatus for Transport Experiments in Porous Media

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    Earl D. Mattson; Carl D. Paler; Robert W. Smith; Markus Flury

    2010-06-01

    This paper describes experimental approaches and apparatus that we have developed to study solute and colloid transport in porous media using Idaho National Laboratory's 2-m radius centrifuge. The ex-perimental techniques include water flux scaling with applied acceleration at the top of the column and sub-atmospheric pressure control at the column base, automation of data collection, and remote experimental con-trol over the internet. These apparatus include a constant displacement piston pump, a custom designed liquid fraction collector based on switching valve technology, and modified moisture monitoring equipment. Suc-cessful development of these experimental techniques and equipment is illustrated through application to transport of a conservative tracer through unsaturated sand column, with centrifugal acceleration up to 40 gs. Development of such experimental equipment that can withstand high accelerations enhances the centrifuge technique to conduct highly controlled unsaturated solute/colloid transport experiments and allows in-flight liquid sample collection of the effluent.

  1. a Fractal Network Model for Fractured Porous Media

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    Xu, Peng; Li, Cuihong; Qiu, Shuxia; Sasmito, Agus Pulung

    2016-04-01

    The transport properties and mechanisms of fractured porous media are very important for oil and gas reservoir engineering, hydraulics, environmental science, chemical engineering, etc. In this paper, a fractal dual-porosity model is developed to estimate the equivalent hydraulic properties of fractured porous media, where a fractal tree-like network model is used to characterize the fracture system according to its fractal scaling laws and topological structures. The analytical expressions for the effective permeability of fracture system and fractured porous media, tortuosity, fracture density and fraction are derived. The proposed fractal model has been validated by comparisons with available experimental data and numerical simulation. It has been shown that fractal dimensions for fracture length and aperture have significant effect on the equivalent hydraulic properties of fractured porous media. The effective permeability of fracture system can be increased with the increase of fractal dimensions for fracture length and aperture, while it can be remarkably lowered by introducing tortuosity at large branching angle. Also, a scaling law between the fracture density and fractal dimension for fracture length has been found, where the scaling exponent depends on the fracture number. The present fractal dual-porosity model may shed light on the transport physics of fractured porous media and provide theoretical basis for oil and gas exploitation, underground water, nuclear waste disposal and geothermal energy extraction as well as chemical engineering, etc.

  2. Viscous flow in three-dimensional reconstructed porous media

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    Pilotti, Marco

    2003-07-01

    In a recent paper Masad et al. (Int. J. Numer. Methods Eng. 2000; 26: 53-74) have shown the possibility of numerically studying fluid flow within two-dimensional microscopic images of granular materials. In this paper we investigate the possibility of computing the flow field at the pore scale within numerically reconstructed three dimensional porous media, by coupling a physically based sedimentation algorithm for porous media generation and a Lattice Boltzmann Technique for solving Navier equations for the monophasic flow of a newtonian fluid inside the intergranular space. Since the adopted sedimentation algorithm can produce porous media with a controlled level of complexity, we believe that this type of approach provides an ideal numerical laboratory to probe the effect of void space topology and geometry on the flow field. This should allow to understand the fluid-dynamic implications of processes such as compaction and cementation. After showing that the Lattice Boltzmann Technique is effective in solving Navier equations in porous media also at moderately high Reynolds, where Darcy's flow does not strictly hold anymore, we investigate the distribution of velocity components within porous media of growing complexity, starting from two different periodic arrangements of spheres up to a mixture of log-normally distributed spheres. We observe that the distribution of velocity components is conditioned by the medium complexity and tends to an exponential pattern.

  3. Preliminary study on ECT imaging of flames in porous media

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    Liu, S.; Chen, Q.; Xiong, X.; Zhang, Z.; Lei, J.

    2008-09-01

    This preliminary study for the first time investigated the feasibility of tomographic monitoring of flames in porous media, in which the cross-sectional profiles of flames inside a porous medium were imaged by electrical capacitance tomography (ECT). The relationship between the flame ionization and relative permittivity was established as the basis for ECT imaging of flames. Image reconstruction algorithms were discussed and an online iterative method OIOR was selected for image reconstruction. Experimental measurements were carried out and images of the flames were reconstructed. The shape, size and motion of the flames in a porous block were clearly monitored. Also the images correspond clearly to the variations of the combustion intensity. The feasibility of ECT monitoring of flames in porous media is proven by this study.

  4. Adaptive multiresolution modeling of groundwater flow in heterogeneous porous media

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    Malenica, Luka; Gotovac, Hrvoje; Srzic, Veljko; Andric, Ivo

    2016-04-01

    different temporal lines and local time stepping control. Critical aspect of time integration accuracy is construction of spatial stencil due to accurate calculation of spatial derivatives. Since common approach applied for wavelets and splines uses a finite difference operator, we developed here collocation one including solution values and differential operator. In this way, new improved algorithm is adaptive in space and time enabling accurate solution for groundwater flow problems, especially in highly heterogeneous porous media with large lnK variances and different correlation length scales. In addition, differences between collocation and finite volume approaches are discussed. Finally, results show application of methodology to the groundwater flow problems in highly heterogeneous confined and unconfined aquifers.

  5. Transport of molecular fluids through three-dimensional porous media

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    Adler, Pierre; Pazdniakou, Aliaksei

    2014-05-01

    The main purpose of this study is to extend the analysis which has been made for the double layer theory (summarized by [1]) to situations where the distance between the solid walls is of the order of several molecular diameters. This is of a large interest from a scientific viewpoint and for various engineering applications. The intermolecular forces and their influence on fluid structure and dynamics can be taken into account by using the mesoscopic scale models based on the Boltzmann equation [2]. The numerical methods derived from these models are less demanding in computational resources than conventional molecular dynamics methods and therefore long time evolution of large samples can be considered. Three types of fluid particles are considered, namely the anions, the cations and the solvent. They possess a finite diameter which should be at least a few lattice units. The collision frequency between particles is increased by the pair correlation function for hard spheres. The lattice Boltzmann model is built in three dimensions with 19 velocities; it involves two relaxation times. The particle distribution functions are discretized over a basis of Hermite polynomial tensors. Electric forces are included and a Poisson equation is simultaneously solved by a successive over-relaxation method. The numerical algorithm is detailed; it is devised in order to be able to address any three-dimensional porous media. It involves the determination of the densities of each particle species, of the overall density and of the equilibrium distribution function. Then, the electric forces are determined. Collision operators are applied as well as the boundary conditions. Finally, the propagation step is performed and the algorithm starts a new loop. The influence of parameters can be illustrated by systematic calculations in a plane Poiseuille configuration. The drastic influence of the ratio between the channel width and the particle sizes on the local densities and the

  6. Channelization in porous media driven by erosion and deposition

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    Jäger, R.; Mendoza, M.; Herrmann, H. J.

    2017-01-01

    We develop and validate a new model to study simultaneous erosion and deposition in three-dimensional porous media. We study the changes of the porous structure induced by the deposition and erosion of matter on the solid surface and find that when both processes are active, channelization in the porous structure always occurs. The channels can be stable or only temporary depending mainly on the driving mechanism. Whereas a fluid driven by a constant pressure drop in general does not form steady channels, imposing a constant flux always produces stable channels within the porous structure. Furthermore we investigate how changes of the local deposition and erosion properties affect the final state of the porous structure, finding that the larger the range of wall shear stress for which there is neither erosion nor deposition, the more steady channels are formed in the structure.

  7. Complex Effects of Salinity on Water Evaporation From Porous Media.

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    Shokri-Kuehni, S. M. S.; Webb, C.; Shokri, N.

    2016-12-01

    Saline water evaporation from porous media is influenced by transport properties of porous media, properties of the evaporating solution and external conditions. In this work, we investigated the effects of salt concentration on the drying behaviour of a porous medium and its surface temperature. Our key focus was about how the precipitated salt forming at the surface of drying porous media influences the evaporation rate. To do so, a series of evaporation experiments were conducted using columns packed with sand particles saturated with NaCl solutions of varying concentrations. The columns were placed on digital balances to record the evaporation dynamics and were exposed to metal halide lamps to boost the evaporation. A FLIR thermal camera was fixed above the sand columns to record the surface temperature. Additional experiments were conducted using sand packs saturated with salty water in the presence of water table at well-defined depths using Mariotte flasks. We could delineate the effects of salt concentration and crust formation on the general dynamics of the evaporation process (at different salt concentrations). Microscopic analysis of precipitated salt at the surface revealed the complex dynamics of salt evolution at the surface and its consequences on the evaporation behaviour. Our results suggest that the presence of porous salt at the surface causes top-supplied creeping of the solution feeding the growth of subsequent precipitation. This causes appearance and disappearance of cold-spots at the surface of porous media brought about by crust formation and preferential water evaporation visualized by the thermal images. This study extends the fundamental understanding of the evaporation of saline water from porous media.

  8. Permeability modification of porous media by surfactant solutions

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    Kalpakci, B.; Klaus, E.E.; Duda, J.L.; Nagarajan, R.

    1981-01-01

    Results are presented of a study on the flow properties of surfactant solutions in porous media, using the Penn State Porous Media Viscometer. The effects of permeability, shear rate, and surface characteristics of the porous media on the flow of oil-external, and water-external type microemulsions as well as surfactant solutions with lamellar structures have been examined. Flow studies have been carried out in untreated Bradford and Berea sandstones, oil-wet and water-wet treated sandstones, and filter papers. This study shows that the flow of surfactant solutions causes a decrease in permeability which reaches a stable value after the flow of several hundred pore volumes of the surfactant solution. This work is pertinent to flooding with surfactants. 33 refs.

  9. Biofilm streamer formation in a microfluidic porous media mimic

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    Kumar, Aloke; Valiei, Amin; Mukherjee, Partha; Liu, Yang; Thundat, Thomas

    2013-03-01

    Biofilm formation in porous media is of significant importance in many environmental and industrial processes such as bioremediation, oil recovery, and wastewater treatment. Among different biological and environmental factors, hydrodynamics is considered an important determinant of the dynamics of biofilm formation. In the present study, we fabricated a microfluidic porous media mimic and investigated how fluid flow influences the formation of filamentous structures, known as streamers, between porous media structures. Streamers are viscoelastic materials composed of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and bacterial cells, and these filamentous structures are typically tethered at either one of both ends to surfaces. We studied evolution of streamers in different flow rates and identified a tangible link between hydrodynamic conditions and development of these filamentous structures. Our results show that hydrodynamic conditions not only determine the limit of the streamers formation, but also influence both temporal evolution and spatial organization of biofilm streamers.

  10. A volume-balance model for flow on porous media

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    Malaga, Carlos; Mandujano, Francisco; Becerra, Julian

    2015-11-01

    Volume-balance models are used by petroleum engineers for simulating multiphase and multicomponent flow phenomena in porous media and the extraction process in oil reservoirs. In these models, mass conservation equations and Darcy's law are supplemented by a balance condition for the pore and fluid volumes. This provides a pressure equation suitable for simulating a compressible flow within a compressible solid matrix. Here we present an alternative interpretation of the volume-balance condition that includes the advective transport within a consolidated porous media. We obtain a modified equation for the time evolution of the pressure field. Numerical tests for phase separation under gravity are presented for multiphase three dimensional flow in heterogeneous porous media. The authors acknowledge funding from Fondo Sectorial CONACYT-SENER grant number 42536 (DGAJ-SPI-34-170412-217).

  11. Transport of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Unsaturated Porous Media

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    Chahal, Maninder; Flury, Markus

    2016-04-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are complex organic molecules containing 2 or more fused benzene rings. Being hydrophobic and non-polar, PAHs tend to partition to the organic matter in the soil from bulk aqueous phase. Though transport of these contaminants has been well studied in saturated environment, interactive mechanisms of these fluorescent compounds in unsaturated (identified by presence of air-water interface) porous media is still not well understood. We studied is the transport of fluoranthene in unsaturated porous media as facilitated by moving air-water interfaces. Confocal microscopy was used to visualize the interactions of fluoranthene particles in a glass channel packed with quartz glass beads. The packed glass channel was used to mimic a porous media and effects of an advancing and receding capillary fringe on the detachment of fluoranthene.

  12. Examining Asphaltene Solubility on Deposition in Model Porous Media.

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    Lin, Yu-Jiun; He, Peng; Tavakkoli, Mohammad; Mathew, Nevin Thunduvila; Fatt, Yap Yit; Chai, John C; Goharzadeh, Afshin; Vargas, Francisco M; Biswal, Sibani Lisa

    2016-08-30

    Asphaltenes are known to cause severe flow assurance problems in the near-wellbore region of oil reservoirs. Understanding the mechanism of asphaltene deposition in porous media is of great significance for the development of accurate numerical simulators and effective chemical remediation treatments. Here, we present a study of the dynamics of asphaltene deposition in porous media using microfluidic devices. A model oil containing 5 wt % dissolved asphaltenes was mixed with n-heptane, a known asphaltene precipitant, and flowed through a representative porous media microfluidic chip. Asphaltene deposition was recorded and analyzed as a function of solubility, which was directly correlated to particle size and Péclet number. In particular, pore-scale visualization and velocity profiles, as well as three stages of deposition, were identified and examined to determine the important convection-diffusion effects on deposition.

  13. Modeling microbial processes in porous media

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    Murphy, Ellyn M.; Ginn, Timothy R.

    The incorporation of microbial processes into reactive transport models has generally proceeded along two separate lines of investigation: (1) transport of bacteria as inert colloids in porous media, and (2) the biodegradation of dissolved contaminants by a stationary phase of bacteria. Research over the last decade has indicated that these processes are closely linked. This linkage may occur when a change in metabolic activity alters the attachment/detachment rates of bacteria to surfaces, either promoting or retarding bacterial transport in a groundwater-contaminant plume. Changes in metabolic activity, in turn, are controlled by the time of exposure of the microbes to electron acceptors/donor and other components affecting activity. Similarly, metabolic activity can affect the reversibility of attachment, depending on the residence time of active microbes. Thus, improvements in quantitative analysis of active subsurface biota necessitate direct linkages between substrate availability, metabolic activity, growth, and attachment/detachment rates. This linkage requires both a detailed understanding of the biological processes and robust quantitative representations of these processes that can be tested experimentally. This paper presents an overview of current approaches used to represent physicochemical and biological processes in porous media, along with new conceptual approaches that link metabolic activity with partitioning of the microorganism between the aqueous and solid phases. Résumé L'introduction des processus microbiologiques dans des modèles de transport réactif a généralement suivi deux voies différentes de recherches: (1) le transport de bactéries sous forme de colloïdes inertes en milieu poreux, et (2) la biodégradation de polluants dissous par une phase stationnaire de bactéries. Les recherches conduites au cours des dix dernières années indiquent que ces processus sont intimement liés. Cette liaison peut intervenir lorsqu

  14. Effects of heat sink compounds on contact resistance of porous media

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    High and low-conductivity heat sink compounds were applied in succession on a thermal probe, which was then used to determine the thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of some porous media at room temperature. The experiment was conducted separately under different packing densities and water...

  15. Biomass plug development and propagation in porous media.

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    Stewart, T L; Fogler, H S

    2001-02-05

    Exopolymer-producing bacteria can be used to modify soil profiles for enhanced oil recovery or bioremediation. Understanding the mechanisms associated with biomass plug development and propagation is needed for successful application of this technology. These mechanisms were determined from packed-bed and micromodel experiments that simulate plugging in porous media. Leuconostoc mesenteroides was used, because production of dextran, a water-insoluble exopolymer, can be controlled by using different carbon sources. As dextran was produced, the pressure drop across the porous media increased and began to oscillate. Three pressure phases were identified under exopolymer-producing conditions: the exopolymer-induction phase, the plugging phase, and the plug-propagation phase. The exopolymer-induction phase extended from the time that exopolymer-producing conditions were induced until there was a measurable increase in pressure drop across the porous media. The plugging phase extended from the first increase in pressure drop until a maximum pressure drop was reached. Changes in pressure drop in these two phases were directly related to biomass distribution. Specifically, flow channels within the porous media filled with biomass creating a plugged region where convective flow occurred only in water channels within the biofilm. These water channels were more restrictive to flow causing the pressure drop to increase. At a maximum pressure drop across the porous media, the biomass yielded much like a Bingham plastic, and a flow channel was formed. This behavior marked the onset of the plug-propagation phase which was characterized by sequential development and breakthrough of biomass plugs. This development and breakthrough propagated the biomass plug in the direction of nutrient flow. The dominant mechanism associated with all three phases of plugging in porous media was exopolymer production; yield stress is an additional mechanism in the plug-propagation phase.

  16. Linking Colloid Deposit Morphology and Clogging in Porous Media

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    Roth, E. J.; Mont-eton, M. E.; Mays, D. C.

    2012-12-01

    Innovations in the field of groundwater remediation have been hampered by delivery limitations in the porous media. For example, colloid deposits (comprising clays or silts) can cause a detrimental reduction in permeability, or clogging, which is problematic for groundwater remediation as well as granular media filtration and aquifer storage and recovery. During remediation, clogging creates preferential pathways in the media, leading to localized rather than spatially extensive contaminant treatment. Consequentially, remediation efforts become more expensive, less effective, and take a very long time. This presentation describes ongoing research investigating the link between colloid deposit morphology and clogging in porous media. As described by Darcy's Law, the velocity of fluid flow through porous media is proportional to permeability, which depends, in part, on porosity. However, changes in permeability are not in accord with changes in porosity as predicted by the Kozeny-Carman equation. It is hypothesized that unmeasured aspects of colloid deposit morphology could be the cause of this anomaly. Colloidal phenomena have important and dynamic effects on the permeability of natural porous media, and several lines of evidence suggest a correlation between clogging in porous media and the fractal dimension of colloid deposits. Here, a custom-built static light scattering apparatus is used to measure the fractal dimension of colloid deposits in refractive index matched porous media within a flow column. The media in our flow column is Nafion, which becomes essentially invisible when saturated by a solution of isopropanol and water. Polystyrene microspheres are then added to the influent through the column as a surrogate for natural colloids. Light from a laser is passed through the column, scattering from the deposited colloids, but not from the index matched Nafion. The resulting intensity of scattered light is measured as a function of scattering angle, and then

  17. Combustion and heat transfer in porous media

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    Sathe, S.B.; Peck, R.E.; Tong, T.W.

    1990-06-01

    The objective of the present study is to generate fundamental knowledge about heat transfer and combustion in porous radiant burners (PRBs) in order to improve their performance. A theoretical heat transfer and combustion model is developed to study the characteristics of PRBs. The model accounts for non-local thermal equilibrium between the solid and gas phases. The solid is assumed to absorb, emit and scatter radiant energy. Combustion is modeled as a one-step global reaction. It is revealed that the flame speed inside the porous medium is enhanced compared to the adiabatic flame speeds due to the higher conductivity of the solid compared to the gas as well as due to radiative preheating of the reactants. The effects of the properties of the porous material on the flame speeds, radiative outputs and efficiencies were investigated. To improve the radiative output from the burner, it is desirable that the porous layer has an optical thickness of about ten. The radiative output and the efficiency is higher for lower scattering albedo. The heat transfer coupling between the solid and gas phases should be high enough to ensure local thermal equilibrium, by choosing a fine porous matrix. Higher solid phase conduction enhances the flame speed and the radiative output. Experiments are performed on a ceramic foam to verify the theoretical findings. The existence of the two stability regions was verified experimentally.

  18. Multimodel framework for characterization of transport in porous media

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    Ciriello, Valentina; Edery, Yaniv; Guadagnini, Alberto; Berkowitz, Brian

    2015-05-01

    We consider modeling approaches to characterize solute transport in porous media, integrating them into a unique theoretical and experimental framework for model evaluation and data interpretation. To date, development of (conservative and reactive chemical) transport models and formulation of model calibration methods grounded on sensitivity-based collection of measurements have been pursued in parallel. Key questions that remain include: For a given set of measurements, which conceptual picture of the transport processes, as embodied in a mathematical model or models, is most appropriate? What are the most valuable space-time locations for solute concentration measurements, depending on the model selected? How is model parameter uncertainty propagated to model output, and how does this propagation affect model calibration? We address these questions by merging parallel streams of research—model formulation, reduction, calibration, sensitivity analysis, and discrimination—offering our view on an emerging framework that guides (i) selection of an appropriate number and location of time-dependent concentration measurements given a transport model and (ii) assessment (through discrimination criteria) of the relative benefit of applying any particular model from a set of several models. Our strategy is to employ metrics to quantify the relative contribution of each uncertain model parameter to the variability of the model output. We evaluate these metrics through construction of a surrogate (or "meta") transport model that has the additional benefit of enabling sensitivity analysis and model calibration at a highly reduced computational cost. We demonstrate the applicability of this framework, focusing on transport of reactive chemicals in laboratory-scale porous media.

  19. Freezing in porous media: Phase behavior, dynamics and transport phenomena

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    Wettlaufer, John S.

    2012-12-21

    This research was focused on developing the underlying framework for the mechanisms that control the nature of the solidification of a broad range of porous media. To encompass the scope of porous media under consideration we considered material ranging from a dilute colloidal suspension to a highly packed saturated host matrix with a known geometry. The basic physical processes that occur when the interstitial liquid phase solidifies revealed a host of surprises with a broad range of implications from geophysics to materials science and engineering. We now understand that ostensibly microscopic films of unfrozen liquid control both the equilibrium and transport properties of a highly packed saturated host matrix as well as a rather dilute colloidal suspension. However, our description of the effective medium behavior in these settings is rather different and this sets the stage for the future research based on our past results. Once the liquid phase of a saturated relatively densely packed material is frozen, there is a rich dynamical behavior of particles for example due to the directed motion driven by thermomolecular pressure gradients or the confined Brownian motion of the particles. In quite striking contrast, when one freezes a dilute suspension the behavior can be rather more like that of a binary alloy with the particles playing the role of a ``solute''. We probed such systems quantitatively by (i) using X ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne (ii) studying the Argonne cell in the laboratory using optical microscopy and imagery (because it is not directly visible while in the vacuum can). (3) analyzed the general transport phenomena within the framework of both irreversible thermodynamics and alloy solidification and (4) applied the results to the study of the redistribution of solid particles in a frozen interstitial material. This research has gone a long way towards

  20. Evaluation of bacterial detachment rates in porous media

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    Peyton, B.M.; Hooker, B.S.; Skeen, R.S.; Cunningham, A.B.; Lundman, R.W.

    1994-05-01

    The ability of published biomass detachment rate expressions to describe experimental data obtained from porous media reactors using Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown aerobically on glucose was evaluated. A first-order rate expression on attached biomass concentration best reflected effluent substrate concentration for combined data sets. Detachment rate coefficient k{sub d1} was dependent on initial substrate concentration. Simulation of porous media reactor experiments indicated that responses using higher influent substrate concentrations possessed greater sensitivity to variations in k{sub d1}. Simulations of field bioremediation systems suggest the use of accurate biofilm development kinetics is important in the prediction of well bore biofouling.

  1. Evaluation of bacterial detachment rates in porous media

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    Peyton, B.M.; Skeen, R.S.; Hooker, B.S.

    1995-12-31

    The ability of published biomass detachment rate expressions to describe experimental data obtained from porous media reactors using Pseudomonas Mesa grown aerobically on glucose was evaluated. A first-order rate expression on attached biomass concentration best reflected effluent substrate concentration for combined data sets. Detachment rate coefficient k{sub d1} was dependent on initial substrate concentration. Simulation of porous media reactor experiments indicated that responses using higher influent substrate concentrations possessed greater sensitivity to variations in k{sub d1}. Simulations of field bioremediation systems suggest the use of accurate biofilm development kinetics is important in the prediction of well bore biofouling.

  2. Bayesian process-identification in bacteria transport in porous media

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    Massoudieh, Arash; Lu, Nanxi; Liang, Xiaomeng; Nguyen, Thanh H.; Ginn, Timothy R.

    2013-10-01

    A Bayesian parameter estimation approach is developed for the estimation of joint probability distribution functions for colloid and bacterial fate and transport model parameters describing breakthrough curves (BTCs) obtained through porous media column studies, and is applied to data involving different ionic strength solutions to fit models of differing complexity. Our approach focuses on the simultaneous fitting of a number of BTCs representing different conditions, and it provides a measure of the goodness of model structure, namely Deviance Information Criteria (DIC). Comparison of DIC per model fit enables the evaluation of the significance of various processes through step-wise increases in complexity due to the addition of process model components. We use the method to investigate the transport of both flagellated and non-flagellated strains of Azotobacter vinelandii in a simulated porous media under three ionic strengths. Three different model structures are considered: one without a detachment process and with Langmuirian blocking function, one with detachment, and one with detachment and a second-order blocking function based on random sequential adsorption. First, the model was applied separately to each single BTC. Next, the model was applied comprehensively to the experiments under various ionic strengths, whereas some transport parameters including dispersivity, detachment coefficient, the fraction of cells undergoing irreversible attachment, and the coefficient of the second-order blocking term were assumed to be the same under different ionic strengths. In most cases, including detachment substantially improved the DIC as expected, whereas using the second-order blocking improved DIC for most of the cases when the method was applied to separate BTCs but not when the method was applied collectively to the three BTCs obtained under various ionic strengths. Also, comparing the outcomes of the separate applications of the parameter estimation algorithm

  3. Predicting heat and mass transfer in fractured porous media (Invited)

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    Geiger, S.; Cortis, A.; Emmanuel, S.

    2010-12-01

    Fractures are abundant in the subsurface and affect many relevant single- and multi-phase transport processes such as gas and oil extraction, contaminant transport, or geothermal reservoir engineering. However, making reliable predictions of heat and mass transfer in fractured porous media is an outstanding challenge due to its multi-scale nature and the orders-of-magnitude varations in transport rates. Direct high-resolution simulations provide fundamental insights into the local advective and diffusive transport processes in fractured porous media. However, this approach is intractable for inverse simulations because of its high computational requirements. Continuous Time Random Walks on the other hand are a viable alternative and general way to model heat and mass transfer in structurally complex and multi-scale geological media, particularly for inverse problems. But they do not offer the same insights into local transport processes as direct numerical simulations. Here we combine both approaches to simulate the detailed transport processes occurring during heat and mass transfer in fractured porous media and analyse how these affect the breakthrough curves used to calibrate the Continuous Time Random Walks. We show that heat transport in fractured porous media can be anomalous, i.e. characterised by early breakthrough and long tailing, like it is well known for solute transport. We also demonstrate that a careful analysis of the solute breakthrough curves can yield insights into the heterogeneity of the fracture pattern and the transport occurring between fracture and matrix as well as within the matrix and fractures.

  4. Experimental study on heat transfer enhancement of laminar ferrofluid flow in horizontal tube partially filled porous media under fixed parallel magnet bars

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    Sheikhnejad, Yahya; Hosseini, Reza; Saffar Avval, Majid

    2017-02-01

    In this study, steady state laminar ferroconvection through circular horizontal tube partially filled with porous media under constant heat flux is experimentally investigated. Transverse magnetic fields were applied on ferrofluid flow by two fixed parallel magnet bar positioned on a certain distance from beginning of the test section. The results show promising notable enhancement in heat transfer as a consequence of partially filled porous media and magnetic field, up to 2.2 and 1.4 fold enhancement were observed in heat transfer coefficient respectively. It was found that presence of both porous media and magnetic field simultaneously can highly improve heat transfer up to 2.4 fold. Porous media of course plays a major role in this configuration. Virtually, application of Magnetic field and porous media also insert higher pressure loss along the pipe which again porous media contribution is higher that magnetic field.

  5. On the Study of Lifting Mechanism of a Soft Porous Media under Fast Compression

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    Wu, Qianhong; Santhanam, S.; Nathan, R.; Vucbmss Team

    2015-11-01

    Fluid flow in a soft porous media under fast compressions is widely observed in biological systems and industrial applications. Despite of much progress, it remains unclear for the lifting mechanisms of the porous media due to the lack of complete experimental verifications of theoretical models. We report herein a unique approach to treat the limitation. The permeability of a synthetic fibrous porous media as a function of its compression was first measured. The material was then employed in a dynamic compression experiment using a porous-walled cylinder piston apparatus. The obtained transient compression of the porous media and the aforementioned permeability data were applied in different theoretical models for the pore pressure generation, which conclusively proved the validity of the consolidation theory developed by Wu et al. (JFM, 542, 281, 2005). Furthermore, the solid phase lifting force was separated from the total reaction force and was characterized by a new viscoelastic model, containing a nonlinear spring in conjunction with a linear viscoelastic Generalized Maxwell mechanical module. Excellent agreement was obtained between the experiment and the theory. Thus, the lifting forces from both the fluid and the solid were determined. This project is supported by NSF Grant 1511096.

  6. Effects of texture on salt precipitation dynamics and deposition patterns in drying porous media

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    Norouzi Rad, Mansoureh; Shokri, Nima

    2015-04-01

    Understanding the physics of water evaporation from saline porous media is important in many natural and engineering applications such as durability of building materials and preservation of monuments, CO2 sequestration and water quality. Also excess of salt accumulation in soil may result in soil salinization which is a global problem adversely affecting vegetation, plant growth and crop production. Thus it is important to understand the parameters affecting salt transport and precipitation in porous media. We applied X-ray micro-tomography to investigate the dynamics of salt precipitation during evaporation from porous media as influenced by the particle and pore sizes. The packed beds were saturated with NaCl solution of 3 Molal and the time-lapse X-ray imaging was continued for one day. The results show that the presence of preferential evaporation sites (associated with fine pores) on the surface of the sand columns influences significantly the patterns and dynamics of NaCl precipitation (Norouzi Rad et al., 2013; Norouzi Rad and Shokri, 2014). They confirm the formation of an increasingly thick and discrete salt crust with increasing grain size in the sand column due to the presence of fewer fine pores (preferential precipitation sites) at the surface compared to the sand packs with finer grains. Fewer fine pores on the surface also results in shorter stage-1 precipitation for the columns with larger grain sizes. A simple model for the evolution of salt crust thickness based on this principle shows a good agreement with our experiments. Our results provide new insights regarding the physics of salt precipitation and its complex dynamics in porous media during evaporation. References Norouzi Rad, M., Shokri, N., Sahimi, M. (2013), Pore-Scale Dynamics of Salt Precipitation in Drying Porous Media, Phys. Rev. E, 88, 032404. Norouzi Rad, M., Shokri, N. (2014), Effects of grain angularity on NaCl precipitation in porous media during evaporation, Water Resour. Res

  7. Towards aeroacoustic sound generation by flow through porous media.

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    Hasert, Manuel; Bernsdorf, Joerg; Roller, Sabine

    2011-06-28

    In this work, we present single-step aeroacoustic calculations using the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). Our application case consists of the prediction of an acoustic field radiating from the outlet of a porous media silencer. It has been proved that the LBM is able to simulate acoustic wave generation and propagation. Our particular aim is to validate the LBM for aeroacoustics in porous media. As a validation case, we consider a spinning vortex pair emitting sound waves as the vortices rotate around a common centre. Non-reflective boundary conditions based on characteristics have been adopted from Navier-Stokes methods and are validated using the time evolution of a Gaussian pulse. We show preliminary results of the flow through the porous medium.

  8. Three-dimensional convection of binary mixtures in porous media.

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    Umla, R; Augustin, M; Huke, B; Lücke, M

    2011-11-01

    We investigate convection patterns of binary mixtures with a positive separation ratio in porous media. As setup, we choose the Rayleigh-Bénard system of a fluid layer heated from below. Results are obtained by a multimode Galerkin method. Using this method, we compute square and crossroll patterns, and we analyze their structural, bifurcation, and stability properties. Evidence is provided that, for a strong enough Soret effect, both structures exist as stable forms of convection. Some of their properties are found to be similar to square and crossroll convection in the system without porous medium. However, there are also qualitative differences. For example, squares can be destabilized by oscillatory perturbations with square symmetry in porous media, and their velocity isolines are deformed in the so-called Soret regime.

  9. LB simulation on soot combustion in porous media

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    Yamamoto, Kazuhiro; Takada, Naoki

    2006-03-01

    Although diesel engines have an advantage of low fuel consumption in comparison with gasoline engines, several problems must be solved. One of the major concerns is that diesel exhaust gas has more particle matters (PM) including soot, which are suspected to be linked to human carcinogen. As one of the key technologies, a diesel particulate filter (DPF) has been developed to reduce PM in the after-treatment of exhaust gas. In this study, we conduct lattice Boltzmann (LB) simulation on combustion in porous media. Results show that the combustion reaction is well simulated to observe the decrease of soot attached to the porous wall. This information is indispensable for the better design of DPF, and LB method can be a good tool for combustion simulation in porous media.

  10. Acoustic Wave Monitoring of Biofilm Development in Porous Media

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    Biofilm development in porous media can result in significant changes to the hydrogeological properties of subsurface systems with implications for fluid flow and contaminant transport. As such, a number of numerical models and simulations have been developed in an attempt to qua...

  11. Colloid adhesive parameters for chemical heterogeneous porous media

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    A simple modeling approach was developed to calculate colloid adhesive parameters for chemically heterogeneous porous media. The area of the zone of electrostatic influence between a colloid and solid-water interface (Az) was discretized into a number of equally sized grid cells to capture chemical...

  12. Acoustic Wave Monitoring of Biofilm Development in Porous Media

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    Biofilm development in porous media can result in significant changes to the hydrogeological properties of subsurface systems with implications for fluid flow and contaminant transport. As such, a number of numerical models and simulations have been developed in an attempt to qua...

  13. Moisture Content and Migration Dynamics in Unsaturated Porous Media

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    Homsy, G. M.

    1993-01-01

    Fundamental studies of fluid mechanics and transport in partially saturated soils are presented. Solution of transient diffusion problems in support of the development of probes for the in-situ measurement of moisture content is given. Numerical and analytical methods are used to study the fundamental problem of meniscus and saturation front propagation in geometric models of porous media.

  14. Modeling of coupled hydro-mechanical problem for porous media

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    Koudelka, T.; Krejci, T.; Broucek, M.

    2013-10-01

    The paper deals with numerical modelling of coupled hydro-mechanical problem for porous media. It is focused on coupled hydro-mechanical models for saturated - partially saturated soils. These models were implemented to the SIFEL software package and they were used for numerical simulation of a plate settlement experiment.

  15. Diesel oil volatilization processes affected by selected porous media.

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    Ma, Yanfei; Zheng, Xilai; Anderson, S H; Lu, Jie; Feng, Xuedong

    2014-03-01

    Volatilization plays an important role in attenuating petroleum products in contaminated soils. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of wind speed, vessel diameter and mean grain size of porous media on diesel oil volatilization. Experiments were conducted to investigate the volatilization behavior of diesel oil from porous media by weighing contaminated samples pre- and post-volatilization. Three selected field porous media materials were evaluated: Silty Clay Loam, Fine Sand, and Coarse Sand along with six individual sand fractions of the Coarse Sand. Results indicate that increasing wind speed accelerates the diesel oil volatilization process, especially for wind speeds below 2.10ms(-1). The low-carbon components of diesel oil volatilize more rapidly, with the effects of wind speed more pronounced on C10 to C15 volatilization than on C16 and higher. The volatilization rate coefficient of diesel oil increases with decreasing mean grain size of porous media, and with increasing vessel diameter. A power function expressed the relationship with mean grain size. All processes (wind speed, vessel diameter, and mean grain size) were included in an equation which explained over 92% of the measured diesel oil volatilization rate coefficient variations for the experiments. Diesel oil volatilization appears to be boundary-layer regulated to some extent. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Eigenvector centrality for geometric and topological characterization of porous media

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    Jimenez-Martinez, Joaquin; Negre, Christian F. A.

    2017-07-01

    Solving flow and transport through complex geometries such as porous media is computationally difficult. Such calculations usually involve the solution of a system of discretized differential equations, which could lead to extreme computational cost depending on the size of the domain and the accuracy of the model. Geometric simplifications like pore networks, where the pores are represented by nodes and the pore throats by edges connecting pores, have been proposed. These models, despite their ability to preserve the connectivity of the medium, have difficulties capturing preferential paths (high velocity) and stagnation zones (low velocity), as they do not consider the specific relations between nodes. Nonetheless, network theory approaches, where a complex network is a graph, can help to simplify and better understand fluid dynamics and transport in porous media. Here we present an alternative method to address these issues based on eigenvector centrality, which has been corrected to overcome the centralization problem and modified to introduce a bias in the centrality distribution along a particular direction to address the flow and transport anisotropy in porous media. We compare the model predictions with millifluidic transport experiments, which shows that, albeit simple, this technique is computationally efficient and has potential for predicting preferential paths and stagnation zones for flow and transport in porous media. We propose to use the eigenvector centrality probability distribution to compute the entropy as an indicator of the "mixing capacity" of the system.

  17. Inertial capture in flow through porous media

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    Andrade, J. S., Jr.; Araújo, A. D.; Vasconcelos, T. F.; Herrmann, H. J.

    2008-08-01

    We investigate through numerical calculation of non-Brownian particles transported by a fluid in a porous medium, the influence of geometry and inertial effects on the capture efficiency of the solid matrix. In the case of a periodic array of cylinders and under the action of gravity, our results reveal that δ ˜ St, where δ is the particle capture efficiency, and St is the Stokes number. In the absence of gravity, we observe a typical second order transition between non-trapping and trapping of particles that can be expressed as δ ˜ ( St - St c ) α , with an exponent α ≈ 0.5, where St c is the critical Stokes number. We also perform simulations for flow through a random porous structure and confirm that its capture behavior is consistent with the simple periodic model.

  18. Assessment of porous media burner for surface/submerged flame during porous media combustion

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    Janvekar, Ayub Ahmed; Abdullah, M. Z.; Ahmad, Z. A.; Abas, Aizat; Hussien, Ahmed A.; Bashir, Musavir; Azam, Qummare

    2017-03-01

    The applications of porous media burners are of often keen interest to researchers because of many modern advantages, such as high thermal efficiency, stable flame and low emission rate. In this current experimental work, a microburner was made built to achieve both surface and submerged flame for three different thicknesses of reaction layers. A reaction layer of discrete alumina with a predefined thickness of preheat layer was used for combustion. Reaction layer was accordingly replaced with different thicknesses of 10mm, 20mm and 30mm. This work mainly aimed to show burner behavior with increase in thickness of reaction layer thus suggesting the optimum equivalence ratio from best burner performance. Interesting and unique behavior of the burner was encountered for each thickness of the reaction layer. Highest surface temperature was found out with 10mm of reaction layer, while highest wall temperature was incorporated with 20mm of reaction layer. Equivalence ratio of 0.3 is best suitable for optimum performance of the burner. Finally, thermal efficiencies were calculated for surface and submerged modes at optimum equivalence ratio. Emission parameters, such as NOx and CO were also taken into consideration.

  19. Macroscopic momentum and mechanical energy equations for incompressible single-phase flow in porous media

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    Paéz-García, Catherine Teresa; Valdés-Parada, Francisco J.; Lasseux, Didier

    2017-02-01

    Modeling flow in porous media is usually focused on the governing equations for mass and momentum transport, which yield the velocity and pressure at the pore or Darcy scales. However, in many applications, it is important to determine the work (or power) needed to induce flow in porous media, and this can be achieved when the mechanical energy equation is taken into account. At the macroscopic scale, this equation may be postulated to be the result of the inner product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. However, near the porous medium boundaries, this postulate seems questionable due to the spatial variations of the effective properties (velocity, permeability, porosity, etc.). In this work we derive the macroscopic mechanical energy equation using the method of volume averaging for the simple case of incompressible single-phase flow in porous media. Our analysis shows that the result of averaging the pore-scale version of the mechanical energy equation at the Darcy scale is not, in general, the expected product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. As a matter of fact, this result is only applicable in the bulk region of the porous medium and, in the derivation of this result, the properties of the permeability tensor are determinant. Furthermore, near the porous medium boundaries, a more novel version of the mechanical energy equation is obtained, which incorporates additional terms that take into account the rapid variations of structural properties taking place in this particular portion of the system. This analysis can be applied to multiphase and compressible flows in porous media and in many other multiscale systems.

  20. Macroscopic momentum and mechanical energy equations for incompressible single-phase flow in porous media.

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    Paéz-García, Catherine Teresa; Valdés-Parada, Francisco J; Lasseux, Didier

    2017-02-01

    Modeling flow in porous media is usually focused on the governing equations for mass and momentum transport, which yield the velocity and pressure at the pore or Darcy scales. However, in many applications, it is important to determine the work (or power) needed to induce flow in porous media, and this can be achieved when the mechanical energy equation is taken into account. At the macroscopic scale, this equation may be postulated to be the result of the inner product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. However, near the porous medium boundaries, this postulate seems questionable due to the spatial variations of the effective properties (velocity, permeability, porosity, etc.). In this work we derive the macroscopic mechanical energy equation using the method of volume averaging for the simple case of incompressible single-phase flow in porous media. Our analysis shows that the result of averaging the pore-scale version of the mechanical energy equation at the Darcy scale is not, in general, the expected product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. As a matter of fact, this result is only applicable in the bulk region of the porous medium and, in the derivation of this result, the properties of the permeability tensor are determinant. Furthermore, near the porous medium boundaries, a more novel version of the mechanical energy equation is obtained, which incorporates additional terms that take into account the rapid variations of structural properties taking place in this particular portion of the system. This analysis can be applied to multiphase and compressible flows in porous media and in many other multiscale systems.

  1. Diffusion of Bacterial Cells in Porous Media

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    Licata, Nicholas A.; Mohari, Bitan; Fuqua, Clay; Setayeshgar, Sima

    2016-01-01

    The chemotaxis signal transduction network regulates the biased random walk of many bacteria in favorable directions and away from harmful ones through modulating the frequency of directional reorientations. In mutants of diverse bacteria lacking the chemotaxis response, migration in classic motility agar, which constitutes a fluid-filled porous medium, is compromised; straight-swimming cells unable to tumble become trapped within the agar matrix. Spontaneous mutations that restore spreading have been previously observed in the enteric bacterium Escherichia coli, and recent work in other bacterial species has isolated and quantified different classes of nonchemotacting mutants exhibiting the same spreading phenotype. We present a theoretical description of bacterial diffusion in a porous medium—the natural habitat for many cell types—which elucidates how diverse modifications of the motility apparatus resulting in a nonzero tumbling frequency allows for unjamming of otherwise straight-swimming cells at internal boundaries and leads to net migration. A unique result of our analysis is increasing diffusive spread with increasing tumbling frequency in the small pore limit, consistent with earlier experimental observations but not captured by previous models. Our theoretical results, combined with a simple model of bacterial diffusion and growth in agar, are compared with our experimental measurements of swim ring expansion as a function of time, demonstrating good quantitative agreement. Our results suggest that the details of the cellular tumbling process may be adapted to enable bacteria to propagate efficiently through complex environments. For engineered, self-propelled microswimmers that navigate via alternating straight runs and changes in direction, these results suggest an optimal reorientation strategy for efficient migration in a porous environment with a given microarchitecture. PMID:26745427

  2. Porous media for catalytic renewable energy conversion

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    Hotz, Nico

    2012-05-01

    A novel flow-based method is presented to place catalytic nanoparticles into a reactor by sol-gelation of a porous ceramic consisting of copper-based nanoparticles, silica sand, ceramic binder, and a gelation agent. This method allows for the placement of a liquid precursor containing the catalyst into the final reactor geometry without the need of impregnating or coating of a substrate with the catalytic material. The so generated foam-like porous ceramic shows properties highly appropriate for use as catalytic reactor material, e.g., reasonable pressure drop due to its porosity, high thermal and catalytic stability, and excellent catalytic behavior. The catalytic activity of micro-reactors containing this foam-like ceramic is tested in terms of their ability to convert alcoholic biofuel (e.g. methanol) to a hydrogen-rich gas mixture with low concentrations of carbon monoxide (up to 75% hydrogen content and less than 0.2% CO, for the case of methanol). This gas mixture is subsequently used in a low-temperature fuel cell, converting the hydrogen directly to electricity. A low concentration of CO is crucial to avoid poisoning of the fuel cell catalyst. Since conventional Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells require CO concentrations far below 100 ppm and since most methods to reduce the mole fraction of CO (such as Preferential Oxidation or PROX) have CO conversions of up to 99%, the alcohol fuel reformer has to achieve initial CO mole fractions significantly below 1%. The catalyst and the porous ceramic reactor of the present study can successfully fulfill this requirement.

  3. Imaging spectral electrical properties of variably saturated porous media

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    Kelter, Matthias; Huisman, Johann A.; Kemna, Andreas; Zimmermann, Egon; Vereecken, Harry

    2013-04-01

    The spatial distribution of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity in the subsurface is of importance for hydrological modeling. Conventional methods to determine unsaturated hydraulic properties in the field are invasive and typically have a poor spatial resolution. In order to overcome these drawbacks, geophysical methods have received much attention in the last decades. Recent results of electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) on a range of saturated and unsaturated porous media revealed promising relationships between spectral electrical and hydraulic properties. Therefore, spectral electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a promising method to image hydraulic properties in the subsurface. While this approach is emerging for aquifer characterization, unsaturated hydraulic properties have not yet been determined by EIT. In order to do so, a laboratory setup has been developed to perform controlled infiltration, drainage and stationary flow experiments on soil columns. A lysimeter with a height of 50 cm and a diameter of 22 cm is equipped with 40 electrodes and 4 tensiometers. An irrigation device at the top controlled by a peristaltic pump is used for a constant and homogeneous infiltration. Outflow is controlled by a suction plate at the bottom where an adjustable vacuum of up to 500 hPa can be applied. In a first measurement series, spectral EIT measurements were performed on a homogeneous sand column during stepwise drainage of the saturated porous medium using predefined pressure at the bottom. First results show that with decreasing water content the low frequency phase shift of complex electrical conductivity increases. This is consistent with previously reported EIS results. Calibrated relationships between electrical and hydraulic properties were used to convert the resulting electrical into hydraulic conductivity images.

  4. Measurement of flow through porous media by magnetic resonance imaging

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    Oezdemirel, B.

    1992-01-01

    Quantitative imaging of flow through porous media is possible utilizing pulsed gradient phase encoding techniques in MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). The random directional motion of the fluid in a porous medium causes signal attenuation due to the dispersion of the phase information when velocity phase encoding gradient pulses are applied. Isolation of the effect of molecular diffusion process which is random not only in space but also in time in achieved by acquiring images with velocity compensated gradient pulses for measurement of the diffusion constant. PFOB (perfluorooctyl bromide) was used as an intravascular contrast agent in the experiments on the rabbit kidney models for extraction of all available information about the parameters governing the microvascular flow process in one MRI setup. A pulse sequence program was developed on a 1.5 T whole body MRI system to incorporate the multislice data collection, chemical-shift artifact correction, and cardiac gating algorithms. The complete imaging setup also included several radio frequency coils for F-19 imaging and an image reconstruction program with a motion artifact suppression algorithm required for collection of flow sensitive images in in-vivo studies. The results obtained from the experiments on the rabbit kidneys verified the proposed formulation for the quantitative analysis of microvascular flow. These studies on the animal models indicated that the measurement of microvascular flow on an absolute scale can be realized using the phase sensitive pulsed gradient velocity encoding methods. Utilization of the measurement and analysis techniques can be possible in the controlled experiments such as monitoring tumor responses to a certain kind of therapy through the evaluation of the microvascular flow.

  5. Diffusion Driven Combustion Waves in Porous Media

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    Aldushin, A. P.; Matkowsky, B. J.

    2000-01-01

    Filtration of gas containing oxidizer, to the reaction zone in a porous medium, due, e.g., to a buoyancy force or to an external pressure gradient, leads to the propagation of Filtration combustion (FC) waves. The exothermic reaction occurs between the fuel component of the solid matrix and the oxidizer. In this paper, we analyze the ability of a reaction wave to propagate in a porous medium without the aid of filtration. We find that one possible mechanism of propagation is that the wave is driven by diffusion of oxidizer from the environment. The solution of the combustion problem describing diffusion driven waves is similar to the solution of the Stefan problem describing the propagation of phase transition waves, in that the temperature on the interface between the burned and unburned regions is constant, the combustion wave is described by a similarity solution which is a function of the similarity variable x/square root of(t) and the wave velocity decays as 1/square root of(t). The difference between the two problems is that in the combustion problem the temperature is not prescribed, but rather, is determined as part of the solution. We will show that the length of samples in which such self-sustained combustion waves can occur, must exceed a critical value which strongly depends on the combustion temperature T(sub b). Smaller values of T(sub b) require longer sample lengths for diffusion driven combustion waves to exist. Because of their relatively small velocity, diffusion driven waves are considered to be relevant for the case of low heat losses, which occur for large diameter samples or in microgravity conditions, Another possible mechanism of porous medium combustion describes waves which propagate by consuming the oxidizer initially stored in the pores of the sample. This occurs for abnormally high pressure and gas density. In this case, uniformly propagating planar waves, which are kinetically controlled, can propagate, Diffusion of oxidizer decreases

  6. Heat and mass transfer in unsaturated porous media. Final report

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    Childs, S.W.; Malstaff, G.

    1982-02-01

    A preliminary study of heat and water transport in unsaturated porous media is reported. The project provides background information regarding the feasibility of seasonal thermal energy storage in unconfined aquifers. A parametric analysis of the factors of importance, and an annotated bibliography of research findings pertinent to unconfined aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) are presented. This analysis shows that heat and mass transfer of water vapor assume dominant importance in unsaturated porous media at elevated temperature. Although water vapor fluxes are seldom as large as saturated medium liquid water fluxes, they are important under unsaturated conditions. The major heat transport mechanism for unsaturated porous media at temperatures from 50 to 90/sup 0/C is latent heat flux. The mechanism is nonexistent under saturated conditions but may well control design of unconfined aquifer storage systems. The parametric analysis treats detailed physical phenomena which occur in the flow systems study and demonstrates the temperature and moisture dependence of the transport coefficients of importance. The question of design of an unconfined ATES site is also addressed by considering the effects of aquifer temperature, depth to water table, porous medium flow properties, and surface boundary conditions. Recommendations are made for continuation of this project in its second phase. Both scientific and engineering goals are considered and alternatives are presented.

  7. Particle dispersion and deposition in porous media: a computational perspective

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    Boccardo, Gianluca; Crevacore, Eleonora; Sethi, Rajandrea; Marchisio, Daniele

    2015-11-01

    This work investigates particle dispersion in porous media, which is of central relevance in a number of applications ranging from groundwater remediation tochemical engineering. The challenge lies in studying the complex fluid dynamics behavior arising at the microscale (very difficult to observe experimentally) and obtaining transport models to be employed at the macroscopic scale of interest. While a wealth of studies have approached this problem, the case of particle transport with a concurrent heterogeneous chemical reaction (e.g.: particle deposition) still lacks a satisfactory description, especially when considering a polydisperse population of solid particles. Moreover, the oft-used simplified descriptions of the porous medium (via array of spheres or similar strategies) fail to fully take into account the effect of the packing structure. Our novel approach relies on an ``in-silico'' procedure where many 3-D realistic porous media models are constructed via rigid-body simulations and fluid flowand particle transport are then investigated through computational fluid dynamics. The results evidence the need for a deeper look, afforded by these methodology, into the influence of the features of realistic porous media on particle transport and deposition.

  8. On oscillating flows in randomly heterogeneous porous media.

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    Trefry, M G; McLaughlin, D; Metcalfe, G; Lester, D; Ord, A; Regenauer-Lieb, K; Hobbs, B E

    2010-01-13

    The emergence of structure in reactive geofluid systems is of current interest. In geofluid systems, the fluids are supported by a porous medium whose physical and chemical properties may vary in space and time, sometimes sharply, and which may also evolve in reaction with the local fluids. Geofluids may also experience pressure and temperature conditions within the porous medium that drive their momentum relations beyond the normal Darcy regime. Furthermore, natural geofluid systems may experience forcings that are periodic in nature, or at least episodic. The combination of transient forcing, near-critical fluid dynamics and heterogeneous porous media yields a rich array of emergent geofluid phenomena that are only now beginning to be understood. One of the barriers to forward analysis in these geofluid systems is the problem of data scarcity. It is most often the case that fluid properties are reasonably well known, but that data on porous medium properties are measured with much less precision and spatial density. It is common to seek to perform an estimation of the porous medium properties by an inverse approach, that is, by expressing porous medium properties in terms of observed fluid characteristics. In this paper, we move toward such an inversion for the case of a generalized geofluid momentum equation in the context of time-periodic boundary conditions. We show that the generalized momentum equation results in frequency-domain responses that are governed by a second-order equation which is amenable to numerical solution. A stochastic perturbation approach demonstrates that frequency-domain responses of the fluids migrating in heterogeneous domains have spatial spectral densities that can be expressed in terms of the spectral densities of porous media properties. This journal is © 2010 The Royal Society

  9. Seismic wave propagation in cracked porous media

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    Pointer, Tim; Liu, Enru; Hudson, John A.

    2000-07-01

    The movement of interstitial fluids within a cracked solid can have a significant effect on the properties of seismic waves of long wavelength propagating through the solid. We consider three distinct mechanisms of wave-induced fluid flow: flow through connections between cracks in an otherwise non-porous material, fluid movement within partially saturated cracks, and diffusion from the cracks into a porous matrix material. In each case the cracks may be aligned or randomly oriented, leading, respectively, to anisotropic or isotropic wave speeds and attenuation factors. In general, seismic velocities exhibit behaviour that is intermediate between that of empty cracks and that of isolated liquid-filled cracks if fluid flow is significant. In the range of frequencies for which considerable fluid flow occurs there is high attenuation and dispersion of seismic waves. Fluid flow may be on either a wavelength scale or a local scale depending on the model and whether the cracks are aligned or randomly oriented, resulting in completely different effects on seismic wave propagation. A numerical analysis shows that all models can have an effect over the exploration seismic frequency range.

  10. Modeling transport phenomena in porous media

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    Bear, J.

    1996-12-31

    The paper reviews the continuum approach to modelling the transport of mass, momentum and energy, of phases and of their components in a porous medium domain. The review begins with the definition of a porous medium, making use of the concept of a Representative Elementary Volume (REV) as a tool for overcoming the effect of the microscopic heterogeneity resulting from the presence of a solid matrix and a void space. The microscopic and macroscopic levels of description are defined. By averaging the description of a transport phenomenon at the microscopic level over an REV, using certain {open_quote}averaging rules{close_quote}, the macroscopic or continuum description of the same phenomenon is obtained. This methodology is first introduced in general terms for any extensive quantity, and then demonstrated for the transport of mass, momentum and energy. In the process of deriving the macroscopic models, expressions are presented also for the advective, dispersive and diffusive fluxes of extensive quantities that appear in them, in terms of averaged, measurable values of state variables.

  11. Viscoelastic flow simulations in model porous media

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    De, S.; Kuipers, J. A. M.; Peters, E. A. J. F.; Padding, J. T.

    2017-05-01

    We investigate the flow of unsteadfy three-dimensional viscoelastic fluid through an array of symmetric and asymmetric sets of cylinders constituting a model porous medium. The simulations are performed using a finite-volume methodology with a staggered grid. The solid-fluid interfaces of the porous structure are modeled using a second-order immersed boundary method [S. De et al., J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech. 232, 67 (2016), 10.1016/j.jnnfm.2016.04.002]. A finitely extensible nonlinear elastic constitutive model with Peterlin closure is used to model the viscoelastic part. By means of periodic boundary conditions, we model the flow behavior for a Newtonian as well as a viscoelastic fluid through successive contractions and expansions. We observe the presence of counterrotating vortices in the dead ends of our geometry. The simulations provide detailed insight into how flow structure, viscoelastic stresses, and viscoelastic work change with increasing Deborah number De. We observe completely different flow structures and different distributions of the viscoelastic work at high De in the symmetric and asymmetric configurations, even though they have the exact same porosity. Moreover, we find that even for the symmetric contraction-expansion flow, most energy dissipation is occurring in shear-dominated regions of the flow domain, not in extensional-flow-dominated regions.

  12. Slip effects associated with Knudsen transport phenomena in porous media

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    Frederking, T. H. K.; Hepler, W. A.; Khandhar, P. K.

    1988-01-01

    Porous media used in phase separators and thermomechanical pumps have been the subject of characterization efforts based on the Darcy permeability of laminar continuum flow. The latter is not always observed at low speed, in particular at permeabilities below 10 to the -9th/squared cm. The present experimental and theoretical studies address questions of slip effects associated with long mean free paths of gas flow at room temperature. Data obtained are in good agreement, within data uncertainty, with a simplified asymptotic Knudsen equation proposed for porous plugs on the basis of Knudsen's classical flow equation for long mean free paths.

  13. Curating Media Learning: Towards a Porous Expertise

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    McDougall, Julian; Potter, John

    2015-01-01

    This article combines research results from a range of projects with two consistent themes. Firstly, we explore the potential for curation to offer a productive metaphor for the convergence of digital media learning across and between home/lifeworld and formal educational/system-world spaces--or between the public and private spheres. Secondly, we…

  14. Curating Media Learning: Towards a Porous Expertise

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    McDougall, Julian; Potter, John

    2015-01-01

    This article combines research results from a range of projects with two consistent themes. Firstly, we explore the potential for curation to offer a productive metaphor for the convergence of digital media learning across and between home/lifeworld and formal educational/system-world spaces--or between the public and private spheres. Secondly, we…

  15. Limit state for gas pressurized homogenous and inhomogenous media and rock. [Mechanical effects of high gas pressure applied to a porous, but only slightly permeable surface of a rock

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    Protosenya, A.G.; Chernikov, A.K.; Shirkes, O.A.; Stavrogin, A.N.

    1982-11-01

    The limiting strength state of gas-pressurized rock is examined in this paper. In experiments, pores of rock specimens were filled with gas. Tests of the influence of pore pressure on the magitude of the limiting strength of coal were made. The structure of a gas-pressurized porous medium is defined. The strain process is seen to exert influence on the magnitude of the porosity of the limiting state of the rock. The limiting state for plastic fracture is derived. The system of equations for the theory of the limiting strength state under plastic deformation follows. The Coulomb plasticity condition is introduced. The system of equations in inhomogenous media is also studied. Finally, a few simple solutions--stress distribution around circular holes, the elastic plastic problem--are given, to be used as component parts of more complex solutions.

  16. Chaotic Advection, Transport and Mixing in Homogeneous Porous Media (Invited)

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    Lester, D.; Trefry, M.; Metcalfe, G.

    2013-12-01

    All porous media, whether heterogeneous or homogeneous, including granular and packed media, fractured and open networks, are typified by the inherent topographical complexity of the pore-space. Such geometric complexities render exact modelling of fluid flow and transport an intractable problem, hence averaging methods are required for upscaling to the Darcy scale. Although successful transport theories have been developed via averaging techniques, it is also possible to eliminate important flow phenomena during the upscaling process. In general, the detailed flow structure and Lagrangian dynamics of fluid flows can have significant impacts upon a range of fluid-borne processes. In the context of turbulent flow, it is well known that such structure can fundamentally alter processes such as transport, mixing, chemical reactions and biological activity across a wide range of length scales. More recently, it has been established that similar impacts also occur for laminar flows which exhibit chaotic Lagrangian dynamics, commonly known as chaotic advection. In the context of porous media flows, an important question is whether steady Stokes flow at the pore scale can admit chaotic advection, and what are the impacts upon fluid transport, mixing, chemical reaction and biological activity? Conversely, due to limitations of the flow topology, steady Darcy flow cannot admit chaotic advection, and so the impacts of chaotic advection are neglected during the upscaling process. For transport and mixing, chaotic advection imparts strongly anomalous transport for passive tracer particles, whereas diffusive particles exhibit significantly accelerated dispersion even in the limit of vanishing diffusivity. Chemically or biologically active chaotic flows have been shown to generate singularly-enhanced reaction kinetics in autocatalytic, bistable and combustion reactions, and fundamentally alter the stability of a wide variety of reactive processes. An important question is whether

  17. Surface properties and flow behavior of foams in relation to fluid displacement in porous media

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    Ling, T.F.T.

    1987-01-01

    Surface properties such as surface tension, surface viscosity, foaminess, foam quality, apparent foam viscosity, rate of drainage, bubble size distribution, etc., were investigated and correlated with fluid displacement in porous media. The effect of chain length compatability, i.e., similarity, on surface properties of foaming solutions and fluid displacement in porous media were also studied. Two mathematical models for foam flow through porous media were developed which can be used to predict foam viscosity and foam behavior in porous media. To better understand the foam stability, a numerical solution of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation in two dimensional bispherical coordinates was obtained and used to calculate the potential energy of interaction between two spherical bubbles. Predicted potential energies were consistent with results from other models. The effect of polymer on foam properties was also studied. The improvement of surface activity of the surfactants was due mainly to the effect of the excluded polymer volume and electrical double layers. The change of the surface properties of the polymer containing foam was dependent on the counterbalance of the rheology of the liquid films and the water content in the liquid films. These studies have been successfully applied to enhanced oil recovery and to characterization of biological polymers. A concept of surfactant-polymer-foam flooding is proposed, including the use of nonionic surfactants to form alcohol-free microemulsions and the injection of foam for the mobility control in heavy oil recovery.

  18. Uncertainty Quantification Bayesian Framework for Porous Media Flows

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    Demyanov, V.; Christie, M.; Erbas, D.

    2005-12-01

    Uncertainty quantification is an increasingly important aspect of many areas of applied science, where the challenge is to make reliable predictions about the performance of complex physical systems in the absence of complete or reliable data. Predicting flows of fluids through undersurface reservoirs is an example of a complex system where accuracy in prediction is needed (e.g. in oil industry it is essential for financial reasons). Simulation of fluid flow in oil reservoirs is usually carried out using large commercially written finite difference simulators solving conservation equations describing the multi-phase flow through the porous reservoir rocks, which is a highly computationally expensive task. This work examines a Bayesian Framework for uncertainty quantification in porous media flows that uses a stochastic sampling algorithm to generate models that match observed time series data. The framework is flexible for a wide range of general physical/statistical parametric models, which are used to describe the underlying hydro-geological process in its temporal dynamics. The approach is based on exploration of the parameter space and update of the prior beliefs about what the most likely model definitions are. Optimization problem for a highly parametric physical model usually have multiple solutions, which impact the uncertainty of the made predictions. Stochastic search algorithm (e.g. genetic algorithm) allows to identify multiple "good enough" models in the parameter space. Furthermore, inference of the generated model ensemble via MCMC based algorithm evaluates the posterior probability of the generated models and quantifies uncertainty of the predictions. Machine learning algorithm - Artificial Neural Networks - are used to speed up the identification of regions in parameter space where good matches to observed data can be found. Adaptive nature of ANN allows to develop different ways of integrating them into the Bayesian framework: as direct time

  19. Transient flows in active porous media

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    Kosmidis, Lefteris I.; Jensen, Kaare H.

    2017-06-01

    Stimuli-responsive materials that modify their shape in response to changes in environmental conditions—such as solute concentration, temperature, pH, and stress—are widespread in nature and technology. Applications include micro- and nanoporous materials used in filtration and flow control. The physiochemical mechanisms that induce internal volume modifications have been widely studied. The coupling between induced volume changes and solute transport through porous materials, however, is not well understood. Here, we consider advective and diffusive transport through a small channel linking two large reservoirs. A section of stimulus-responsive material regulates the channel permeability, which is a function of the local solute concentration. We derive an exact solution to the coupled transport problem and demonstrate the existence of a flow regime in which the steady state is reached via a damped oscillation around the equilibrium concentration value. Finally, the feasibility of an experimental observation of the phenomena is discussed.

  20. MAGNUM2D. Radionuclide Transport Porous Media

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    Langford, D.W.; Baca, R.G.

    1989-03-01

    MAGNUM2D was developed to analyze thermally driven fluid motion in the deep basalts below the Paco Basin at the Westinghouse Hanford Site. Has been used in the Basalt Waste Isolation Project to simulate nonisothermal groundwater flow in a heterogeneous anisotropic medium and heat transport in a water/rock system near a high level nuclear waste repository. Allows three representations of the hydrogeologic system: an equivalent porous continuum, a system of discrete, unfilled, and interconnecting fractures separated by impervious rock mass, and a low permeability porous continuum with several discrete, unfilled fractures traversing the medium. The calculations assume local thermodynamic equilibrium between the rock and groundwater, nonisothermal Darcian flow in the continuum portions of the rock, and nonisothermal Poiseuille flow in discrete unfilled fractures. In addition, the code accounts for thermal loading within the elements, zero normal gradient and fixed boundary conditions for both temperature and hydraulic head, and simulation of the temperature and flow independently. The Q2DGEOM preprocessor was developed to generate, modify, plot and verify quadratic two dimensional finite element geometries. The BCGEN preprocessor generates the boundary conditions for head and temperature and ICGEN generates the initial conditions. The GRIDDER postprocessor interpolates nonregularly spaced nodal flow and temperature data onto a regular rectangular grid. CONTOUR plots and labels contour lines for a function of two variables and PARAM plots cross sections and time histories for a function of time and one or two spatial variables. NPRINT generates data tables that display the data along horizontal or vertical cross sections. VELPLT differentiates the hydraulic head and buoyancy data and plots the velocity vectors. The PATH postprocessor plots flow paths and computes the corresponding travel times.

  1. MAGNUM2D. Radionuclide Transport Porous Media

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    Langford, D.W.; Baca, R.G.

    1988-08-01

    MAGNUM2D was developed to analyze thermally driven fluid motion in the deep basalts below the Paco Basin at the Westinghouse Hanford Site. Has been used in the Basalt Waste Isolation Project to simulate nonisothermal groundwater flow in a heterogeneous anisotropic medium and heat transport in a water/rock system near a high level nuclear waste repository. Allows three representations of the hydrogeologic system: an equivalent porous continuum, a system of discrete, unfilled, and interconnecting fractures separated by impervious rock mass, and a low permeability porous continuum with several discrete, unfilled fractures traversing the medium. The calculation assumes local thermodynamic equilibrium between the rock and groundwater, nonisothermal Darcian flow in the continuum portions of the rock, and nonisothermal Poiseuille flow in discrete unfilled fractures. In addition, the code accounts for thermal loading within the elements, zero normal gradient and fixed boundary conditions for both temperature and hydraulic head, and simulation of the temperature and flow independently. The Q2DGEOM preprocessor was developed to generate, modify, plot and verify quadratic two dimensional finite element geometries. The BCGEN preprocessor generates the boundary conditions for head and temperature and ICGEN generates the initial conditions. The GRIDDER postprocessor interpolates nonregularly spaced nodal flow and temperature data onto a regular rectangular grid. CONTOUR plots and labels contour lines for a function of two variables and PARAM plots cross sections and time histories for a function of time and one or two spatial variables. NPRINT generates data tables that display the data along horizontal or vertical cross sections. VELPLT differentiates the hydraulic head and buoyancy data and plots the velocity vectors. The PATH postprocessor plots flow paths and computes the corresponding travel times.

  2. Effect of Foam on Liquid Phase Mobility in Porous Media

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    Eftekhari, A. A.; Farajzadeh, R.

    2017-03-01

    We investigate the validity of the assumption that foam in porous media reduces the mobility of gas phase only and does not impact the liquid-phase mobility. The foam is generated by simultaneous injection of nitrogen gas and a surfactant solution into sandstone cores and its strength is varied by changing surfactant type and concentration. We find, indeed, that the effect of foam on liquid-phase mobility is not pronounced and can be ignored. Our new experimental results and analyses resolve apparent discrepancies in the literature. Previously, some researchers erroneously applied relative permeability relationships measured at small to moderate capillary numbers to foam floods at large capillary number. Our results indicate that the water relative permeability in the absence of surfactant should be measured with the capillary pressure ranging up to values reached during the foam floods. This requires conducting a steady-state gas/water core flood with capillary numbers similar to that of foam floods or measuring the water relative-permeability curve using a centrifuge.

  3. Effect of Foam on Liquid Phase Mobility in Porous Media

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    Eftekhari, A. A.; Farajzadeh, R.

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the validity of the assumption that foam in porous media reduces the mobility of gas phase only and does not impact the liquid-phase mobility. The foam is generated by simultaneous injection of nitrogen gas and a surfactant solution into sandstone cores and its strength is varied by changing surfactant type and concentration. We find, indeed, that the effect of foam on liquid-phase mobility is not pronounced and can be ignored. Our new experimental results and analyses resolve apparent discrepancies in the literature. Previously, some researchers erroneously applied relative permeability relationships measured at small to moderate capillary numbers to foam floods at large capillary number. Our results indicate that the water relative permeability in the absence of surfactant should be measured with the capillary pressure ranging up to values reached during the foam floods. This requires conducting a steady-state gas/water core flood with capillary numbers similar to that of foam floods or measuring the water relative-permeability curve using a centrifuge. PMID:28262795

  4. Percolation Theory and Models of Unsaturated Porous Media

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    Golden, J. M.

    1980-02-01

    Concepts from percolation theory (Broadbent and Hammersley, 1957) are applied to a model of unsaturated flow through porous media. This approach in principle allows one to build into the model aspects of the topological structure of pore space. At a very general level the input of results from percolation theory gives a relationship between minimum and maximum saturation values for a medium which should be experimentally checkable, though probably not without sophisticated techniques. Also, it gives some qualitative insight into known properties of unsaturated flow. Furthermore, there emerges a way of looking at the phenomenon of hysteresis that is quite different from the standard approach. This aspect is explored in some detail, and two possible new models are presented. A subsidiary result obtained from the detailed model used is that in a simple pore model the inclusion of a pore length parameter, statistically correlated with pore radius, is equivalent, at least in a restricted sense, to incorporating into the model the concept of tortuosity.

  5. Soluble manganese removal by porous media filtration.

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    Kim, J; Jung, S

    2008-12-01

    Filtration experiments were conducted to investigate soluble manganese removal in granular media filtration; sand, manganese oxide coated sand (MOCS), sand + MOCS (1:1) and granular activated carbon (GAC) were used as filter media. Manganese removal, manganese oxide accumulation, turbidity removal, and regeneration of MOCS under various conditions were examined. Soluble manganese removal by the MOCS column was rapid and efficient; most of the removal happened at the top (e.g. 5 cm) of the filter. When filter influent with an average manganese concentration of 0.204 mg l(-1) was fed through the filter columns, the sand + MOCS and MOCS columns removed 98.9% and 99.2% of manganese, respectively. However, manganese removal in sand and the GAC columns was not significant during the initial stage of filtration, but after eight months of filter run they could remove 99% and 35% of manganese, respectively. It was revealed that partial replacement of sand with MOCS showed comparable manganese removal to that of the MOCS filter media.

  6. Horizontal flow and capillarity-driven redistribution in porous media.

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    Doster, F; Hönig, O; Hilfer, R

    2012-07-01

    A recent macroscopic mixture theory for two-phase immiscible displacement in porous media has introduced percolating and nonpercolating phases. Quasi-analytic solutions are computed and compared to the traditional theory. The solutions illustrate physical insights and effects due to spatiotemporal changes of nonpercolating phases, and they highlight the differences from traditional theory. Two initial and boundary value problems are solved in one spatial dimension. In the first problem a fluid is displaced by another fluid in a horizontal homogeneous porous medium. The displacing fluid is injected with a flow rate that keeps the saturation constant at the injection point. In the second problem a horizontal homogeneous porous medium is considered which is divided into two subdomains with different but constant initial saturations. Capillary forces lead to a redistribution of the fluids. Errors in the literature are reported and corrected.

  7. The flow around circular cylinders partially coated with porous media

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    Ruck, Bodo; Klausmann, Katharina; Wacker, Tobias

    2012-05-01

    There are indications that the flow resistance of bodies can be reduced by a porous coating or porous sheath. A few numerical investigations exists in this field, however, experimental evidence is lacking. In order to investigate this phenomenon, the drag resistance of cylinders with porous coating has been investigated qualitatively and quantitatively in wind tunnel experiments. The Reynolds number was systematically varied in the range from 104 to 1.3*105. The results show that the boundary layer over the porous surface is turbulent right from the beginning and thickens faster because of the possible vertical momentum exchange at the interface. The region of flow detachment is widened resulting in a broader area with almost vanishing low flow velocities. All in all, the measurements show that a full porous coating of the cylinders increase the flow resistance. However, the measurements show that a partial coating only on the leeward side can decrease the flow resistance of the body. This effect seems due to the fact that the recirculating velocity and the underpressure in the wake is reduced significantly through a leeward porous coating. Thus, combining a smooth non-permeable windward side with a porous-coated leeward side can lead to a reduction of the body's flow resistance. These findings can be applied advantageously in many technical areas, such as energy saving of moving bodies (cars/trains/planes) or in reducing fluid loads on submersed bodies.

  8. Magnetic Resonance Microscopy of Scale Dependent Transport Phenomena and Bioactivity in Porous Media

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    Seymour, J. D.; Codd, S. L.; Romanenko, K. V.; Hornemann, J. A.; Brosten, T. R.

    2008-05-01

    equations, closure problems and comparison with experiment. Chemical Engineering Science, 48(14): 2537-2564 (1993). 2. N. Goldenfeld and L.P. Kadanoff, Simple lessons from complexity. Science, 284: 87-89 (1999). 3. J.D. Seymour and P.T. Callaghan, Generalized approach to NMR analysis of flow and dispersion in porous medium. AIChE Journal, 43: 2096-2111 (1997). 4. S.L. Codd, B. Manz, J.D. Seymour, and P.T. Callaghan, Taylor dispersion and molecular displacements in poiseuille flow. Physical Review E, 60(4): R3491-R3494 (1999). 5. P.T. Callaghan, Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Microscopy. New York: Oxford University Press (1991). 6. G.K. Batchelor, Developments in microhydrodynamics, in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, W.T. Koiter, Editor. North-Holland: Amsterdam. p. 33-55 (1976). 7. J.D. Seymour, J.P. Gage, S.L. Codd, and R. Gerlach, Anomalous fluid transport in porous media induced by biofilm growth. Physical Review Letters, 93: 198103 (2004).

  9. Deposition in two phase flow in porous media

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    Adler, P. M.

    2007-12-01

    The study of dispersion and deposition of an active tracer in multiphase flow through a porous medium is a difficult topic which has not received much attention in the past though it has a lot of practical and fundamental interest. For instance, asphaltene flocculation implies its deposition on the solid walls and this has two effects. The first one is to change the wettability of the walls; if they are initially water wet, they may become oil wet. The second one is to reduce the pore space. In both cases, the flow properties of the porous medium are expected to be influenced. Our purpose was to develop a new tool to analyse these two effects; this new tool had to be constructed by integrating existing codes. First, the basic ingredients which are necessary for the determination of dispersion and deposition at the local scale are presented. The pore space can be generated by means of the method of reconstructed media (1). The instantaneous phase distribution and the velocity fields are computed by an Immiscible Lattice Boltzmann model (2). The solute dispersion is obtained by the Random Walk technique (3); its deposition at the walls is supposed to follow a first order reaction (4). Finally, the rules for the solid and/or wettability changes will be precised. The main results of our calculations can be summarized as follows. The possibilities of the code are demonstrated on a three-dimensional medium; the evolution of the solid space, of the wettability properties and of the phase configurations are illustrated; dramatic results are shown for the evolution of the relative permeabilities and of the capillary pressures. Then, various parameters are studied in a systematic way, such as the porosity, the partition coefficient, the diffusion coefficient, the saturation and the kinetic coefficients. Some concluding remarks end up this study. Ref: (1) Adler P.M., Jacquin C.G., Quibier J.A., 1990, Flow in simulated porous media, Int. J. Multiphase flow, 16, 691- 712. (2

  10. Dissipative particle dynamics model for colloid transport in porous media

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    Pan, W.; Tartakovsky, A. M.

    2013-08-01

    We present that the transport of colloidal particles in porous media can be effectively modeled with a new formulation of dissipative particle dynamics, which augments standard DPD with non-central dissipative shear forces between particles while preserving angular momentum. Our previous studies have demonstrated that the new formulation is able to capture accurately the drag forces as well as the drag torques on colloidal particles that result from the hydrodynamic retardation effect. In the present work, we use the new formulation to study the contact efficiency in colloid filtration in saturated porous media. Note that the present model include all transport mechanisms simultaneously, including gravitational sedimentation, interception and Brownian diffusion. Our results of contact efficiency show a good agreement with the predictions of the correlation equation proposed by Tufenkji and EliMelech, which also incorporate all transport mechanisms simultaneously without the additivity assumption.

  11. Lattice Boltzmann model for incompressible flows through porous media.

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    Guo, Zhaoli; Zhao, T S

    2002-09-01

    In this paper a lattice Boltzmann model is proposed for isothermal incompressible flow in porous media. The key point is to include the porosity into the equilibrium distribution, and add a force term to the evolution equation to account for the linear and nonlinear drag forces of the medium (the Darcy's term and the Forcheimer's term). Through the Chapman-Enskog procedure, the generalized Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible flow in porous media are derived from the present lattice Boltzmann model. The generalized two-dimensional Poiseuille flow, Couette flow, and lid-driven cavity flow are simulated using the present model. It is found the numerical results agree well with the analytical and/or the finite-difference solutions.

  12. On growth and flow: bacterial biofilms in porous media

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    Durham, William; Leombruni, Alberto; Tranzer, Olivier; Stocker, Roman

    2011-11-01

    Bacterial biofilms often occur in porous media, where they play pivotal roles in medicine, industry and the environment. Though flow is ubiquitous in porous media, its effects on biofilm growth have been largely ignored. Using patterned microfluidic devices that simulate unconsolidated soil, we find that the structure of Escherichia coli biofilms undergoes a self-organization mediated by the interaction of growth and flow. Intriguingly, we find that biofilm productivity peaks at intermediate flow rates, when the biofilm is irrigated by a minimum number of preferential flow channels. At larger and smaller flow rates, fluid flows more uniformly through the matrix, but productivity drops due to removal by shear and reduced nutrient transport, respectively. These dynamics are correctly predicted by a simple network model. The observed tradeoff between growth and flow may have important consequences on biofilm-mediated processes such as biochemical cycling, antibiotic resistance and water filtration.

  13. Dynamic patterns of compaction in brittle porous media

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    Guillard, François; Golshan, Pouya; Shen, Luming; Valdes, Julio R.; Einav, Itai

    2015-10-01

    Brittle porous media exhibit a variety of irreversible patterns during densification, including stationary and moving compaction bands in rocks, foams, cereal packs and snow. We have recently found moving compaction bands in cereal packs; similar bands have been detected in snow. However, the question of generality remains: under what conditions can brittle porous media disclose other densification patterns? Here, using a new heuristic lattice spring model undergoing repeated crushing events, we first predict the possible emergence of new types of dynamic compaction; we then discover and confirm these new patterns experimentally in compressed cereal packs. In total, we distinguish three observed compaction patterns: short-lived erratic compaction bands, multiple oscillatory propagating compaction bands reminiscent of critical phenomena near phase transitions, and diffused irreversible densification. The manifestation of these three different patterns is mapped in a phase diagram using two dimensionless groups that represent fabric collapse and external dissipation.

  14. Analytic studies of colloid transport in fractured porous media

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    Hwang, Y.; Chambre, P.L.; Lee, W.W.L.; Pigford, T.H.

    1989-11-01

    We analyze the interactive migration of radioactive colloids and solute in fractured rock. Two possible interactions between radionuclides as colloids and as solute are considered: solute sorption on nonradioactive colloids to form pseudocolloids, and dissolution of radioactive colloids. Previous studies have discussed the formation and transport of colloids in porous media, including removal of colloids by filtration and sedimentation. Colloids can migrate faster than solute because of weaker sorption on stationary solids and because of hydrochromatography of colloid particles in flow channels. However, the migration of colloids and pseudocolloids can be retarded by the interaction of colloids with solute, and the migration of solute in local equilibrium with colloids can be more rapid than if colloids were not present. Here we present a new quantative analysis to predict the interactive migration of colloids and solute in porous and fractured media. 4 figs.

  15. Electrokinetic coupling in unsaturated porous media

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    Revil, A.; Linde, N.; Cerepi, A.; Jougnot, D.; Matthai, S.; Finsterle, S.

    2007-02-27

    We consider a charged porous material that is saturated bytwo fluid phases that are immiscible and continuous on the scale of arepresentative elementary volume. The wetting phase for the grains iswater and the nonwetting phase is assumed to be an electricallyinsulating viscous fluid. We use a volume-averaging approach to derivethe linear constitutive equations for the electrical current density aswell as the seepage velocities of the wetting and nonwetting phases onthe scale of a representative elementary volume. These macroscopicconstitutive equations are obtained by volume-averaging Ampere's lawtogether with the Nernst Planck equation and the Stokes equations. Thematerial properties entering the macroscopic constitutive equations areexplicitly described as functions of the saturation of the water phase,the electrical formation factor, and parameters that describe thecapillary pressure function, the relative permeability function, and thevariation of electrical conductivity with saturation. New equations arederived for the streaming potential and electro-osmosis couplingcoefficients. A primary drainage and imbibition experiment is simulatednumerically to demonstrate that the relative streaming potential couplingcoefficient depends not only on the water saturation, but also on thematerial properties of the sample, as well as the saturation history. Wealso compare the predicted streaming potential coupling coefficients withexperimental data from four dolomite core samples. Measurements on thesesamples include electrical conductivity, capillary pressure, thestreaming potential coupling coefficient at various level of saturation,and the permeability at saturation of the rock samples. We found verygood agreement between these experimental data and the modelpredictions.

  16. Modeling Transverse Chemotaxis in Porous Media

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    Porter, M. L.; Valdés-Parada, F. J.; Wood, B. D.

    2009-12-01

    The movement of microorganisms toward a chemical attractant (chemotaxis) has been shown to aid in subsurface contaminant degradation and enhanced oil recovery. However, chemotaxis is inherently a pore scale process that must be upscaled to arrive at continuum scale models for field applications. In this work, the method of volume averaging is used to upscale the microscale chemotactic microbial transport equations in order to obtain the corresponding macroscale models for the mass balance of bacteria and the chemical attractant to which they respond. As a first approach, cellular growth/death and consumption of the attractant by chemical reaction are assumed to be negligible with respect to convective and diffusive transport mechanisms. Two effective medium coefficients are introduced in the model, namely a total motility tensor and a total velocity vector. Under certain conditions, it is shown that the coefficients can differ considerably from the values corresponding to non-chemotactic transport. The model is validated by comparing the predicted transverse motility coefficients and concentration profiles to those measured within an engineered porous medium. For the concentration profiles, we introduced a lag that accounts for the difference between the arrival time of the microorganisms and the their chemotactic response to the attractant.

  17. Upscaling microbial chemotaxis in porous media

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    Valdés-Parada, Francisco J.; Porter, Mark L.; Narayanaswamy, Karthik; Ford, Roseanne M.; Wood, Brian D.

    2009-09-01

    Biodegradation is an important mechanism for contaminant reduction in groundwater environments; in fact, in situ bioremediation and bioaugmentation methods represent alternatives to traditional methods such as pump-and-treat. Microbial chemotaxis has been shown to significantly increase contaminant degradation in subsurface environments. In this work, the method of volume averaging is used to upscale the microscale chemotactic microbial transport equations in order to obtain the corresponding effective medium models for the mass balance of bacteria and the chemical attractant to which they respond. As a first approach, cellular growth/death and consumption of the attractant by chemical reaction are assumed to be negligible with respect to convective and diffusive transport mechanisms. For microorganisms, two effective coefficients are introduced, namely a total motility tensor and a total velocity vector. Our results show that, under certain conditions, these coefficients can differ considerably from the values corresponding to non-chemotactic transport. These transport coefficients show strong dependence of the microstructure of the porous medium, the fluid flow fields and the distribution of the attractant.

  18. Reconstruction of Porous Media with Multiple Solid Phases

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    Losic; Thovert; Adler

    1997-02-15

    A process is proposed to generate three-dimensional multiphase porous media with fixed phase probabilities and an overall correlation function. By varying the parameters, a specific phase can be located either at the interface between two phases or within a single phase. When the interfacial phase has a relatively small probability, its shape can be chosen as granular or lamellar. The influence of a third phase on the macroscopic conductivity of a medium is illustrated.

  19. Modeling and Simulations of Particulate Flows through Functionalized Porous Media

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    Li, Chunhui; Dutta, Prashanta; Liu, Jin

    2016-11-01

    Transport of particulate fluid through a functionalized porous material is of significant interest in many industrial applications, such as earth sciences, battery designs and water/air purifications. The entire process is complex, which involves the convection of fluid, diffusion of reactants as well as reversible chemical reactions at the fluid-solid interface In this work we present a convection-diffusion-reaction model and simulate the transport of particulate fluid through a functionalized porous media. The porous structures are generated and manipulated through the quartet structure generation set method. The Navier-Stokes with convection-diffusion equations are solved using the lattice Boltzmann method. The chemical reactions at the interface are modeled by an absorption-desorption process and treated as the boundary conditions for above governing equations. Through our simulations we study the effects of porous structures, including porosity, pore orientation, and pore size as well as the kinetic rates of surface reactions on the overall performance of removal efficiency of the species from the solution. Our results show that whole process is highly affected by both the porous structures and absorption rate. The optimal parameters can be achieved by proper design. This work is supported by NSF Grants: CBET-1250107 and CBET -1604211.

  20. Non-Fickian mass transport in fractured porous media

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    Fomin, Sergei A.; Chugunov, Vladimir A.; Hashida, Toshiyuki

    2011-02-01

    The paper provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of mathematical modeling of mass transport in fractured porous heterogeneous rocks. Keeping aside many important factors that can affect mass transport in subsurface, our main concern is the multi-scale character of the rock formation, which is constituted by porous domains dissected by the network of fractures. Taking into account the well-documented fact that porous rocks can be considered as a fractal medium and assuming that sizes of pores vary significantly (i.e. have different characteristic scales), the fractional-order differential equations that model the anomalous diffusive mass transport in such type of domains are derived and justified analytically. Analytical solutions of some particular problems of anomalous diffusion in the fractal media of various geometries are obtained. Extending this approach to more complex situation when diffusion is accompanied by advection, solute transport in a fractured porous medium is modeled by the advection-dispersion equation with fractional time derivative. In the case of confined fractured porous aquifer, accounting for anomalous non-Fickian diffusion in the surrounding rock mass, the adopted approach leads to introduction of an additional fractional time derivative in the equation for solute transport. The closed-form solutions for concentrations in the aquifer and surrounding rocks are obtained for the arbitrary time-dependent source of contamination located in the inlet of the aquifer. Based on these solutions, different regimes of contamination of the aquifers with different physical properties can be readily modeled and analyzed.

  1. Grayscale lattice Boltzmann model for multiphase heterogeneous flow through porous media

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    Pereira, Gerald G.

    2016-06-01

    The grayscale lattice Boltzmann (LB) model has been recently developed to model single-phase fluid flow through heterogeneous porous media. Flow is allowed in each voxel but the degree of flow depends on that voxel's resistivity to fluid motion. Here we extend the grayscale LB model to multiphase, immiscible flow. The new model is outlined and then applied to a number of test cases, which show good agreement with theory. This method is subsequently used to model the important case where each voxel may have a different resistance to each particular fluid that is passing through it. Finally, the method is applied to model fluid flow through real porous media to demonstrate its capability. Both the capillary and viscous flow regimes are recovered in these simulations.

  2. Grayscale lattice Boltzmann model for multiphase heterogeneous flow through porous media.

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    Pereira, Gerald G

    2016-06-01

    The grayscale lattice Boltzmann (LB) model has been recently developed to model single-phase fluid flow through heterogeneous porous media. Flow is allowed in each voxel but the degree of flow depends on that voxel's resistivity to fluid motion. Here we extend the grayscale LB model to multiphase, immiscible flow. The new model is outlined and then applied to a number of test cases, which show good agreement with theory. This method is subsequently used to model the important case where each voxel may have a different resistance to each particular fluid that is passing through it. Finally, the method is applied to model fluid flow through real porous media to demonstrate its capability. Both the capillary and viscous flow regimes are recovered in these simulations.

  3. Nonlinear Behavior Of Saturated Porous Media Under External Impact

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    Perepechko, Y.

    2005-12-01

    This paper deals with nonlinear behavior of liquid saturated porous media in gravity filed under external impact. The continuum is assumed to be a two-velocity medium; it consists of a deformable porous matrix (with Maxwell's reology) and a Newtonian liquid that saturates this matrix. The energy dissipation in this model takes place due the interface friction between the solid matrix and saturating liquid, and also through relaxation of inelastic shear stress in the porous matrix. The elaborated nonisothermal mathematical model for this kind of medium is a thermodynamically consistent and closed model. Godunov's explicit difference scheme was used for computer simulation; the method implies numerical simulation for discontinuity decay in flux calculations. As an illustrative example, we consider the formation of dissipation structures in a plain layer of that medium after pulse or periodic impact on the background of liquid filtration through the porous matrix. At the process beginning, one can observe elastic behavior of the porous matrix. Deformation spreading through the saturated porous matrix occurs almost without distortions and produces a channel-shaped zone of stretching with a high porosity. Later on, dissipation processes and reology properties of porous medium causes the diffusion of this channel. We also observe a correlation between the liquid distribution (porosity for the solid matrix) and dilatancy fields; this allows us to restore the dilatancy field from the measured fluid saturation of the medium. This work was supported by the RFBR (Grant No. 04-05-64107), the Presidium of SB RAS (Grant 106), the President's Grants (NSh-2118.2003.5, NSh-1573.2003.5).

  4. Probing porous media with first and second sound. II. Acoustic properties of water-saturated porous media

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    Johnson, David Linton; Plona, Thomas J.; Kojima, Haruo

    1994-07-01

    The ultrasonic properties (reflection/transmission and bulk attenuation/speed) of porous and permeable media saturated with a Newtonian fluid, namely water, are considered. The frequency dependence of the transmission amplitudes of pulses is measured through a slab of thickness d1, repeated for another slab of thickness d2 for a given material. With these two measurements on two different thicknesses, it is possible in principle to separate bulk losses from reflection/transmission losses for compressional waves in these materials. The bulk properties are calculated from the Biot theory for which all of the input parameters have been measured separately; the attenuations are particularly sensitive to the values of Λ, determined from second-sound attenuation measurements reported in the companion article. There is excellent quantitative agreement between the theoretical and experimental values in the cases considered; there are no adjustable parameters involved. The reflection and transmission coefficients are reported for some of the multiply reflected pulses and their amplitudes are compared with those calculated from the Deresiewicz-Skalak and Rosenbaum boundary conditions appropriate to either the open-pore or sealed-pore surfaces, as the case may be. Again, there is excellent quantitative agreement between theory and experiment. Compared with the open-pore boundary conditions, it is noted that there is a large reduction, both theoretically and experimentally, in the efficiency with which the slow compressional wave is generated when the sealed-pore boundary conditions apply, but this efficiency is not reduced to zero.

  5. Dendrite Suppression by Shock Electrodeposition in Charged Porous Media

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    Han, Ji-Hyung; Wang, Miao; Bai, Peng; Brushett, Fikile R.; Bazant, Martin Z.

    2016-06-01

    It is shown that surface conduction can stabilize electrodeposition in random, charged porous media at high rates, above the diffusion-limited current. After linear sweep voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy, copper electrodeposits are visualized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy in two different porous separators (cellulose nitrate, polyethylene), whose surfaces are modified by layer-by-layer deposition of positive or negative charged polyelectrolytes. Above the limiting current, surface conduction inhibits growth in the positive separators and produces irregular dendrites, while it enhances growth and suppresses dendrites behind a deionization shock in the negative separators, also leading to improved cycle life. The discovery of stable uniform growth in the random media differs from the non-uniform growth observed in parallel nanopores and cannot be explained by classic quasi-steady “leaky membrane” models, which always predict instability and dendritic growth. Instead, the experimental results suggest that transient electro-diffusion in random porous media imparts the stability of a deionization shock to the growing metal interface behind it. Shock electrodeposition could be exploited to enhance the cycle life and recharging rate of metal batteries or to accelerate the fabrication of metal matrix composite coatings.

  6. Mechanisms of anomalous dispersion in flow through heterogeneous porous media

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    Tyukhova, Alina; Dentz, Marco; Kinzelbach, Wolfgang; Willmann, Matthias

    2016-11-01

    We study the origins of anomalous dispersion in heterogeneous porous media in terms of the medium and flow properties. To identify and quantify the heterogeneity controls, we focus on porous media which are organized in assemblies of equally sized conductive inclusions embedded in a constant conductivity matrix. We study the behavior of particle arrival times for different conductivity distributions and link the statistical medium characteristics to large-scale transport using a continuous time random walk (CTRW) approach. The CTRW models particle motion as a sequence of transitions in space and time. We derive an explicit map of the conductivity onto the transition time distribution. The derived CTRW model predicts solute transport based on the conductivity distribution and the characteristic heterogeneity length. In this way, heavy tails in solute arrival times and anomalous particle dispersion as measured by the centered mean square displacement are directly related to the medium properties. These findings shed light on the mechanisms of anomalous dispersion in heterogeneous porous media, and provide a basis for the predictive modeling of large-scale transport.

  7. Statistical fusion of two-scale images of porous media

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    Mohebi, Azadeh; Fieguth, Paul; Ioannidis, Marios A.

    2009-11-01

    The reconstruction of the architecture of void space in porous media is a challenging task, since porous media contain pore structures at multiple scales. Whereas past methods have been limited to producing samples with matching statistical behavior, the patterns of grey-level values in a measured sample actually say something about the unresolved details, thus we propose a statistical fusion framework for reconstructing high-resolution porous media images from low-resolution measurements. The proposed framework is based on a posterior sampling approach in which information obtained by low-resolution (MRI or X-ray) measurements is combined with prior models inferred from high-resolution microscopic data, typically 2D. In this paper, we focus on two-scale reconstruction tasks in which the measurements resolve only the large scale structures, leaving the small-scale to be inferred. The evaluation of the results generated by the proposed method shows the strong ability of the proposed method in reconstructing fine-scale structures positively correlated with the underlying ground truth. Comparing our method with the recent method of Okabe and Blunt [12], in which the measurements are also used in the reconstruction, we conclude that our method is more robust to the resolution of the measurement, and more closely matches the underlying fine-scale field.

  8. Pore Scale View of Fluid Displacement Fronts in Porous Media

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    Or, D.; Moebius, F.

    2014-12-01

    The macroscopically smooth and regular motion of fluid fronts in porous media is composed of abrupt pore-scale interfacial jumps involving intense interfacial energy release marked by pressure bursts and acoustic emissions. The characteristics of these pore scale events affect residual phase entrapment and the resulting unsaturated transport properties behind the front. Experimental studies using acoustic emissions technique (AE), rapid imaging, and pressure measurements help characterize pore scale processes during drainage and imbibition in model porous media. Imbibition and drainage produce different AE signatures (obeying a power law). For rapid drainage, AE signals persist long after cessation of front motion indicative of redistribution and interfacial relaxation. Rapid imaging revealed that interfacial jumps exceed mean front velocity and are highly inertial (Re>1000). Imaged pore invasion volumes and pore volumes deduced from waiting times between pressure fluctuations were in remarkable agreement with geometric pores. Differences between invaded volumes and geometrical pores increase with increasing capillary numbers due to shorter pore evacuation times and onset of simultaneous invasion events. A new mechanistic model for interfacial motions through a pore-throat network enabled systematic evaluation of inertia in interfacial dynamics. Results suggest that in contrast to great sensitivity of pore scale dynamics to variations in pore geometry and boundary conditions, inertia exerts only a minor effect on average phase entrapment. Pore scale invasion events paint a complex picture of rapid and inertial motions and provide new insights on mechanisms at displacement fronts essential for improving the macroscopic description of multiphase flow in porous media.

  9. Laboratory experiments with heterogeneous reactions in mixed porous media

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    Burris, D.R.; Hatfield, K.; Wolfe, N.L.

    1996-08-01

    The limited success and high cost of traditional active ground-water-contaminant plume management efforts (i.e., pump-and-treat systems) has stimulated a search for less expensive passive plume interception and in-situ treatment technologies. The funnel/gate system, which uses heterogeneous (surface-mediated) reactions on porous media to degrade dissolved contaminants, is one passive technology under consideration. Research on a heterogeneous reaction is presented in this paper, which can be extended to facilitate the design of engineered porous media systems (i.e., funnel/gates). Results are examined from batch and flow-through column experiments involving nitrobenzene degradation in a surface-mediated reaction with granular metallic iron. A nonequilibrium transport model that incorporates solute mass-transfer resistance near reactive iron surfaces is shown to simulate breakthrough curves (BTCs) from column systems, using model parameters estimated from batch systems. The investigation shows pseudo first-order degradation-rate coefficients increasing with higher solid:liquid ratios and with greater iron concentrations. In addition, nitrobenzene degradation is found to be faster in batch systems than in comparable column systems, indicating the presence of mass-transfer limitations in the flow-through systems. Finally, the present study provides insights on conditions pertinent to the design of engineered in-situ treatment zones, such as how mass-transfer, hydraulic, and reaction kinetic conditions affect ground-water-contaminant fate and transport through reactive porous media.

  10. Dendrite Suppression by Shock Electrodeposition in Charged Porous Media

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    Han, Ji-Hyung; Wang, Miao; Bai, Peng; Brushett, Fikile R.; Bazant, Martin Z.

    2016-01-01

    It is shown that surface conduction can stabilize electrodeposition in random, charged porous media at high rates, above the diffusion-limited current. After linear sweep voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy, copper electrodeposits are visualized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy in two different porous separators (cellulose nitrate, polyethylene), whose surfaces are modified by layer-by-layer deposition of positive or negative charged polyelectrolytes. Above the limiting current, surface conduction inhibits growth in the positive separators and produces irregular dendrites, while it enhances growth and suppresses dendrites behind a deionization shock in the negative separators, also leading to improved cycle life. The discovery of stable uniform growth in the random media differs from the non-uniform growth observed in parallel nanopores and cannot be explained by classic quasi-steady “leaky membrane” models, which always predict instability and dendritic growth. Instead, the experimental results suggest that transient electro-diffusion in random porous media imparts the stability of a deionization shock to the growing metal interface behind it. Shock electrodeposition could be exploited to enhance the cycle life and recharging rate of metal batteries or to accelerate the fabrication of metal matrix composite coatings. PMID:27307136

  11. Spectral induced polarization signatures of hydroxyl adsorption in porous media

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    Zhang, C.; Johnson, T. C.; Slater, L. D.; Redden, G. D.

    2010-12-01

    There is a growing interest in applying geophysical methods to monitor microbial enhanced mineral precipitation through urea hydrolysis. Sensing changes in mineral surface properties as well as changes in fluid chemistry could be used to track geochemical reactions fronts in subsurface environments. Frequency-dependent complex conductivity measured with the spectral induced polarization (SIP) technique is sensitive to both fluid chemistry and mineral surface properties. We had previously observed phase shifts (φ) between current and voltage waveforms associated with hydroxyl concentration changes in a silica gel column during a urea hydrolysis experiment. In a study using less complex conditions we applied both SIP and geochemical measurements on a saturated column composed of sequential zones with Ottawa sand and silica gel in order to: 1) understand whether adsorption of hydroxyl contributes to the changes in complex conductivity, and 2) to determine whether changes in solution chemistry follow changes in surface chemistry in porous media (or vice versa). Silica gel is a highly porous form of silica (surface area is ~500 m2/g vs. <0.1 m2/g for Ottawa sand) and has a high sorption capacity for hydroxide ions. A column (48 cm) was packed with Ottawa sand at both the bottom and top sections, and with silica gel beads in the middle part of the column. The experiment started with a pH 7 sodium chloride solution (50 mM) flowing through the column at 10 ml/min, then sodium chloride solutions at higher pH (pH 8 and pH 10) replaced this solution and continued flow at the same rate for 49 hours. SIP measurements were made along the column as a function of time, and effluent samples along the column were taken for pH and conductivity measurements. The results show phase angle shifts (~4.5 mrad) in the silica gel, while no significant phase changes occurred in the Ottawa sands. Although changes in complex conductivity were only observed on synthetic high surface area

  12. Porous Media and Mixture Models for Hygrothermal Behavior of Phenolic Composites

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    Sullivan, Roy M.; Stokes, Eric H.

    1999-01-01

    Theoretical models are proposed to describe the interaction of water with phenolic polymer. The theoretical models involve the study of the flow of a viscous fluid through a porous media and the thermodynamic theory of mixtures. From the theory, a set of mathematical relations are developed to simulate the effect of water on the thermostructural response of phenolic composites. The expressions are applied to simulate the measured effect of water in a series of experiments conducted on carbon phenolic composites.

  13. Influence of biofilm accumulation on flow and reactive transport through porous media

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    Sharp, R.; Adgie, M.; Cunningham, A.

    2003-04-01

    A series of continuous flow, porous media reactor studies were performed to characterize the development of thick biofilms in porous media and the subsequent effects on flow and reactive transport. The bioluminescent organism Vibrio fischeri was used to produce various degrees of biofilm growth within the porous media system. V. fischeri biofilm growth, distribution, and activity in the porous media reactors was evaluated using bioluminescent imaging. Bulk fluid flow and flow channel dynamics in the porous media were monitored by imaging pulses of nigrosine bulk fluid dye. Hydrodynamics of the porous media/biofilm systems were analyzed using fluorescein break through curves and head loss across the system. Bioluminescent and bulk-fluid dye imaging, along with fluoroscein break through curve analysis, provided quantitative information on the transient distribution of biofilm within the reactor and the dynamic relationship between biofilm development and porous media hydraulics. Bioluminescent and bulk-fluid dye images showed continuous creation and closure of flow channels in the biofilm/porous media matrix. Flow channel size and distribution changed with increasing degrees of biofilm growth. Bioluminescence showed not only the density and distribution of biofilm growth in the porous media, but also the rate of oxygen uptake across the flow field. Results from the breakthrough curves suggest that thin biofilms transform the well-defined plug flow regime of clean porous media to a flow with severe axial and longitudinal dispersion. As the biofilm thickens, the flow regime is transformed to dispersed plug flow with an accelerated residence time. These studies provide a better quantitative understanding of the fundamental relationship between biofilm development and bulk fluid hydrodynamics in porous media. Results demonstrate the simultaneous visualization of biofilm growth and bulk fluid flow in porous media at the meso-scale. The studies also establish a novel

  14. Coupled Flow and Mechanics in Porous and Fractured Media*

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    Martinez, M. J.; Newell, P.; Bishop, J.

    2012-12-01

    Numerical models describing subsurface flow through deformable porous materials are important for understanding and enabling energy security and climate security. Some applications of current interest come from such diverse areas as geologic sequestration of anthropogenic CO2, hydro-fracturing for stimulation of hydrocarbon reservoirs, and modeling electrochemistry-induced swelling of fluid-filled porous electrodes. Induced stress fields in any of these applications can lead to structural failure and fracture. The ultimate goal of this research is to model evolving faults and fracture networks and flow within the networks while coupling to flow and mechanics within the intact porous structure. We report here on a new computational capability for coupling of multiphase porous flow with geomechanics including assessment of over-pressure-induced structural damage. The geomechanics is coupled to the flow via the variation in the fluid pore pressures, whereas the flow problem is coupled to mechanics by the concomitant material strains which alter the pore volume (porosity field) and hence the permeability field. For linear elastic solid mechanics a monolithic coupling strategy is utilized. For nonlinear elastic/plastic and fractured media, a segregated coupling is presented. To facilitate coupling with disparate flow and mechanics time scales, the coupling strategy allows for different time steps in the flow solve compared to the mechanics solve. If time steps are synchronized, the controller allows user-specified intra-time-step iterations. The iterative coupling is dynamically controlled based on a norm measuring the degree of variation in the deformed porosity. The model is applied for evaluation of the integrity of jointed caprock systems during CO2 sequestration operations. Creation or reactivation of joints can lead to enhanced pathways for leakage. Similarly, over-pressures can induce flow along faults. Fluid flow rates in fractures are strongly dependent on the

  15. Electro-osmotic flows through topographically complicated porous media: Role of electropermeability tensor

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    Bandopadhyay, Aditya; DasGupta, Debabrata; Mitra, Sushanta K.; Chakraborty, Suman

    2013-03-01

    In the present work, we consider a framework for characterizing electro-osmotic flows in topographically complicated porous media and derive an effective up-scaled transport parameter to quantify this. We term this parameter the electro-permeability, which characterizes the electro-osmotic flow through composite porous media in analogy with Darcy's law. The electro-permeability tensor, thus introduced, serves a simple means of relating the volume flow rate with the applied electric field without going into the intricacies of the microstructure of the porous domain. First, we consider cases where the solid fractions have a fractal dimension generated by the Mandelbrot set, purely for the sake of demonstration. Based on such considerations, we employ the method of homogenization to obtain the effective electro-permeability parameter from the numerical simulations executed over a representative volume element. Our derived electro-permeability tensor components exhibit functional relationships with the solid or liquid fraction as well as the topography of the porous medium. Having established these functional relationships, we evaluate the tensor components for a binary composite porous medium in which one constituent has markedly high ζ potential than the other constituent, for illustration with potential relevance in microfluidics. We establish the sensitivity of the electro-permeability tensor on the domain morphology, solid fraction, ratio of solid fractions of the two phases having the two different ζ potential values, and the ζ potential contrast and compare it with equivalent Darcy permeability for the same. We thus provide a simple mathematical framework that may be immensely helpful for devising a computationally efficient way of characterizing electro-osmosis through topographically complicated porous media.

  16. Mathematical modeling of fines migration and clogging in porous media

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    Kampel, Guido

    2007-05-01

    A porous medium is a material that contains regions filled with fluid embedded in a solid matrix. These fluid filled regions are called pores or voids. Suspensions are fluids with small particles called fines. As a suspension flows through a porous material, some fines are trapped within the material while others that were trapped may be released. Filters are an example of porous media. We model filters as networks of channels. As a suspension flows across the filter, particles clog channels. We assume that there is no flow through clogged channels. In the first part of this thesis, we compute a sharp upper bound on the number of channels that can clog before fluid can no longer flow through the filter. Soil mass is another example of porous media. Fluid in porous media flows through tortuous paths. This tortuosity and inertial effects cause fines to collide with pore walls. After each collision, a particle looses momentum and needs to be accelerated again by hydrodynamic forces. As a result, the average velocity of fines is smaller than that of the fluid. This retardation of the fines with respect to the fluid may lead to an increase of the concentration of fines in certain regions which may eventually result in the plugging of the porous medium. This effect is of importance in flows near wells where the flow has circular symmetry and thus, it is not macroscopically homogeneous. In the second part of this thesis we develop and analyze a mathematical model to study the physical effect described above. In the third and last part of this thesis we study particle migration and clogging as suspension flows through filters by means of numerical simulations and elementary analysis. We model filters as networks of channels. Each channel is either open or clogged. There is no flow through clogged channels. Each particle and each channel is assigned a width. Particles flow with the fluid while inside a wider channel. When reaching an intersection of channels, a particle

  17. Lattice Boltzmann simulation of chemical dissolution in porous media.

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    Kang, Qinjun; Zhang, Dongxiao; Chen, Shiyi; He, Xiaoyi

    2002-03-01

    In this paper, we develop a lattice Boltzmann model for simulating the transport and reaction of fluids in porous media. To simulate such a system, we account for the interaction of forced convection, molecular diffusion, and surface reaction. The problem is complicated by the evolution of the porous media geometry due to chemical reactions, which may significantly and continuously modify the hydrologic properties of the media. The particular application that motivates the present study is acid stimulation, a common technique used to increase production from petroleum reservoirs. This technique involves the injection of acid (e.g., hydrochloric acid, HCl, acetic acid, HAc) into the formation to dissolve minerals comprising the rock. As acid is injected, highly conductive channels or "wormholes" may be formed. The dissolution of carbonate rocks in 0.5M HCl and 0.5M HAc is simulated with the lattice Boltzmann model developed in this study. The dependence of dissolution process and the geometry of the final wormhole pattern on the acid type and the injection rate is studied. The results agree qualitatively with the experimental and theoretical analyses of others and substantiate the previous finding that there exists an optimal injection rate at which the wormhole is formed as well as the number of pore volumes of the injected fluid to break through is minimized. This study also confirms the experimentally observed phenomenon that the optimal injection rate decreases and the corresponding minimized number of pore volumes to break through increases as the acid is changed from HCl to HAc. Simulations suggest that the proposed lattice Boltzmann model may serve as an alternative reliable quantitative approach to study chemical dissolution in porous media.

  18. Flow and Fracture in Deformable Porous Media: a Magmatic Perspective

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    Petford, N.

    2012-12-01

    This contribution reviews some recent advances in the flow and fracture of deformable porous media with implications for melt extraction in the lower crust and upper mantle. A long standing issue concerning extraction of partial melt from hot, high pressure regions (that is, most of the earth's solid interior) is the apparent contradiction that fracturing can occur in highly compliant material. I argue that much of the source of conflict surrounding the idea of 'fracture' in ductile/plastic rock is due to lack of clarity of terminology combined with conceptual notions equating fracture as defined in brittle rock through the theory of linear elasticity (a process well understood), with deformation and failure in weakly consolidated rock. So, while the former is based fundamentally on stress singularities and strain energy processes at a propagating fracture tip, continuum models of fracture in granular media struggle to define precisely the discontinuous nature of the physics involved. Thus, for fracture in porous media (and here an equivalence is made with igneous porous media, that is, a silicate melt phase plus skeletal, granular matrix), verbs like parting, dilation and seepage in response to fluid (melt) pressurised translation of a weakly bonded matrix become the equivalent of cracks/veins/fractures in traditional (Griffiths) fracture mechanics. At its simplest, the process of fracturing in both classes of material can be defined by the difference in lengthscale and geometry of dissipated energy around the opening fracture. Treated in this way, controversies about the ability of weak/ductile rock to 'fracture' become instead productive discussions on the relative roles of fluid pressure, flow rates and rheology in promoting localised deformation.

  19. Effect of Bacterial Motility on Contaminant Mixing in Porous Media

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    Singh, R.; Olson, M. S.; Bioremediation At Drexel

    2010-12-01

    Groundwater flow is typically characterized by laminar flow and therefore contaminant mixing limited conditions prevail in subsurface environments. The presence of porous media introduces tortuosity to groundwater flow paths, thereby enhancing contaminant mixing. In addition, bacterial motility is reported to induce movement in their surrounding liquid, which may enhance contaminant mixing. Enhancement of chemical diffusion coefficients in bulk fluid due to bacterial random motility and chemotaxis has been already reported in literature. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of bacterial motility on contaminant mixing in the presence of porous media. A microfluidic device was designed and fabricated using standard photolithography and soft-lithography techniques to simulate a contaminant plume in subsurface porous media due to leakage of an underground storage tank. A non-reactive conservative tracer, Dextran solution labeled with FITC (fluorescein isothiocyanate), was used as surrogate for the contaminant and the motile bacterial strain Escherichia coli HCB33 (wild type) was used for the experiments to enhance contaminant mixing. Images were obtained at various cross-sections along the device and fluorescence intensity profile distributions were analyzed to determine the transverse dispersion of the contaminant. Enhancement in contaminant mixing was assessed by comparing the contaminant transverse dispersion coefficients (Dyi) in porous media in presence of motile bacteria, immobilized bacteria, and with no bacteria. In order to quantify the contaminant dispersion coefficients under the various test conditions, experimental data obtained were fitted to concentration profiles predicted by the contaminant advection-dispersion equation for the given experimental conditions (Figure 1). The transverse dispersion coefficient values obtained in the presence of motile bacteria (Dymb)and with no bacteria (Dynb) were 2.49 x 10-4 cm2/s and 1.39 x 10-4 cm2/s

  20. Symmetry properties of macroscopic transport coefficients in porous media

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    Lasseux, D.; Valdés-Parada, F. J.

    2017-04-01

    We report on symmetry properties of tensorial effective transport coefficients characteristic of many transport phenomena in porous systems at the macroscopic scale. The effective coefficients in the macroscopic models (derived by upscaling (volume averaging) the governing equations at the underlying scale) are obtained from the solution of closure problems that allow passing the information from the lower to the upper scale. The symmetry properties of the macroscopic coefficients are identified from a formal analysis of the closure problems and this is illustrated for several different physical mechanisms, namely, one-phase flow in homogeneous porous media involving inertial effects, slip flow in the creeping regime, momentum transport in a fracture relying on the Reynolds model including slip effects, single-phase flow in heterogeneous porous media embedding a porous matrix and a clear fluid region, two-phase momentum transport in homogeneous porous media, as well as dispersive heat and mass transport. The results from the analysis of these study cases are summarized as follows. For inertial single-phase flow, the apparent permeability tensor is irreducibly decomposed into its symmetric (viscous) and skew-symmetric (inertial) parts; for creeping slip-flow, the apparent permeability tensor is not symmetric; for one-phase slightly compressible gas flow in the slip regime within a fracture, the effective transmissivity tensor is symmetric, a result that remains valid in the absence of slip; for creeping one-phase flow in heterogeneous media, the permeability tensor is symmetric; for two-phase flow, we found the dominant permeability tensors to be symmetric, whereas the coupling tensors do not exhibit any special symmetry property; finally for dispersive heat transfer, the thermal conductivity tensors include a symmetric and a skew-symmetric part, the latter being a consequence of convective transport only. A similar result is achieved for mass dispersion. Beyond the

  1. Combustion Characteristics of Biofuels in Porous-Media Burners

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    Barajas, Pablo E.; Parthasarathy, R. N.; Gollahalli, S. R.

    2010-05-01

    Biofuels, such as canola methyl ester (CME) and soy methyl ester (SME) derived from vegetable oil are alternative sources of energy that have been developed to reduce the dependence on petroleum-based fuels. In the present study, CME, SME, commercial Jet-A fuel were tested in a porous-media burner. The measured combustion characteristics at an initial equivalence ratio of 0.8 included NOx and CO emission indices, radiative fractions of heat release, and axial temperatures. The effects of fuel on the injector and porous media durability were also documented. The NOx emission index was higher for the SME and CME flames than that of the Jet-A flame. Furthermore, the axial temperature profiles were similar for all the flames. The prolonged use of CME and SME resulted in the solid-particle deposition on the metal walls of the injector and within the structure of the porous medium, thereby increasing the restriction to the fuel/air flow.

  2. How reproducible is the acoustical characterization of porous media?

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    Pompoli, Francesco; Bonfiglio, Paolo; Horoshenkov, Kirill V; Khan, Amir; Jaouen, Luc; Bécot, François-Xavier; Sgard, Franck; Asdrubali, Francesco; D'Alessandro, Francesco; Hübelt, Jörn; Atalla, Noureddine; Amédin, Celse K; Lauriks, Walter; Boeckx, Laurens

    2017-02-01

    There is a considerable number of research publications on the characterization of porous media that is carried out in accordance with ISO 10534-2 (International Standards Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2001) and/or ISO 9053 (International Standards Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991). According to the Web of Science(TM) (last accessed 22 September 2016) there were 339 publications in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America alone which deal with the acoustics of porous media. However, the reproducibility of these characterization procedures is not well understood. This paper deals with the reproducibility of some standard characterization procedures for acoustic porous materials. The paper is an extension of the work published by Horoshenkov, Khan, Bécot, Jaouen, Sgard, Renault, Amirouche, Pompoli, Prodi, Bonfiglio, Pispola, Asdrubali, Hübelt, Atalla, Amédin, Lauriks, and Boeckx [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122(1), 345-353 (2007)]. In this paper, independent laboratory measurements were performed on the same material specimens so that the naturally occurring inhomogeneity in materials was controlled. It also presented the reproducibility data for the characteristic impedance, complex wavenumber, and for some related pore structure properties. This work can be helpful to better understand the tolerances of these material characterization procedures so improvements can be developed to reduce experimental errors and improve the reproducibility between laboratories.

  3. Measurement of Interfacial Area Production and Permeability within Porous Media

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    Crandall, Dustin; Ahmadi, Goodarz; Smith, Duane H.

    2010-01-01

    An understanding of the pore-level interactions that affect multi-phase flow in porous media is important in many subsurface engineering applications, including enhanced oil recovery, remediation of dense non-aqueous liquid contaminated sites, and geologic CO2 sequestration. Standard models of two-phase flow in porous media have been shown to have several shortcomings, which might partially be overcome using a recently developed model based on thermodynamic principles that includes interfacial area as an additional parameter. A few static experimental studies have been previously performed, which allowed the determination of static parameters of the model, but no information exists concerning the interfacial area dynamic parameters. A new experimental porous flow cell that was constructed using stereolithography for two-phase gas-liquid flow studies was used in conjunction with an in-house analysis code to provide information on dynamic evolution of both fluid phases and gas-liquid interfaces. In this paper, we give a brief introduction to the new generalized model of two-phase flow model and describe how the stereolithography flow cell experimental setup was used to obtain the dynamic parameters for the interfacial area numerical model. In particular, the methods used to determine the interfacial area permeability and production terms are shown.

  4. Diffusion with condensation and evaporation in porous media

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    Gu, L.; Plumb, O.A.; Ho, C.K.; Webb, S.W.

    1998-03-01

    Vapor phase transport in porous media is important in a number of environmental and industrial processes: soil moisture transport, vapor phase transport in the vadose zone, transport in the vicinity of buried nuclear waste, and industrial processes such as drying. The diffusion of water vapor in a packed bed containing residual liquid is examined experimentally. The objective is to quantify the effect of enhanced vapor diffusion resulting from evaporation/condensation in porous media subjected to a temperature gradient. Isothermal diffusion experiments in free-space were conducted to qualify the experimental apparatus and techniques. For these experiments measured diffusion coefficients are within 3.6% of those reported in the literature for the temperature range from 25 C to 40 C. Isothermal experiments in packed beds of glass beads were used to determine the tortuosity coefficient resulting in {tau} = 0.78 {+-} 0.028, which is also consistent with previously reported results. Nonisothermal experiments in packed beds in which condensation occurs were conducted to examine enhanced vapor diffusion. The interpretation of the results for these experiments is complicated by a gradual, but continuous, build-up of condensate in the packed beds during the course of the experiment. Results indicate diffusion coefficients which increase as a function of saturation resulting in enhancement of the vapor-phase transport by a factor of approximately four compared to a dry porous medium.

  5. Stability analysis of dissolution-driven convection in porous media

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    Emami-Meybodi, Hamid

    2017-01-01

    We study the stability of dissolution-driven convection in the presence of a capillary transition zone and hydrodynamic dispersion in a saturated anisotropic porous medium, where the solute concentration is assumed to decay via a first-order chemical reaction. While the reaction enhances stability by consuming the solute, porous media anisotropy, hydrodynamic dispersion, and capillary transition zone destabilize the diffusive boundary layer that is unstably formed in a gravitational field. We perform linear stability analysis, based on the quasi-steady-state approximation, to assess critical times, critical wavenumbers, and neutral stability curves as a function of anisotropy ratio, dispersivity ratio, dispersion strength, material parameter, Bond number, Damköhler number, and Rayleigh number. The results show that the diffusive boundary layer becomes unstable in anisotropic porous media where both the capillary transition zone and dispersion are considered, even if the geochemical reaction is significantly large. Using direct numerical simulations, based on the finite difference method, we study the nonlinear dynamics of the system by examining dissolution flux, interaction of convective fingers, and flow topology. The results of nonlinear simulations confirm the predictions from the linear stability analysis and reveal that the fingering pattern is significantly influenced by combined effects of reaction, anisotropy, dispersion, and capillarity. Finally, we draw conclusions on implications of our results on carbon dioxide sequestration in deep saline aquifers.

  6. Flow simulations in porous media with immersed intersecting fractures

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    Berrone, Stefano; Pieraccini, Sandra; Scialò, Stefano

    2017-09-01

    A novel approach for fully 3D flow simulations in porous media with immersed networks of fractures is presented. The method is based on the discrete fracture and matrix model, in which fractures are represented as two-dimensional objects in a three-dimensional porous matrix. The problem, written in primal formulation on both the fractures and the porous matrix, is solved resorting to the constrained minimization of a properly designed cost functional that expresses the matching conditions at fracture-fracture and fracture-matrix interfaces. The method, originally conceived for intricate fracture networks in impervious rock matrices, is here extended to fractures in a porous permeable rock matrix. The purpose of the optimization approach is to allow for an easy meshing process, independent of the geometrical complexity of the domain, and for a robust and efficient resolution tool, relying on a strong parallelism. The present work is devoted to the presentation of the new method and of its applicability to flow simulations in poro-fractured domains.

  7. Complex resistivity signatures of ethanol biodegradation in porous media

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    Personna, Yves Robert; Slater, Lee; Ntarlagiannis, Dimitrios; Werkema, Dale; Szabo, Zoltan

    2013-10-01

    Numerous adverse effects are associated with the accidental release of ethanol (EtOH) and its persistence in the subsurface. Geophysical techniques may permit non-invasive, real time monitoring of microbial degradation of hydrocarbon. We performed complex resistivity (CR) measurements in conjunction with geochemical data analysis on three microbial-stimulated and two control columns to investigate changes in electrical properties during EtOH biodegradation processes in porous media. A Debye Decomposition approach was applied to determine the chargeability (m), normalized chargeability (mn) and time constant (τ) of the polarization magnitude and relaxation length scale as a function of time. The CR responses showed a clear distinction between the bioaugmented and control columns in terms of real (σ‧) and imaginary (σ″) conductivity, phase (ϕ) and apparent formation factor (Fapp). Unlike the control columns, a substantial decrease in σ‧ and increase in Fapp occurred at an early time (within 4 days) of the experiment for all three bioaugmented columns. The observed decrease in σ‧ is opposite to previous studies on hydrocarbon biodegradation. These columns also exhibited increases in ϕ (up to ~ 9 mrad) and σ″ (up to two order of magnitude higher) 5 weeks after microbial inoculation. Variations in m and mn were consistent with temporal changes in ϕ and σ″ responses, respectively. Temporal geochemical changes and high resolution scanning electron microscopy imaging corroborated the CR findings, thus indicating the sensitivity of CR measurements to EtOH biodegradation processes. Our results offer insight into the potential application of CR measurements for long-term monitoring of biogeochemical and mineralogical changes during intrinsic and induced EtOH biodegradation in the subsurface.

  8. Complex resistivity signatures of ethanol biodegradation in porous media.

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    Personna, Yves Robert; Slater, Lee; Ntarlagiannis, Dimitrios; Werkema, Dale; Szabo, Zoltan

    2013-10-01

    Numerous adverse effects are associated with the accidental release of ethanol (EtOH) and its persistence in the subsurface. Geophysical techniques may permit non-invasive, real time monitoring of microbial degradation of hydrocarbon. We performed complex resistivity (CR) measurements in conjunction with geochemical data analysis on three microbial-stimulated and two control columns to investigate changes in electrical properties during EtOH biodegradation processes in porous media. A Debye Decomposition approach was applied to determine the chargeability (m), normalized chargeability (m(n)) and time constant (τ) of the polarization magnitude and relaxation length scale as a function of time. The CR responses showed a clear distinction between the bioaugmented and control columns in terms of real (σ') and imaginary (σ″) conductivity, phase (ϕ) and apparent formation factor (F(app)). Unlike the control columns, a substantial decrease in σ' and increase in F(app) occurred at an early time (within 4 days) of the experiment for all three bioaugmented columns. The observed decrease in σ' is opposite to previous studies on hydrocarbon biodegradation. These columns also exhibited increases in ϕ (up to ~9 mrad) and σ″ (up to two order of magnitude higher) 5 weeks after microbial inoculation. Variations in m and m(n) were consistent with temporal changes in ϕ and σ″ responses, respectively. Temporal geochemical changes and high resolution scanning electron microscopy imaging corroborated the CR findings, thus indicating the sensitivity of CR measurements to EtOH biodegradation processes. Our results offer insight into the potential application of CR measurements for long-term monitoring of biogeochemical and mineralogical changes during intrinsic and induced EtOH biodegradation in the subsurface.

  9. Complex resistivity signatures of ethanol biodegradation in porous media

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    Personna, Yves Robert; Slater, Lee; Ntarlagiannis, Dimitrios; Werkema, Dale; Szabo, Zoltan

    2013-01-01

    Numerous adverse effects are associated with the accidental release of ethanol (EtOH) and its persistence in the subsurface. Geophysical techniques may permit non-invasive, real time monitoring of microbial degradation of hydrocarbon. We performed complex resistivity (CR) measurements in conjunction with geochemical data analysis on three microbial-stimulated and two control columns to investigate changes in electrical properties during EtOH biodegradation processes in porous media. A Debye Decomposition approach was applied to determine the chargeability (m), normalized chargeability (mn) and time constant (τ) of the polarization magnitude and relaxation length scale as a function of time. The CR responses showed a clear distinction between the bioaugmented and control columns in terms of real (σ′) and imaginary (σ″) conductivity, phase (ϕ) and apparent formation factor (Fapp). Unlike the control columns, a substantial decrease in σ′ and increase in Fapp occurred at an early time (within 4 days) of the experiment for all three bioaugmented columns. The observed decrease in σ′ is opposite to previous studies on hydrocarbon biodegradation. These columns also exhibited increases in ϕ (up to ~ 9 mrad) and σ″ (up to two order of magnitude higher) 5 weeks after microbial inoculation. Variations in m and mn were consistent with temporal changes in ϕ and σ″ responses, respectively. Temporal geochemical changes and high resolution scanning electron microscopy imaging corroborated the CR findings, thus indicating the sensitivity of CR measurements to EtOH biodegradation processes. Our results offer insight into the potential application of CR measurements for long-term monitoring of biogeochemical and mineralogical changes during intrinsic and induced EtOH biodegradation in the subsurface.

  10. Adaptive mesh refinement and multilevel iteration for multiphase, multicomponent flow in porous media

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    Hornung, R.D.

    1996-12-31

    An adaptive local mesh refinement (AMR) algorithm originally developed for unsteady gas dynamics is extended to multi-phase flow in porous media. Within the AMR framework, we combine specialized numerical methods to treat the different aspects of the partial differential equations. Multi-level iteration and domain decomposition techniques are incorporated to accommodate elliptic/parabolic behavior. High-resolution shock capturing schemes are used in the time integration of the hyperbolic mass conservation equations. When combined with AMR, these numerical schemes provide high resolution locally in a more efficient manner than if they were applied on a uniformly fine computational mesh. We will discuss the interplay of physical, mathematical, and numerical concerns in the application of adaptive mesh refinement to flow in porous media problems of practical interest.

  11. A Mixed Finite Volume Element Method for Flow Calculations in Porous Media

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    Jones, Jim E.

    1996-01-01

    A key ingredient in the simulation of flow in porous media is the accurate determination of the velocities that drive the flow. The large scale irregularities of the geology, such as faults, fractures, and layers suggest the use of irregular grids in the simulation. Work has been done in applying the finite volume element (FVE) methodology as developed by McCormick in conjunction with mixed methods which were developed by Raviart and Thomas. The resulting mixed finite volume element discretization scheme has the potential to generate more accurate solutions than standard approaches. The focus of this paper is on a multilevel algorithm for solving the discrete mixed FVE equations. The algorithm uses a standard cell centered finite difference scheme as the 'coarse' level and the more accurate mixed FVE scheme as the 'fine' level. The algorithm appears to have potential as a fast solver for large size simulations of flow in porous media.

  12. A Mixed Finite Volume Element Method for Flow Calculations in Porous Media

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    Jones, Jim E.

    1996-01-01

    A key ingredient in the simulation of flow in porous media is the accurate determination of the velocities that drive the flow. The large scale irregularities of the geology, such as faults, fractures, and layers suggest the use of irregular grids in the simulation. Work has been done in applying the finite volume element (FVE) methodology as developed by McCormick in conjunction with mixed methods which were developed by Raviart and Thomas. The resulting mixed finite volume element discretization scheme has the potential to generate more accurate solutions than standard approaches. The focus of this paper is on a multilevel algorithm for solving the discrete mixed FVE equations. The algorithm uses a standard cell centered finite difference scheme as the 'coarse' level and the more accurate mixed FVE scheme as the 'fine' level. The algorithm appears to have potential as a fast solver for large size simulations of flow in porous media.

  13. Fixation of radioactive ions in porous media with ion exchange gels

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    Mercer, Jr., Basil W.; Godfrey, Wesley L.

    1979-01-01

    A method is provided for fixing radioactive ions in porous media by injecting into the porous media water-soluble organic monomers which are polymerizable to gel structures with ion exchange sites and polymerizing the monomers to form ion exchange gels. The ions and the particles of the porous media are thereby physically fixed in place by the gel structure and, in addition, the ions are chemically fixed by the ion exchange properties of the resulting gel.

  14. Anomalous dynamics of capillary rise in porous media.

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    Shikhmurzaev, Yulii D; Sprittles, James E

    2012-07-01

    The anomalous dynamics of capillary rise in a porous medium discovered experimentally more than a decade ago [T. Delker et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 2902 (1996)] is described. The developed theory is based on considering the principal modes of motion of the menisci that collectively form the wetting front on the Darcy scale. These modes, which include (i) dynamic wetting mode, (ii) threshold mode, and (iii) interface depinning process, are incorporated into the boundary conditions for the bulk equations formulated in the regular framework of continuum mechanics of porous media, thus allowing one to consider a general case of three-dimensional flows. The developed theory makes it possible to describe all regimes observed in the experiment, with the time spanning more than four orders of magnitude, and highlights the dominant physical mechanisms at different stages of the process.

  15. Stochastic Langevin Model for Flow and Transport in Porous Media

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    Tartakovsky, Alexandre M.; Tartakovsky, Daniel M.; Meakin, Paul

    2008-07-25

    A new stochastic Lagrangian model for fluid flow and transport in porous media is described. The fluid is represented by particles whose flow and dispersion in a continuous porous medium is governed by a Langevin equation. Changes in the properties of the fluid particles (e.g. the solute concentration) due to molecular diffusion is governed by the advection-diffusion equation. The separate treatment of advective and diffusive mixing in the stochastic model has an advantage over the classical advection-dispersion theory, which uses a single effective diffusion coefficient (the dispersion coefficient) to describe both types of mixing leading to over-prediction of mixing induced effective reaction rates. The stochastic model predicts much lower reaction product concentrations in mixing induced reactions. In addition the dispersion theory predicts more stable fronts (with a higher effective fractal dimension) than the stochastic model during the growth of Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities.

  16. Model of oil ganglion movement in porous media

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    Egbogah, E.O.; Wright, R.J.; Dawe, R.A.

    1981-01-01

    This paper presents a simple theory of the movement of a discontinuous oil droplet (ganglion) through a model porous medium. A quantitative description of the ganglion flow in the system was obtained through a tractable solution to the balance of forces controlling ganglion stability during flow of two immiscible fluids within a well-defined geometry. Calculations were based on a constricted conical (divergent-convergent) pore model. Experimental data from a tetragonally packed sphere model were used interactively with a theoretical static analysis to synthesize the relevant features of the ganglion mechanics into a coherent theory of oil mobilization. The model analysis also permits the computation of relative ganglion velocity under various flow conditions. This is an essential parameter for enhanced oil recovery modelling which facilitates the prediction of oil bank movements in porous media. 34 refs.

  17. Bioclogging in Porous Media: Preferential Flow Paths and Anomalous Transport

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    Holzner, M.; Carrel, M.; Morales, V.; Derlon, N.; Beltran, M. A.; Morgenroth, E.; Kaufmann, R.

    2016-12-01

    Biofilms are sessile communities of microorganisms held together by an extracellular polymeric substance that enables surface colonization. In porous media (e.g. soils, trickling filters etc.) biofilm growth has been shown to affect the hydrodynamics in a complex fashion at the pore-scale by clogging individual pores and enhancing preferential flow pathways and anomalous transport. These phenomena are a direct consequence of microbial growth and metabolism, mass transfer processes and complex flow velocity fields possibly exhibiting pronounced three-dimensional features. Despite considerable past work, however, it is not fully understood how bioclogging interacts with flow and mass transport processes in porous media. In this work we use imaging techniques to determine the flow velocities and the distribution of biofilm in a porous medium. Three-dimensional millimodels are packed with a transparent porous medium and a glucose solution to match the optical refractive index. The models are inoculated with planktonic wildtype bacteria and biofilm cultivated for 60 h under a constant flow and nutrient conditions. The pore flow velocities in the increasingly bioclogged medium are measured using 3D particle tracking velocimetry (3D-PTV). The three-dimensional spatial distribution of the biofilm within the pore space is assessed by imaging the model with X-Ray microtomography. We find that biofilm growth increases the complexity of the pore space, leading to the formation of preferential flow pathways and "dead" pore zones. The probability of persistent high and low velocity regions (within preferential paths resp. stagnant flow regions) thus increases upon biofilm growth, leading to an enhancement of anomalous transport. The structural data seems to indicate that the largest pores are not getting clogged and carry the preferential flow, whereas intricated structures develop in the smallest pores, where the flow becomes almost stagnant. These findings may be relevant for

  18. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media

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    Tokunaga, Tetsu K.

    2009-03-01

    Adsorbed water films strongly influence residual water saturations and hydraulic conductivities in porous media at low saturations. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media were investigated through combining Langmuir's film model with scaling analysis, without use of any adjustable parameters. Diffuse double layer influences are predicted to be important through the strong dependence of adsorbed water film thickness (f) on matric potential ({Psi}) and ion charge (z). Film thickness, film velocity, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity are predicted to vary with z{sup -1}, z{sup -2}, and z{sup -3}, respectively. In monodisperse granular media, the characteristic grain size ({lambda}) controls film hydraulics through {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of (1) the perimeter length per unit cross sectional area over which films occur, (2) the critical matric potential ({Psi}{sub c}) below which films control flow, and (3) the magnitude of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity when {Psi} < {Psi}{sub c}. While it is recognized that finer textured sediments have higher unsaturated hydraulic conductivities than coarser sands at intermediate {Psi}, the {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of hydraulic conductivity predicted here extends this understanding to very low saturations where all pores are drained. Extremely low unsaturated hydraulic conductivities are predicted under adsorbed film-controlled conditions (generally < 0.1 mm y{sup -1}). On flat surfaces, the film hydraulic diffusivity is shown to be constant (invariant with respect to {Psi}).

  19. Dynamic permeability of porous media by the lattice Boltzmann method

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    Adler, P.; Pazdniakou, A.

    2012-04-01

    The main objective of our work is to determine the dynamic permeability of three dimensional porous media by means of the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). The Navier-Stokes equation can be numerically solved by LBM which is widely used to address various fluid dynamics problems. Space is discretized by a three-dimensional cubic lattice and time is discretized as well. The generally accepted notation for lattice Boltzmann models is DdQq where D stands for space dimension and Q for the number of discrete velocities. The present model is denoted by D3Q19. Moreover, the Two Relaxation Times variant of the Multi Relaxation Times model is implemented. Bounce back boundary conditions are used on the solid-fluid interfaces. The porous medium is spatially periodic. Reconstructed media were used; they are obtained by imposing a porosity and a correlation function characterized by a correlation length. Real samples can be obtained by MicroCT. In contrast with other previous contributions, the dynamic permeability K(omega) which is a complex number, is derived by imposing an oscillating body force of pulsation omega on the unit cell and by deriving the amplitude and the phase shift of the resulting time dependent seepage velocity. The influence of two limiting parameters, namely the Knudsen number Kn and the discretization for high frequencies, on K(omega) is carefully studied for the first time. Kn is proportional to nu/(cs H) where nu is the kinematic viscosity, cs the speed of sound in the fluid and H a characteristic length scale of the porous medium. Several porous media such as the classical plane Poiseuille flow and the reconstructed media are used to show that it is only for small enough values of Kn that reliable results are obtained. Otherwise, the data depend on Kn and may even be totally unphysical. However, it should be noticed that the limiting value of Kn could not be derived in general since it depends very much on the structure of the medium. Problems occur at

  20. Dynamic permeability of porous media by the lattice Boltzmann method

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    Pazdniakou, A.; Adler, P. M.

    2011-12-01

    The main objective of our work is to determine the dynamic permeability of three dimensional porous media by means of the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). The Navier-Stokes equation can be numerically solved by LBM which is widely used to address various fluid dynamics problems. Space is discretized by a three-dimensional cubic lattice and time is discretized as well. The generally accepted notation for lattice Boltzmann models is DdQq where D stands for space dimension and Q for the number of discrete velocities. The present model is denoted by D3Q19. Moreover, the Two Relaxation Times variant of the Multi Relaxation Times model is implemented. Bounce back boundary conditions are used on the solid-fluid interfaces. The porous medium is spatially periodic. Reconstructed media were used; they are obtained by imposing a porosity and a correlation function characterized by a correlation length. Real samples can be obtained by MicroCT. In contrast with other previous contributions, the dynamic permeability K(omega) which is a complex number, is derived by imposing an oscillating body force of pulsation omega on the unit cell and by deriving the amplitude and the phase shift of the resulting time dependent seepage velocity. The influence of two limiting parameters, namely the Knudsen number Kn and the discretization for high frequencies, on K(omega) is carefully studied for the first time. Kn is proportional to nu/(c_s H) where nu is the kinematic viscosity, c_s the speed of sound in the fluid and H a characteristic length scale of the porous medium. Several porous media such as the classical plane Poiseuille flow and the reconstructed media are used to show that it is only for small enough values of Kn that reliable results are obtained. Otherwise, the data depend on Kn and may even be totally unphysical. However, it should be noticed that the limiting value of Kn could not be derived in general since it depends very much on the structure of the medium. Problems occur

  1. Adaptive Hybrid Algorithm for Flow and Transport in Porous Media

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    Yousefzadeh, M.; Battiato, I.

    2016-12-01

    Flow and transport phenomena in the subsurface happen over various scales. Depending on the physics of the problem one has to incorporate all relevant scales. Often the behavior of the system is governed by the phenomena at the pore-scale. Therefore accurate and efficient modeling of any large domain requires simulating parts of it at the pore-scale (i.e., wherein continuum models become invalid) and the rest at the continuum scale. Hybrid models use pore-scale and continuum-scale representations. Desirable features of hybrid models are: 1) their ability to track where and when to use pore-scale models, i.e. their adaptability to time- and space-dependent phenomena, 2) their flexibility in implementing coupling conditions, and 3) computational speed-up when the sub-domain wherein pore-scale simulations are required is much smaller than the total computational domain. Moreover, coupling conditions should be physics-based in order reduce the overall number of assumptions. Another challenge in accurate modeling of the flow and transport in porous media is the complex geometry at the fine-scale (i.e. pore-scale), which calls for a compuationally expensive mesh generation algorithm. A Cartesian algorithm (IBM) for simulating flow and transport in porous media has been developed and utilized. We propose a general, robust and non-intrusive hybrid model based on IBM to model flow and reactive transport in porous media. To evaluate the flexibility of the hybrid algorithm numerical implementation has been carried out for several passive and reactive transport and flow scenarios.

  2. Direct numerical simulation of inertial flows in porous media

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    Apte, S.; Finn, J.; Wood, B. D.

    2010-12-01

    At modest flow rates (10 ≤ Re ≤ 300) through porous media and packed beds, fluid inertia can result in complex steady and unsteady recirculation regions, dependent on the local pore geometry. Body fitted CFD is a broadly used design and analysis tool for flows in porous media and packed bed type reactors. Unfortunately, the inherent complexities of porous media make unstructured mesh generation a difficult and time consuming step in the simulation process. To accurately capture the inertial dynamics using high-fidelity direct simulations, body fitted meshes must be high quality and sufficiently refined. We present methods to parameterize and simplify mesh generation for packed beds, with an eye toward obtaining efficient mesh independence for Reynolds numbers in the inertial and unsteady regimes. The crux of mesh generation for packed beds is dealing with sphere-sphere or sphere-wall contact points, where a geometric singularity exists. To handle the sphere-sphere and sphere-wall contact points, we use a fillet bridge model, in which every pair of contacting entities are bridged by a fillet, eliminating a small fluid region near the contact point. This results in a continuous surface mesh which does not require resizing of the spheres and can accommodate prism cells for improved boundary layer resolution. A second order accurate, parallel, incompressible flow solver [Moin and Apte, AIAA J. 2006] is used to simulate flow through three different sphere packings: a periodic simple cubic packing, a wall bounded hexagonal close packing, and a randomly packed tube. Mesh independence is assessed using several measures including Ergun pressure drop coefficients, viscous and pressure components of drag force, kinetic energy, kinetic energy dissipation and interstitial velocity profiles. The results of these test cases are used to determine the feasibility of accurate and very large scale simulations of flow through a randomly packed bed of 103 pores. Preliminary results

  3. Static properties of polymer chains in porous media

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    Honeycutt, J. D.; Thirumalai, D.

    1989-04-01

    The static properties of a polymer molecule in a porous medium are investigated. The porous medium is simulated using a site percolation model in which the various sites are occupied (or unoccupied) randomly. A freely jointed chain is allowed to move in continuous space between the obstacles. Effects of excluded volume interactions between the links have also been studied. Using a generalized Flory theory, we have shown that, when the strength of disorder is large enough, the mean square end-to-end distance scales as N2ν, where N is the number of links in the chain, and ν takes on a value different from that for a free chain. Under these conditions, the polymer assumes a compact, globule-like conformation. For sufficiently large N, the Flory theory gives ν=1/(d+2) for freely jointed chains and ν=1/d for chains with excluded volume. Various correlation functions such as the distribution of the end-to-end distance and density profile of monomers with respect to the center of mass of the chain have been computed using Monte Carlo simulations. These results are interpreted using scaling concepts and an approximate variational theory based on replica methods. The limitations of the replica variational theory are assessed by an application to the directed polymer in a quenched random environment. We have also studied the shape fluctuations that the polymer molecule undergoes in the random environment. It is argued that these shape fluctuations are relevant to the transport mechanism of polymers in random media. The results obtained for the porous media are contrasted with those found for polymers in media where the obstacles are arranged in a regular manner.

  4. Time-fractional particle deposition in porous media

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    Xu, Jianping

    2017-05-01

    In the percolation process where fluids carry small solid particles, particle deposition causes a real-time permeability change of the medium as the swarm of particles propagates along the medium. Then the permeability change influences percolation and deposition behaviors as a feedback. This fact triggers memory effect in the deposition dynamics, which means the particulate transport and deposition behaviors become history-dependent. In this paper, we conduct the time-fractional generalization of the classical phenomenological model of particle deposition in porous media to incorporate the memory effect. We tested and compared the effects of employing different types of fractional operators, i.e. the Riemann-Liouville type, the Hadamard type and the Prabhakar type. Numerical simulation results show that the system behaviors vary according to the change of distinct memory kernels in an expected way. We then discuss the physical meaning of the time-fractional generalization. It is shown that different types of fractional operators unanimously ground themselves on the local-Newtonian time transformation in a complex system, which is equivalent to a class of history integrals. By the introduction of various memory kernels, it enables the model to more powerfully fit and approximate observed data. Further, the fundamental meaning of this work is not to show which fractional operator is ‘better’, but to argue collectively the legitimacy and practicality of a non-Markovian particle deposition dynamics in porous media, and in fact it is admissible to a bunch of memory kernels which differ greatly from each other in functional forms. Hopefully the presented generalized mass conservation formalism offers a broader framework to investigate transport problems in porous media.

  5. Bacteria transport through porous media. Annual report, December 31, 1984

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    Yen, T.F.

    1986-09-01

    The following five chapters in this report have been processed separately for inclusion in the Energy Data Base: (1) theoretical model of convective diffusion of motile and non-motile bacteria toward solid surfaces; (2) interfacial electrochemistry of oxide surfaces in oil-bearing sands and sandstones; (3) effects of sodium pyrophosphate additive on the ''huff and puff''/nutrient flooding MEOR process; (4) interaction of Escherichia coli B, B/4, and bacteriophage T4D with Berea sandstone rock in relation to enhanced oil recovery; and (5) transport of bacteria in porous media and its significance in microbial enhanced oil recovery.

  6. A study of vapor-liquid flow in porous media

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    Satik, Cengiz; Yortsos, Yanis C.

    1994-01-20

    We study the heat transfer-driven liquid-to-vapor phase change in single-component systems in porous media by using pore network models and flow visualization experiments. Experiments using glass micromodels were conducted. The flow visualization allowed us to define the rules for the numerical pore network model. A numerical pore network model is developed for vapor-liquid displacement where fluid flow, heat transfer and capillarity are included at the pore level. We examine the growth process at two different boundary conditions.

  7. Experimental study of seismic attenuation in partially saturated porous media

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    Barrière, Julien; Bordes, Clarisse; Sénéchal, Pascale

    2010-05-01

    Nowadays, it is well admitted that hydrogeological properties of the porous media (porosity, fluid saturation and permeability) can influence seismic properties. In geophysics, the major theory which links hydrogeological and seismic parameters is poroelasticity proposed by Biot (1956). The Biot relaxation process is due to the relative displacement of fluid in comparison to the solid which causes a significant attenuation of seismic waves, notably in unconsolidated medium. In partially saturated medium, pore fluids are considered as a perfect mixture and so called 'effective fluid'. However, in more consolidated rocks, the Biot theory is not sufficient to explain the attenuation level as measured from field seismic and sonic log data. In the last decade, some authors provide new theories to understand the attenuation caused by the interaction of the different fluids. Most experiments are done in the ultrasonic frequency range, where sources of attenuation (like scattering or local fluid flow) are different as in the low frequency range where the wavelength is greater than heterogeneities size. In this way, we propose a forward-looking experiment with the use of a vertical impulsionnal seismic source which have a strong amplitude spectrum ranging from 100Hz to 8kHz. We study three different unconsolidated porous media at atmospheric pressure: fine-grained sand, coarsed-grained sand and coarse gravel. Water content is measured with a calibrated capacitance probe and temperature effects are corrected. Seismic wave propagation is recorded by piezoelectric accelerometers designed for frequencies below 10kHz. The water injection is done by imbibition. We propose to analyse the attenuation in the [100Hz-1.5kHz] frequency range for the studied media with various water saturation levels. The attenuation varies according to the porous medium and the water content and appears more significant at dry condition and at high saturation level. The weak cohesion at dry condition

  8. Combined Evaporation and Salt Precipitation in Porous Media

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    Weisbrod, N.; Dragila, M. I.; Nachshon, U.; Or, D.; Shaharani, E.; Grader, A.

    2012-12-01

    The vadose zone pore water contains dissolved salts and minerals; therefore, evaporation results in high rates of salt accumulation that may change the physical and chemical properties of the porous media. Here, a series of experiments, together with a mathematical model, are presented to shed new light on these processes. Experiments included: (1) long-term column evaporation experiments to quantify changes in evaporation rates due to salt precipitation; (2) CT scans of evaporated porous media samples saturated with salt solutions, to observe salt precipitation from micro to macro scales; and (3) Infrared thermography analysis to quantify evaporation rates from porous media surfaces for homogeneous and heterogeneous conditions and constant water table, in the presence of salt precipitation. As expected, the majority of salt crystallization occurs in the upper parts of the matrix, near the evaporation front. For heterogeneous porous matrices, salt precipitation will occur mainly in the fine pore regions as preferential evaporation takes place in these locations. In addition, it was found that the precipitated NaCl salt crust diffusion coefficient for water vapor is one to two orders of magnitude lower than the vapor diffusion coefficient in free air, depending on environmental conditions and salt crystallization rates. Three new stages of evaporation were defined for saline solutions: SS1, SS2 and SS3. SS1 exhibits a low and gradual decrease in the evaporation rate due to osmotic pressure. During SS2, the evaporation rate falls progressively due to salt precipitation; SS3 is characterized by a constant low evaporation rate and determined by the diffusion rate of water vapor through the precipitated salt layer. Even though phenomenologically similar to the classical evaporation stages of pure water, these stages correspond to different mechanisms and the transition between stages can occur regardless the hydraulic conditions. As well, it was shown that matrix

  9. Theoretical calculation of the compressibility of porous media.

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    Warren, N.

    1973-01-01

    The normalized bulk compressibility of a porous medium is expressed directly in terms of pore strains. The derived expression holds over all porosity and allows for direct substitution of both different pore geometries and pore-pore interactions into the strain term. Pores are assumed to be open. The parent (matrix forming) material is assumed to be homogeneous and isotropic. Pore fluids may be admitted. A simple pore-pore interaction term is introduced. Upper-bound stiffness equations (i.e., equations ignoring pore-pore interactions) are derived for media with oblate spheroidal pores. Effective stress is introduced into the general equation for the normalized bulk compressibility.

  10. Title: Spatial velocity fluctuations in flow through porous media

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    Aramideh, Soroush; Guo, Tianqi; Vlachos, Pavlos P.; Ardekani, Arezoo M.

    2016-11-01

    Understanding the flow in porous media is of great importance and has direct impact on many processes in chemical and oil industries, fuel cell design, and filtration. In this work, we use direct numerical simulations (DNS) to examine the flow through variety of sphere packings with different levels of complexity and heterogeneity. DNS results are validated with velocity fields obtained via volumetric particle tracking velocimetry at high resolution. We show that flow in random close packing of spheres has unique statistical properties while the medium is random itself. Furthermore, we quantify the relationship between pore geometry and velocity fluctuations.

  11. A Porous Media Model for Blood Flow within Reticulated Foam

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    Ortega, J.M.

    2013-01-01

    A porous media model is developed for non-Newtonian blood flow through reticulated foam at Reynolds numbers ranging from 10−8 to 10. This empirical model effectively divides the pressure gradient versus flow speed curve into three regimes, in which either the non-Newtonian viscous forces, the Newtonian viscous forces, or the inertial fluid forces are most prevalent. When compared to simulation data of blood flow through two reticulated foam geometries, the model adequately captures the pressure gradient within all three regimes, especially that within the Newtonian regime where blood transitions from a power-law to a constant viscosity fluid. PMID:24031095

  12. Impact of biofilm on bacterial transport and deposition in porous media

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    Bozorg, Ali; Gates, Ian D.; Sen, Arindom

    2015-12-01

    Laboratory scale experiments were conducted to obtain insights into factors that influence bacterial transport and deposition in porous media. According to colloidal filtration theory, the removal efficiency of a filter medium is characterized by two main factors: collision efficiency and sticking efficiency. In the case of bacterial transport in porous media, bacteria attached to a solid surface can establish a thin layer of biofilm by excreting extracellular polymeric substances which can significantly influence both of these factors in a porous medium, and thus, affect the overall removal efficiency of the filter medium. However, such polymeric interactions in bacterial adhesion are not well understood and a method to calculate polymeric interactions is not yet available. Here, to determine how the migration of bacteria flowing within a porous medium is affected by the presence of surface-associated extracellular polymeric substances previously produced and deposited by the same bacterial species, a commonly used colloidal filtration model was applied to study transport and deposition of Pseudomonas fluorescens in small-scale columns packed with clean and biofilm coated glass beads. Bacterial recoveries were monitored in column effluents and used to quantify biofilm interactions and sticking efficiencies of the biofilm coated packed-beds. The results indicated that, under identical hydraulic conditions, the sticking efficiencies in packed-beds were improved consistently by 36% when covered by biofilm.

  13. Computer simulation of the effect of deformation on the morphology and flow properties of porous media

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    Bakhshian, Sahar; Sahimi, Muhammad

    2016-10-01

    We report on the results of extensive computer simulation of the effect of deformation on the morphology of a porous medium and its fluid flow properties. The porous medium is represented by packings of spherical particles. Both random and regular as well as dense and nondense packings are used. A quasistatic model based on Hertz's contact theory is used to model the mechanical deformation of the packings, while the evolution of the permeability with the deformation is computed by the lattice-Boltzmann approach. The evolution of the pore-size and pore-length distributions, the porosity, the particles' contacts, the permeability, and the distribution of the stresses that the fluid exerts in the pore space are all studied in detail. The distribution of the pores' lengths, the porosity, and the particles' connectivity change strongly with the application of an external strain to the porous media, whereas the pore-size distribution is not affected as strongly. The permeability of the porous media strongly reduces even when the applied strain is small. When the permeabilities and porosities of the random packings are normalized with respect to their predeformation values, they all collapse onto a single curve, independent of the particle-size distribution. The porosity reduces as a power law with the external strain. The fluid stresses in the pore space follow roughly a log-normal distribution, both before and after deformation.

  14. Computer simulation of the effect of deformation on the morphology and flow properties of porous media.

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    Bakhshian, Sahar; Sahimi, Muhammad

    2016-10-01

    We report on the results of extensive computer simulation of the effect of deformation on the morphology of a porous medium and its fluid flow properties. The porous medium is represented by packings of spherical particles. Both random and regular as well as dense and nondense packings are used. A quasistatic model based on Hertz's contact theory is used to model the mechanical deformation of the packings, while the evolution of the permeability with the deformation is computed by the lattice-Boltzmann approach. The evolution of the pore-size and pore-length distributions, the porosity, the particles' contacts, the permeability, and the distribution of the stresses that the fluid exerts in the pore space are all studied in detail. The distribution of the pores' lengths, the porosity, and the particles' connectivity change strongly with the application of an external strain to the porous media, whereas the pore-size distribution is not affected as strongly. The permeability of the porous media strongly reduces even when the applied strain is small. When the permeabilities and porosities of the random packings are normalized with respect to their predeformation values, they all collapse onto a single curve, independent of the particle-size distribution. The porosity reduces as a power law with the external strain. The fluid stresses in the pore space follow roughly a log-normal distribution, both before and after deformation.

  15. Turbulence modeling for flows in wall bounded porous media: An analysis based on direct numerical simulations

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    Jin, Y.; Kuznetsov, A. V.

    2017-04-01

    Various models are available for simulating turbulent flows in porous media. Models based on the eddy viscosity assumption are often adopted to close the Reynolds stress term. In order to validate the assumptions behind such turbulence models, we studied the dynamics of macroscopic momentum and turbulence kinetic energy in porous media flows by utilizing Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS). The generic porous matrix is composed of regularly arranged spheres. The resulting periodic porous medium is bounded by two walls. The DNS analyses with a Lattice Boltzmann method were performed for various values of the applied pressure gradient, pore size to channel width ratio, and porosity. The DNS results were averaged over time and volume to obtain macroscopic results. The results show that the macroscopic shear Reynolds stress in all Representative Elementary Volumes (REVs), independent of their location, is negligibly small, although the mean velocity gradient takes nonzero values near the wall. The turbulence kinetic energy production rate is generally balanced by the dissipation rate in each REV. The DNS results support a zero-equation turbulence model that accounts for the fact that turbulent structures are restricted in size by the pore scale. The DNS results also suggest that the Brinkman term, which expresses the diffusion of momentum, has an important effect near the wall where the gradient of the shear stress is large. Therefore, the Brinkman term should be taken into account in the macroscopic momentum equation as a component of the total drag. A preliminary macroscopic model for calculating turbulent porous media flows has been proposed and compared with our DNS results.

  16. Effect of surface modification on single-walled carbon nanotube retention and transport in saturated and unsaturated porous media.

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    Tian, Yuan; Gao, Bin; Morales, Verónica L; Wang, Yu; Wu, Lei

    2012-11-15

    This work investigated the effect of different surface modification methods, including oxidization, surfactant coating, and humic acid coating, on single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) stability and their mobility in granular porous media under various conditions. Characterization and stability studies demonstrated that the three surface modification methods were all effective in solubilizing and stabilizing the SWNTs in aqueous solutions. Packed sand column experiments showed that although the three surface medication methods showed different effect on the retention and transport of SWNTs in the columns, all the modified SWNTs were highly mobile. Compared with the other two surface modification methods, the humic acid coating method introduced the highest mobility to the SWNTs. While reductions in moisture content in the porous media could promote the retention of the surface modified SWNTs in some sand columns, results from bubble column experiment suggested that only oxidized SWNTs were retention in unsaturated porous media through attachment on air-water interfaces. Other mechanisms such as grain surface attachment and thin-water film straining could also be responsible for the retention of the SWNTs in unsaturated porous media. An advection-dispersion model was successfully applied to simulate the experimental data of surface modified SWNT retention and transport in porous media.

  17. Maximum estimates for generalized Forchheimer flows in heterogeneous porous media

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    Celik, Emine; Hoang, Luan

    2017-02-01

    This article continues the study in [4] of generalized Forchheimer flows in heterogeneous porous media. Such flows are used to account for deviations from Darcy's law. In heterogeneous media, the derived nonlinear partial differential equation for the pressure can be singular and degenerate in the spatial variables, in addition to being degenerate for large pressure gradient. Here we obtain the estimates for the L∞-norms of the pressure and its time derivative in terms of the initial and the time-dependent boundary data. They are established by implementing De Giorgi-Moser's iteration in the context of weighted norms with the weights specifically defined by the Forchheimer equation's coefficient functions. With these weights, we prove suitable weighted parabolic Poincaré-Sobolev inequalities and use them to facilitate the iteration. Moreover, local in time L∞-bounds are combined with uniform Gronwall-type energy inequalities to obtain long-time L∞-estimates.

  18. Robust solution of Richards' equation for nonuniform porous media

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    Miller, Cass T.; Williams, Glenn A.; Kelley, C. T.; Tocci, Michael D.

    1998-10-01

    Capillary pressure-saturation-relative permeability relations described using the van Genuchten [1980] and Mualem [1976] models for nonuniform porous media lead to numerical convergence difficulties when used with Richards' equation for certain auxiliary conditions. These difficulties arise because of discontinuities in the derivative of specific moisture capacity and relative permeability as a function of capillary pressure. Convergence difficulties are illustrated using standard numerical approaches to simulate such problems. We investigate constitutive relations, interblock permeability, nonlinear algebraic system approximation methods, and two time integration approaches. An integral permeability approach approximated by Hermite polynomials is recommended and shown to be robust and economical for a set of test problems, which correspond to sand, loam, and clay loam media.

  19. Preparation of asymmetric porous materials

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    Coker, Eric N [Albuquerque, NM

    2012-08-07

    A method for preparing an asymmetric porous material by depositing a porous material film on a flexible substrate, and applying an anisotropic stress to the porous media on the flexible substrate, where the anisotropic stress results from a stress such as an applied mechanical force, a thermal gradient, and an applied voltage, to form an asymmetric porous material.

  20. A method for moisture measurement in porous media based on epithermal neutron scattering.

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    El Abd, A

    2015-11-01

    A method for moisture measurement in porous media was proposed. A wide beam of epithermal neutrons was obtained from a Pu-Be neutron source immersed in a cylinder made of paraffin wax. (3)He detectors (four or six) arranged in the backward direction of the incident beam were used to record scattered neutrons from investigated samples. Experiments of water absorption into clay and silicate bricks, and a sand column were investigated by neutron scattering. While the samples were absorbing water, scattered neutrons were recorded from fixed positions along the water flow direction. It was observed that, at these positions scattered neutrons increase as the water uptake increases. Obtained results are discussed in terms of the theory of macroscopic flow in porous media. It was shown that, the water absorption processes were Fickian and non Fickian in the sand column and brick samples, respectively. The advantages of applying the proposed method to study fast as well as slow flow processes in porous media are discussed.

  1. Microscale simulation of particle deposition in porous media.

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    Boccardo, Gianluca; Marchisio, Daniele L; Sethi, Rajandrea

    2014-03-01

    In this work several geometries, each representing a different porous medium, are considered to perform detailed computational fluid dynamics simulation for fluid flow, particle transport and deposition. Only Brownian motions and steric interception are accounted for as deposition mechanisms. Firstly pressure drop in each porous medium is analyzed in order to determine an effective grain size, by fitting the results with the Ergun law. Then grid independence is assessed. Lastly, particle transport in the system is investigated via Eulerian steady-state simulations, where particle concentration is solved for, not following explicitly particles' trajectories, but solving the corresponding advection-diffusion equation. An assumption was made in considering favorable collector-particle interactions, resulting in a "perfect sink" boundary condition for the collectors. The gathered simulation data are used to calculate the deposition efficiency due to Brownian motions and steric interception. The original Levich law for one simple circular collector is verified; subsequently porous media constituted by a packing of collectors are scrutinized. Results show that the interactions between the different collectors result in behaviors which are not in line with the theory developed by Happel and co-workers, highlighting a different dependency of the deposition efficiency on the dimensionless groups involved in the relevant correlations.

  2. Pore-scale dynamics of salt transport and distribution in drying porous media

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    Shokri, Nima

    2014-01-15

    Understanding the physics of water evaporation from saline porous media is important in many natural and engineering applications such as durability of building materials and preservation of monuments, water quality, and mineral-fluid interactions. We applied synchrotron x-ray micro-tomography to investigate the pore-scale dynamics of dissolved salt distribution in a three dimensional drying saline porous media using a cylindrical plastic column (15 mm in height and 8 mm in diameter) packed with sand particles saturated with CaI{sub 2} solution (5% concentration by mass) with a spatial and temporal resolution of 12 μm and 30 min, respectively. Every time the drying sand column was set to be imaged, two different images were recorded using distinct synchrotron x-rays energies immediately above and below the K-edge value of Iodine. Taking the difference between pixel gray values enabled us to delineate the spatial and temporal distribution of CaI{sub 2} concentration at pore scale. Results indicate that during early stages of evaporation, air preferentially invades large pores at the surface while finer pores remain saturated and connected to the wet zone at bottom via capillary-induced liquid flow acting as evaporating spots. Consequently, the salt concentration increases preferentially in finer pores where evaporation occurs. Higher salt concentration was observed close to the evaporating surface indicating a convection-driven process. The obtained salt profiles were used to evaluate the numerical solution of the convection-diffusion equation (CDE). Results show that the macro-scale CDE could capture the overall trend of the measured salt profiles but fail to produce the exact slope of the profiles. Our results shed new insight on the physics of salt transport and its complex dynamics in drying porous media and establish synchrotron x-ray tomography as an effective tool to investigate the dynamics of salt transport in porous media at high spatial and temporal

  3. Interplay between oxygen demand reactions and kinetic gas-water transfer in porous media.

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    Oswald, Sascha E; Griepentrog, Marco; Schirmer, Mario; Balcke, Gerd U

    2008-08-01

    Gas-water phase transfer associated with the dissolution of trapped gas in porous media is a key process that occurs during pulsed gas sparging operations in contaminated aquifers. Recently, we applied a numerical model that was experimentally validated for abiotic situations, where multi-species kinetic inter-phase mass transfer and dissolved gas transport occurred during pulsed gas penetration-dissolution events [Balcke, G.U., Meenken, S., Hoefer, C. and Oswald, S.E., 2007. Kinetic gas-water transfer and gas accumulation in porous media during pulsed oxygen sparging. Environmental Science & Technology 41(12), 4428-4434]. Here we extend the model by using a reactive term to describe dissolved oxygen demand reactions via the formation of a reaction product, and to study the effects of such an aerobic degradation process on gas-water mass transfer and dissolution of trapped gas in porous media. As a surrogate for microbial oxygen reduction, first-order oxygen demand reactions were based on the measured oxidation of alkaline pyrogallol in column experiments. This reaction allows for adjusting the rate to values close to expected biodegradation rates and detection of the reaction product. The experiments and model consistently demonstrated accelerated oxygen gas-water mass transfer with increasing oxygen demand rates associated with an influence on the partitioning of other gases. Thus, as the oxygen demand accelerates, less gas phase residues, consisting mainly of nitrogen, are observed, which is in general beneficial to the performance of field biosparging operations. Model results additionally predict how oxygen demand influences oxygen mass transfer for a range of biodegradation rates. A typical field case scenario was simulated to illustrate the observed coupling of oxygen consumption and gas bubble dissolution. The model provides a tool to improve understanding of trapped gas behavior in porous media and contributes to a model-assisted biosparging.

  4. Effects of ambient temperature and relative humidity on the dynamics of salt distribution in porous media

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    Norouzi Rad, M.; Shokri, N.

    2011-12-01

    Understanding the physics of salt distribution in drying porous media is of relevance to various environmental and hydrological applications such as the soil salinization, terrestrial ecosystem functioning, microbiological activities in the vadose zone and structural damage to buildings, and historical monuments. Early stage of the evaporation process from saturated porous media is supplied by the capillary-induced liquid flow hydraulically connecting a receding drying front to surface (the so-called stage 1 evaporation). During stage 1, dissolved salt is transported by the capillary flow toward the evaporating surface where it accumulates, whereas diffusion (Brownian motion) tends to spread the salt and homogenize the concentrations in space. Relative humidity and ambient temperature limit the stage-1 evaporation and consequently influence the dynamics of salt distribution in porous media. The resulting interplay between convective and diffusive transport during evaporation is commonly quantified by the dimensionless Peclet number which is proportional to the evaporation rate. We have applied the convection-diffusion equation to describe the dynamics of salt distribution in drying porous media under different Peclet numbers. The predicted salt profiles were evaluated by a complete series of laboratory evaporation experiments using an environmental chamber where the relative humidity and temperature were accurately controlled. We have used sand with average particle size of 0.48 mm saturated with NaCl solution (1.25 Molal). The sand column was mounted on a digital balance connected to a computer to record the evaporation rate automatically. We studied dynamics of salt concentration at 30°C under relative humidity of 30%, 45% and 60% and also under the constant relative humidity of 45% at 30°C and 35°C . The experimentally-determined salt profiles were in a good agreement with the analytical and numerical predictions. Results revealed the preferential salt

  5. Pore-scale dynamics of salt transport and distribution in drying porous media

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    Shokri, Nima

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the physics of water evaporation from saline porous media is important in many natural and engineering applications such as durability of building materials and preservation of monuments, water quality, and mineral-fluid interactions. We applied synchrotron x-ray micro-tomography to investigate the pore-scale dynamics of dissolved salt distribution in a three dimensional drying saline porous media using a cylindrical plastic column (15 mm in height and 8 mm in diameter) packed with sand particles saturated with CaI2 solution (5% concentration by mass) with a spatial and temporal resolution of 12 μm and 30 min, respectively. Every time the drying sand column was set to be imaged, two different images were recorded using distinct synchrotron x-rays energies immediately above and below the K-edge value of Iodine. Taking the difference between pixel gray values enabled us to delineate the spatial and temporal distribution of CaI2 concentration at pore scale. Results indicate that during early stages of evaporation, air preferentially invades large pores at the surface while finer pores remain saturated and connected to the wet zone at bottom via capillary-induced liquid flow acting as evaporating spots. Consequently, the salt concentration increases preferentially in finer pores where evaporation occurs. Higher salt concentration was observed close to the evaporating surface indicating a convection-driven process. The obtained salt profiles were used to evaluate the numerical solution of the convection-diffusion equation (CDE). Results show that the macro-scale CDE could capture the overall trend of the measured salt profiles but fail to produce the exact slope of the profiles. Our results shed new insight on the physics of salt transport and its complex dynamics in drying porous media and establish synchrotron x-ray tomography as an effective tool to investigate the dynamics of salt transport in porous media at high spatial and temporal resolution.

  6. Visualizing Oil Process Dynamics in Porous Media with Micromodels

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    Biswal, S. L.

    2016-12-01

    The use of foam in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications is being considered for gas mobility control to ensure pore-trapped oil can be effectively displaced. In fractured reservoirs, gas tends to channel only through the highly permeability regions, bypassing the less permeable porous matrix, where most of the residual oil remains. Because of the unique transport problems presented by the large permeability contrast between fractures and adjacent porous media, we aim to understand the mechanism by which foam transitions from the fracture to the matrix and how initially trapped oil can be displaced and ultimately recovered. My lab has generated micromodels, which are combined with high-speed imaging to visualize foam transport in models with permeability contrasts, fractures, and multiple phases. The wettability of these surfaces can be altered to mimic the heterogeneous wettability found in reservoir systems. We have shown how foam quality can be modulated by adjusting the ratio of gas flow ratio to aqueous flow rate in a flow focusing system and this foam quality influences sweep efficiency in heterogeneous porous media systems. I will discuss how this understanding has allowed us to design better foam EOR processes. I will also highlight our recent efforts in ashaltene deposition. Asphaltene deposition is a common cause of significant flow assurance problems in wellbores and production equipment as well as near-wellbore regions in oil reservoirs. I will present our results for visualizing real time asphaltene deposition from model and crude oils using microfluidic devices. In particular, we consider porous-media micromodel designs to represent various flow conditions typical of that found in oil flow processes. Also, four stages of deposition have been found and investigated in the pore scale and with qualitatively macroscopic total collector efficiency as well as Hamaker expressions for interacting asphaltenes with surfaces. By understanding the nature and

  7. Multicomponent, multiphase flow in porous media with temperature variation

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    Wingard, J.S.; Orr, F.M. Jr.

    1990-10-01

    Recovery of hydrocarbons from porous media is an ongoing concern. Advanced techniques augment conventional recovery methods by injecting fluids that favorably interact with the oil. These fluids interact with the oil by energy transfer, in the case of steam injection, or by mass transfer, as in a miscible gas flood. Often both thermal and compositional considerations are important. An understanding of these injection methods requires knowledge of how temperature variations, phase equilibrium and multiphase flow in porous media interact. The material balance for each component and energy balance are cast as a system of non-strictly hyperbolic partial differential equations. This system of equations is solved using the method of characteristics. The model takes into account the phase behavior by using the Peng-Robinson equation of state to partition the individual components into different phases. Temperature effects are accounted for by the energy balance. Flow effects are modelled by using fractional flow curves and a Stone's three phase relative permeability model. Three problems are discussed. The first problem eliminates the phase behavior aspect of the problem by studying the flow of a single component as it undergoes an isothermal phase change. The second couples the effects of temperature and flow behavior by including a second component that is immiscible with the original component. Phase behavior is added by using a set of three partially miscible components that partition into two or three separate phases. 66 refs., 54 figs., 14 tabs.

  8. Mixing and reactions in multiphase flow through porous media

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    Jimenez-Martinez, J.; Le Borgne, T.; Meheust, Y.; Porter, M. L.; De Anna, P.; Hyman, J.; Tabuteau, H.; Turuban, R.; Carey, J. W.; Viswanathan, H. S.

    2016-12-01

    The understanding and quantification of flow and transport processes in multiphase systems remains a grand scientific and engineering challenge in natural and industrial systems (e.g., soils and vadose zone, CO2 sequestration, unconventional oil and gas extraction, enhanced oil recovery). Beyond the kinetic of the chemical reactions, mixing processes in porous media play a key role in controlling both fluid-fluid and fluid-solid reactions. However, conventional continuum-scale models and theories oversimplify and/or ignore many important pore-scale processes. Multiphase flows, with the creation of highly heterogeneous fluid velocity fields (i.e., low velocities regions or stagnation zones, and high velocity regions or preferential paths), makes conservative and reactive transport more complex. We present recent multi-scale experimental developments and theoretical approaches to quantify transport, mixing, and reaction and their coupling with multiphase flows. We discuss our main findings: i) the sustained concentration gradients and enhanced reactivity in a two-phase system for a continuous injection, and the comparison with a pulse line injection; ii) the enhanced mixing by a third mobile-immiscible phase; and iii) the role that capillary forces play in the localization of the fluid-solid reactions. These experimental results are for highly-idealized geometries, however, the proposed models are related to basic porous media and unsaturated flow properties, and could be tested on more complex systems.

  9. Fractal Characterization of Dynamic Fracture Network Extension in Porous Media

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    Cai, Jianchao; Wei, Wei; Hu, Xiangyun; Liu, Richeng; Wang, Jinjie

    Fracture network and fractured porous media as well as their transport properties have received great attentions in many fields from engineering application and basic theoretical researches. Fracture will dynamically extend in length and aperture to form complex fracture network under some external conditions such as percussion drilling, wave propagation, desiccation and hydrofracturing. The complexity of fracture network can be well quantitatively characterized by fractal dimension. In this work, the dynamic characterization of fracture network extension in porous media under drying process is measured by the improved box-counting technique, and fractal dimensions of fracture network are respectively related to drying time, average aperture, moisture content and fracture porosity. The fractal dimension increases exponentially with drying time and average aperture, and decreases with moisture content in the form of power law. Specially, the fractal dimension is approximatively increased with porosity in the form of linearity in a narrow porosity range. The transport capacity of fracture network, described by seepage coefficient, is also related to the fractal dimension with drying time in the form of exponential function. The presented fractal analysis of fracture network could also shed light on the hydrofracturing application in subsurface unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.

  10. Influence of biofilms on transport properties in porous media

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    Davit, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Microbial activity and biofilm growth in porous media can drastically modify transport properties such as permeability, longitudinal and transverse dispersion or effective reaction rates. Understanding these effects has proven to be a considerable challenge. Advances in this field have been hindered by the difficulty of modeling and visualizing these multi-phase non-linear effects across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. To address these issues, we are developing a strategy that combines imaging techniques based on x-ray micro-tomography with homogenization of pore-scale transport equations. Here, we review recent progress in x-ray imaging of biofilms in porous media, with a particular focus on the contrast agents that are used to differentiate between the fluid and biofilm phases. We further show how the 3D distribution of the different phases can be used to extract specific information about the biofilm and how effective properties can be calculated via the resolution of closure problems. These closure problems are obtained using the method of volume averaging and must be adapted to the problem of interest. In hydrological systems, we show that a generic formulation for reactive solute transport is based on a domain decomposition approach at the micro-scale yielding macro-scale models reminiscent of multi-rate mass transfer approaches.

  11. Evaluation of liquid aerosol transport through porous media

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    Hall, R.; Murdoch, L.; Falta, R.; Looney, B.; Riha, B.

    2016-07-01

    Application of remediation methods in contaminated vadose zones has been hindered by an inability to effectively distribute liquid- or solid-phase amendments. Injection as aerosols in a carrier gas could be a viable method for achieving useful distributions of amendments in unsaturated materials. The objectives of this work were to characterize radial transport of aerosols in unsaturated porous media, and to develop capabilities for predicting results of aerosol injection scenarios at the field-scale. Transport processes were investigated by conducting lab-scale injection experiments with radial flow geometry, and predictive capabilities were obtained by developing and validating a numerical model for simulating coupled aerosol transport, deposition, and multi-phase flow in porous media. Soybean oil was transported more than 2 m through sand by injecting it as micron-scale aerosol droplets. Oil saturation in the sand increased with time to a maximum of 0.25, and decreased with radial distance in the experiments. The numerical analysis predicted the distribution of oil saturation with only minor calibration. The results indicated that evolution of oil saturation was controlled by aerosol deposition and subsequent flow of the liquid oil, and simulation requires including these two coupled processes. The calibrated model was used to evaluate field applications. The results suggest that amendments can be delivered to the vadose zone as aerosols, and that gas injection rate and aerosol particle size will be important controls on the process.

  12. Studies on dispersive stabilization of porous media flows

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    Daripa, Prabir; Gin, Craig

    2016-08-01

    Motivated by a need to improve the performance of chemical enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes, we investigate dispersive effects on the linear stability of three-layer porous media flow models of EOR for two different types of interfaces: permeable and impermeable interfaces. Results presented are relevant for the design of smarter interfaces in the available parameter space of capillary number, Peclet number, longitudinal and transverse dispersion, and the viscous profile of the middle layer. The stabilization capacity of each of these two interfaces is explored numerically and conditions for complete dispersive stabilization are identified for each of these two types of interfaces. Key results obtained are (i) three-layer porous media flows with permeable interfaces can be almost completely stabilized by diffusion if the optimal viscous profile is chosen, (ii) flows with impermeable interfaces can also be almost completely stabilized for short time, but become more unstable at later times because diffusion flattens out the basic viscous profile, (iii) diffusion stabilizes short waves more than long waves which leads to a "turning point" Peclet number at which short and long waves have the same growth rate, and (iv) mechanical dispersion further stabilizes flows with permeable interfaces but in some cases has a destabilizing effect for flows with impermeable interfaces, which is a surprising result. These results are then used to give a comparison of the two types of interfaces. It is found that for most values of the flow parameters, permeable interfaces suppress flow instability more than impermeable interfaces.

  13. Miscible Quarter Five-Spot Flows in Porous Media

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    Chen, Ching-Yao; Meiburg, Eckart

    1997-11-01

    Miscible quarter five-spot flows in both homogeneous and heterogeneous porous media were investigated by means of direct numerical simulations based on compact finite differences. Comparisons of the algebraic growth rate and the preferred wave number of the viscous fingering instability with analytical linear stability results demonstrate excellent accuracy. A series of simulations illustrate the effects of the mobility ratio R, the dimensionless flow rate Pe, and the heterogeneity on the displacement process. For sufficiently large R and Pe, the homogeneous flow gives rise to a vigorous fingering instability, along with strong nonlinear interactions among the fingers. The spatial nonuniformity of the potential base flow leads to a clear separation in space and time of the large and small scales in the flow field. Small scales occur predominantly during the early stages near the injection well, and at late times near the production well. The central domain is dominated by larger scales. Both local and integral flow features are quantified by means of concentration, vorticity, stream function, and sweep efficiency data. For heterogeneous porous media, the influence of the parameters characterizing the permeability variation was investigated. Typically, the minimal sweep efficiency was observed at intermediate values of the correlation length. Partially supported by Chevron Petroleum Technology Co.

  14. Studies on dispersive stabilization of porous media flows

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    Daripa, Prabir Gin, Craig

    2016-08-15

    Motivated by a need to improve the performance of chemical enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes, we investigate dispersive effects on the linear stability of three-layer porous media flow models of EOR for two different types of interfaces: permeable and impermeable interfaces. Results presented are relevant for the design of smarter interfaces in the available parameter space of capillary number, Peclet number, longitudinal and transverse dispersion, and the viscous profile of the middle layer. The stabilization capacity of each of these two interfaces is explored numerically and conditions for complete dispersive stabilization are identified for each of these two types of interfaces. Key results obtained are (i) three-layer porous media flows with permeable interfaces can be almost completely stabilized by diffusion if the optimal viscous profile is chosen, (ii) flows with impermeable interfaces can also be almost completely stabilized for short time, but become more unstable at later times because diffusion flattens out the basic viscous profile, (iii) diffusion stabilizes short waves more than long waves which leads to a “turning point” Peclet number at which short and long waves have the same growth rate, and (iv) mechanical dispersion further stabilizes flows with permeable interfaces but in some cases has a destabilizing effect for flows with impermeable interfaces, which is a surprising result. These results are then used to give a comparison of the two types of interfaces. It is found that for most values of the flow parameters, permeable interfaces suppress flow instability more than impermeable interfaces.

  15. Thermal conductivity modeling in variably saturated porous media

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    Ghanbarian, B.; Daigle, H.

    2015-12-01

    Modeling effective thermal conductivity under variably saturated conditions is essential to study heat transfer in natural sediments, soils, and rocks. The effective thermal conductivity in completely dry and fully saturated porous media is an integrated quantity representing the complex behavior of two conducting phases, i.e., pore fluid (either air or water) and solid matrix. Under partially saturated conditions, however, the effective thermal conductivity becomes even more complicated since three phases (air, water, and solid matrix) conduct heat simultaneously. In this study, we invoke an upscaling treatment called percolation-based effective-medium approximation to model the effective thermal conductivity in fully and partially saturated porous media. Our theoretical porosity- and saturation-dependent models contain endmember properties, such as air, solid matrix, and saturating fluid thermal conductivities, a percolation exponent t, and a percolation threshold. Comparing our theory with 216 porosity-dependent thermal conductivity measurements and 25 saturation-dependent thermal conductivity datasets indicate excellent match between theory and experiments. Our results show that the effective thermal conductivity under fully and partially saturated conditions follows nonuniversal behavior. This means the value of t changes from medium to medium and depends not only on topological and geometrical properties of the medium but also characteristics of the saturating fluid.

  16. Multiscale modeling of chemotaxis in homogeneous porous media

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    Porter, Mark L.; ValdéS-Parada, Francisco J.; Wood, Brian D.

    2011-06-01

    We present a predictive, multiscale modeling framework for chemotaxis in porous media. This model results from volume averaging the governing equations for bacterial transport at the microscale and is expressed in terms of effective medium coefficients that are predicted from the solution of the associated closure problems. As a result, the averaged chemotactic velocity is an explicit function of the attractant concentration field and diffusivity, rather than an empirical effective chemotactic sensitivity coefficient. The model was validated by comparing the transverse bacterial concentration profiles with experimental measurements for Escherichia coli HCB1 in a T-sensor. The averaged chemotactic velocity predicted by the model was found to be within the range of values reported in the literature. Reasonable agreement (approximately 10% mean absolute error) between theory and experiments was found for several flow rates. In order to assess the potential for decreasing the computational demands of the model, the macroscale domain was divided into subdomains for the coupling of bacterial transport to that of the attractant. Sensitivity analysis was performed regarding the number of subdomains chosen, and the results indicate that bacterial transport (as measured by concentration profiles) was not highly affected by this choice. Overall, these results suggest that the predictive, multiscale modeling framework is reliable for modeling chemotaxis in porous media when chemotactic transport is significant compared to convective transport.

  17. Diffuse-Interface Modelling of Flow in Porous Media

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    Addy, Doug; Pradas, Marc; Schmuck, Marcus; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2016-11-01

    Multiphase flows are ubiquitous in a wide spectrum of scientific and engineering applications, and their computational modelling often poses many challenges associated with the presence of free boundaries and interfaces. Interfacial flows in porous media encounter additional challenges and complexities due to their inherently multiscale behaviour. Here we investigate the dynamics of interfaces in porous media using an effective convective Cahn-Hilliard (CH) equation recently developed in from a Stokes-CH equation for microscopic heterogeneous domains by means of a homogenization methodology, where the microscopic details are taken into account as effective tensor coefficients which are given by a Poisson equation. The equations are decoupled under appropriate assumptions and solved in series using a classic finite-element formulation with the open-source software FEniCS. We investigate the effects of different microscopic geometries, including periodic and non-periodic, at the bulk fluid flow, and find that our model is able to describe the effective macroscopic behaviour without the need to resolve the microscopic details.

  18. Fluid flow patterns in porous media with partially ordered microstructure

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    Mirsaeidi, A.; Thompson, K. E.

    2014-12-01

    Natural granular porous media found in geosciences applications are disordered at the pore scale, which contributes to the interesting behavior that they exhibit including hydrodynamic dispersion, capillary pressure and wetting behavior, and various types of fingering. Many standard equations and models that have been developed for transport in porous media are based on the assumption of uniform disorder, randomly distributed parameters, and isotropic behavior. However, factors that cause partial ordering (e.g., settling of oblong grains, alignment of elongated particles, or packing structures near a boundary) can lead to anomalous flow behavior relative to the base case, when in turn requires different ways to understand and describe transport. In this work we examine the packing structure and fluid flow patterns in packings of equilateral cylindrical particles that are packed in a tube. The detailed packing structures are obtained experimentally from microCT experiments, and the flow patterns are simulated by numerical solution of the Stokes equations using the finite element method. This research is of interest in chemical engineering because this type of packing is used in catalytic reactors. However, the structures are also interesting from both a fundamental perspective and as prototypes for partially ordered natural materials because the packings undergo a transition from fully disordered internally to highly structured at the wall, and therefore provide insight into differences caused by the ordering.

  19. Analytical model for heterogeneous reactions in mixed porous media

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    Hatfield, K.; Burris, D.R.; Wolfe, N.L.

    1996-08-01

    The funnel/gate system is a developing technology for passive ground-water plume management and treatment. This technology uses sheet pilings as a funnel to force polluted ground water through a highly permeable zone of reactive porous media (the gate) where contaminants are degraded by biotic or abiotic heterogeneous reactions. This paper presents a new analytical nonequilibrium model for solute transport in saturated, nonhomogeneous or mixed porous media that could assist efforts to design funnel/gate systems and predict their performance. The model incorporates convective/dispersion transport, dissolved constituent decay, surface-mediated degradation, and time-dependent mass transfer between phases. Simulation studies of equilibrium and nonequilibrium transport conditions reveal manifestations of rate-limited degradation when mass-transfer times are longer than system hydraulic residence times, or when surface-mediated reaction rates are faster than solute mass-transfer processes (i.e., sorption, film diffusion, or intraparticle diffusion). For example, steady-state contaminant concentrations will be higher under a nonequilibrium transport scenario than would otherwise be expected when assuming equilibrium conditions. Thus, a funnel/gate system may fail to achieve desired ground-water treatment if the possibility of mass-transfer-limited degradation is not considered.

  20. Evaluation of liquid aerosol transport through porous media.

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    Hall, R; Murdoch, L; Falta, R; Looney, B; Riha, B

    2016-07-01

    Application of remediation methods in contaminated vadose zones has been hindered by an inability to effectively distribute liquid- or solid-phase amendments. Injection as aerosols in a carrier gas could be a viable method for achieving useful distributions of amendments in unsaturated materials. The objectives of this work were to characterize radial transport of aerosols in unsaturated porous media, and to develop capabilities for predicting results of aerosol injection scenarios at the field-scale. Transport processes were investigated by conducting lab-scale injection experiments with radial flow geometry, and predictive capabilities were obtained by developing and validating a numerical model for simulating coupled aerosol transport, deposition, and multi-phase flow in porous media. Soybean oil was transported more than 2m through sand by injecting it as micron-scale aerosol droplets. Oil saturation in the sand increased with time to a maximum of 0.25, and decreased with radial distance in the experiments. The numerical analysis predicted the distribution of oil saturation with only minor calibration. The results indicated that evolution of oil saturation was controlled by aerosol deposition and subsequent flow of the liquid oil, and simulation requires including these two coupled processes. The calibrated model was used to evaluate field applications. The results suggest that amendments can be delivered to the vadose zone as aerosols, and that gas injection rate and aerosol particle size will be important controls on the process. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Experimentally Determined Interfacial Area Between Immiscible Fluids in Porous Media

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    Crandall, Dustin; Niessner, J; Hassanizadeh, S.M; Smith, Duane

    2008-01-01

    When multiple fluids flow through a porous medium, the interaction between the fluid interfaces can be of great importance. While this is widely recognized in practical applications, numerical models often disregard interactios between discrete fluid phases due to the computational complexity. And rightly so, for this level of detail is well beyond most extended Darcy Law relationships. A new model of two-phase flow including the interfacial area has been proposed by Hassarizadeh and Gray based upon thermodynamic principles. A version of this general equation set has been implemented by Nessner and Hassarizadeh. Many of the interfacial parameters required by this equation set have never been determined from experiments. The work presented here is a description of how the interfacial area, capillary pressure, interfacial velocity and interfacial permeability from two-phase flow experiments in porous media experiments can be used to determine the required parameters. This work, while on-going, has shown the possibility of digitizing images within translucent porous media and identifying the location and behavior of interfaces under dynamic conditions. Using the described methods experimentally derived interfacial functions to be used in larger scale simulations are currently being developed. In summary, the following conclusions can be drawn: (1) by mapping a pore-throat geometry onto an image of immiscible fluid flow, the saturation of fluids and the individual interfaces between the fluids can be identified; (2) the resulting saturation profiles of the low velocity drainage flows used in this study are well described by an invasion percolation fractal scaling; (3) the interfacial area between fluids has been observed to increase in a linear fashion during the initial invasion of the non-wetting fluid; and (4) the average capillary pressure within the entire cell and representative elemental volumes were observed to plateau after a small portion of the volume was

  2. Gas transport in highly permeable, dry porous media

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    Levintal, Elad; Dragila, Maria I.; Kamai, Tamir; Weisbrod, Noam

    2017-04-01

    Gas exchange between soil and atmosphere is far more efficient via advective than diffusive mechanisms. Whereas advection requires media permeability be sufficiently high and an advecting driving mechanism, diffusion transport occurs in all permeabilities. Traditionally, diffusion models generally have focused only on low permeability media (sand particles and smaller, k < 10-5 cm2). Here we establish the validity of these models to quantify diffusive transport in higher permeability media when climatic conditions do not favor advection. A permeability cutoff is quantified, such that above it traditional diffusion models become inaccurate. Results are based on experiments using large columns filled with different homogeneous spherical particles, conducted inside a climate-controlled laboratory especially designed for quantifying soil-gas diffusivity under isothermal and windless conditions. The results indicate that traditional diffusion models are accurate for permeability values below 2.7×10-3 cm2. Above this threshold, gas transport could not be explained by diffusion alone. Our measurements indicate that for permeability values above this threshold gas flux is higher than can be explained by diffusion, even under stable environmental conditions where advection is not expected. The findings of this research can contribute to better understanding of gas transport in high-permeability porous media such as: aggregated soils, snowpacks and mines stockpiles.

  3. Insights in erosion instabilities in nonconsolidated porous media

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    Cerasi, P.; Mills, P.

    1998-11-01

    We investigate the different flow regimes in nonconsolidated porous media. The porous bulk is soaked with water, which is then pumped out of it, across the boundary defined by the particles at the edge of the bulk. Experiments are carried out on sand and glass beads soaked in distilled water and placed in a circular Hele-Shaw cell, the flow being radially convergent. We show, for a given value of flow velocity (the yield velocity), the existence of an unstable regime where the fluid-porous interface is deformed and branches upstream in the bulk. When this velocity is further increased, two cases arise depending on the value of the yield velocity: Either a second threshold is passed, global fluidization of the porous bulk sets in, and the flow becomes stable or the instability persists and the canal arborescence continues to grow. The driving mechanism of this instability is thus the permeability contrast across the edge of the porous bulk; when this contrast diminishes, the flow becomes stable. A force balance on the boundary particles predicts the threshold value for the fluid velocity, beyond which the flow is unstable. Using a Saffman-Taylor inspired linear perturbation analysis [Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 245, 312 (1958)], a dispersion function is found (predicting the wavelength dependence of the instability growth amplitude), taking into account the particle arch formation in the porous bulk. We then find the velocity of propagation of the receding front, predicted to be proportional to the particle velocity beyond the front, itself described by a Bagnold concentrated suspension flow [Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 225, 49 (1954)]. This front velocity is successfully confronted with experimental measurements. A screening effect characteristic of Laplacian growth phenomena is seen in the experiments as testified by flow rate conservation between the different branches of the arborescence and direct dye visualization. The topologies obtained are fractal and the

  4. Direct Numerical Simulation of Liquid Transport Through Fibrous Porous Media

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    Palakurthi, Nikhil Kumar

    Fluid flow through fibrous media occurs in many industrial processes, including, but not limited, to fuel cell technology, drug delivery patches, sanitary products, textile reinforcement, filtration, heat exchangers, and performance fabrics. Understanding the physical processes involved in fluid flow through fibrous media is essential for their characterization as well as for the optimization and development of new products. Macroscopic porous-media equations require constitutive relations, which account for the physical processes occurring at the micro-scale, to predict liquid transport at the macro-scale. In this study, micro-scale simulations were conducted using conventional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique (finite-volume method) to determine the macroscopic constitutive relations. The first part of this thesis deals with the single-phase flow in fibrous media, following which multi-phase flow through fibrous media was studied. Darcy permeability is an important parameter that characterizes creeping flow through a fibrous porous medium. It has a complex dependence on the medium's properties such as fibers' in-plane and through-plane orientation, diameter, aspect ratio, curvature, and porosity. A suite of 3D virtual fibrous structures with a wide range of geometric properties were constructed, and the permeability values of the structures were calculated by solving the 3D incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. The through-plane permeability was found to be a function of only the fiber diameter, the fibers' through-plane orientation, and the porosity of the medium. The numerical results were used to extend a permeability-porosity relation, developed in literature for 3D isotropic fibrous media, to a wide range of fibers' through-plane orientations. In applications where rate of capillary penetration is important, characterization of porous media usually involves determination of either the effective pore radius from capillary penetration experiments

  5. Large-scale effects on resistivity index of porous media.

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    Aggelopoulos, C; Klepetsanis, P; Theodoropoulou, M A; Pomoni, K; Tsakiroglou, C D

    2005-05-01

    The estimation of humidity in the unsaturated zone of soils and NAPL saturation in contaminated aquifers may be based on the interpretation of electrical resistivity index logs. In the present work, concepts of the theory of the two-phase flow in pore networks are employed to interpret the form of the equilibrium and dynamic resistivity index curves of large porous samples. A resistivity cell is constructed to measure the capillary and electrical properties of large samples of unconsolidated porous media. The drainage capillary pressure and resistivity index curves of a sand column are measured by using the micropore membrane (porous plate) method, where a 0.5% wt/vol NaCl aqueous solution is displaced by n-dodecane. The dynamic resistivity index curves are measured by using the continuous injection technique for various orientations of the sand column. Based on concepts of the two-phase flow theory, concerning the dominant displacement growth pattern in a pore network and arising from the cooperative effects of capillary, buoyancy, and viscous forces, approximate relationships are developed for the resistivity index and saturation exponent as functions of the water saturation. The saturation exponent decreases as the displacement advances and the fluid distribution across the sand column tends to be homogenized after oil breakthrough. Both the resistivity index and saturation exponent increase as the displacement pattern tends to become compact and stable. In the destabilized flow pattern, as the Bond number decreases, the resistivity index may increase respectably within a narrow range of values of the Bond number. This happens when the thickness of the unstable capillary finger exceeds the lateral dimension of the porous sample and becomes a fractal percolation cluster. The saturation exponent becomes almost constant and independent of water saturation only over the destabilized displacement pattern at high values of the Bond number.

  6. Review of key factors controlling engineered nanoparticle transport in porous media.

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    Wang, Mei; Gao, Bin; Tang, Deshan

    2016-11-15

    Nanotechnology, an emerging technology, has witnessed rapid development in production and application. Engineered nanomaterials revolutionize the industry due to their unique structure and superior performance. The release of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) into the environment, however, may pose risks to the environment and public health. To advance current understanding of environmental behaviors of ENPs, this work provides an introductory overview of ENP fate and transport in porous media. It systematically reviews the key factors controlling their fate and transport in porous media. It first provides a brief overview of common ENPs in the environment and their sources. The key factors that govern ENP transport in porous media are then categorized into three groups: (1) nature of ENPs affecting their transport in porous media, (2) nature of porous media affecting ENP transport, and (3) nature of flow affecting ENP transport in porous media. In each group, findings in recent literature on the specific governing factors of ENP transport in porous media are discussed in details. Finally, this work concludes with remarks on the importance of ENP transport in porous media and directions for future research. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. PREDICTION OF INTERFACIAL AREAS DURING IMBIBITION IN SIMPLE POROUS MEDIA. (R827116)

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    The interfacial area between wetting (W-) and non-wetting (NW-) phases is one of the crucial parameters in several flow and transport processes in porous media. This paper gives predictions of such areas during imbibition (displacement of NW-phase by W) in simple porous media....

  8. PREDICTION OF INTERFACIAL AREAS DURING IMBIBITION IN SIMPLE POROUS MEDIA. (R827116)

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    The interfacial area between wetting (W-) and non-wetting (NW-) phases is one of the crucial parameters in several flow and transport processes in porous media. This paper gives predictions of such areas during imbibition (displacement of NW-phase by W) in simple porous media....

  9. Diffusion of organic pollutants within a biofilm in porous media

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    Fan, Chihhao; Kao, Chen-Fei; Liu, You-Hsi

    2017-04-01

    The occurrence of aquatic pollution is an inevitable environmental impact resulting from human civilization and societal advancement. Either from the natural or anthropogenic sources, the aqueous contaminants enter the natural environment and aggravate its quality. To assure the aquatic environment quality, the attached-growth biological degradation is often applied to removing organic contaminants by introducing contaminated water into a porous media which is covered by microorganism. Additionally, many natural aquatic systems also form such similar mechanism to increase their self-purification capability. To better understand this transport phenomenon and degradation mechanism in the biofilm for future application, the mathematic characterization of organic contaminant diffusion within the biofilm requires further exploration. The present study aimed to formulate a mathematic representation to quantify the diffusion of the organic contaminant in the biofilm. The BOD was selected as the target contaminant. A series of experiments were conducted to quantify the BOD diffusion in the biofilm under the conditions of influent BOD variation from 50 to 300 mg/L, COD:N:P ratios of 100:5:1 and 100:15:3, with or without auxiliary aeration. For diffusion coefficient calculation, the boundary condition of zero diffusion at the interface between microbial phase and contact media was assumed. With the principle of conservation of mass, the removed contaminants equal those that diffuse into the biofilm, and eq 1 results, and the diffusion coefficient (i.e., eq 2) can be solved through calculus with equations from table of integral. ∂2Sf- Df ∂z2 = Rf (1) --(QSin--QSout)2Y--- Df = 2μmaxxf(Sb + Ks ln-Ks-) Sb+Ks (2) Using the obtained experimental data, the diffusion coefficient was calculated to be 2.02*10-6 m2/d with influent COD of 50 mg/L at COD:N:P ratio of 100:5:1 with aeration, and this coefficient increased to 6.02*10-6 m2/d as the influent concentration increased to

  10. Working towards a numerical solver for seismic wave propagation in unsaturated porous media

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    Boxberg, Marc S.; Friederich, Wolfgang

    2017-04-01

    Modeling the propagation of seismic waves in porous media gets more and more popular in the seismological community. However, it is still a challenging task in the field of computational seismology. Nevertheless, it is important to account for the fluid content of, e.g., reservoir rocks or soils, and the interaction between the fluid and the rock or between different immiscible fluids to accurately describe seismic wave propagation through such porous media. Often, numerical models are based on the elastic wave equation and some might include artificially introduced attenuation. This simplifies the computation, because it only approximates the physics behind that problem. However, the results are also simplified and could miss phenomena and lack accuracy in some applications. We present a numerical solver for wave propagation in porous media saturated by two immiscible fluids. It is based on Biot's theory of poroelasticity and accounts for macroscopic flow that occurs on the same scale as the wavelength of the seismic waves. Fluid flow is described by a Darcy type flow law and interactions between the fluids by means of capillary pressure curve models. In addition, consistent boundary conditions on interfaces between poroelastic media and elastic or acoustic media are derived from this poroelastic theory itself. The poroelastic solver is integrated into the larger software package NEXD that uses the nodal discontinuous Galerkin method to solve wave equations in 1D, 2D, and 3D on a mesh of linear (1D), triangular (2D), or tetrahedral (3D) elements. Triangular and tetrahedral elements have great advantages as soon as the model has a complex structure, like it is often the case for geologic models. We illustrate the capabilities of the codes by numerical examples. This work can be applied to various scientific questions in, e.g., exploration and monitoring of hydrocarbon or geothermal reservoirs as well as CO2 storage sites.

  11. Flow characteristics of surfactant solutions in porous media and their role in permeability modification

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    Kalpakci, B.; Klaus, E.E.; Duda, J.L.; Nagarajan, R.

    1981-12-01

    This work presents a study on flow properties of surfactant solutions in porous media, using the Penn State porous media viscometer. The effects of permeability, shear rate, and surface characteristics of porous media on the flow of oil- and water-external microemulsions, as well as surfactant solutions with lamellar structures, are examined. Untreated Bradford and Berea sand-stones, oil- and water-wet treated sandstones, and filter papers are used as porous media. The study shows that the effective viscosity of the surfactant solution (as measured in porous media), on the basis of initial permeabilities, is greater than the bulk viscosity (as measured by conventional viscometers). This increase is small for Newtonian surfactant solutions but is quite substantial for non-Newtonian surfactant solutions. 31 refs.

  12. Hydrodynamic controls on particle transport through heterogeneous porous media. Technical progress report

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    Silliman, S.E.; Babic, M.

    1993-09-28

    Sophisticated models of the movement of particles, particularly bacteria and viruses, through porous media have been developed, but have met with limited success when compared to field observations some argue that the poor predictive capabilities of the models are due in part to the fact that most of the sophisticated models are tied to an assumptions of homogeneity within the flow field. In previous work, the structure of random percolation fields has been investigated and suggests application of percolation theory to heterogeneous porous media. One conclusion from this study as applied to particle transport is that as the distribution of pore throat sizes takes on variation in the third dimension, the probability of finding a continuous flow path with large throat size increases. One interpretation of this work, within the current context, leads to an argument that a saturated medium will become more open to transport of particles as the medium takes on three dimensional structure. The central hypothesis of the current project is therefore be stated: Particles which are suspended within the pore fluids of media demonstrating three-dimensional heterogeneities will be transported at higher average velocities and with less trapping than particles which are suspended in the pore fluids of media demonstrating one- or two-dimensional heterogeneities. This dependence on dimension is a function of the dimensional character of the heterogeneity, the length scales of the heterogeneity, the size of the particles, the hydrodynamics of the flow field, the degree of saturation of the medium, and the medium/particle interaction.

  13. Hypergravity to Explore the Role of Buoyancy in Boiling in Porous Media

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    Lioumbas, John S.; Krause, Jutta; Karapantsios, Thodoris D.

    2013-02-01

    Boiling in porous media is an active topic of research since it is associated with various applications, e.g. microelectronics cooling, wetted porous media as thermal barriers, food frying. Theoretical expressions customary scale boiling heat and mass transfer rates with the value of gravitational acceleration. Information obtained at low gravity conditions show a deviation from the above scaling law but refers exclusively to non-porous substrates. In addition, the role of buoyancy in boiling at varying gravitational levels (i.e. from microgravity—important to satellites and future Lunar and Martial missions, to high-g body forces—associated with fast aerial maneuvers) is still unknown since most experiments were conducted over a limited range of g-value. The present work aims at providing evidence regarding boiling in porous media over a broad range of hypergravity values. For this, a special device has been constructed for studying boiling inside porous media in the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC at ESA/ESTEC). LDC offers the unique opportunity to cancel the shear stresses and study only the effect of increased normal forces on boiling in porous media. The device permits measurement of the temperature field beneath the surface of the porous material and video recordings of bubble activity over the free surface of the porous material. The preliminary results presented from experiments conducted at terrestrial and hypergravity conditions, reveal for the first time the influence of increased levels of gravity on boiling in porous media.

  14. On the air-entry value of porous media: New insights from measurements, imaging and pore scale modeling

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    Lehmann, Peter; Hoogland, Frouke; Or, Dani

    2016-04-01

    The air entry value is the capillary pressure associated with the formation of a continuous gas phase, hence marking the onset of unsaturated conditions in a porous medium. Near the air-entry value, transport properties change abruptly hence the importance of reliable determination of this value for modeling processes in the vadose zone. Typically, air entry value is inferred from the soil water characteristics of a porous sample subjected to step-wise increase in applied suction. This procedure is laborious and may require long equilibration times, and is difficult to apply for coarse media. We present an alternative and simpler method to deduce air entry-value from continuous evaporation from an initially saturated porous sample. As water evaporates and menisci form and penetrate the surface, the capillary pressure (measured with a tensiometer at any depth) abruptly changes and marks the macroscopic air entry value. This value remains remarkably constant during evaporation and receding drying front (after accounting for hydrostatic front position). We present experimental results from different porous media confirming that air-entry values deduced from soil water characteristics and evaporation experiments are similar. We employed pore scale imaging and network modeling to confirm that the air-entry value corresponds to the critical path that is needed to form a continuous air phase and its macroscopic value remains stable at a drying front that traverses a uniform porous medium. For layered media, corresponding adjustments in air entry values and air invasion patterns have been predicted and measured.

  15. Wave propagation in fluid-saturated porous media

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    Ren, Jiaxiang

    The wave propagation in fluid-saturated porous media is studied by solving the Biot equations, the governing equations for the motion of the porous medium. Methods are devised to solve the Biot equations for different problems and medium models. The problem of the reflection and transmission at an interface is solved by using the eigen-analysis of the Biot equations. The displacement-stress vectors in the media on both sides of the interface are represented by corresponding upgoing and downgoing wave vectors which are then linked by the boundary conditions on the interface. The reflection and transmission coefficients are extracted from the proportionalities between the upgoing and downgoing waves. For an incident fast wave or shear wave, the reflection and transmission coefficients for the reflected and transmitted slow waves are very sensitive to frequency and interface permeability (kappasb{I}); while those for the reflected and transmitted fast waves and shear waves are not, except when incident angles are close to and greater than critical angles. For sandstones, the amplitudes of the reflected and transmitted slow waves could be several percent of the amplitude of the incident fast wave or shear wave. Higher interface permeabilities favor the generation of the slow wave. The slow waves generated at an open interface (kappasb{I}->infty) and a sealed interface (kappasb{I}=0) could be one-order different in amplitude. The reflection and transmission at an interface have been extended to the model composed of multi-layers of porous media. An algorithm based on the compact finite-difference method is developed for 2-D seismic modeling. The compact finite-difference method is used to estimate the spatial derivatives in the Biot equations, with a 6sp{th}-order accuracy. It needs fewer grid intervals to represent a mono-wavelength function than the traditional 2sp{nd}-order central-difference method. Therefore, the algorithm based on the compact finite

  16. Effect of pore structure on gas trapping in porous media

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    Mohammadian, Sadjad; Geistlinger, Helmut; Vogel, Hans-Jörg

    2014-05-01

    Capillary trapping of nonwetting phase in porous media plays an important role in many geological processes. For example, large portions of hydrocarbons cannot be extracted from reservoirs due to capillary forces, while in carbon sequestration processes; capillary trapping might improve the storage efficiency. An important case is when the wetting phase (mostly water) displaces a low-viscosity low-density fluid. In such cases, like water encroachment into gas reservoirs or rising of water table in soils, competition of gravity, viscous, and capillary forces determines the final configuration of the fluids in invaded zone. The trapped nonwetting phase and its distribution within the porous media will affect many other processes such as flow of the other fluids and mass transfer phenomena. Thus, investigating the parameters affecting phase trapping and distribution, especially their relation to pore structure, which controls the capillary action, is required. The aim is to predict gas trapping from structural properties of the material. We conducted a series of column experiments, in which water displaces air at a range of flow rates in different glass-bead packs. The final 3D configuration and morphology of fluids was observed using X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT). We extracted 3D structure of porous media as well as of the trapped gas phase, and quantified them in terms of volume ratios, interfacial area, and morphology. Then we investigated the relations of the trapped phase to capillary forces (pore structure) and viscous forces (front velocity). The results give us new insights to explore the flow and dissolution processes: We found no systematic dependency of the front velocity of the invading water phase in the velocity range from 0.1 to 0.6 cm/min what corresponds to capillary numbers from 2 to 12 ×10^-6. Our experimental results indicate that the capillary trapping mechanism is controlled by the local pore structure and local connectivity and not by

  17. Mobility of engineered inorganic nanoparticles in porous media

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    Metreveli, George; Heidmann, Ilona; Schaumann, Gabriele Ellen

    2013-04-01

    Besides the excellent properties and great potential for various industrial, medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and life science applications, engineered inorganic nanoparticles (EINP) can show also disadvantages concerning increasing risk potential with increasing application, if they are released in the environmental systems. EINP can influence microbial activity and can show toxic effects (Fabrega et al., 2009). Similar to the inorganic natural colloids, EINP can be transported in soil and groundwater systems (Metreveli et al., 2005). Furthermore, due to the large surface area and high sorption and complex formation capacity, EINP can facilitate transport of different contaminants. In this study the mobility behaviour of EINP and their effect on the transport of different metal(loid) species in water saturated porous media was investigated. For these experiments laboratory column system was used. The column was filled with quartz sand. The interactions between EINP and metal(loid)s were characterised by coupling of asymmetrical flow field flow fractionation (AF4) with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). As EINP laponite (synthetic three layer clay mineral), and as metal(loid)s Cu, Pb, Zn, Pt and As were used. In AF4 experiments sorption of metal(loid)s on the surface of EINP could be observed. The extent of interactions was influenced by pH value and was different for different metal(loid)s. Laboratory column experiments showed high mobility of EINP, which facilitated transport of most of metal(loid)s in water saturated porous media. Furthermore the migration of synthetic silver nanoparticles in natural soil columns was determined in leaching experiments. Acknowledgement Financial support by German Research Council (DFG) and Max-Buchner-Research Foundation (MBFSt) is gratefully acknowledged. We thank Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the opportunity to perform the column and AF4 experiments. References: Fabrega, J., Fawcett, S. R

  18. Microbial growth and transport in saturated and unsaturated porous media

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    Hron, Pavel; Jost, Daniel; Bastian, Peter; Ippisch, Olaf

    2014-05-01

    There is a considerable ongoing effort aimed at understanding the behavior of microorganisms in porous media. Microbial activity is of significant interest in various environmental applications such as in situ bioremediation, protection of drinking water supplies and for subsurface geochemistry in general. The main limiting factors for bacterial growth are the availability of electron acceptors, nutrients and bio-available water. The capillary fringe, defined - in a wider sense than usual - as the region of the subsurface above the groundwater table, but still dominated by capillary rise, is a region where all these factors are abundantly available. It is thus a region where high microbial activity is to be expected. In a research unit 'Dynamic Capillary Fringes - A Multidisciplinary Approach (DyCap)' founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the growth of microorganisms in the capillary fringe was studied experimentally and with numerical simulations. Processes like component transport and diffusion, exchange between the liquid phase and the gas phase, microbial growth and cell attachment and detachment were incorporated into a numerical simulator. The growth of the facultative anaerobic Escherichia coli as a function of nutrient availability and oxygen concentration in the liquid phase is modeled with modified Monod-type models and modifications for the switch between aerobic and anaerobic growth. Laboratory batch experiments with aqueous solutions of bacteria have been carried out under various combinations of oxygen concentrations in the gas phase and added amounts of dissolved organic carbon to determine the growth model parameters by solution of a parameter estimation problem. For the transport of bacteria the adhesion to phase boundaries is also very important. As microorganisms are transported through porous media, they are removed from the pore fluid by physicochemical filtration (attachment to sediment grain surfaces) or are adhering to gas

  19. Heterogeneities of flow in stochastically generated porous media

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    Hyman, Jeffrey D.; Smolarkiewicz, Piotr K.; Winter, C. Larrabee

    2012-11-01

    Heterogeneous flows are observed to result from variations in the geometry and topology of pore structures within stochastically generated three dimensional porous media. A stochastic procedure generates media comprising complex networks of connected pores. Inside each pore space, the Navier-Stokes equations are numerically integrated until steady state velocity and pressure fields are attained. The intricate pore structures exert spatially variable resistance on the fluid, and resulting velocity fields have a wide range of magnitudes and directions. Spatially nonuniform fluid fluxes are observed, resulting in principal pathways of flow through the media. In some realizations, up to 25% of the flux occurs in 5% of the pore space depending on porosity. The degree of heterogeneity in the flow is quantified over a range of porosities by tracking particle trajectories and calculating their attributes including tortuosity, length, and first passage time. A representative elementary volume is first computed so the dependence of particle based attributes on the size of the domain through which they are followed is minimal. High correlations between the dimensionless quantities of porosity and tortuosity are calculated and a logarithmic relationship is proposed. As the porosity of a medium increases the flow field becomes more uniform.

  20. Velocity measurement of flow over random soft porous media

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    Selkirk, Isreal; Mirbod, Parisa

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this work is to experimentally examine the flow over random soft porous media in a three-dimensional channel. Various combination of fibrous material and the morphology of the fibers were chosen to achieve void volume fraction (ɛ) ranging from 0.4 to 0.7. Care has been taken to keep the Reynolds number low so that the flow was laminar. The channel height was constant, however the thickness of the fibrous media was varied to achieve different filling fraction. Before starting the tests in the duct with fiber arrays, a series of tests in an empty duct (i.e., without fibers) conducted to validate the experimental measurements. We also discussed the error and uncertainty sources in the experiments and described the techniques to improve their impact. We studied detailed velocity measurements of the flow over fibrous material inside a rectangular duct using a planar particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique. Using these measurements, we determined the values of the slip velocity at the interface between the fibrous media and the flow. It was found that values of the slip velocity normalized by the maximum velocity in the flow depend on solid volume fraction, pore spaces, and fraction of channel filled by the fiber layers.

  1. On a multigrid method for the coupled Stokes and porous media flow problem

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    Luo, P.; Rodrigo, C.; Gaspar, F. J.; Oosterlee, C. W.

    2017-07-01

    The multigrid solution of coupled porous media and Stokes flow problems is considered. The Darcy equation as the saturated porous medium model is coupled to the Stokes equations by means of appropriate interface conditions. We focus on an efficient multigrid solution technique for the coupled problem, which is discretized by finite volumes on staggered grids, giving rise to a saddle point linear system. Special treatment is required regarding the discretization at the interface. An Uzawa smoother is employed in multigrid, which is a decoupled procedure based on symmetric Gauss-Seidel smoothing for velocity components and a simple Richardson iteration for the pressure field. Since a relaxation parameter is part of a Richardson iteration, Local Fourier Analysis (LFA) is applied to determine the optimal parameters. Highly satisfactory multigrid convergence is reported, and, moreover, the algorithm performs well for small values of the hydraulic conductivity and fluid viscosity, that are relevant for applications.

  2. Refractive Index Matching for Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence Imaging of Fluid Mixing in Porous Media

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    Roth, E. J.; Tigera, R. G.; Crimaldi, J. P.; Mays, D. C.

    2015-12-01

    Research in porous media is often hampered by the difficulty in making pore-scale observations. By selecting porous media that is refractive index matched (RIM) to the pore fluid, the media becomes transparent. This allows optical imaging techniques such as static light scattering (SLS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), confocal microscopy, and planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) to be employed. RIM is particularly useful for research concerning contaminant remediation in the subsurface, permitting visual observation of plume dynamics at the pore scale. The goal of this research is to explore and assess candidate combinations of porous media, fluid, and fluorescent dye. The strengths and weaknesses of each combination will then be evaluated in terms of safety, cost, and optical quality in order to select the best combination for use with PLIF. Within this framework, top-ranked RIM combinations include Pyrex glass beads, water beads, or granular Nafion saturated in vegetable glycerin, deionized water, and an aqueous solution of 48% isopropanol, respectively. This research lays the groundwork for future efforts to build a flow chamber in which the selected RIM porous media, solution, and dye will be used in evaluating subsurface pumping strategies designed to impose chaotic plume spreading in porous media. Though the RIM porous media explored in this research are selected based on the specifications of a particular experiment, the methods developed for working with and evaluating RIM porous media should be of utility to a wide variety of research interests.

  3. Monitoring bacterially induced calcite precipitation in porous media using magnetic resonance imaging and flow measurements.

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    Sham, E; Mantle, M D; Mitchell, J; Tobler, D J; Phoenix, V R; Johns, M L

    2013-09-01

    A range of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques are employed to provide novel, non-invasive measurements of both the structure and transport properties of porous media following a biologically mediated calcite precipitation reaction. Both a model glass bead pack and a sandstone rock core were considered. Structure was probed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) via a combination of quantitative one-dimensional profiles and three-dimensional images, applied before and after the formation of calcite in order to characterise the spatial distribution of the precipitate. It was shown through modification and variations of the calcite precipitation treatment that differences in the calcite fill would occur but all methods were successful in partially blocking the different porous media. Precipitation was seen to occur predominantly at the inlet of the bead pack, whereas precipitation occurred almost uniformly along the sandstone core. Transport properties are quantified using pulse field gradient (PFG) NMR measurements which provide probability distributions of molecular displacement over a set observation time (propagators), supplementing conventional permeability measurements. Propagators quantify the local effect of calcite formation on system hydrodynamics and the extent of stagnant region formation. Collectively, the combination of NMR measurements utilised here provides a toolkit for determining the efficacy of a biological-precipitation reaction for partially blocking porous materials. © 2013.

  4. Synchrotron radiation measurement of multiphase fluid saturations in porous media: Experimental technique and error analysis

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    Tuck, David M.; Bierck, Barnes R.; Jaffé, Peter R.

    1998-06-01

    Multiphase flow in porous media is an important research topic. In situ, nondestructive experimental methods for studying multiphase flow are important for improving our understanding and the theory. Rapid changes in fluid saturation, characteristic of immiscible displacement, are difficult to measure accurately using gamma rays due to practical restrictions on source strength. Our objective is to describe a synchrotron radiation technique for rapid, nondestructive saturation measurements of multiple fluids in porous media, and to present a precision and accuracy analysis of the technique. Synchrotron radiation provides a high intensity, inherently collimated photon beam of tunable energy which can yield accurate measurements of fluid saturation in just one second. Measurements were obtained with precision of ±0.01 or better for tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in a 2.5 cm thick glass-bead porous medium using a counting time of 1 s. The normal distribution was shown to provide acceptable confidence limits for PCE saturation changes. Sources of error include heat load on the monochromator, periodic movement of the source beam, and errors in stepping-motor positioning system. Hypodermic needles pushed into the medium to inject PCE changed porosity in a region approximately ±1 mm of the injection point. Improved mass balance between the known and measured PCE injection volumes was obtained when appropriate corrections were applied to calibration values near the injection point.

  5. A pore-network model for foam formation and propagation in porous media

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    Kharabaf, H.; Yortsos, Y.C.

    1996-12-31

    We present a pore-network model, based on a pores-and-throats representation of the porous medium, to simulate the generation and mobilization of foams in porous media. The model allows for various parameters or processes, empirically treated in current models, to be quantified and interpreted. Contrary to previous works, we also consider a dynamic (invasion) in addition to a static process. We focus on the properties of the displacement, the onset of foam flow and mobilization, the foam texture and the sweep efficiencies obtained. The model simulates an invasion process, in which gas invades a porous medium occupied by a surfactant solution. The controlling parameter is the snap-off probability, which in turn determines the foam quality for various size distributions of pores and throats. For the front to advance, the applied pressure gradient needs to be sufficiently high to displace a series of lamellae along a minimum capillary resistance (threshold) path. We determine this path using a novel algorithm. The fraction of the flowing lamellae, X{sub f} (and, consequently, the fraction of the trapped lamellae, X{sub f}) which are currently empirical, are also calculated. The model allows the delineation of conditions tinder which high-quality (strong) or low-quality (weak) foams form. In either case, the sweep efficiencies in displacements in various media are calculated. In particular, the invasion by foam of low permeability layers during injection in a heterogeneous system is demonstrated.

  6. Dispersion Resulting from Flow through Spatially Periodic Porous Media

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    Brenner, H.

    1980-07-01

    A rigorous theory of dispersion in both granular and sintered spatially-periodic porous media is presented, utilizing concepts originating from Brownian motion theory. A precise prescription is derived for calculating both the Darcy-scale interstitial velocity vector {v}* and dispersivity dyadic {D}* of a tracer particle. These are expressed in terms of the local fluid velocity vector field v at each point within the interstices of a unit cell of the spatially periodic array and, for the dispersivity, the molecular diffusivity D of the tracer particle through the fluid. Though the theory is complete, numerical results are not yet available owing to the complex structure of the local interstitial velocity field v. However, as an illustrative exercise, the theory is shown to correctly reduce in an appropriate limiting case to the well-known Taylor-Aris results for dispersion in circular capillaries.

  7. On the transport of emulsions in porous media

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    Cortis, Andrea; Ghezzehei, Teamrat A.

    2007-06-27

    Emulsions appear in many subsurface applications includingbioremediation, surfactant-enhanced remediation, and enhancedoil-recovery. Modeling emulsion transport in porous media is particularlychallenging because the rheological and physical properties of emulsionsare different from averages of the components. Current modelingapproaches are based on filtration theories, which are not suited toadequately address the pore-scale permeability fluctuations and reductionof absolute permeability that are often encountered during emulsiontransport. In this communication, we introduce a continuous time randomwalk based alternative approach that captures these unique features ofemulsion transport. Calculations based on the proposed approach resultedin excellent match with experimental observations of emulsionbreakthrough from the literature. Specifically, the new approach explainsthe slow late-time tailing behavior that could not be fitted using thestandard approach. The theory presented in this paper also provides animportant stepping stone toward a generalizedself-consistent modeling ofmultiphase flow.

  8. Gravity Current in Horizontal Porous Media with A Permeability Gradient

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    Zheng, Zhong; Tsai, Peichun; Al-Housseiny, Talal; Stone, Howard; Complex Fluid Group Team

    2011-11-01

    We study the influence of a power-law porosity and permeability gradient on the front propagation of a gravity current in an unconfined porous media. We neglect mass transfer and surface tension on the interface. A similarity solution is found for the propagating front, which is different from the homogeneous case. Experiments have been performed using liquid pushing air in a Hele-Shaw cell with a constant gradient in gap thickness in the vertical direction. We measure the speed of the front and the shape of the interface. We observe a third layer of trapped air in the region where the permeability is low, while it appears that the propagating front still satisfies the similarity solution with a modified coefficient. This work is supported by a funding from Carbon Mitigation Initiative at Princeton University

  9. Strength and stability of microbial plugs in porous media

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    Sarkar, A.K.

    1995-12-31

    Mobility reduction induced by the growth and metabolism of bacteria in high-permeability layers of heterogeneous reservoirs is an economically attractive technique to improve sweep efficiency. This paper describes an experimental study conducted in sandpacks using an injected bacterium to investigate the strength and stability of microbial plugs in porous media. Successful convective transport of bacteria is important for achieving sufficient initial bacteria distribution. The chemotactic and diffusive fluxes are probably not significant even under static conditions. Mobility reduction depends upon the initial cell concentrations and increase in cell mass. For single or multiple static or dynamic growth techniques, permeability reduction was approximately 70% of the original permeability. The stability of these microbial plugs to increases in pressure gradient and changes in cell physiology in a nutrient-depleted environment needs to be improved.

  10. Solute transport across a contact interface in deformable porous media.

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    Ateshian, Gerard A; Maas, Steve; Weiss, Jeffrey A

    2012-04-05

    A finite element formulation of neutral solute transport across a contact interface between deformable porous media is implemented and validated against analytical solutions. By reducing the integral statements of external virtual work on the two contacting surfaces into a single contact integral, the algorithm automatically enforces continuity of solute molar flux across the contact interface, whereas continuity of the effective solute concentration (a measure of the solute mechano-chemical potential) is achieved using a penalty method. This novel formulation facilitates the analysis of problems in biomechanics where the transport of metabolites across contact interfaces of deformable tissues may be of interest. This contact algorithm is the first to address solute transport across deformable interfaces, and is made available in the public domain, open-source finite element code FEBio (http://www.febio.org).

  11. Generalized Newtonian fluid flow through fibrous porous media

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    Mierzwiczak, Magdalena; Kołodziej, Jan Adam; Grabski, Jakub Krzysztof

    2016-06-01

    The numerical calculations of the velocity field and the component of transverse permeability in the filtration equation for steady, incompressible flow of the generalized Newtonian fluid through the assemblages of cylindrical fibers are presented in this paper. The fibers are arranged regularly in arrays. Flow is transverse with respect to the fibers. The non-linear governing equation in the repeated element of the array is solved using iteration method. At each iteration step the method of fundamental solutions and the method of particular solutions are used. The bundle of fibers is treated as a porous media and on the base of velocity field the permeability coefficients are calculated as a function of porosity.

  12. Model coupling for multiphase flow in porous media

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    Helmig, Rainer; Flemisch, Bernd; Wolff, Markus; Ebigbo, Anozie; Class, Holger

    2013-01-01

    Numerical models for flow and transport in porous media are valid for a particular set of processes, scales, levels of simplification and abstraction, grids etc. The coupling of two or more specialised models is a method of increasing the overall range of validity while keeping the computational costs relatively low. Several coupling concepts are reviewed in this article with a focus on the authors’ work in this field. The concepts are divided into temporal and spatial coupling concepts, of which the latter is subdivided into multi-process, multi-scale, multi-dimensional, and multi-compartment coupling strategies. Examples of applications for which these concepts can be relevant include groundwater protection and remediation, carbon dioxide storage, nuclear-waste disposal, soil dry-out and evaporation processes as well as fuel cells and technical filters.

  13. Microbial transport through porous media: The importance of the microscale

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    de Anna, Pietro; Yawata, Yutaka; Stocker, Roman; Juanes, Ruben

    2014-11-01

    Bacteria play a key role in a plethora of subsurface processes, from geothermal energy, to enhanced oil recovery, to bioremediation. These large-scale consequences arise from microscale interactions within the highly heterogeneous subsurface environment. In particular, flow generates strong chemical gradients at the pore-scale and we hypothesized that, by actively responding to these microscale gradients, bacteria significantly change their transport properties at the macro-scale. We tested this hypothesis using video microscopy of Bacillus subtilis in microfluidic replica of porous media. We found that the bacteria's motility and chemotaxis resulted in a two-fold increase in their ability to spread in the pore volumes, as a result of active migration out of micro-pockets of stagnant fluid. These findings illustrate that microscale flow heterogeneity has strong implications for the transport of biota through the subsurface, and thus likely for the biogeochemical processes they mediate.

  14. Neutron tomography of axisymmetric flow fields in porous media

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    Gilbert, A. J.; Deinert, M. R.

    2013-04-01

    A significant problem in the study of fluid transport in porous media is the ability to visualize the structure of the flow field when moisture contents vary rapidly in space and time. Here we present a method for determining the radial and vertical saturation profiles within axisymmetric preferential flow fields using neutron radiography. Flow fields such as these are surprisingly common in nature and determining the three-dimensional structure of their wetting front region has proven difficult. In this work, the moisture profiles are determined using a simple algorithm for algebraic computed tomography, which gives the three-dimensional structure of the moisture profile with a temporal resolution that is limited only by the desired noise level. The algorithm presented can be translated to radiography done using X-rays or light and is applicable to any rotationally symmetric object.

  15. Critical transport parameters for porous media subjected to counterflow

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    Frederking, T. H. K.; Afifi, F. A.; Ono, D. Y.

    1989-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical studies have been conducted to determine critical parameters at the onset of nonlinear counterflow in He II below the lambda point of He-4. Critical temperature differences have been measured in porous media for zero net mass flow and for Darcy permeabilities in the order of magnitude range from 10 to the -10th to 10 to the -8th sq cm. The normalized critical temperature gradients, which covered the liquid temperature range of 1.5 K to the lambda temperature, are found to vary with T proportional to the ratio of the superfluid density to the normal fluid density. This liquid temperature dependence appears to be consistent with duct data which are limited at low temperature by a Reynolds number criterion.

  16. Advanced Laser Based Measurements in Porous Media Combustion

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    Tedder, Sarah A.

    2009-01-01

    We present measurements using dual-pump dual-broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy (DP-DBB-CARS) inside a porous media burner. This work continues our previous measurements in such combustion systems. The existing setup was significantly modified with the aim of providing improved data quality and data rate, reduction of interferences and additional species information. These changes are presented and discussed in detail. The CARS technique was expanded to a dual-pump dual-broadband CARS system which in principle enables acquisition of temperatures together with relative H2/N2- and O2/N2- species concentrations. Experimental complexity was reduced by the use of a modified spectrometer enabling the detection of both signals, vibrational and rotational CARS, with only one detection system.

  17. Colloid Retention Behavior in Environmental Porous Media Challenges Existing Theory

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    Johnson, W. P.; Li, Xiqing; Tong, Meiping

    2005-05-01

    Chances are the quality of your drinking water was improved by filtration through porous media at some point before it reached your tap, perhaps naturally by transport through the subsurface, or purposefully by passage through an engineered sand filter. Engineered filtration processes have been utilized for decades, and these processes are monitored to ensure the removal of a required degree of particles, e.g., colloids (biological and non-biological particles ranging between a few tens of nanometers to ten microns), from water. Filtration is manifest in both natural and engineered contexts, e.g., by the relatively high quality of spring water, and by the difficulty of targeting the delivery of microbes, zero-valent iron, and other colloids with novel properties to contaminated locales in the subsurface for the purpose of remediation.

  18. Solute mixing regulates heterogeneity of mineral precipitation in porous media

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    Cil, Mehmet B.; Xie, Minwei; Packman, Aaron I.; Buscarnera, Giuseppe

    2017-07-01

    Synchrotron X-ray microtomography was used to track the spatiotemporal evolution of mineral precipitation and the consequent alteration of the pore structure. Column experiments were conducted by injecting CaCl2 and NaHCO3 solutions into granular porous media either as a premixed supersaturated solution (external mixing) or as separate solutions that mixed within the specimen (internal mixing). The two mixing modes produced distinct mineral growth patterns. While internal mixing promoted transverse heterogeneity with precipitation at the mixing zone, external mixing favored relatively homogeneous precipitation along the flow direction. The impact of precipitation on pore water flow and permeability was assessed via 3-D flow simulations, which indicated anisotropic permeability evolution for both mixing modes. Under both mixing modes, precipitation decreased the median pore size and increased the skewness of the pore size distribution. Such similar pore-scale evolution patterns suggest that the clogging of individual pores depends primarily on local supersaturation state and pore geometry.

  19. Biopolymer system for permeability modification in porous media

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    Stepp, A.K.; Bryant, R.S.; Llave, F.M.

    1995-12-31

    New technologies are needed to reduce the current high rate of well abandonment. Improved sweep efficiency, reservoir conformance, and permeability modification can have a significant impact on oil recovery processes. Microorganisms can be used to selectively plug high-permeability zones to improve sweep efficiency and impart conformance control. Studies of a promising microbial system for polymer production were conducted to evaluate reservoir conditions in which this system would be effective. Factors which can affect microbial growth and polymer production include salinity, pH, temperature, divalent ions, presence of residual oil, and rock matrix. Flask tests and coreflooding experiments were conducted to optimize and evaluate the effectiveness of this system. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI) was used to visualize microbial polymer production in porous media. Changes in fluid distribution within the pore system of the core were detected.

  20. Permeability estimation of porous media by using an improved capillary bundle model based on micro-CT derived pore geometries

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    Jiang, Lanlan; Liu, Yu; Teng, Ying; Zhao, Jiafei; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Mingjun; Song, Yongchen

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this work is to develop a permeability estimation method for porous media. This method is based on an improved capillary bundle model by introducing some pore geometries. We firstly carried out micro-CT scans to extract the 3D digital model of porous media. Then we applied a maximum ball extraction method to the digital model to obtain the topological and geometrical pore parameters such as the pore radius, the throat radius and length and the average coordination number. We also applied a random walker method to calculate the tortuosity factors of porous media. We improved the capillary bundle model by introducing the pore geometries and tortuosity factors. Finally, we calculated the absolute permeabilities of four kinds of porous media formed of glass beads and compared the results with experiments and several other models to verify the improved model. We found that the calculated permeabilities using this improved capillary bundle model show better agreement with the measured permeabilities than the other methods.

  1. Modeling of Biomass Plug Development and Propagation in Porous Media

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    Stewart, Terri L.; Kim, Dong-Shik

    2004-02-01

    Biomass accumulation and evolution in porous media were simulated using a combination of biofilm evolution model and a biofilm removal model. Theses models describe biomass plug development, removal, and propagation in biological applications such as microbial enhanced oil recovery, in situ bioremediation, and bio-barrier techniques. The biofilm evolution model includes the cell growth rate and exopolymer production kinetics. The biofilm removal model was used for describing the biomass plug propagation and channel breakthrough using Bingham yield stress of biofilm, which represents the stability of biofilm against shear stress. Network model was used to describe a porous medium. The network model consists of pore body and pore bond of which the sizes were determined based on the pore size distribution of ceramic cores. The pressure drop across the network is assumed to be generated from pore bonds only, and the cell growth and biomass accumulation took place in pore bonds. The simulation results showed that the biofilm models based on Bingham yield stress predicted the biomass accumulation and channel breakthrough well. The pressure oscillation (or, permeability oscillation) was also demonstrated well indicating the process of biomass accumulation and breakthrough channel formation. In addition, the effects of cell and biofilm sucrose concentration were significant on the biomass plug development and permeability reduction rates. The modeling elucidated some deficiencies in our knowledge of the biomass yield stress that enables us to predict the stability of biomass plug against shear stress.

  2. Transient buoyant convection from a discrete source in porous media

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    Moradi, Ali; Flynn, Morris

    2016-11-01

    The study of porous media filling box flows informs (i) the dissolution of non-aqueous phase liquids or sequestered CO2 into potable groundwater, (ii) leakage of contaminants from waste piles, and (iii) enhanced oil recovery technologies. Here we examine the flow of a negatively buoyant, laminar plume in a box filled with a porous medium, which is connected to an infinite external ambient via upper and lower fissures. As t -> ∞ , the box contains two uniform layers of different densities. However, the approach towards steady state is characterized by a lower (contaminated) layer that is continuously stratified and is governed by the ratios of the virtual origin correction and lower fissure depth to the box height, and the ratio, μ, of the draining timescale to the filling timescale. Whereas the presence of a continuous stratification in the contaminated layer for finite time poses analytical challenges, we show that it is possible to derive bounds on the range of possible solutions. A separate component of our study considers time-variable forcing where the plume source strength is either abruptly altered or turned on and off with fixed half-period. Throughout, comparisons are drawn against filling boxes driven by turbulent free plumes. NSERC, Carbon Management Canada.

  3. A Monte Carlo paradigm for capillarity in porous media

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    Lu, Ning; Zeidman, Benjamin D.; Lusk, Mark T.; Willson, Clinton S.; Wu, David T.

    2011-08-09

    Wet porous media are ubiquitous in nature as soils, rocks, plants, and bones, and in engineering settings such as oil production, ground stability, filtration and composites. Their physical and chemical behavior is governed by the distribution of liquid and interfaces between phases. Characterization of the interfacial distribution is mostly based on macroscopic experiments, aided by empirical formulae. We present an alternative computational paradigm utilizing a Monte Carlo algorithm to simulate interfaces in complex realistic pore geometries. The method agrees with analytical solutions available only for idealized pore geometries, and is in quantitative agreement with Micro X-ray Computed Tomography (microXCT), capillary pressure, and interfacial area measurements for natural soils. We demonstrate that this methodology predicts macroscopic properties such as the capillary pressure and air-liquid interface area versus liquid saturation based only on the pore size information from microXCT images and interfacial interaction energies. The generality of this method should allow simulation of capillarity in many porous materials.

  4. Modeling heating curve for gas hydrate dissociation in porous media.

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    Dicharry, Christophe; Gayet, Pascal; Marion, Gérard; Graciaa, Alain; Nesterov, Anatoliy N

    2005-09-15

    A method for modeling the heating curve for gas hydrate dissociation in porous media at isochoric conditions (constant cell volume) is presented. This method consists of using an equation of state of the gas, the cumulative volume distribution (CVD) of the porous medium, and a van der Waals-Platteeuw-type thermodynamic model that includes a capillary term. The proposed method was tested to predict the heating curves for methane hydrate dissociation in a mesoporous silica glass for saturated conditions (liquid volume = pore volume) and for a fractional conversion of water to hydrate of 1 (100% of the available water was converted to hydrate). The shape factor (F) of the hydrate-water interface was found equal to 1, supporting a cylindrical shape for the hydrate particles during hydrate dissociation. Using F = 1, it has been possible to predict the heating curve for different ranges of pressure and temperature. The excellent agreement between the calculated and experimental heating curves supports the validity of our approach.

  5. Fabric dependence of wave propagation in anisotropic porous media

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    Cowin, Stephen C.; Cardoso, Luis

    2012-01-01

    Current diagnosis of bone loss and osteoporosis is based on the measurement of the Bone Mineral Density (BMD) or the apparent mass density. Unfortunately, in most clinical ultrasound densitometers: 1) measurements are often performed in a single anatomical direction, 2) only the first wave arriving to the ultrasound probe is characterized, and 3) the analysis of bone status is based on empirical relationships between measurable quantities such as Speed of Sound (SOS) and Broadband Ultrasound Attenuation (BUA) and the density of the porous medium. However, the existence of a second wave in cancellous bone has been reported, which is an unequivocal signature of poroelastic media, as predicted by Biot’s poroelastic wave propagation theory. In this paper the governing equations for wave motion in the linear theory of anisotropic poroelastic materials are developed and extended to include the dependence of the constitutive relations upon fabric - a quantitative stereological measure of the degree of structural anisotropy in the pore architecture of a porous medium. This fabric-dependent anisotropic poroelastic approach is a theoretical framework to describe the microarchitectural-dependent relationship between measurable wave properties and the elastic constants of trabecular bone, and thus represents an alternative for bone quality assessment beyond BMD alone. PMID:20461539

  6. Transport of bacteria in porous media; 1: An experimental investigation

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    Sarkar, A.K.; Georgiou, G.; Sharma, M.M. )

    1994-08-05

    The convective transport of concentrated suspensions of bacteria in porous media is of interest for several processes such as microbial enhanced oil recovery and in situ bioremediation. The parameters which affect the transport of the bacterium Bacillus licheniformis JF-2, a candidate microorganism for microbial enhanced oil recovery, were investigated experimentally in sandpacks. Bacteria retention and permeability reduction occurred primarily in the first few centimeters upon entering the porous medium. In downstream sections of the sandpack, the permeability reduction was low, even in cases in which high cell concentrations were detected in the effluent. The effects of (1) addition of a dispersant, (2) linear velocity of injection, (3) cell concentration, (4) salinity, (5) temperature, and (6) the presence of a residual oleic phase were determined experimentally. A lower reduction in permeability and a higher effluent bacterial concentration were obtained in the presence of dispersant, high injection velocities, low salinities, and at a higher temperature. Macroscopic measurements at different linear velocities and in the presence or absence of dispersants suggest that the formation of reversible microaggregates and multiparticle hydrodynamic exclusion may be the primary mechanisms for bacterial retention and permeability reduction.

  7. Microbubble transport in water-saturated porous media

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    Ma, Y.; Kong, X.-Z.; Scheuermann, A.; Galindo-Torres, S. A.; Bringemeier, D.; Li, L.

    2015-06-01

    Laboratory experiments were conducted to investigate flow of discrete microbubbles through a water-saturated porous medium. During the experiments, bubbles, released from a diffuser, moved upward through a quasi-2-D flume filled with transparent water-based gelbeads and formed a distinct plume that could be well registered by a calibrated camera. Outflowing bubbles were collected on the top of the flume using volumetric burettes for flux measurements. We quantified the scaling behaviors between the gas (bubble) release rates and various characteristic parameters of the bubble plume, including plume tip velocity, plume width, and breakthrough time of the plume front. The experiments also revealed circulations of ambient pore water induced by the bubble flow. Based on a simple momentum exchange model, we showed that the relationship between the mean pore water velocity and gas release rate is consistent with the scaling solution for the bubble plume. These findings have important implications for studies of natural gas emission and air sparging, as well as fundamental research on bubble transport in porous media.

  8. Enhanced CO2 Dissolution in Heterogeneous Porous Media

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    Daniels, K.; Neufeld, J. A.; Bickle, M. J.; Hallworth, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Long-term and secure geological storage of CO2 through technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) within reservoirs is seen as a technological means to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The long-term viability of this technology is reliant on the structural and secondary trapping of supercritical CO2 within heterogeneous reservoirs. Secondary trapping, primarily through the dissolution of CO2 into ambient reservoir brine to produce a denser fluid, is capable of retaining CO2 in the subsurface and thus reducing the risks of storage. To model secondary trapping we need to understand how the flow of CO2 through heterogeneous reservoir rocks enhances dissolution of supercritical CO2 in reservoir brines. Here we experimentally investigate the dissolution of CO2 in reservoir brines in layered, heterogeneous geological formations. Using analogue experiments, designed to approximate an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) setting, the processes of mixing, dispersion and dissolution are examined. These are compared against test results from non-layered, homogeneous porous media experiments. We find that heterogeneities significantly enhance mixing, particularly between adjacent porous layers. During fluid propagation, pore-scale viscous fingers grow and retreat, thereby providing an increased surface area between the flow and the ambient reservoir fluid. This enhanced mixing is predicted to substantially increase the dissolution of CO2 in reservoir brines. Both permeability and viscosity differences are found to have a significant effect on the interface between the two fluids, and therefore the likely amount of dissolution of CO2.

  9. Stability characteristics of periodic streaming fluids in porous media

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    Alkharashi, S. A.; Gamiel, Y.

    2017-04-01

    We study the linear stability of a three-layer flow of immiscible liquids located in a periodic normal electric field. We consider certain porous media assumed to be uniform, homogeneous, and isotropic. We analytically and numerically simulate the system of linear evolution equations of such a medium. The linearized problem leads to a system of two Mathieu equations with complex coefficients of the damping terms. We study the effects of the streaming velocity, permeability of the porous medium, and the electrical properties of the flow of a thin layer (film) of liquid on the flow instability. We consider several special cases of such systems. As a special case, we consider a uniform electric field and solve the transition curve equations up to the second order in a small dimensionless parameter. We show that the dielectric constant ratio and also the electric field play a destabilizing role in the stability criteria, while the porosity has a dual effect on the wave motion. In the case of an alternating electric field and a periodic velocity, we use the method of multiple time scales to calculate approximate solutions and analyze the stability criteria in the nonresonance and resonance cases; we also obtain transition curves in these cases. We show that an increase in the velocity and the electric field promote oscillations and hence have a destabilizing effect.

  10. A pore network model for adsorption in porous media

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    Satik, Cengiz; Yortsos, Yanis C.

    1995-01-26

    Using a pore network model to represent porous media we investigate adsorption-desorption processes over the entire range of the relative pressure, highlighting in particular capillary condensation. The model incorporates recent advances from density functional theory for adsorption-desorption in narrow pores (of order as low as 1 nm), which improve upon the traditional multi-layer adsorption and Kelvin's equation for phase change and provide for the dependence of the critical pore size on temperature. The limited accessibility of the pore network gives rise to hysteresis in the adsorption-desorption cycle. This is due to the blocking of larger pores, where adsorbed liquid is allowed to but cannot desorb, by smaller pores containing liquid that may not desorb. By allowing for the existence of supercritical liquid in pores in the nm range, it is found that the hysteresis area increases with an increase in temperature, in agreement with experiments of water adsorption-desorption in rock samples from The Geysers. It is also found that the hysteresis increases if the porous medium is represented as a fractured (dual porosity) system. The paper finds applications to general adsorption-desorption problems but it is illustrated here for geothermal applications in The Geysers.

  11. Interface effects on multiphase flows in porous media

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    Zhang, Duan Z

    2008-01-01

    Most models for multiphase flows in a porous medium are based on the straightforward extension of Darcy's law, in which each fluid phase is driven by its own pressure gradient. The pressure difference between the phases is thought to be an effect of surface tension and is called capillary pressure. Independent of Darcy's law, for liquid imbibition processes in a porous material, diffusion models are sometime used. In this paper, an ensemble phase averaging technique for continuous multi phase flows is applied to derive averaged equations and to examine the validity of the commonly used models. The closure for the averaged equations is quite complicated for general multiphase flows in a porous material. For flows with a small ratio of the characteristic length of the phase interfaces to the macroscopic length, the closure relations can be simplified significantly by an approximation with a second order error in the length ratio. The approximation reveals the information of the length scale separation obscured during the ensemble averaging process, and leads to an equation system similar to Darcy's law, but with additional terms. Based on interactions on phase interfaces, relations among closure quantities are studied.

  12. Mechanical Clogging Processes in Unconsolidated Porous Media Near Pumping Wells

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    de Zwart, B.; Schotting, R.; Hassanizadeh, M.

    2003-12-01

    In the Netherlands water supply companies produce over more than one billion cubic meters of drinking water every year. About 2500 water wells are used to pump up the groundwater from aquifers in the Dutch subsurface. More than 50% of these wells will encounter a number of technical problems during their lifetime. The main problem is the decrease in capacity due to well clogging. Clogging shows up after a number of operation years and results in extra, expensive cleaning operations and in early replacement of the pumping wells. This problem has been acknowledged by other industries, for example the metal, petroleum, beer industry and underground storage projects. Well clogging is the result of a number of interacting mechanisms creating a complex problem in the subsurface. In most clogging cases mechanical mechanisms are involved. A large number of studies have been performed to comprehend these processes. Investigations on mechanical processes are focused on transport of small particles through pores and deposition of particles due to physical or physical-chemical processes. After a period of deposition the particles plug the pores and decrease the permeability of the medium. Particle deposition in porous media is usually modelled using filtration theory. In order to get the dynamics of clogging this theory is not sufficient. The porous media is continuously altered due to deposition and mobilization. Therefore the capture characteristics will also continuously change and deposition rates will change in time. A new formula is derived to describe (re)mobilization of particles and allow changing deposition rates. This approach incorporates detachment and reattachment of deposited particles. This work also includes derivation of the filtration theory in radial coordinates. A comparison between the radial filtration theory and the new formula will be shown.

  13. The microscopic basis for strain localisation in porous media

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    Main, Ian; Kun, Ferenz; Pal, Gergo; Janosi, Zoltan

    2017-04-01

    The spontaneous emergence of localized cooperative deformation is an important phenomenon in the development of shear faults in porous media. It can be studied by empirical observation, by laboratory experiment or by numerical simulation. Here we investigate the evolution of damage and fragmentation leading up to and including system-sized failure in a numerical model of a porous rock, using discrete element simulations of the strain-controlled uni-axial compression of cylindrical samples of different finite size. As the system approaches macroscopic failure the number of fractures and the energy release rate both increase as a time-reversed Omori law, with scaling constants for the frequency-size distribution and the inter-event time, including their temporal evolution, that closely resemble those of natural experiments. The damage progressively localizes in a narrow shear band, ultimately a fault 'gouge' containing a large number of poorly-sorted non-cohesive fragments on a broad bandwidth of scales, with properties similar to those of natural and experimental faults. We determine the position and orientation of the central fault plane, the width of the deformation band and the spatial and mass distribution of fragments. The relative width of the deformation band decreases as a power law of the system size and the probability distribution of the angle of the damage plane converges to around 30 degrees, representing an emergent internal coefficient of friction of 0.7 or so. The mass of fragments is power law distributed, with an exponent that does not depend on scale, and is near that inferred for experimental and natural fault gouges. The fragments are in general angular, with a clear self-affine geometry. The consistency of this model with experimental and field results confirms the critical roles of preexisting heterogeneity, elastic interactions, and finite system size to grain size ratio on the development of faults, and ultimately to assessing the predictive

  14. Cation Exchange in the Presence of Oil in Porous Media

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    2017-01-01

    Cation exchange is an interfacial process during which cations on a clay surface are replaced by other cations. This study investigates the effect of oil type and composition on cation exchange on rock surfaces, relevant for a variety of oil-recovery processes. We perform experiments in which brine with a different composition than that of the in situ brine is injected into cores with and without remaining oil saturation. The cation-exchange capacity (CEC) of the rocks was calculated using PHREEQC software (coupled to a multipurpose transport simulator) with the ionic composition of the effluent histories as input parameters. We observe that in the presence of crude oil, ion exchange is a kinetically controlled process and its rate depends on residence time of the oil in the pore, the temperature, and kinetic rate of adsorption of the polar groups on the rock surface. The cation-exchange process occurs in two stages during two phase flow in porous media. Initially, the charged sites of the internal surface of the clays establish a new equilibrium by exchanging cations with the aqueous phase. At later stages, the components of the aqueous and oleic phases compete for the charged sites on the external surface or edges of the clays. When there is sufficient time for crude oil to interact with the rock (i.e., when the core is aged with crude oil), a fraction of the charged sites are neutralized by the charged components stemming from crude oil. Moreover, the positively charged calcite and dolomite surfaces (at the prevailing pH environment of our experiments) are covered with the negatively charged components of the crude oil and therefore less mineral dissolution takes place when oil is present in porous media. PMID:28580442

  15. Mechanistic models of biofilm growth in porous media

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    Jaiswal, Priyank; Al-Hadrami, Fathiya; Atekwana, Estella A.; Atekwana, Eliot A.

    2014-07-01

    Nondestructive acoustics methods can be used to monitor in situ biofilm growth in porous media. In practice, however, acoustic methods remain underutilized due to the lack of models that can translate acoustic data into rock properties in the context of biofilm. In this paper we present mechanistic models of biofilm growth in porous media. The models are used to quantitatively interpret arrival times and amplitudes recorded in the 29 day long Davis et al. (2010) physical scale biostimulation experiment in terms of biofilm morphologies and saturation. The model pivots on addressing the sediment elastic behavior using the lower Hashin-Shtrikman bounds for grain mixing and Gassmann substitution for fluid saturation. The time-lapse P wave velocity (VP; a function of arrival times) is explained by a combination of two rock models (morphologies); "load bearing" which assumes the biofilm as an additional mineral in the rock matrix and "pore filling" which assumes the biofilm as an additional fluid phase in the pores. The time-lapse attenuation (QP-1; a function of amplitudes), on the other hand, can be explained adequately in two ways; first, through squirt flow where energy is lost from relative motion between rock matrix and pore fluid, and second, through an empirical function of porosity (φ), permeability (κ), and grain size. The squirt flow model-fitting results in higher internal φ (7% versus 5%) and more oblate pores (0.33 versus 0.67 aspect ratio) for the load-bearing morphology versus the pore-filling morphology. The empirical model-fitting results in up to 10% increase in κ at the initial stages of the load-bearing morphology. The two morphologies which exhibit distinct mechanical and hydraulic behavior could be a function of pore throat size. The biofilm mechanistic models developed in this study can be used for the interpretation of seismic data critical for the evaluation of biobarriers in bioremediation, microbial enhanced oil recovery, and CO2

  16. Fingering instability and mixing of a blob in porous media.

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    Pramanik, Satyajit; Mishra, Manoranjan

    2016-10-01

    The curvature of the unstable part of the miscible interface between a circular blob and the ambient fluid in two-dimensional homogeneous porous media depends on the viscosity of the fluids. The influence of the interface curvature on the fingering instability and mixing of a miscible blob within a rectilinear displacement is investigated numerically. The fluid velocity in porous media is governed by Darcy's law, coupled with a convection-diffusion equation that determines the evolution of the solute concentration controlling the viscosity of the fluids. Numerical simulations are performed using a Fourier pseudospectral method to determine the dynamics of a miscible blob (circular or square). It is shown that for a less viscous circular blob, there exist three different instability regions without any finite R-window for viscous fingering, unlike the case of a more viscous circular blob. Critical blob radius for the onset of instability is smaller for a less viscous blob as compared to its more viscous counterpart. Fingering enhances spreading and mixing of miscible fluids. Hence a less viscous blob mixes with the ambient fluid quicker than the more viscous one. Furthermore, we show that mixing increases with the viscosity contrast for a less viscous blob, while for a more viscous one mixing depends nonmonotonically on the viscosity contrast. For a more viscous blob mixing depends nonmonotonically on the dispersion anisotropy, while it decreases monotonically with the anisotropic dispersion coefficient for a less viscous blob. We also show that the dynamics of a more viscous square blob is qualitatively similar to that of a circular one, except the existence of the lump-shaped instability region in the R-Pe plane. We have shown that the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in a circular blob (heavier or lighter than the ambient fluid) is independent of the interface curvature.

  17. Fingering instability and mixing of a blob in porous media

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    Pramanik, Satyajit; Mishra, Manoranjan

    2016-10-01

    The curvature of the unstable part of the miscible interface between a circular blob and the ambient fluid in two-dimensional homogeneous porous media depends on the viscosity of the fluids. The influence of the interface curvature on the fingering instability and mixing of a miscible blob within a rectilinear displacement is investigated numerically. The fluid velocity in porous media is governed by Darcy's law, coupled with a convection-diffusion equation that determines the evolution of the solute concentration controlling the viscosity of the fluids. Numerical simulations are performed using a Fourier pseudospectral method to determine the dynamics of a miscible blob (circular or square). It is shown that for a less viscous circular blob, there exist three different instability regions without any finite R -window for viscous fingering, unlike the case of a more viscous circular blob. Critical blob radius for the onset of instability is smaller for a less viscous blob as compared to its more viscous counterpart. Fingering enhances spreading and mixing of miscible fluids. Hence a less viscous blob mixes with the ambient fluid quicker than the more viscous one. Furthermore, we show that mixing increases with the viscosity contrast for a less viscous blob, while for a more viscous one mixing depends nonmonotonically on the viscosity contrast. For a more viscous blob mixing depends nonmonotonically on the dispersion anisotropy, while it decreases monotonically with the anisotropic dispersion coefficient for a less viscous blob. We also show that the dynamics of a more viscous square blob is qualitatively similar to that of a circular one, except the existence of the lump-shaped instability region in the R -Pe plane. We have shown that the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in a circular blob (heavier or lighter than the ambient fluid) is independent of the interface curvature.

  18. Thermal Convection in Laboratory-Scale Porous Media

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    Breitmeyer, R. J.; Cooper, C. A.; Decker, D. L.

    2006-12-01

    Experiments in laboratory-scale porous media were conducted to observe the behavior of thermally driven convection. Experiments were conducted in two cells with dimensions of 24 x 20 x 2.54 cm and 100 x 75 x 2.54 cm. Each experiment consisted of constant temperature, thermally conductive, impermeable boundaries at the top and bottom with spherical glass beads comprising the medium. The porous medium was made up of two sizes of glass beads, 0.3 cm and 0.5 cm. A thermochromic liquid crystal (TLC) tracer was employed in conjunction with a CCD camera to develop a time-series of image data with a color-temperature relationship. Experiments were systematically designed to determine how convection develops in relation to permeability and its spatial variations, thermal gradient, and cell dimensions of the system. The physical behavior of convection was observed in terms of plume structure and velocity, and heat flux. Plume width appeared to be dependent on both permeability and the size of the initial instabilities at the onset of convection with wider plumes forming in lower permeability media and wider initial instabilities leading to wider plumes at later times. Heat flux behavior for each experiment was investigated through calculation of the Nusselt Number (Nu). Nu as a function of Rayleigh Number (Ra) appeared to scale as Nu~ Ra^{1/3} in the homogeneous medium, which is in agreement with previous work. Observations of the long-time behavior were made to determine whether or not the development of steady-state behavior occurred. In the small experimental cell with a 15° C temperature difference and containing only 0.5 cm beads, a steady state condition appeared to form shortly after the plumes reached the upper constant temperature boundary condition. Experiments were conducted in both cells in which higher permeability media underlay lower permeability media with a 10° C temperature difference. Similar behavior was seen in both cells with the plumes widening at

  19. Unstable infiltration fronts in porous media on laboratory scale

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    Schuetz, Cindi; Neuweiler, Insa

    2014-05-01

    Water flow and transport of substances in the unsaturated zone are important processes for the quality and quantity of water in the hydrologic cycle. The water movement through preferential paths is often much faster than standard models (e. g. Richards equation in homogeneous porous media) predict. One type/phenomenon of preferential flow can occur during water infiltration into coarse and/or dry porous media: the so-called gravity-driven fingering flow. To upscale the water content and to describe the averaged water fluxes in order to couple models of different spheres it is necessary to understand and to quantify the behavior of flow instabilities. We present different experiments of unstable infiltration in homogeneous and heterogeneous structures to analyze development and morphology of gravity-driven fingering flow on the laboratory scale. Experiments were carried out in two-dimensional and three-dimensional sand tanks as well as in larger two-dimensional sand tanks with homogeneous and heterogeneous filling of sand and glass beads. In the small systems, water content in the medium was measured at different times. We compare the experiments to prediction of theoretical approaches (e.g. Saffman and Taylor, 1958; Chuoke et al., 1959; Philip 1975a; White et al., 1976; Parlange and Hill, 1976a; Glass et al., 1989a; Glass et al., 1991; Wang et al., 1998c) that quantify properties of the gravity-driven fingers. We use hydraulic parameters needed for the theoretical predictions (the water-entry value (hwe), van Genuchten parameter (Wang et al., 1997, Wang et al., 2000) and saturated conductivity (Ks), van Genuchten parameter (Guarracino, 2007) to simplify the prediction of the finger properties and if necessary to identify a constant correction factor. We find in general that the finger properties correspond well to theoretical predictions. In heterogeneous settings, where fine inclusions are embedded into a coarse material, the finger properties do not change much

  20. FLUID FLOW, SOLUTE MIXING AND PRECIPITATION IN POROUS MEDIA

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    Redden, George D; Y. Fang; T.D. Scheibe; A.M. Tartakovsky; Fox, Don T; Fujita, Yoshiko; White, Timothy A

    2006-09-01

    Reactions that lead to the formation of mineral precipitates, colloids or growth of biofilms in porous media often depend on the molecular-level diffusive mixing. For example, for the formation of mineral phases, exceeding the saturation index for a mineral is a minimum requirement for precipitation to proceed. Solute mixing frequently occurs at the interface between two solutions each containing one or more soluble reactants, particularly in engineered systems where contaminant degradation or modification or fluid flow are objectives. Although many of the fundamental component processes involved in the deposition or solubilization of solid phases are reasonably well understood, including precipitation equilibrium and kinetics, fluid flow and solute transport, the deposition of chemical precipitates, biofilms and colloidal particles are all coupled to flow, and the science of such coupled processes is not well developed. How such precipitates (and conversely, dissolution of solids) are distributed in the subsurface along flow paths with chemical gradients is a complex and challenging problem. This is especially true in systems that undergo rapid change where equilibrium conditions cannot be assumed, particularly in subsurface systems where reactants are introduced rapidly, compared to most natural flow conditions, and where mixing fronts are generated. Although the concept of dispersion in porous media is frequently used to approximate mixing at macroscopic scales, dispersion does not necessarily describe pore-level or molecular level mixing that must occur for chemical and biological reactions to be possible. An example of coupling between flow, mixing and mineral precipitation, with practical applications to controlling fluid flow or contaminant remediation in subsurface environments is shown in the mixing zone between parallel flowing solutions. Two- and three-dimensional experiments in packed-sand media were conducted where solutions containing calcium and

  1. Numerical simulation of magnetic nanofluid natural convection in porous media

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    Sheikholeslami, Mohsen

    2017-02-01

    Free convection of magnetic nanofluid in a porous curved cavity is investigated. Influence of external magnetic source is taken into account. Innovative numerical approach, namely CVFEM, is applied. Impacts of Darcy number (Da), Rayleigh (Ra), Hartmann (Ha) numbers and volume fraction of Fe3O4 (ϕ) on hydrothermal characteristics are examined. Results indicate that heat transfer augmentation augments with rise of Ha and reduces with rise of Da , Ra . Lorentz forces make the nanofluid motion to decrease and enhance the thermal boundary layer thickness. Temperature gradient enhances with increase of Da , Ra , ϕ, but it reduces with rise of Ha.

  2. Direct, Dynamic Measurement of Interfacial Area within Porous Media

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    Crandall, Dustin; Ahmadi, Goodarz; Smith, Duane H.; Bromhal, Grant

    2010-01-01

    Standard models of two-phase flow in porous media have been shown to exhibit several shortcomings that might be partially overcome with a recently developed model based on thermodynamic principles (Hassanizadeh and Gray, 1990). This alternative two-phase flow model contains a set of new and non-standard parameters, including specific interfacial area. By incorporating interfacial area production, destruction, and propagation into functional relationships that describe the capillary pressure and saturation, a more physical model has been developed. Niessner and Hassanizadeh (2008) have examined this model numerically and have shown that the model captures saturation hysteresis with drainage/imbibition cycles. Several static experimental studies have been performed to examine the validity of this new thermodynamically based approach; these allow the determination of static parameters of the model. To date, no experimental studies have obtained information about the dynamic parameters required for the model. A new experimental porous flow cell has been constructed using stereolithography to study two-phase flow phenomena (Crandall et al. 2008). A novel image analysis tool was developed for an examination of the evolution of flow patterns during displacement experiments (Crandall et al. 2009). This analysis tool enables the direct quantification of interfacial area between fluids by matching known geometrical properties of the constructed flow cell with locations identified as interfaces from images of flowing fluids. Numerous images were obtained from two-phase experiments within the flow cell. The dynamic evolution of the fluid distribution and the fluid-fluid interface locations were determined by analyzing these images. In this paper, we give a brief introduction to the thermodynamically based two-phase flow model, review the properties of the stereolithography flow cell, and show how the image analysis procedure has been used to obtain dynamic parameters for the

  3. Relating tortuosity and permeability in microfractured and unfractured porous media

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    Tokan-Lawal, A.; Wang, W.; Prodanovic, M.

    2012-12-01

    . Tortuosity distributions were observed to vary in the different samples. Fractures provide the most direct path across the sample (when aligned) and have the narrowest tortuosity distribution, followed by granular packings. Consolidated media and carbonate samples have the widest distribution. The higher the amount of rock cementing material, carbonate or quartz overgrowth, the higher tortuosity (and ultimately the fluid retention time) in both consolidated porous media and partially cemented fractures. When analyzing tortuosity of different fluid phases in the matrix, we observe the non-wetting phase as being more tortuous than the wetting phase. The addition of fracture to the matrix (as a connected system) however, reverses this behavior. Although, imaged samples were necessary for this study, observed tortuosity (and thus permeability) can be correlated to geologic description of the subsurface formations.

  4. Simulation of DNAPL migration in heterogeneous translucent porous media based on estimation of representative elementary volume

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    Wu, Ming; Wu, Jianfeng; Wu, Jichun

    2017-10-01

    When the dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) comes into the subsurface environment, its migration behavior is crucially affected by the permeability and entry pressure of subsurface porous media. A prerequisite for accurately simulating DNAPL migration in aquifers is then the determination of the permeability, entry pressure and corresponding representative elementary volumes (REV) of porous media. However, the permeability, entry pressure and corresponding representative elementary volumes (REV) are hard to determine clearly. This study utilizes the light transmission micro-tomography (LTM) method to determine the permeability and entry pressure of two dimensional (2D) translucent porous media and integrates the LTM with a criterion of relative gradient error to quantify the corresponding REV of porous media. As a result, the DNAPL migration in porous media might be accurately simulated by discretizing the model at the REV dimension. To validate the quantification methods, an experiment of perchloroethylene (PCE) migration is conducted in a two-dimensional heterogeneous bench-scale aquifer cell. Based on the quantifications of permeability, entry pressure and REV scales of 2D porous media determined by the LTM and relative gradient error, different models with different sizes of discretization grid are used to simulate the PCE migration. It is shown that the model based on REV size agrees well with the experimental results over the entire migration period including calibration, verification and validation processes. This helps to better understand the microstructures of porous media and achieve accurately simulating DNAPL migration in aquifers based on the REV estimation.

  5. Acoustical properties of dry and saturated porous media

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    Malinouskaya, I.; Mourzenko, V. V.; Bogdanov, B. B.; Thovert, J.; Adler, P. M.

    2008-12-01

    Our objective is to determine the macroscopic acoustical properties of porous media (either dry or saturated by an interstitial fluid) and to relate them to the mechanical and hydromechanical characteristics of the medium and its components. Wave propagation in a dry elastic material is governed by the elastodynamic equation. For a dry medium, the stress is zero on the pore surface. The medium is supposed to be spatially periodic and composed of identical cells. When the wave length λ is very large when compared to the scale l of the heterogeneities, the medium behaves in a first approximation as an equivalent homogeneous material. All the fields can expanded as series of the small parameter η= l/2πλ, in terms of two space variables x and y associated to the scales λ et l, respectively. This expansion is introduced into the elastodynamic equation with appropriate boundary conditions. A series of non homogeneous partial differential equations are found for the successive orders in η. The predominant order corresponds to the equivalent homogeneous material. The first order equation provides the polarization correction, the second one the celerity dispersion and the third one the attenuation. These equations are discretized by a finite volume formulation in a tetrahedral mesh which is either structured or not. The resulting linear system is solved by a conjugate gradient method. Each elementary volume may have specific properties. Wave propagation in a saturated medium is more complex since it is influenced by the solid and liquid phases. When a periodic oscillation is imposed, the solid displacements are governed by the elastodynamic and the Stokes equations coupled by boundary conditions at the interface. The solutions to these equations yield the macroscopic characteristics of the medium. The first equation yields two independent problems in the solid, one identical to dry media and one corresponding to a medium submitted to an interstitial macroscopic

  6. Acoustical properties of dry and saturated porous media

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    Adler, P. M.; Malinouskaya, I.; Mourzenko, V. V.; Thovert, J. F.

    2009-04-01

    Our objective is to determine the macroscopic acoustical properties of porous media (either dry or saturated by an interstitial fluid) and to relate them to the mechanical and hydromechanical characteristics of the medium and its components. Wave propagation in a dry elastic material is governed by the elastodynamic equation. For a dry medium, the stress is zero on the pore surface. The medium is supposed to be spatially periodic and composed of identical cells. When the wave length lambda is very large when compared to the scale l of the heterogeneities, the medium behaves in a first approximation as an equivalent homogeneous material. All the fields can expanded as series of the small parameter eta= l/2 pi lambda, in terms of two space variables associated to the scales lambda et l, respectively. This expansion is introduced into the elastodynamic equation with appropriate boundary conditions. A series of non homogeneous partial differential equations are found for the successive orders in eta. The predominant order corresponds to the equivalent homogeneous material. The first order equation provides the polarization correction, the second one the celerity dispersion and the third one the attenuation. These equations are discretized by a finite volume formulation in a tetrahedral mesh which is either structured or not. The resulting linear system is solved by a conjugate gradient method. Each elementary volume may have specific properties. Wave propagation in a saturated medium is more complex since it is influenced by the solid and liquid phases. When a periodic oscillation is imposed, the solid displacements are governed by the elastodynamic and the Stokes equations coupled by boundary conditions at the interface. The solutions to these equations yield the macroscopic characteristics of the medium. The first equation yields two independent problems in the solid, one identical to dry media and one corresponding to a medium submitted to an interstitial

  7. The formation of microbial barriers in saturated porous media

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    Hendry, M.J.; Lawrence, J.R. )

    1993-10-01

    Control of contaminant migration in the subsurface to prevent off-site migration and facilitate treatment is an essential component of any remediation scheme. In situ plugging of pore spaces by introduced bacteria has been suggested as a mechanism to seal permeable zones and to enhance bioremediation. This procedure involves the injection of bacteria which adsorb to the geologic media, are stimulated with a nutrient solution and grow producing an exopolysaccharide plug. The objective of the current research was to evaluate the feasibility of in situ placement of biological barriers for containment of contaminants in subsurface environments. Transport of bacteria through sands at a groundwater velocity of 0.3 m/day and the impact of growth and exopolymer production during nutrient stimulation were studied over time using confocal laser microscopy and viable fluorescence exclusion techniques. The inoculum rapidly colonized the sand matrix and dominated surface sites while forming extensive biofilms. After three to four days the native ground-water flora invaded the established biofilm, creating a mixed species biofilm which reduced the effective porosity of the geologic medium. The resulting biobarrier reduced the hydraulic conductivity of the porous media by two orders of magnitude, and exhibited self-sealing properties in response to changes in hydraulic head.

  8. Physics-based preconditioners for flow in fractured porous media

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    Sandve, T. H.; Keilegavlen, E.; Nordbotten, J. M.

    2014-02-01

    Discrete fracture models are an attractive alternative to upscaled models for flow in fractured media, as they provide a more accurate representation of the flow characteristics. A major challenge in discrete fracture simulation is to overcome the large computational cost associated with resolving the individual fractures in large-scale simulations. In this work, two characteristics of the fractured porous media are utilized to construct efficient preconditioners for the discretized flow equations. First, the preconditioners are tailored to the fracture geometry and presumed flow properties so that the dominant features are well represented there. This assures good scalability of the preconditioners in terms of problem size and permeability contrast. For fracture dominated problems, numerical examples show that such geometric preconditioners are comparable or preferable when compared to state-of-the-art algebraic multigrid preconditioners. The robustness of the physics-based preconditioner for less favorable fracture conditions is further demonstrated by a systematic degradation of the fracture hierarchy. Second, the preconditioners are physics preserving in the sense that conservative fluxes can be computed even for an inexact pressure solutions. This facilitates a scheme where accuracy in the linear solver can be traded for efficiency by terminating the iterative solvers based on error estimates, and without sacrificing basic physical modeling principles. With the combination of these two properties a novel preconditioner is obtained which bridges the gap between multiscale approximations and iterative linear solvers.

  9. Retention and Release of Graphene Oxide in Structured Heterogeneous Porous Media under Saturated and Unsaturated Conditions.

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    Dong, Shunan; Shi, Xiaoqing; Gao, Bin; Wu, Jianfeng; Sun, Yuanyuan; Guo, Hongyan; Xu, Hongxia; Wu, Jichun

    2016-10-04

    In this work, saturated and unsaturated structured heterogeneous sand columns were used to examine the fate of graphene oxide (GO) nanoparticles in heterogeneous porous media under various conditions. A two-domain model considering mass exchange between zones was applied to describe GO retention and transport in structured, heterogeneous porous media, which matched the transport experimental breakthroughs well. Experimental and model results showed that GO retention and transport in all the heterogeneous columns were dominated by the preferential flow phenomena. Under saturated conditions, the coarse sand with higher hydraulic conductivity was the fast-flow domain (FFD), and the fine sand was the slow-flow domain (SFD), and both FFD and SFD affected GO particles fate in structured heterogeneous media. When the heterogeneous columns were drained, the fine sand with higher moisture content became the FFD, and the coarse sand was the SFD, however, preferential flows in the FFD dominated GO retention and transport processes. For all the columns, the mobility of GO decreased with the increasing ionic strength (IS), and the previous retained particles were released by reducing solution IS, indicating part of the retained particles were trapped in the secondary minimum energy well.

  10. Effect of Convergent and Divergent Boundaries on Flow Resistance through Porous Media

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    Bhanu Prakasham Reddy, N.; Krishnaiah, S.; Ramakrishna Reddy, M.

    2015-12-01

    An experimental investigation on the effect of convergent and divergent streamlines on the total energy loss in the porous medium and the effect on linear parameter, a, and non-linear parameter, b, for different ratios of radii of the test section was studied in a convergent and divergent permeameter. This paper presents the results of applying dimensional analysis to obtain a relationship between friction factor (fd) and Reynolds number (Rd) for flow in porous media with convergent and divergent boundaries, using pore size of the media (d) as characteristic length. Using friction factor (fd) and Reynolds number (Rd) relationship, theoretical curves, are developed and verified with the help of existing experimental data. In the present case, Mc Corquodale data of size 1.66 cm was used as media and water as fluid, to develop curves relating friction factor (fd) and Reynolds number (Rd) for different ratios of radii of the test section of convergent permeameter and divergent permeameter with the same convergent and divergent angle of 0.328 rad.

  11. Humic acid transport in saturated porous media: influence of flow velocity and influent concentration.

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    Wei, Xiaorong; Shao, Mingan; Du, Lina; Horton, Robert

    2014-12-01

    Understanding the transport of humic acids (HAs) in porous media can provide important and practical evidence needed for accurate prediction of organic/inorganic contaminant transport in different environmental media and interfaces. A series of column transport experiments was conducted to evaluate the transport of HA in different porous media at different flow velocities and influent HA concentrations. Low flow velocity and influent concentration were found to favor the adsorption and deposition of HA onto sand grains packed into columns and to give higher equilibrium distribution coefficients and deposition rate coefficients, which resulted in an increased fraction of HA being retained in columns. Consequently, retardation factors were increased and the transport of HA through the columns was delayed. These results suggest that the transport of HA in porous media is primarily controlled by the attachment of HA to the solid matrix. Accordingly, this attachment should be considered in studies of HA behavior in porous media.

  12. An Introduction to Flow and Transport in Fractal Models of Porous Media: Part I

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    Cai, Jianchao; San José Martínez, Fernando; Martín, Miguel Angel; Perfect, Edmund

    2014-09-01

    This special issue gathers together a number of recent papers on fractal geometry and its applications to the modeling of flow and transport in porous media. The aim is to provide a systematic approach for analyzing the statics and dynamics of fluids in fractal porous media by means of theory, modeling and experimentation. The topics covered include lacunarity analyses of multifractal and natural grayscale patterns, random packing's of self-similar pore/particle size distributions, Darcian and non-Darcian hydraulic flows, diffusion within fractals, models for the permeability and thermal conductivity of fractal porous media and hydrophobicity and surface erosion properties of fractal structures.

  13. A Coordinate Transformation for the Porous Media Equation that Renders the Free-Boundary Stationary.

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    1983-08-01

    AD-Al32 839 A COORDINATE TRANSFORMATION FOR THE POROUS MEDIA8 EQUATION THAT RENDERS TH..U WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON MATHEMATICS RESEARCH CENTER M E...CHART rialoAC OuP~vo STAARAS - 0S - A (2)l MRC Technical Suwnary Report # 2560 C0 1 A COORDINATE TRANSFORMATION FOR THE POROUS MEDIA EQUATION THAT...THE POROUS MEDIA EQUATION THAT RENDERS THE FREE-BOUNDARY STATIONARY Morton 3. Gurtin, Richard C. MacCamy, and Eduardo A. Socolovsky Technical Sumazry

  14. Microbial Activity and Precipitation at Solution-Solution Mixing Zones in Porous Media -- Subsurface Biogeochemical Research

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    Colwell, Frederick; Wildenschild, Dorthe; Wood, Brian; Gerlach, Robin; Mitchell, Andrew; Redden, George

    2014-08-29

    The goal for this research was to understand how best to add compounds to receptive microbial communities in porous media in order to achieve optimal calcite precipitation in a volumetrically significant space and to understand the physiological health of the cells that are responsible for the calcite precipitation. The specific objectives were to: (1) develop better tools for visually examining biofilms in porous media and calcium carbonate precipitation being mediated by microbes in porous media, and (2) demonstrate the effectiveness of using that tool within a flow cell model system.

  15. Effects of Particle Size and Bubble Characteristics on Transport of Micro- and Nano-Bubbles in Saturated Porous Media

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    Hamamoto, S.; Nihei, N.; Ueda, Y.; Moldrup, P.; Nishimura, T.

    2016-12-01

    The micro- and nano-bubbles (MNBs) have considerable potentials for the remediation of soil contaminated by organic compounds when used in conjunction with bioremediation technology. Understanding a transport mechanism of MNBs in soils is essential to optimize remediation techniques using MNBs. In this study, column transport experiments using glass beads with different size fractions (average particles size: 0.1 mm and 0.4 mm) were conducted, where MNBs created by oxygen gas were injected to the column with different flow rates. Effects of particle size and bubble characteristics on MNB transport in porous media were investigated based on the column experiments. The results showed that attachments of MNBs were enhanced under lower flow rate. Under higher flow rate condition, there were not significant differences of MNBs transport in porous media with different particle size. A convection-dispersion model including bubble attachment, detachment, and straining terms was applied to the obtained breakthrough curves for each experiment, showing good fitness against the measured data. Further investigations will be conducted to understand bubble characteristics including bubble size and zeta potential on MNB transport in porous media. Relations between in model parameters in the transport model and physical and chemical properties in porous media and MNBs will be discussed.

  16. Study on Two-Phase Flow in Heterogeneous Porous Media by Light Transmission Method

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    Qiao, W.

    2015-12-01

    The non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) released to the subsurface can form residual ganglia and globules occupying pores and also accumulate and form pools, in which multiphase system forms. Determining transient fluid saturations in a multiphase system is essential to understand the flow characteristics of systems and to perform effective remediation strategies. As a non-destructive and non-invasive laboratory technique utilized for the measurement of liquid saturation in porous media, light transmission is of the lowest cost and safe. Utilization of Coupled Charge Device camera in light transmission systems provides a nearly instantaneous high-density array of spatial measurements over a very large dynamic range. The migration of NAPL and air spariging technique applied to remove NAPL in aquifer systems are typically two-phase flow problem. Because of the natural aquifer normally being heterogeneous, two 2-D sandboxes (Length55cm×width1.3cm×hight45cm) are set up to study the migration of gas and DNAPL in heterogeneous porous media based on light transmission method and its application in two-phase flow. Model D for water/gas system developed by Niemet and Selker (2001) and Model NW-A for water/NAPL system developed by Zhang et al. (2014) are applied for the calculation of fluid saturation in the two experiments, respectively. The gas injection experiments show that the gas moves upward in the irregular channels, piling up beneath the low permeability lenses and starting lateral movement. Bypassing the lenses, the gas moves upward and forms continuous distribution in the top of the sandbox. The faster of gas injects, the wider of gas migration will be. The DNAPL infiltration experiment shows that TCE mainly moves downward as the influence of gravity, stopping vertical infiltration when reaching the low permeability lenses because of its failure to overcome the capillary pressure. Then, TCE accumulates on the surface and starts transverse movement. Bypassing the

  17. Probability distribution of biofilm thickness and effect of biofilm on the permeability of porous media

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    Ye, S.; Sleep, B. E.; Chien, C.

    2010-12-01

    Probability distribution of biofilm thickness and effect of biofilm on permeability of saturated porous media were investigated in a two-dimensional sand-filled cell (55 cm wide x 45 cm high x 1.28 cm thick) under condition of rich nutrition. Inoculation of the lower portion of the cell with a methanogenic culture and addition of methanol to the bottom of the cell led to biomass growth. Biomass distributions in the water and on the sand in the cell were measured by protein analysis. The biofilm distribution on the sand was observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Permeability was measured by laboratory hydraulic tests. The biomass levels measured in water and on the sand increased with time, and were highest at the bottom of the cell. The biofilm on the sand at the bottom of the cell was thicker. Biomass distribution on the grain of sand was not uniform. Biofilm thickness was a random variable with a normal distribution by statistical analysis of CLSM images. The results of the hydraulic tests demonstrated that the permeability due to biofilm growth was estimated to be average 12% of the initial value. To investigate the spatial distribution of permeability in the two dimensional cell, three models (Taylor, Seki, and Clement) were used to calculate permeability of porous media with biofilm growth. The results of Taylor's model (Taylor et al., 1990) showed reduction in permeability of 2-5 orders magnitude. The Clement's model (Clement et al., 1996) predicted 3%-98% of the initial value. Seki's model (Seki and Miyazaki, 2001) could not be applied in this study. Conclusively, biofilm growth could obviously decrease the permeability of two dimensional saturated porous media, however, the reduction was much less than that estimated in one dimensional condition. Additionally, under condition of two dimensional saturated porous media with rich nutrition, Seki's model could not be applied, Taylor’s model predicted bigger reductions, and the results of

  18. Porous media grain size distribution and hydrodynamic forces effects on transport and deposition of suspended particles.

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    Ahfir, Nasre-Dine; Hammadi, Ahmed; Alem, Abdellah; Wang, HuaQing; Le Bras, Gilbert; Ouahbi, Tariq

    2017-03-01

    The effects of porous media grain size distribution on the transport and deposition of polydisperse suspended particles under different flow velocities were investigated. Selected Kaolinite particles (2-30μm) and Fluorescein (dissolved tracer) were injected in the porous media by step input injection technique. Three sands filled columns were used: Fine sand, Coarse sand, and a third sand (Mixture) obtained by mixing the two last sands in equal weight proportion. The porous media performance on the particle removal was evaluated by analysing particles breakthrough curves, hydro-dispersive parameters determined using the analytical solution of convection-dispersion equation with a first order deposition kinetics, particles deposition profiles, and particle-size distribution of the recovered and the deposited particles. The deposition kinetics and the longitudinal hydrodynamic dispersion coefficients are controlled by the porous media grain size distribution. Mixture sand is more dispersive than Fine and Coarse sands. More the uniformity coefficient of the porous medium is large, higher is the filtration efficiency. At low velocities, porous media capture all sizes of suspended particles injected with larger ones mainly captured at the entrance. A high flow velocity carries the particles deeper into the porous media, producing more gradual changes in the deposition profile. The median diameter of the deposited particles at different depth increases with flow velocity. The large grain size distribution leads to build narrow pores enhancing the deposition of the particles by straining. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. Characterization of porous media by means of the depolarization metrics

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    Savenkov, S.; Priezzhev, A.; Oberemok, Ye.; Silfsten, P.; Ervasti, T.; Ketolainen, J.; Peiponen, K.-E.

    2012-12-01

    In this paper Mueller polarimetry is applied to study the samples with different porosity compacted from microcrystalline cellulose. We measure the whole Mueller matrices of the samples as a function of the incident angle at a wavelength of 632.8 nm. To quantify separability of the different porous samples based on differences in their Mueller matrix behavior we apply depolarization and anisotropy analysis to measured Mueller matrices by calculating parameters characterizing depolarization (depolarization index, Q(M)-metric, first and second Lorenz indices, Cloude and Lorenz entropy) and anisotropy (values and azimuths of phase and amplitude anisotropy) properties of a sample. The results show that anisotropy parameters are almost completely insensitive to the range of porosity at least at 632.8 nm. Whereas, all depolarization metrics considered are sensitive to the range of porosity. Most sensitive (not worst than 5%) among depolarization metrics are the Lorenz entropy and Q(M)-metric.

  20. Drying regimes in homogeneous porous media from macro- to nanoscale

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    Thiery, J.; Rodts, S.; Weitz, D. A.; Coussot, P.

    2017-07-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging visualization down to nanometric liquid films in model porous media with pore sizes from micro- to nanometers enables one to fully characterize the physical mechanisms of drying. For pore size larger than a few tens of nanometers, we identify an initial constant drying rate period, probing homogeneous desaturation, followed by a falling drying rate period. This second period is associated with the development of a gradient in saturation underneath the sample free surface that initiates the inward recession of the contact line. During this latter stage, the drying rate varies in accordance with vapor diffusion through the dry porous region, possibly affected by the Knudsen effect for small pore size. However, we show that for sufficiently small pore size and/or saturation the drying rate is increasingly reduced by the Kelvin effect. Subsequently, we demonstrate that this effect governs the kinetics of evaporation in nanopores as a homogeneous desaturation occurs. Eventually, under our experimental conditions, we show that the saturation unceasingly decreases in a homogeneous manner throughout the wet regions of the medium regardless of pore size or drying regime considered. This finding suggests the existence of continuous liquid flow towards the interface of higher evaporation, down to very low saturation or very small pore size. Paradoxically, even if this net flow is unidirectional and capillary driven, it corresponds to a series of diffused local capillary equilibrations over the full height of the sample, which might explain that a simple Darcy's law model does not predict the effect of scaling of the net flow rate on the pore size observed in our tests.

  1. Entropy-induced separation of star polymers in porous media

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    Blavats'ka, V.; Ferber, C. von; Holovatch, Yu.

    2006-09-15

    We present a quantitative picture of the separation of star polymers in a solution where part of the volume is influenced by a porous medium. To this end, we study the impact of long-range-correlated quenched disorder on the entropy and scaling properties of f-arm star polymers in a good solvent. We assume that the disorder is correlated on the polymer length scale with a power-law decay of the pair correlation function g(r){approx}r{sup -a}. Applying the field-theoretical renormalization group approach we show in a double expansion in {epsilon}=4-d and {delta}=4-a that there is a range of correlation strengths {delta} for which the disorder changes the scaling behavior of star polymers. In a second approach we calculate for fixed space dimension d=3 and different values of the correlation parameter a the corresponding scaling exponents {gamma}{sub f} that govern entropic effects. We find that {gamma}{sub f}-1, the deviation of {gamma}{sub f} from its mean field value is amplified by the disorder once we increase {delta} beyond a threshold. The consequences for a solution of diluted chain and star polymers of equal molecular weight inside a porous medium are that star polymers exert a higher osmotic pressure than chain polymers and in general higher branched star polymers are expelled more strongly from the correlated porous medium. Surprisingly, polymer chains will prefer a stronger correlated medium to a less or uncorrelated medium of the same density while the opposite is the case for star polymers.

  2. Targeted delivery by smart capsules for controlling two-phase flow in porous media

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    Fan, Jing; Abbaspourrad, Alireza; Weitz, David; Harvard Weitzgroup Team

    2015-11-01

    Two-phase flow in porous media is significantly influenced by the physical properties of the fluids and the geometry of the medium. We develop a variety of smart microcapsules that can deliver and release specific substances to the target location in the porous medium, and therefore change the fluid property or medium geometry at certain locations. In this talk, I will present two types of smart capsules for targeted surfactant delivery to the vicinity of oil-water interface and targeted microgel delivery for improving the homogeneity of the porous medium, respectively. We further prove the concept by monitoring the capsule location and the fluid structure in the porous media by micro-CT and confocal microscopy. This technique not only is of particular importance to the relevant industry applications especially in the oil industry but also opens a new window to study the mechanism of two-phase flow in porous media. Advanced Energy Consortium BEG08-027.

  3. A coupled Immersed Boundary-Lattice Boltzmann method for incompressible flows through moving porous media

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    Pepona, Marianna; Favier, Julien

    2016-09-01

    In this work, we propose a numerical framework to simulate fluid flows in interaction with moving porous media of complex geometry. It is based on the Lattice Boltzmann method including porous effects via a Brinkman-Forchheimer-Darcy force model coupled to the Immersed Boundary method to handle complex geometries and moving structures. The coupling algorithm is described in detail and it is validated on well-established literature test cases for both stationary and moving porous configurations. The proposed method is easy to implement and efficient in terms of CPU cost and memory management compared to alternative methods which can be used to deal with moving immersed porous media, e.g. re-meshing at each time step or use of a moving/chimera mesh. An overall good agreement was obtained with reference results, opening the way to the numerical simulation of moving porous media for flow control applications.

  4. Experimental study on retardation of a heavy NAPL vapor in partially saturated porous media

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    Kleinknecht, Simon Matthias; Class, Holger; Braun, Jürgen

    2017-03-01

    Non-aqueous-phase liquid (NAPL) contaminants introduced into the unsaturated zone spread as a liquid phase; however, they can also vaporize and migrate in a gaseous state. Vapor plumes migrate easily and thus pose a potential threat to underlying aquifers. Large-scale column experiments were performed to quantify partitioning processes responsible for the retardation of carbon disulfide (CS2) vapor in partially saturated porous media. The results were compared with a theoretical approach taking into account the partitioning into the aqueous phase as well as adsorption to the solid matrix and to the air-water interface. The experiments were conducted in large, vertical columns (i.d. of 0.109 m) of 2 m length packed with different porous media. A slug of CS2 vapor and the conservative tracer argon was injected at the bottom of the column followed by a nitrogen chase. Different seepage velocities were applied to characterize the transport and to evaluate their impact on retardation. Concentrations of CS2 and argon were measured at the top outlet of the column using two gas chromatographs. The temporal-moment analysis for step input was employed to evaluate concentration breakthrough curves and to quantify dispersion and retardation. The experiments conducted showed a pronounced retardation of CS2 in moist porous media which increased with water saturation. The comparison with an analytical solution helped to identify the relative contributions of partitioning processes to retardation. Thus, the experiments demonstrated that migrating CS2 vapor is retarded as a result of partitioning processes. Moreover, CS2 dissolved in the bulk water is amenable to biodegradation. The first evidence of CS2 decay by biodegradation was found in the experiments. The findings contribute to the understanding of vapor-plume transport in the unsaturated zone and provide valuable experimental data for the transfer to field-like conditions.

  5. Stabilizing viscosity contrast effect on miscible displacement in heterogeneous porous media, using lattice Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook simulations

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    Talon, Laurent; Martin, Jérôme; Rakotomalala, Nicole; Salin, Dominique

    2004-12-01

    We analyze the displacement of a viscous fluid by a miscible more viscous one in heterogeneous porous media. We performed lattice Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook simulations, which were previously successfully applied to the study of the dispersion of a passive tracer in a stochastic heterogeneous porous medium. In the present situation, the flow is stable (no viscous fingering) and leads to an overall Gaussian dispersion, the coefficient of which decreases as the viscosity ratio increases. The results are in reasonable agreement with the stochastic approach of Welty and Gelhar.

  6. 3-D Distribution of Retained Colloids in Unsaturated Porous Media

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    Morales, V. L.; Perez-Reche, F. J.; Holzner, M.; Kinzelbach, W. K.; Otten, W.

    2013-12-01

    It is well accepted that colloid transport processes in porous media differ substantially between water saturated and unsaturated conditions. Differences are frequently ascribed to colloid immobilization by association with interfaces with the gas, as well as to restrictions of the liquid medium through which colloids are transported. Such factors depend on interfacial conditions provided by the water saturation of the porous medium. Yet, the current understanding of the importance of colloid retention at gas interfaces is based on observations of single pores or two-dimensional pore network representations, leaving open the question of their statistical significance when all pores in the medium are considered. In order to address this question, column experiments were performed using a model porous medium of glass beads through which colloidal silver particles were transported for conditions of varying water content. X-ray microtomography was subsequently employed as a non-destructive imaging technique to obtain pore-scale information of the entire column regarding: i) the presence and distribution of the four main locations where colloids can become retained (interfaces with the liquid-solid, gas-liquid and gas-solid, and the bulk liquid), ii) deposition profiles of colloids along the column classified by the available retention location, iii) morphological characteristics of the deposited colloidal aggregates, and iv) channel widths of 3-dimensional pore-water network representations. The results presented provide, for the first time, a direct statistical evaluation on the significance of colloid retention by attachment to the liquid-solid, gas-liquid, gas-solid interfaces, and by straining in the bulk liquid. Additionally, an effective-pore structure characteristic is proposed to improve predictions of mass removal by straining under various water saturations. A) Unsaturated conditions. B) Saturated conditions. Left: Tomograph slice illustrating with false

  7. Static light scattering resolves colloid structure in index-matched porous media.

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    Mays, David C; Cannon, Orion T; Kanold, Adam W; Harris, Kevin J; Lei, Tim C; Gilbert, Benjamin

    2011-11-01

    Colloidal phenomena play an important role in natural porous media, where they influence soil structuring, contaminant migration, filtration, and clogging. Several methods are available to measure pore space geometry within porous media, but these methods have limited applicability when the relevant physical, chemical, or biological processes are dominated by dynamic colloidal phenomena. Here we report a new technique to quantify colloid aggregate structure as a fractal dimension using static light scattering within index-matched porous media (granular Nafion). We validate the method by obtaining consistent results for scattering in suspensions and in porous media, and verify that multiple scattering at environmentally relevant colloid concentrations does not affect the determination of fractal dimension. We also observe restructuring of aggregates during homogenization in the porous media, indicated by an apparent increase in fractal dimension, which can be explained by an analysis of the fluid shear stress caused by repeated inversions of test tubes either containing or not containing granular media. This technique will permit progress in obtaining fundamental descriptions of colloidal phenomena in porous media.

  8. Interaction of pressure and momentum driven flows with thin porous media: Experiments and modeling

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    Naaktgeboren, Christian

    inlet and outlet pressure-drop is obtained by considering a least restrictive porous medium core. Finally, modified K and C are proposed and predictive equations, accurate to within 2.5%, are obtained for both channel configurations with Re ranging from 10-2 to 102 and φ from 6% to 95%. When momentum driven flows interact with thin porous media, the interaction of vortices with the media's complex structure gives way to a number of phenomena of fundamental and applied interest, such as unsteady flow separation. A special case that embodies many of the key features of these flows is the interaction of a vortex ring with a permeable flat surface. Although fundamental, this complex flow configuration has never been considered. The present investigation experimentally studies the fluid mechanics of the interaction of a vortex ring impinging directly on thin permeable flat targets. The vortex ring is formed in water using a piston-cylinder mechanism and visualized using planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF). The rings are formed for jet Reynolds numbers of 3000 and 6000, and piston stroke-to-diameter ratios of 1.0, 3.0, and 6.0. Thin screens of similar geometry having surface opening fractions of 44, 60, 69, and 79% are targeted by the rings. The flow that emerges downstream of the screens reforms into a new, "transmitted" vortex ring. For the lower porosity targets, features that are characteristic of vortex ring impingement on walls are also observed, such as primary vortex ring rebound and reversal, flow separation, formation of secondary vortices and mixing. As the interaction proceeds, however, the primary vortex ring and secondary vortices are drawn toward the symmetry axis of the flow by fluid passing through the permeable screen. Quantitative flow measurements using digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV), indicate the transmitted vortex ring has lower velocity and less (total) kinetic energy than the incident ring. Ring trajectories and total kinetic energy

  9. Steady Counterflow he II Heat Transfer Through Porous Media

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    Dalban-Canassy, M.; Van Sciver, S. W.

    2010-04-01

    We present steady state counterflow measurements performed on porous samples saturated in He II. The experiment is composed of a vacuum insulated open channel whose top extremity is closed to a Minco® heater. The temperature and pressure differences across the plug are measured by two germanium TTR-G Microsensors® thermometers and a Validyne DP10-20 differential pressure sensor. Applied heat fluxes range up to 0.5 kW/m2 of sample cross section. Measurements were performed at temperatures ranging from 1.7 to 2.1 K on highly anisotropic samples provided by Composite Technology Development Inc.: circular pellets (3.08 mm thick and 28.58 mm in diameter) of 20 compressed layers of pre-impregnated woven magnet insulation. In the laminar regime, the permeability is estimated from the pressure drop measurements for comparison with room temperature data. In the turbulent regime, the model based on tortuosity developed previously fails to describe the heat transfer behavior of He II in this type of porous medium.

  10. Stress Transmission and Failure in Disordered Porous Media

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    Laubie, Hadrien; Radjai, Farhang; Pellenq, Roland; Ulm, Franz-Josef

    2017-08-01

    By means of extensive lattice-element simulations, we investigate stress transmission and its relation with failure properties in increasingly disordered porous systems. We observe a non-Gaussian broadening of stress probability density functions under tensile loading with increasing porosity and disorder, revealing a gradual transition from a state governed by single-pore stress concentration to a state controlled by multipore interactions and metric disorder. This effect is captured by the excess kurtosis of stress distributions and shown to be nicely correlated with the second moment of local porosity fluctuations, which appears thus as a (dis)order parameter for the system. By generating statistical ensembles of porous textures with varying porosity and disorder, we derive a general expression for the fracture stress as a decreasing function of porosity and disorder. Focusing on critical sites where the local stress is above the global fracture threshold, we also analyze the transition to failure in terms of a coarse-graining length. These findings provide a general framework which can also be more generally applied to multiphase and structural heterogeneous materials.

  11. STEADY COUNTERFLOW HE II HEAT TRANSFER THROUGH POROUS MEDIA

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    Dalban-Canassy, M.; Van Sciver, S. W.

    2010-04-09

    We present steady state counterflow measurements performed on porous samples saturated in He II. The experiment is composed of a vacuum insulated open channel whose top extremity is closed to a Minco registered heater. The temperature and pressure differences across the plug are measured by two germanium TTR-G Microsensors registered thermometers and a Validyne DP10-20 differential pressure sensor. Applied heat fluxes range up to 0.5 kW/m{sup 2} of sample cross section. Measurements were performed at temperatures ranging from 1.7 to 2.1 K on highly anisotropic samples provided by Composite Technology Development Inc.: circular pellets (3.08 mm thick and 28.58 mm in diameter) of 20 compressed layers of pre-impregnated woven magnet insulation. In the laminar regime, the permeability is estimated from the pressure drop measurements for comparison with room temperature data. In the turbulent regime, the model based on tortuosity developed previously fails to describe the heat transfer behavior of He II in this type of porous medium.

  12. Guar gum solutions for improved delivery of iron particles in porous media (Part 1): Porous medium rheology and guar gum-induced clogging

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    Gastone, Francesca; Tosco, Tiziana; Sethi, Rajandrea

    2014-10-01

    The present work is the first part of a comprehensive study on the use of guar gum to improve delivery of microscale zero-valent iron particles in contaminated aquifers. Guar gum solutions exhibit peculiar shear thinning properties, with high viscosity in static conditions and lower viscosity in dynamic conditions: this is beneficial both for the storage of MZVI dispersions, and also for the injection in porous media. In the present paper, the processes associated with guar gum injection in porous media are studied performing single-step and multi-step filtration tests in sand-packed columns. The experimental results of single-step tests performed by injecting guar gum solutions prepared at several concentrations and applying different dissolution procedures evidenced that the presence of residual undissolved polymeric particles in the guar gum solution may have a relevant negative impact on the permeability of the porous medium, resulting in evident clogging. The most effective preparation procedure which minimizes the presence of residual particles is dissolution in warm water (60 °C) followed by centrifugation (procedure T60C). The multi-step tests (i.e. injection of guar gum at constant concentration with a step increase of flow velocity), performed at three polymer concentrations (1.5, 3 and 4 g/l) provided information on the rheological properties of guar gum solutions when flowing through a porous medium at variable discharge rates, which mimic the injection in radial geometry. An experimental protocol was defined for the rheological characterization of the fluids in porous media, and empirical relationships were derived for the quantification of rheological properties and clogging with variable injection rate. These relationships will be implemented in the second companion paper (Part II) in a radial transport model for the simulation of large-scale injection of MZVI-guar gum slurries.

  13. Guar gum solutions for improved delivery of iron particles in porous media (part 1): porous medium rheology and guar gum-induced clogging.

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    Gastone, Francesca; Tosco, Tiziana; Sethi, Rajandrea

    2014-10-01

    The present work is the first part of a comprehensive study on the use of guar gum to improve delivery of microscale zero-valent iron particles in contaminated aquifers. Guar gum solutions exhibit peculiar shear thinning properties, with high viscosity in static conditions and lower viscosity in dynamic conditions: this is beneficial both for the storage of MZVI dispersions, and also for the injection in porous media. In the present paper, the processes associated with guar gum injection in porous media are studied performing single-step and multi-step filtration tests in sand-packed columns. The experimental results of single-step tests performed by injecting guar gum solutions prepared at several concentrations and applying different dissolution procedures evidenced that the presence of residual undissolved polymeric particles in the guar gum solution may have a relevant negative impact on the permeability of the porous medium, resulting in evident clogging. The most effective preparation procedure which minimizes the presence of residual particles is dissolution in warm water (60°C) followed by centrifugation (procedure T60C). The multi-step tests (i.e. injection of guar gum at constant concentration with a step increase of flow velocity), performed at three polymer concentrations (1.5, 3 and 4g/l) provided information on the rheological properties of guar gum solutions when flowing through a porous medium at variable discharge rates, which mimic the injection in radial geometry. An experimental protocol was defined for the rheological characterization of the fluids in porous media, and empirical relationships were derived for the quantification of rheological properties and clogging with variable injection rate. These relationships will be implemented in the second companion paper (Part II) in a radial transport model for the simulation of large-scale injection of MZVI-guar gum slurries.

  14. SURFACE CHEMICAL EFFECTS ON COLLOID STABILITY AND TRANSPORT THROUGH NATURAL POROUS MEDIA

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    Surface chemical effects on colloidal stability and transport through porous media were investigated using laboratory column techniques. Approximately 100 nm diameter, spherical, iron oxide particles were synthesized as the mobile colloidal phase. The column packing material was ...

  15. Hysteresis of Colloid Retention and Release in Saturated Porous Media During Transients in Solution Chemistry

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    Saturated packed column and micromodel transport studies wereconducted to gain insightonmechanismsof colloid retention and release under unfavorable attachment conditions. The initial deposition of colloids in porous media was found to be a strongly coupled process that depended on solution chemistr...

  16. Influences of environmental factors on bacterial extracellular polymeric substances production in porous media

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    Xia, Lu; Zheng, Xilai; Shao, Haibing; Xin, Jia; Peng, Tao

    2014-11-01

    Bioclogging of natural porous media occurs frequently under a wide range of conditions. It may influence the performance of permeable reactive barrier and constructed wetland. It is also one of the factors that determine the effect of artificial groundwater recharge and in situ bioremediation process. In this study, a series of percolation column experiments were conducted to simulate bioclogging process in porous media. The predominant bacteria in porous media which induced clogging were identified to be Methylobacterium, Janthinobacterium, Yersinia, Staphylococcus and Acidovorax, most of which had been shown to effectively produce viscous extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). The column in which EPS production was maximized also coincided with the largest reduction in saturated hydraulic conductivity of porous media. In addition, carbon concentration was the most significant factor to affect polysaccharide, protein and EPS secretion, followed by phosphorus concentration and temperature. The coupled effect of carbon and phosphorus concentration was also very important to stimulate polysaccharide and EPS production.

  17. SURFACE CHEMICAL EFFECTS ON COLLOID STABILITY AND TRANSPORT THROUGH NATURAL POROUS MEDIA

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    Surface chemical effects on colloidal stability and transport through porous media were investigated using laboratory column techniques. Approximately 100 nm diameter, spherical, iron oxide particles were synthesized as the mobile colloidal phase. The column packing material was ...

  18. Prediction of Effective Permeability in Porous Media Based on Spontaneous Imbibition Effect

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    Cai, Jianchao; You, Lijun; Hu, Xiangyun; Wang, Jing; Peng, Ronghua

    2012-07-01

    Permeability is an important parameter for characterizing the transport properties (e.g. heat and mass transfer) of porous media. It is one of the crucial issues that the permeability of porous media is exactly and quickly decided in many fields such as reservoir engineering, groundwater engineering and composite material modeling. Spontaneous imbibition is a fundamental and ubiquitous natural phenomenon extensively existing in a variety of processes. In this paper, the relationships between the height and weight of imbibition versus the time are derived based on Darcy's law, and a simple method for predicting effective permeability of porous media using spontaneous imbibition effect is proposed, including expressions for permeabilities of artificial and natural porous media. The validity of the proposed models is analysed and tested by experimental data.

  19. Transport of bacteria in porous media and its enhancement by surfactants for bioaugmentation: A review.

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    Zhong, Hua; Liu, Guansheng; Jiang, Yongbing; Yang, Jinzhong; Liu, Yang; Yang, Xin; Liu, Zhifeng; Zeng, Guangming

    2017-07-01

    The success of bioaugmentation processes for groundwater bioremediation requires efficient transport of bacteria in the subsurface environment. In this paper, the factors that influence transport of bacterial cells in porous media are reviewed and the effects of surfactants on the transport are discussed. Movement of bacterial cells in porous media is a process driven by advection and hydrodynamic dispersion forces of fluids. Immobilization of bacterial cells takes place due to processes such as adsorption and straining. Blocking and ripening along with bacterial migration process decrease and increase the retention of cells in porous media, respectively. Physicochemical properties of the porous media, groundwater chemistry, and properties of the bacterial cells affect the transport behavior. Surfactants have the potential to modify bacterial surface properties for both bacterial cells and medium solids, and thus enhance bacterial transport. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. The effect of NAPL on the electrical properties of unsaturated porous media

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    Schwartz, N.; Huisman, J. A.; Furman, A.

    2012-03-01

    The spectral induced polarization signature of porous media contaminated with non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) was studied. Using an accurate measurement system, the complex electrical conductivity of unsaturated porous media contaminated with either diesel fuel or motor oil at a constant water saturation was determined. Counter intuitively, the results show that replacing air with NAPL increases the real part of the complex conductivity of unsaturated porous media. We interpret the results in terms of electrochemical polarization, and suggest that polar compounds contained in the NAPL adsorb to the mineral surface leading to release of inorganic ions to the pore water, which affects both the fluid and surface conductivity. In addition, we observed a decrease in the polarization followed by further addition of NAPL, which we relate to a lower mobility of the adsorbed polar compound. This study allows a better understanding of the electrical signature of NAPL contaminated porous media, especially in variably saturated conditions.

  1. Pore-scale dynamics of salt transport in drying porous media

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    Shokri, N.

    2013-12-01

    Understanding the physics of water evaporation from saline porous media is important in many hydrological processes such as land-atmosphere interactions, water management, vegetation, soil salinity, and mineral-fluid interactions. We applied synchrotron x-ray micro-tomography to investigate the pore-scale dynamics of dissolved salt distribution in a three dimensional drying saline porous media using a cylindrical plastic column (15 mm in height and 8 mm in diameter) packed with sand particles saturated with CaI2 solution (5% concentration by mass) with a spatial and temporal resolution of 12 microns and 30 min, respectively. Every time the drying sand column was set to be imaged, two different images were recorded using distinct synchrotron X-rays energies immediately above (33.2690 keV) and below (33.0690 keV) the K-edge value of Iodine (33.1694 keV). Taking the difference between pixel gray values enabled us to delineate the spatial and temporal distribution of CaI2 concentration at pore scale. The experiment was continued for 12 hours. Results indicate that during early stages of evaporation, air preferentially invades large pores at the surface while finer pores remain saturated and connected to the wet zone at bottom via capillary-induced liquid flow. Consequently, the salt concentration increases preferentially in finer pores where evaporation occurs. The Peclet number (describing the competition between convection and diffusion) was greater than one in our experiment resulting in higher salt concentrations closer to the evaporation surface indicating a convection-driven process. The obtained salt profiles were used to evaluate the numerical solution of the convection-diffusion equation (CDE). Results show that the macro-scale CDE could capture the overall trend of the measured salt profiles but fail to produce the exact slope of the profiles. Our results shed new insight on the physics of salt transport and its complex dynamics in drying porous media and

  2. Characterization of Bimolecular Reactive Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media

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    Berkowitz, B.; Edery, Y.; Porta, G.; Guadagnini, A.; Scher, H.

    2016-12-01

    We characterize the role of preferential pathways in controlling the dynamics of bimolecular reactive transport in a representative model of a heterogeneous porous medium. We examine a suite of numerical simulations that quantifies the irreversible bimolecular reaction A + B → C, in a two-dimensional heterogeneous domain (with log-conductivity, Y), wherein solute A is injected along an inlet boundary to displace the resident solute B under uniform (in the mean) flow conditions. We explore the feedback between the reactive process and (a) the degree of system heterogeneity, as quantified by the unconditional variance of Y, 1 ≤ σY2 ≤ 7, representing moderately to strongly heterogeneous media; and (b) the relative strengths of advective and diffusive mechanisms, as quantified by a grid Péclet number. Our analysis is based on identification of particle preferential pathways, focusing on particle residence time within cells employed to discretize the flow domain. These preferential pathways are formed mainly by high conductivity cells, and generally contain an important component of (sometimes isolated and a relatively small number of) lower conductivity values. A key finding of our analysis is that while the former dominate the behavior, the latter are shown to provide a non-negligible contribution to the global number of reactions taking place in the domain for strongly heterogeneous media, i.e., for the largest investigated values of σY2. Reactions are detected across the complete simulation time window (of about 5.5 pore volumes) for the strongly advective case. When diffusion plays an important role, the reactive process essentially stops after the injection of a limited amount ( 2.5) of pore volumes.

  3. Electrokinetic spontaneous polarization in porous media: petrophysics and numerical modelling

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    Titov, K.; Ilyin, Yu.; Konosavski, P.; Levitski, A.

    2002-10-01

    The behaviour of streaming potential is directly related to movement of groundwater. The responses for typical subsurface flows are modelled to investigate possibilities of spontaneous polarization (SP) when performing quantitative data interpretation. The physical properties of geomaterials related to streaming potential are described. A magnitude range of streaming current coefficient is assessed for geomaterials and found to be from -10-10 to -10-8 A/Pa m, depending on water salinity and rock composition. The electrical sources of SP caused by groundwater flow in saturated media are theoretically described. It is shown that SP is completely defined by three types of electrical sources situated (1) on boundaries where water enters or quits porous media, (2) in areas with transient regime, and (3) on the boundaries of rocks with different properties (hydraulic conductivity, streaming current coefficients and electrical conductivity). A 2D-computer program based on the method of finite difference was created to provide numerical successive modelling of both groundwater flow and SP. Using Sill's [Geophysics 48 (1983) 76] approach, first the water heads are calculated. Then, electrical sources of SP are obtained on the basis of the calculated heads and coefficient of streaming current. Finally, the SP is obtained on the basis of calculated electrical sources and subsurface electrical conductivity. Numerical examples illustrating SP responses of infiltration, of barrage with different electrical conductivity, and of well pumping are discussed. Field data obtained at the site containing the dam between superficial artificial reservoir and the river are interpreted on the basis of numerical modelling. The discussed method can be mainly used for additional calibration of groundwater flow models.

  4. FITTING OF THE DATA FOR DIFFUSION COEFFICIENTS IN UNSATURATED POROUS MEDIA

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    B. Bullard

    1999-05-01

    The purpose of this calculation is to evaluate diffusion coefficients in unsaturated porous media for use in the TSPA-VA analyses. Using experimental data, regression techniques were used to curve fit the diffusion coefficient in unsaturated porous media as a function of volumetric water content. This calculation substantiates the model fit used in Total System Performance Assessment-1995 An Evaluation of the Potential Yucca Mountain Repository (TSPA-1995), Section 6.5.4.

  5. FUNDAMENTAL AREAS OF PHENOMENOLOGY (INCLUDING APPLICATIONS): A Particle Resistance Model for Flow through Porous Media

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    Wu, Jin-Sui; Yin, Shang-Xian; Zhao, Dong-Yu

    2009-06-01

    A particle model for resistance of flow in isotropic porous media is developed based on the fractal geometry theory and on the drag force flowing around sphere. The proposed model is expressed as a function of porosity, fluid property, particle size, fluid velocity (or Reynolds number) and fractal characters Df of particles in porous media. The model predictions are in good agreement with the experimental data. The validity of the proposed model is thus verified.

  6. Evaporation-driven transport and precipitation of salt in porous-media: A multi-domain approach

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    Jambhekar, Vishal Arun; Schmid, Karen Sophie; Helmig, Rainer

    2014-05-01

    the free-flow porous-media interface and the influence of atmospheric conditions on evaporation dynamics. The model is also capable to handle dissolved salt transport, osmosis, salt-precipitation and changes in porous-media properties (e.g. porosity and permeability). Numerical implementation is performed in the framework of DuMuX. Implicit Euler method is applied for time and BOX scheme is used for spatial discretization. The system is solved implicitly after incorporating the interface conditions. Results: Numerical examples are setup to illustrate evolution of the evaporation rate, cumulative water loss, drying behavior, solute distribution, salinization and changes in porous media properties. The model is applicable to both non-saline and saline cases. Numerical experiments are undertaken for saturated and unsaturated systems with homogeneous and heterogeneous porous structures. The model concept is validated against the experimental data presented by [4]. References [1] Nachshon, U. et. al (2011). Combined evaporation and salt precipitation in homogeneous and heterogeneous porous media. WRR, 47. [2] Coussot, P. (2000). Scaling approach of the convective drying of a porous medium. The European Physical Journal B - Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, 15:557-566. [3] Mosthaf, K. et. al (2011). A coupling concept for two-phase compositional porous-medium and single phase compositional free flow. WRR 47. [4] M. Norouzi Rad., N. Shokri, and M. Sahimi. Pore-scale dynamics of salt precipitation in drying porous media. Physical Review E. 2013 September; 88(3).

  7. Prediction of local losses of low Re flows in elastic porous media

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    Becker, Sid; Gasow, Stefan

    2016-11-01

    An isotropic elastic porous structure whose pore scale geometry is regular (periodically uniform) will experience non-uniform deformation when a viscous fluid flows through the matrix under the influence of an externally applied pressure difference. In such a case, the flow field will experience a non uniform pressure gradient whose magnitude increases in the direction of bulk flow. In this study, a method is presented that predicts local losses of the flow through a porous matrix whose geometry varies in the direction of flow. Employing an asymptotic expansion about the deformation provides an expression relating local hydraulic permeability to local pore geometry. In this way the pressure field is able to be determined without requiring the explicit solution of the flow field. In this study a test case is presented showing that the local pressure losses are predicted to be within 0.5% those of the solution to the Navier-Stokes Equations. The approach can be used to simplify the coupled fluid-solid problem of flow through elastic porous media by replacing the need to explicitly solve the flow field.

  8. A new tracer-density criterion for heterogeneous porous media

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    Barth, G.R.; Illangasekare, T.H.; Hill, M.C.; Rajaram, H.

    2001-01-01

    Tracerexperiments provide information about aquifer material properties vital for accurate site characterization. Unfortunately, density-induced sinking can distort tracer movement, leading to an inaccurate assessment of material properties. Yet existing criteria for selecting appropriate tracer concentrations are based on analysis of homogeneous media instead of media with heterogeneities typical of field sites. This work introduces a hydraulic-gradient correction for heterogeneous media and applies it to a criterion previously used to indicate density-induced instabilities in homogeneous media. The modified criterion was tested using a series of two-dimensional heterogeneous intermediate-scale tracer experiments and data from several detailed field tracer tests. The intermediate-scale experimental facility (10.0 ?? 1.2 ?? 0.06 m) included both homogeneous and heterogeneous (??2/In ?? = 1.22) zones. The field tracer tests were less heterogeneous (0.24 < ??2/ln ?? < 0.37), but measurements were sufficient to detect density-induced sinking. Evaluation of the modified criterion using the experiments and field tests demonstrates that the new criterion appears to account for the change in density-induced sinking due to heterogeneity. The criterion demonstrates the importance of accounting for heterogeneity to predict density-induced sinking and differences in the onset of density induced sinking in two-and three-dimensional systems.

  9. Feasibility and induced effects of subsurface porous media hydrogen storage

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    Tilmann Pfeiffer, Wolf; Li, Dedong; Wang, Bo; Bauer, Sebastian

    2015-04-01

    Fluctuations in energy production from renewable sources like wind or solar power can lead to shortages in energy supply which can be mitigated using energy storage concepts. Underground storage of hydrogen in porous sandstone formations could be a storage option for large amounts of energy over long storage cycles. However, this use of the subsurface requires an analysis of possible interactions with other uses of the subsurface such as geothermal energy storage or groundwater abstraction. This study aims at quantifying the feasibility of porous media hydrogen storage to provide stored energy on a timescale of several days to weeks as well as possible impacts on the subsurface. The hypothetical storage site is based on an anticlinal structure located in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. The storage is injected and extracted using five wells completed in a partially eroded, heterogeneous sandstone layer in the top of the structure at a depth of about 500 m. The storage formation was parameterized based on a local facies model with intrinsic permeabilities of 250-2500 mD and porosities of 35-40%. Storage initialization and subsequent storage cycles, each consisting of a hydrogen injection and extraction, were numerically simulated. The simulation results indicate the general feasibility of this hydrogen storage concept. The simulated sandstone formation is able to provide an average of around 1480 t of hydrogen per week (1830 TJ) which is about 5% of the total weekly energy production or about 10% of the weekly energy consumption of Schleswig-Holstein with the hydrogen production rate being the limiting factor of the overall performance. Induced hydraulic effects are a result of the induced overpressure within the storage formation. Propagation of the pressure signal does not strongly depend on the formation heterogeneity and thus shows approximately radial characteristics with one bar pressure change in distances of about 5 km from the injection wells. Thermal

  10. Stochastic effects on single phase fluid flow in porous media.

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    Mansfield, P; Bencsik, M

    2001-01-01

    The flow encoded PEPI technique has been used to measure the fluid velocity distribution and fluid flow of water passing through a phantom comprising randomly distributed 10 mm glass beads. The object of these experiments is to determine the degree of causality between one steady-state flow condition and another. That is to say, knowing the mean fluid velocity and velocity distribution, can one predict what happens at a higher mean fluid velocity? In a second related experiment flow is established at a given mean fluid velocity. The velocity distribution is measured. The flow is then turned off and later re-established. In both kinds of experiment we conclude that the errors in predicting the flow velocity distribution and the errors in re-establishing a given velocity distribution lie well outside the intrinsic thermal noise associated with velocity measurement. It follows, therefore, that the causal approach to prediction of flow velocity distributions in porous media using the Navier-Stokes approach is invalid.

  11. Chemotaxis and flow disorder shape microbial dispersion in porous media

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    De Anna, Pietro; Yawata, Yutaka; Stocker, Roman; Juanes, Ruben

    2017-04-01

    Bacteria drive a plethora of natural processes in the subsurface, consuming organic matter and catalysing chemical reactions that are key to global elemental cycles. These macro-scale consequences result from the collective action of individual bacteria at the micro-scale, which are modulated by the highly heterogeneous subsurface environment, dominated by flow disorder and strong chemical gradients. Yet, despite the generally recognized importance of these microscale processes, microbe-host medium interaction at the pore scale remain poorly characterized and understood. Here, we introduce a microfluidic model system to directly image and quantify the role of cell motility on bacterial dispersion and residence time in confined, porous, media. Using the soil-dwelling bacterium Bacillus subtilis and the common amino acid serine as a resource, we observe that chemotaxis in highly disordered and confined physico-chemical environment affords bacteria an increase in their ability to persistently occupy the host medium. Our findings illustrate that the interplay between bacterial behaviour and pore-scale disorder in fluid velocity and nutrient concentration directly impacts the residence time, transport and bio-geo-chemical transformation rates of biota in the subsurface, and thus likely the processes they mediate.

  12. Volumetric microscale particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) in porous media

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    Guo, Tianqi; Aramideh, Soroush; Ardekani, Arezoo M.; Vlachos, Pavlos P.

    2016-11-01

    The steady-state flow through refractive-index-matched glass bead microchannels is measured using microscopic particle tracking velocimetry (μPTV). A novel technique is developed to volumetrically reconstruct particles from oversampled two-dimensional microscopic images of fluorescent particles. Fast oversampling of the quasi-steady-state flow field in the lateral direction is realized by a nano-positioning piezo stage synchronized with a fast CMOS camera. Experiments at different Reynolds numbers are carried out for flows through a series of both monodispersed and bidispersed glass bead microchannels with various porosities. The obtained velocity fields at pore-scale (on the order of 10 μm) are compared with direct numerical simulations (DNS) conducted in the exact same geometries reconstructed from micro-CT scans of the glass bead microchannels. The developed experimental method would serve as a new approach for exploring the flow physics at pore-scale in porous media, and also provide benchmark measurements for validation of numerical simulations.

  13. New hydrologic model of fluid migration in deep porous media

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    Dmitrievsky, A.; Balanyuk, I.

    2009-04-01

    The authors present a new hydrological model of mantle processes that effect on formation of oil-and-gas bearing basins, fault tectonics and thermal convection. Any fluid migration is initially induced by lateral stresses in the crust and lithosphere which result from global geodynamic processes related to the mantle convection. The global processes are further transformed into regional movements in weakness zones. Model of porous media in deep fractured zones and idea of self-oscillation processes in mantle layers and fractured zones of the crust at different depths was used as the basis for developed concept. The content of these notions resides in the fact that there are conditions of dynamic balance in mantle layers originating as a result of combination and alternate actions of compaction and dilatance mechanisms. These mechanisms can be manifested in different combinations and under different conditions as well as can be complemented by other processes influencing on regime of fluid migration. They can act under condition of passive margin, ocean rift and ocean subduction zones as well as in consolidated platform and sheet. Self-oscillation regime, sub vertical direction of fluid flows, anomalously high layer pressure, and high level of anomalies of various geophysical fields are common for them. A certain class of fluid dynamic models describing consolidation of sedimentary basins, free oscillation processes slow and quick (at the final stage) fluid dynamic processes of the evolution of a sedimentary basin in subduction zones is considered for the first time. The last model of quick fluid dynamic processes reflects the process of formation of hydrocarbon deposits in the zones of collision of lithosphere plates. The results of numerical simulation and diagrams reflecting consecutive stages of the gas-fluid dynamic front propagation are assessed of the Pri-Caspian depression as the example. Calculations with this model will simultaneously be carried out for

  14. Colloid suspension stability and transport through unsaturated porous media

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    McGraw, M.A.; Kaplan, D.I.

    1997-04-01

    Contaminant transport is traditionally modeled in a two-phase system: a mobile aqueous phase and an immobile solid phase. Over the last 15 years, there has been an increasing awareness of a third, mobile solid phase. This mobile solid phase, or mobile colloids, are organic or inorganic submicron-sized particles that move with groundwater flow. When colloids are present, the net effect on radionuclide transport is that radionuclides can move faster through the system. It is not known whether mobile colloids exist in the subsurface environment of the Hanford Site. Furthermore, it is not known if mobile colloids would likely exist in a plume emanating from a Low Level Waste (LLW) disposal site. No attempt was made in this study to ascertain whether colloids would form. Instead, experiments and calculations were conducted to evaluate the likelihood that colloids, if formed, would remain in suspension and move through saturated and unsaturated sediments. The objectives of this study were to evaluate three aspects of colloid-facilitated transport of radionuclides as they specifically relate to the LLW Performance Assessment. These objectives were: (1) determine if the chemical conditions likely to exist in the near and far field of the proposed disposal site are prone to induce flocculation (settling of colloids from suspension) or dispersion of naturally occurring Hanford colloids, (2) identify the important mechanisms likely involved in the removal of colloids from a Hanford sediment, and (3) determine if colloids can move through unsaturated porous media.

  15. A Spectral Approach to Survival Probabilities in Porous Media

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    Nguyen, Binh T.; Grebenkov, Denis S.

    2010-11-01

    We consider a diffusive process in a bounded domain with heterogeneously distributed traps, reactive regions or relaxing sinks. This is a mathematical model for chemical reactors with heterogeneous spatial distributions of catalytic germs, for biological cells with specific arrangements of organelles, and for mineral porous media with relaxing agents in NMR experiments. We propose a spectral approach for computing survival probabilities which are represented in the form of a spectral decomposition over the Laplace operator eigenfunctions. We illustrate the performances of the approach by considering diffusion inside the unit disk filled with reactive regions of various shapes and reactivities. The role of the spatial arrangement of these regions and its influence on the overall reaction rate are investigated in the long-time regime. When the reactivity is finite, a uniform filling of the disk is shown to provide the highest reaction rate. Although the heterogeneity tends to reduce the reaction rate, reactive regions can still be heterogeneously arranged to get nearly optimal performances.

  16. Quantifying colloid retention in partially saturated porous media

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    Zevi, Yuniati; Dathe, Annette; Gao, Bin; Richards, Brian K.; Steenhuis, Tammo S.

    2006-12-01

    The transport of colloid-contaminant complexes and colloid-sized pathogens through soil to groundwater is of concern. Visualization and quantification of pore-scale colloid behavior will enable better description and simulation of retention mechanisms at individual surfaces, in contrast to breakthrough curves which only provide an integrated signal. We tested two procedures for quantifying colloid movement and retention as observed in pore-scale image sequences. After initial testing with static images, three series of images of synthetic microbead suspensions passing through unsaturated sand were examined. The region procedure (implemented in ImageJ) and the Boolean procedure (implemented in KS400) yielded nearly identical results for initial test images and for total colloid-covered areas in three image series. Because of electronic noise resulting in pixel-level brightness fluctuations the Boolean procedure tended to underestimate attached colloid counts and conversely overestimate mobile colloid counts. The region procedure had a smaller overestimation error of attached colloids. Reliable quantification of colloid retention at pore scale can be used to improve current understanding on the transport mechanisms of colloids in unsaturated porous media. For example, attachment counts at individual air/water meniscus/solid interface were well described by Langmuir isotherms.

  17. Effects of starvation on bacterial transport through porous media

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    Cunningham, Alfred B.; Sharp, Robert R.; Caccavo, Frank; Gerlach, Robin

    2007-06-01

    A major problem preventing widespread implementation of microbial injection strategies for bioremediation and/or microbially enhanced oil recovery is the tendency of bacteria to strongly adhere to surfaces in the immediate vicinity of the injection point. Long term (weeks to months) nutrient starvation of bacteria prior to injection can decrease attachment and enhance transport through porous media. This paper summarizes results of starvation-enhanced transport experiments in sand columns of 30 cm, 3 m, and 16 m in length. The 16 m column experiments compared transport, breakthrough and distribution of adhered cells for starved and vegetative cultures of Klebsiella oxytoca, a copious biofilm producer. Results from these experiments were subsequently used to design and construct a field-scale biofilm barrier using starved Pseudomonas fluorescens. The 30 cm and 3 m sand columns experiments investigated starvation-enhanced transport of Shewanella algae BrY, a dissimilatory metal-reducing bacterium. In both cases the vegetative cells adsorbed onto the sand in higher numbers than the starved cells, especially near the entrance of the column. These results, taken together with studies cited in the literature, indicate that starved cells penetrate farther (i.e. higher breakthrough concentration) and adsorb more uniformly along the flow path than vegetative cells.

  18. Modeling multidimensional and multispecies biofilms in porous media.

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    Tang, Youneng; Liu, Haihu

    2017-08-01

    Modeling multidimensional and multispecies biofilm in porous media at the pore scale is challenging due to the need to simultaneously track the microbial community in the biofilms and the interfaces between the biofilms and the fluid. Therefore, researchers usually assume that the model has only one dimension in space or has only one microbial species. This work uses bioremediation of U(VI)-contaminated groundwater as the context to develop a two-dimensional and multispecies biofilm model. The model simulates the transverse mixing zone in which U(VI) is mixed with propionate, a nutrient externally supplied to stimulate the growth of microorganisms. The model considers multiple interactions among fluid flow, transport and reaction of chemical species, and growth of biofilm. The biofilm consists of two types of active biomass (syntrophs and dissimilatory metal reducing bacteria [DMBR]) and inert biomass. The two types of active biomass collaboratively remove U(VI). The model outputs biomass distribution, chemical species concentrations, and fluid flow at the pore scale to fundamentally study the multiple interactions. The model also outputs the contaminant removal rate that can be potentially used for up-scaling studies. The simulated results are generally consistent with experimental observations from other studies in trend. The trend can be explained by the multiple interactions based on thermodynamics and microbial kinetics. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2017;114: 1679-1687. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Hydrothermodynamic mixing of fluids across phases in porous media

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    Amooie, Mohammad Amin; Soltanian, Mohamad Reza; Moortgat, Joachim

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the coupled dynamics of fluid mixing and viscously unstable flow under both miscible (single-phase) and partially miscible (two-phase) conditions, and in both homogeneous and heterogeneous porous media. Higher-order finite element methods and fine grids are used to resolve the small-scale onset of fingering and tip splitting. An equation of state determines the thermodynamic phase behavior and Fickian diffusion. We compute global quantitative measures of the spreading and mixing of a diluting slug to elucidate key differences between miscible and partially miscible systems. Hydrodynamic instabilities are the main driver for mixing in miscible flow. In partially miscible flow, however, we find that relative permeabilities spread the two-phase zone. Within this mixing zone dissolution and evaporation drive mixing thermodynamically while reducing mobility contrasts and thus fingering instabilities. The different mixing dynamics in systems involving multiple phases with mutual solubilities have important implications in hydrogeology and energy applications, such as geological carbon sequestration and gas transport in hydrocarbon reservoirs.

  20. Instabilities of nanofluid flow displacements in porous media

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    Dastvareh, Behnam; Azaiez, Jalel

    2017-04-01

    Thanks to a number of advantageous characteristics, nanofluids are widely used in a variety of fluid flow systems. In porous media flows, the presence of nanoparticles can have dramatic effects on the flow dynamics and in particular on viscous fingering instabilities that develop when a less viscous fluid displaces a more viscous one. In the present study, these effects have been investigated both analytically and numerically using linear stability analysis (LSA) and non-linear simulations. The LSA problem was solved analytically using step function approximation, and general conclusions about the effects of nanofluids on the instability were derived from long wave expansion and cutoff wave number analyses. Furthermore, the quasi-steady-state approximation was used to expand the results of the LSA to diffusing initial concentration profiles, and simulations of the full non-linear problem have been carried out using a Hartley-transform based pseudo-spectral method. Results revealed that nanoparticles cannot make an otherwise stable flow unstable but can enhance or attenuate the instability of an originally unstable flow. In particular it was found that increases in the nanoparticles deposition rate or their rate of diffusion have both destabilizing effects. Furthermore, nanoparticles deposition can change the initial monotonically decreasing viscosity distribution to a non-monotonic one and results in the development of vortex dipoles. Analyses of vortex structures along with the viscosity distributions allowed to explain the observed trends and the resulting finger configurations.

  1. Modeling NAPL dissolution from pendular rings in idealized porous media

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    Huang, Junqi; Christ, John A.; Goltz, Mark N.; Demond, Avery H.

    2015-10-01

    The dissolution rate of nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) often governs the remediation time frame at subsurface hazardous waste sites. Most formulations for estimating this rate are empirical and assume that the NAPL is the nonwetting fluid. However, field evidence suggests that some waste sites might be organic wet. Thus, formulations that assume the NAPL is nonwetting may be inappropriate for estimating the rates of NAPL dissolution. An exact solution to the Young-Laplace equation, assuming NAPL resides as pendular rings around the contact points of porous media idealized as spherical particles in a hexagonal close packing arrangement, is presented in this work to provide a theoretical prediction for NAPL-water interfacial area. This analytic expression for interfacial area is then coupled with an exact solution to the advection-diffusion equation in a capillary tube assuming Hagen-Poiseuille flow to provide a theoretical means of calculating the mass transfer rate coefficient for dissolution at the NAPL-water interface in an organic-wet system. A comparison of the predictions from this theoretical model with predictions from empirically derived formulations from the literature for water-wet systems showed a consistent range of values for the mass transfer rate coefficient, despite the significant differences in model foundations (water wetting versus NAPL wetting, theoretical versus empirical). This finding implies that, under these system conditions, the important parameter is interfacial area, with a lesser role played by NAPL configuration.

  2. Complex solution to nonideal contaminant transport through porous media

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    Gambolati, G.; Pini, G.

    1998-09-20

    Nonideal or nonequilibrium transport through porous media is described by a convection-diffusion equation coupled to a first order kinetics accounting for mass transfer between the solid and the fluid phases. The overall mathematical model may be formulated using an integro-differential approach and very effectively Laplace transformed with complex parameters p{sub k} = 0, 1, {hor_ellipsis}, 2M + 1. Solution in Laplace space may be addressed by finite elements (FE). The resulting complex valued FE equations can be solved with either a complex or an equivalent real arithmetic operating on a problem twice as large as the original one. For both approaches preconditioned projection (or conjugate gradient-like) methods are used. Particularly difficult problems with high Peclet numbers are investigated as well. The results from three representative test cases totaling up to 15,000 equations show that the complex solution approach is superior to the real approach by up to almost two orders of magnitude, depending on the problem. It is also shown that while the solver performance vs p{sub k} is stable in complex arithmetic, this does not hold true for the solver in real arithmetic, and an argument based on the quality of preconditioning is offered to account for the observed different computational behavior.

  3. Multiscale modelling of hydraulic conductivity in vuggy porous media.

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    Daly, K R; Roose, T

    2014-02-08

    Flow in both saturated and non-saturated vuggy porous media, i.e. soil, is inherently multiscale. The complex microporous structure of the soil aggregates and the wider vugs provides a multitude of flow pathways and has received significant attention from the X-ray computed tomography (CT) community with a constant drive to image at higher resolution. Using multiscale homogenization, we derive averaged equations to study the effects of the microscale structure on the macroscopic flow. The averaged model captures the underlying geometry through a series of cell problems and is verified through direct comparison to numerical simulations of the full structure. These methods offer significant reductions in computation time and allow us to perform three-dimensional calculations with complex geometries on a desktop PC. The results show that the surface roughness of the aggregate has a significantly greater effect on the flow than the microstructure within the aggregate. Hence, this is the region in which the resolution of X-ray CT for image-based modelling has the greatest impact.

  4. Pore network model of electrokinetic transport through charged porous media

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    Obliger, Amaël; Jardat, Marie; Coelho, Daniel; Bekri, Samir; Rotenberg, Benjamin

    2014-04-01

    We introduce a method for the numerical determination of the steady-state response of complex charged porous media to pressure, salt concentration, and electric potential gradients. The macroscopic fluxes of solvent, salt, and charge are computed within the framework of the Pore Network Model (PNM), which describes the pore structure of the samples as networks of pores connected to each other by channels. The PNM approach is used to capture the couplings between solvent and ionic flows which arise from the charge of the solid surfaces. For the microscopic transport coefficients on the channel scale, we take a simple analytical form obtained previously by solving the Poisson-Nernst-Planck and Stokes equations in a cylindrical channel. These transport coefficients are upscaled for a given network by imposing conservation laws for each pores, in the presence of macroscopic gradients across the sample. The complex pore structure of the material is captured by the distribution of channel diameters. We investigate the combined effects of this complex geometry, the surface charge, and the salt concentration on the macroscopic transport coefficients. The upscaled numerical model preserves the Onsager relations between the latter, as expected. The calculated macroscopic coefficients behave qualitatively as their microscopic counterparts, except for the permeability and the electro-osmotic coupling coefficient when the electrokinetic effects are strong. Quantitatively, the electrokinetic couplings increase the difference between the macroscopic coefficients and the corresponding ones for a single channel of average diameter.

  5. Particle tracking experiments in match-index-refraction porous media.

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    Lachhab, Ahmed; Zhang, You-Kuan; Muste, Marian V I

    2008-01-01

    A low-cost, noninvasive, three-dimensional (3D), particle tracking velocimetry system was designed and built to investigate particle movement in match-index-refraction porous media. Both a uniform load of the glass beads of the same diameter and a binary load of the glass beads of two diameters were used. The purpose of the experiments is to study the effect of the two loads on the trajectories, velocity distribution, and spreading of small physical particles. A total of 35 particles were released and tracked in the uniform load and 46 in the binary load. The 3D trajectory of each particle was recorded with two video camcorders and analyzed. It is found that the particle's velocity, trajectory, and spreading are very sensitive to its initial location and that the smaller pore size or heterogeneity in the binary load increases the particles' velocity and enhances their spreading as compared with the uniform load. The experiments also verified the previous finding that the distribution of the particle velocities are lognormal in the longitudinal direction and Gaussian in two transverse directions and that the particle spreading is much larger along the longitudinal direction than along the traverse directions.

  6. Diffusion, Dispersion, and Uncertainty in Anisotropic Fractal Porous Media

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    Monnig, N. D.; Benson, D. A.

    2007-12-01

    Motivated by field measurements of aquifer hydraulic conductivity (K), recent techniques were developed to construct anisotropic fractal random fields, in which the scaling, or self-similarity parameter, varies with direction and is defined by a matrix. Ensemble numerical results are analyzed for solute transport through these 2-D "operator-scaling" fractional Brownian motion (fBm) ln(K) fields. Contrary to some analytic stochastic theories for monofractal K fields, the plume growth rates never exceed Mercado's (1967) purely stratified aquifer growth rate of plume apparent dispersivity proportional to mean distance. Apparent super-stratified growth must be the result of other demonstrable factors, such as initial plume size. The addition of large local dispersion and diffusion does not significantly change the effective longitudinal dispersivity of the plumes. In the presence of significant local dispersion or diffusion, the concentration coefficient of variation CV={σc}/{\\langle c \\rangle} remains large at the leading edge of the plumes. This indicates that even with considerable mixing due to dispersion or diffusion, there is still substantial uncertainty in the leading edge of a plume moving in fractal porous media.

  7. Oil drainage in model porous media by viscoelastic fluids

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    Beaumont, Julien; Bodiguel, Hugues; Colin, Annie

    2012-11-01

    Crude oil recovery efficiency has been shown to depend directly on the capillary number (Ca). If the capillary phenomenon is well described for Newtonian fluids, the consequences of non linear rheology and viscoelasticity require more experimental work at the pore scale. In this work we take advantage of microfluidic to revisit this field. We carried out oil drainage experiments through a micromodel made up with photoresist resin. The wetting phase trapped is a model oil. The invading phases used are aqueous solutions of high molecular weight hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) and surfactant. Qualitatively, we observed a transition between a capillary fingering at low flow rates and a stable front at high flow rates for the drainage experiments with HPAM and surfactant solutions as it happened for drainage with Newtonian fluids. From movies of the filling of the device, we determine the local velocity of all menisci in the porous media. Thus, we quantify the capillary fingering. Surprisingly, local velocities are not significantly different from those measured using water, whereas the HPAM solutions are much more viscous. With betaine solutions, we observed an emulsification of the oil clusters trapped during the invasion leading to a very high oil recovery after percolation.

  8. Transport of large particles in flow through porous media

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    Imdakm, A. O.; Sahimi, Muhammad

    1987-12-01

    There is considerable evidence indicating that significant reduction in the efficiency of many processes in porous media, such as enhancing oil recovery, heterogeneous chemical reactions, deep-bed filtration, gel permeation, and liquid chromatography, is due to the reduction in the permeability of the pore space. This reduction is due to the transport of particles, whose sizes are comparable with those of the pores, and the subsequent blocking of the pores by various mechanisms. In this paper we develop a novel Monte Carlo method for theoretical modeling of this phenomenon. Particles of various sizes are injected into the medium, and their migration in the flow field is modeled by a random walk whose transition porbability is proportional to the local pore fluxes. Pores are blocked and their flow capacity is reduced (or vanished) when large particles pass through them (and reduce their flow) or totally block them. The permeability of the medium can ultimately vanish and, therefore, this phenomenon is a percolation process. Various quantities of interest such as the variations of the permeability with process time and the distribution of pore-plugging times are computed. The critical exponent characterizing the vanishing of the permeability near the percolation threshold appears to be different from that of percolation conductivity. The agreement between our results and the available experimental data is excellent.

  9. Imaging Microbial Biofilms in Opaque Three-dimensional Porous Media: Opportunities and Limitations (Invited)

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    Wildenschild, D.; Iltis, G.

    2013-12-01

    Microbial biofilms are observed in both natural and engineered subsurface environments and can dramatically alter the physical properties of porous media. Current understanding of biofilm formation and the associated impacts to structural and hydrodynamic properties of porous media are limited by our ability to observe changes to pore morphology non-destructively. Imaging biofilm within opaque porous media has historically presented a significant challenge. X-ray computed microtomography has traditionally been used for non-destructive imaging of a variety of processes and phenomena in porous media, yet, the conventional contrast agents used in tomography research tend to diffuse quite readily into both the aqueous phase as well as the porous media-associated biofilm, thereby preventing delineation of the two phases. A couple of new methods for imaging biofilm within opaque porous media using x-ray microtomography have been developed in recent years, and this presentation will discuss advantages and limitations to using polychromatic vs. monochromatic (synchrotron) radiation, as well as different types, and various concentrations of, contrast agents.

  10. A novel analytical solution for gas diffusion in multi-scale fuel cell porous media

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    Xu, Peng; Qiu, Shuxia; Cai, Jianchao; Li, Cuihong; Liu, Haicheng

    2017-09-01

    Gas diffusion in multi-scale fuel cell porous media such as gas diffusion layer, microporous layer and catalyst layer affects the power performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. The effective gas diffusivity is one of the key parameters for gas diffusion in multi-scale fuel cell porous media, which has attracted broad interests from science and engineering. A new analytical model is presented and solved for gas diffusion in fuel cell porous media based on fractal geometry. Due to its multi-scale characteristics and existence of microscale and nanoscale pores in most fuel cell porous media, both molecular and Knudsen diffusion mechanisms are taken into account. An expression for the effective gas diffusivity of multi-scale porous media is derived, expressed in terms of bulk diffusion, pore structure as well as the Knudsen number. The proposed fractal model is validated by comparison with available experimental data and empirical correlations. The model shows that the effective gas diffusivity increases with increase of porosity and pore fractal dimension, while it decreases with increased tortuosity fractal dimension. It is believed that the current work may shed light on the gas diffusion mechanism in fuel cell porous media.

  11. Theoretical studies of non-Newtonian and Newtonian fluid flow through porous media

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    Wu, Yu-Shu.

    1990-02-01

    A comprehensive theoretical study has been carried out on the flow behavior of both single and multiple phase non-Newtonian fluids in porous media. This work is divided into three parts: development of numerical and analytical solutions; theoretical studies of transient flow of non-Newtonian fluids in porous media; and applications of well test analysis and displacement efficiency evaluation to field problems. A fully implicit, integral finite difference model has been developed for simulation of non-Newtonian and Newtonian fluid flow through porous media. Several commonly-used rheological models of power-law and Bingham plastic non-Newtonian fluids have been incorporated in the simulator. A Buckley-Leverett type analytical solution for one-dimensional, immiscible displacement involving non-Newtonian fluids in porous media has been developed. An integral method is also presented for the study of transient flow of Bingham fluids in porous media. In addition, two well test analysis methods have been developed for analyzing pressure transient tests of power-law and Bingham fluids, respectively. Applications are included to demonstrate this new technology. The physical mechanisms involved in immiscible displacement with non-Newtonian fluids in porous media have been studied using the Buckley-Leverett type analytical solution. In another study, an idealized fracture model has been used to obtain some insights into the flow of a power-law fluid in a double-porosity medium. Transient flow of a general pseudoplastic fluid has been studied numerically. 125 refs., 91 figs., 12 tabs.

  12. Effect of sequential release of NAPLs on NAPL migration in porous media

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    Bang, Woohui; Yeo, In Wook

    2016-04-01

    NAPLs (Non-aqueous phase liquids) are common groundwater contaminants and are classified as LNAPLs (Light non-aqueous phase liquids) and DNAPLs (Dense non-aqueous phase liquids) according to relative density for water. Due to their low solubility in water, NAPLs remain for a long time in groundwater, and they pose a serious environmental problem. Therefore, understanding NAPLs migration in porous media is essential for effective NAPLs remediation. DNAPLs tend to move downward through the water table by gravity force because its density is higher than water. However, if DNAPLs do not have sufficient energy which breaks capillary force of porous media, they will just accumulate above capillary zone or water table. Mobile phase of LNAPLs rises and falls depending on fluctuation of water table, and it could change the wettability of porous media from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. This could impacts on the migration characteristics of subsequently-released DNAPLs. LNAPLs and DNAPLs are sometime disposed at the same place (for example, the Hill air force base, USA). Therefore, this study focuses on the effect of sequential release of NAPLs on NAPLs (in particular, DNAPL) migration in porous media. We have conducted laboratory experiments. Gasoline, which is known to change wettability of porous media from hydrophilic to intermediate, and TCE (Trichloroethylene) were used as LNAPL and DNAPL, respectively. Glass beads with the grain size of 1 mm and 2 mm were prepared for two sets of porous media. Gasoline and TCE was dyed for visualization. First, respective LNAPL and DNAPL of 10 ml were separately released into prepared porous media. For the grain size of 2 mm glass beads, LNAPL became buoyant above the water table, and DNAPL just moved downward through porous media. However, for the experiment with the grain size of 1 mm glass beads, NAPLs behaved very differently. DNAPL did not migrate downward below and just remained above the water table due to capillary pressure of

  13. The influence of mixing on stable isotope ratios in porous media: A revised Rayleigh model

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    Druhan, Jennifer L.; Maher, Kate

    2017-02-01

    For an irreversible reaction, the Rayleigh or distillation-type relationship between stable isotope enrichment and reactant concentration is compromised if fluid samples are characterized by a range of water ages or different extents of reaction progress. Such mixed samples are rarely avoided in the standard methods of sampling fluid from natural porous media. As a result, application of a Rayleigh model to stable isotope ratios measured in aquifers commonly requires a diminished or effective fractionation factor relative to the intrinsic value obtained in the absence of transport effects. Thus, quantitative application of intrinsic parameter values to a fractionating reaction occurring in porous media flow requires revision to the functional form of the relationship between reactant concentration and isotope fractionation. Here we derive a series of analytical solutions for the relationship between fractionation and flow subject to nonuniform fluid travel time distributions. These solutions are unique from previous approaches in that they avoid the use of a dispersion coefficient. The results are demonstrated against multicomponent reactive transport simulations of stable isotope fractionation in homogeneous and spatially correlated heterogeneous flow fields, and applied to a data set of stable chromium (Cr) isotope enrichment obtained from a contaminated aquifer. We show that the flux-weighted isotope ratio of a solute is more sensitive to the effects of physical heterogeneity than solute concentrations. Our results support an updated functional form of the traditional Rayleigh model that describes the relationship between reactant concentration and isotope fractionation and is valid for a mixed-fluid sample.

  14. Poroelastic measurement schemes resulting in complete data sets for granular and other anisotropic porous media

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    Berryman, J.G.

    2009-11-20

    Poroelastic analysis usually progresses from assumed knowledge of dry or drained porous media to the predicted behavior of fluid-saturated and undrained porous media. Unfortunately, the experimental situation is often incompatible with these assumptions, especially when field data (from hydrological or oil/gas reservoirs) are involved. The present work considers several different experimental scenarios typified by one in which a set of undrained poroelastic (stiffness) constants has been measured using either ultrasound or seismic wave analysis, while some or all of the dry or drained constants are normally unknown. Drained constants for such a poroelastic system can be deduced for isotropic systems from available data if a complete set of undrained compliance data for the principal stresses are available - together with a few other commonly measured quantities such as porosity, fluid bulk modulus, and grain bulk modulus. Similar results are also developed here for anisotropic systems having up to orthotropic symmetry if the system is granular (i.e., composed of solid grains assembled into a solid matrix, either by a cementation process or by applied stress) and the grains are known to be elastically homogeneous. Finally, the analysis is also fully developed for anisotropic systems with nonhomogeneous (more than one mineral type), but still isotropic, grains - as well as for uniform collections of anisotropic grains as long as their axes of symmetry are either perfectly aligned or perfectly random.

  15. Non-equilibrium model of two-phase porous media flow with phase change

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    Cueto-Felgueroso, L.; Fu, X.; Juanes, R.

    2014-12-01

    The efficient simulation of multi-phase multi-component flow through geologic porous media is challenging and computationally intensive, yet quantitative modeling of these processes is essential in engineering and the geosciences. Multiphase flow with phase change and complex phase behavior arises in numerous applications, including enhanced oil recovery, steam injection in groundwater remediation, geologic CO2 storage and enhanced geothermal energy systems. A challenge of multiphase compositional simulation is that the number of existing phases varies with position and time, and thus the number of state variables in the saturation-based conservation laws is a function of space and time. The tasks of phase-state identification and determination of the composition of the different phases are performed assuming local thermodynamic equilibrium. Here we investigate a thermodynamically consistent formulation for non-isothermal two-phase flow, in systems where the hypothesis of instantaneous local equilibrium does not hold. Non-equilibrium effects are important in coarse-scale simulations where the assumption of complete mixing in each gridblock is not realistic. We apply our model to steam injection in water-saturated porous media.

  16. Visual analysis of immiscible displacement processes in porous media under ultrasound effect

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    Naderi, Khosrow; Babadagli, Tayfun

    2011-05-01

    The effect of sonic waves, in particular, ultrasonic radiation, on immiscible displacement in porous media and enhanced oil recovery has been of interest for more than five decades. Attempts were made to investigate the effect through core scale experimental or theoretical models. Visual experiments are useful to scrutinize the reason for improved oil recovery under acoustic waves of different frequency but are not abundant in literature. In this paper, we report observations and analyses as to the effects of ultrasonic energy on immiscible displacement and interaction of the fluid matrix visually in porous media through two-dimensional (2D) sand pack experiments. 2D glass bead models with different wettabilities were saturated with different viscosity oils and water was injected into the models. The experiments were conducted with and without ultrasound. Dynamic water injection experiments were preferred as they had both viscous and capillary forces in effect. The displacement patterns were evaluated both in terms of their shape, size, and the interface characteristics quantitatively and qualitatively to account for the effects of ultrasonic waves on the displacement and the reason for increased oil production under this type of sonic wave. More compact clusters were observed when ultrasonic energy was present in water-wet systems. In the oil-wet cases, more oil was produced after breakthrough when ultrasound was applied and no compact clusters were formed in contrast to the water-wet cases.

  17. Visual analysis of immiscible displacement processes in porous media under ultrasound effect.

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    Naderi, Khosrow; Babadagli, Tayfun

    2011-05-01

    The effect of sonic waves, in particular, ultrasonic radiation, on immiscible displacement in porous media and enhanced oil recovery has been of interest for more than five decades. Attempts were made to investigate the effect through core scale experimental or theoretical models. Visual experiments are useful to scrutinize the reason for improved oil recovery under acoustic waves of different frequency but are not abundant in literature. In this paper, we report observations and analyses as to the effects of ultrasonic energy on immiscible displacement and interaction of the fluid matrix visually in porous media through two-dimensional (2D) sand pack experiments. 2D glass bead models with different wettabilities were saturated with different viscosity oils and water was injected into the models. The experiments were conducted with and without ultrasound. Dynamic water injection experiments were preferred as they had both viscous and capillary forces in effect. The displacement patterns were evaluated both in terms of their shape, size, and the interface characteristics quantitatively and qualitatively to account for the effects of ultrasonic waves on the displacement and the reason for increased oil production under this type of sonic wave. More compact clusters were observed when ultrasonic energy was present in water-wet systems. In the oil-wet cases, more oil was produced after breakthrough when ultrasound was applied and no compact clusters were formed in contrast to the water-wet cases.

  18. Simulation of incompressible two-phase flow in porous media with large timesteps

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    Cogswell, Daniel; Szulczewski, Michael

    2016-11-01

    Simulations of flow in porous media suffer from severe timestep restrictions as the permeability and viscosity contrast become increasingly heterogeneous, even when solved with a fully implicit discretization. Previous efforts to alleviate these restrictions have focused on numerical methods, but the problem persists because it originates from the shape of the fractional flow function. Here we focus on regularizing the equations themselves with the addition of an energy constraint. The equations for the flow of two immiscible, incompressible fluid phases in porous media are recast as a gradient flow using the phase-field method, a macroscopic surface tension is introduced, and a convex energy splitting scheme is applied to enable unconditionally large timesteps. Using the phase-field formulation as a homotopy map, the unmodified flow equations can be solved with large timesteps, even with high degrees of heterogeneity in permeability and viscosity. For a 2D test problem, the homotopy method allows the timestep to be increased by more than four orders of magnitude relative to the unmodified equations.

  19. Simulation of gaseous diffusion in partially saturated porous media under variable gravity with lattice Boltzmann methods

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    Chau, Jessica Furrer; Or, Dani; Sukop, Michael C.; Steinberg, S. L. (Principal Investigator)

    2005-01-01

    Liquid distributions in unsaturated porous media under different gravitational accelerations and corresponding macroscopic gaseous diffusion coefficients were investigated to enhance understanding of plant growth conditions in microgravity. We used a single-component, multiphase lattice Boltzmann code to simulate liquid configurations in two-dimensional porous media at varying water contents for different gravity conditions and measured gas diffusion through the media using a multicomponent lattice Boltzmann code. The relative diffusion coefficients (D rel) for simulations with and without gravity as functions of air-filled porosity were in good agreement with measured data and established models. We found significant differences in liquid configuration in porous media, leading to reductions in D rel of up to 25% under zero gravity. The study highlights potential applications of the lattice Boltzmann method for rapid and cost-effective evaluation of alternative plant growth media designs under variable gravity.

  20. Simulation of gaseous diffusion in partially saturated porous media under variable gravity with lattice Boltzmann methods

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    Chau, Jessica Furrer; Or, Dani; Sukop, Michael C.; Steinberg, S. L. (Principal Investigator)

    2005-01-01

    Liquid distributions in unsaturated porous media under different gravitational accelerations and corresponding macroscopic gaseous diffusion coefficients were investigated to enhance understanding of plant growth conditions in microgravity. We used a single-component, multiphase lattice Boltzmann code to simulate liquid configurations in two-dimensional porous media at varying water contents for different gravity conditions and measured gas diffusion through the media using a multicomponent lattice Boltzmann code. The relative diffusion coefficients (D rel) for simulations with and without gravity as functions of air-filled porosity were in good agreement with measured data and established models. We found significant differences in liquid configuration in porous media, leading to reductions in D rel of up to 25% under zero gravity. The study highlights potential applications of the lattice Boltzmann method for rapid and cost-effective evaluation of alternative plant growth media designs under variable gravity.

  1. Simulation of gaseous diffusion in partially saturated porous media under variable gravity with lattice Boltzmann methods

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    Chau, Jessica Furrer; Or, Dani; Sukop, Michael C.

    2005-08-01

    Liquid distributions in unsaturated porous media under different gravitational accelerations and corresponding macroscopic gaseous diffusion coefficients were investigated to enhance understanding of plant growth conditions in microgravity. We used a single-component, multiphase lattice Boltzmann code to simulate liquid configurations in two-dimensional porous media at varying water contents for different gravity conditions and measured gas diffusion through the media using a multicomponent lattice Boltzmann code. The relative diffusion coefficients (Drel) for simulations with and without gravity as functions of air-filled porosity were in good agreement with measured data and established models. We found significant differences in liquid configuration in porous media, leading to reductions in Drel of up to 25% under zero gravity. The study highlights potential applications of the lattice Boltzmann method for rapid and cost-effective evaluation of alternative plant growth media designs under variable gravity.

  2. Simulation of gaseous diffusion in partially saturated porous media under variable gravity with lattice Boltzmann methods.

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    Chau, Jessica Furrer; Or, Dani; Sukop, Michael C

    2005-08-01

    Liquid distributions in unsaturated porous media under different gravitational accelerations and corresponding macroscopic gaseous diffusion coefficients were investigated to enhance understanding of plant growth conditions in microgravity. We used a single-component, multiphase lattice Boltzmann code to simulate liquid configurations in two-dimensional porous media at varying water contents for different gravity conditions and measured gas diffusion through the media using a multicomponent lattice Boltzmann code. The relative diffusion coefficients (D rel) for simulations with and without gravity as functions of air-filled porosity were in good agreement with measured data and established models. We found significant differences in liquid configuration in porous media, leading to reductions in D rel of up to 25% under zero gravity. The study highlights potential applications of the lattice Boltzmann method for rapid and cost-effective evaluation of alternative plant growth media designs under variable gravity.

  3. Flow and dispersion in anisotropic porous media: A lattice-Boltzmann study

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    Maggiolo, D.; Picano, F.; Guarnieri, M.

    2016-10-01

    Given their capability of spreading active chemical species and collecting electricity, porous media made of carbon fibers are extensively used as diffusion layers in energy storage systems, such as redox flow batteries. In spite of this, the dispersion dynamics of species inside porous media is still not well understood and often lends itself to different interpretations. Actually, the microscopic design of efficient porous media, which can potentially and effectively improve the performances of flow batteries, is still an open challenge. The present study aims to investigate the effect of fibrous media micro-structure on dispersion, in particular the effect of fiber orientation on drag and dispersion dynamics. Several lattice-Boltzmann simulations of flows through differently oriented fibrous media coupled with Lagrangian simulations of particle tracers have been performed. Results show that orienting fibers preferentially along the streamwise direction minimizes the drag and maximizes the dispersion, which is the most desirable condition for diffusion layers in flow batteries' applications.

  4. On the Upscaling of Reaction-Transport Processes in Porous Media with Fast Kinetics

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    Kechagi, P.; Tsimpanogiannis, I.; Yortsos, Y.C.; Lichtner, P.

    2001-01-09

    This report is organized as follows: Provide a brief review of the upscaling constraints of the type (2) for a typical diffusion-reaction system. In this an analogy with two-phase flow in porous media was drawn. Then, using the methodology of QW a problem at the unit cell for the computation of the effective mass transfer coefficient, in processes where local thermodynamic equilibrium applies was derived. This problem is found to be different than in QW, as it depends on the gradients of the macroscale variable, and can be cast in terms of an eigenvalue problem. Two simple, examples, one involving advection-dissolution and another involving drying in a pore network, was presented to illustrate the coupling between scales and to show the quantitative effect in case this coupling was neglected. Finally, similar ideas and an illustrative example was applied to reaction-diffusion systems with fast kinetics, where an equilibrium state is approached.

  5. Determination of the Darcy permeability of porous media including sintered metal plugs

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    Frederking, T. H. K.; Hepler, W. A.; Yuan, S. W. K.; Feng, W. F.

    1986-01-01

    Sintered-metal porous plugs with a normal size of the order of 1-10 microns are used to evaluate the Darcy permeability of laminar flow at very small velocities in laminar fluids. Porous media experiment results and data adduced from the literature are noted to support the Darcy law analog for normal fluid convection in the laminar regime. Low temperature results suggest the importance of collecting room temperature data prior to runs at liquid He(4) temperatures. The characteristic length diagram gives a useful picture of the tolerance range encountered with a particular class of porous media.

  6. Determination of the Darcy permeability of porous media including sintered metal plugs

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    Frederking, T. H. K.; Hepler, W. A.; Yuan, S. W. K.; Feng, W. F.

    1986-01-01

    Sintered-metal porous plugs with a normal size of the order of 1-10 microns are used to evaluate the Darcy permeability of laminar flow at very small velocities in laminar fluids. Porous media experiment results and data adduced from the literature are noted to support the Darcy law analog for normal fluid convection in the laminar regime. Low temperature results suggest the importance of collecting room temperature data prior to runs at liquid He(4) temperatures. The characteristic length diagram gives a useful picture of the tolerance range encountered with a particular class of porous media.

  7. Image-based modeling of flow and reactive transport in porous media

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    Qin, Chao-Zhong; Hoang, Tuong; Verhoosel, Clemens V.; Harald van Brummelen, E.; Wijshoff, Herman M. A.

    2017-04-01

    Due to the availability of powerful computational resources and high-resolution acquisition of material structures, image-based modeling has become an important tool in studying pore-scale flow and transport processes in porous media [Scheibe et al., 2015]. It is also playing an important role in the upscaling study for developing macroscale porous media models. Usually, the pore structure of a porous medium is directly discretized by the voxels obtained from visualization techniques (e.g. micro CT scanning), which can avoid the complex generation of computational mesh. However, this discretization may considerably overestimate the interfacial areas between solid walls and pore spaces. As a result, it could impact the numerical predictions of reactive transport and immiscible two-phase flow. In this work, two types of image-based models are used to study single-phase flow and reactive transport in a porous medium of sintered glass beads. One model is from a well-established voxel-based simulation tool. The other is based on the mixed isogeometric finite cell method [Hoang et al., 2016], which has been implemented in the open source Nutils (http://www.nutils.org). The finite cell method can be used in combination with isogeometric analysis to enable the higher-order discretization of problems on complex volumetric domains. A particularly interesting application of this immersed simulation technique is image-based analysis, where the geometry is smoothly approximated by segmentation of a B-spline level set approximation of scan data [Verhoosel et al., 2015]. Through a number of case studies by the two models, we will show the advantages and disadvantages of each model in modeling single-phase flow and reactive transport in porous media. Particularly, we will highlight the importance of preserving high-resolution interfaces between solid walls and pore spaces in image-based modeling of porous media. References Hoang, T., C. V. Verhoosel, F. Auricchio, E. H. van

  8. Fundamental Studies of Fluid Mechanics: Stability in Porous Media

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    George M. Homsy

    2005-04-28

    This work has been concerned with theoretical, computational and experimental studies of a variety of flow and transport problems that are of generic interest and applicability in energy-related and energy-intensive processes. These include the following. (1) Problems associated with oil recovery: the global economy continues to be dependent on the stable and predictable supply of oil and fossil fuels. This will remain the case for the near term, as current estimates are that world production of oil will peak between 2025 and 2100, depending on assumptions regarding growth. Most of these resources reside in porous rocks and other naturally occurring media. Studies of flow-induced instabilities are relevant to the areas of secondary and enhanced oil recovery. (2) Small scale and Stokes flows: flows in microgeometries and involving interfaces and surfactants are of interest in a myriad of energy-related contexts. These include: pore-level modeling of the fundamental processes by which oil held in porous materials is mobilized and produced; heating and cooling energy cycles involving significant expenditure of energy in conditioning of human environments, heat pipes, and compact heat exchangers; and energy efficiency in large scale separation processes such as distillation and absorption-processes that underlie the chemical process industries. (3) Coating flows: these are of interest in information technologies, including the manufacture of integrated circuits and data storage and retrieval devices. It is estimated that 50-70% of the starting raw materials and intermediate devices in information technology processes must be discarded as a result of imperfections and failure to meet specifications. These in turn are often the result of the inability to control fluid-mechanical processes and flow instabilities. Our work over the grant period is primarily fundamental in nature. We are interested in establishing general principles and behaviors that relate to a variety of

  9. Mineral carbonation in water-unsaturated porous media

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    Harrison, A. L.; Dipple, G. M.; Mayer, K. U.; Power, I. M.

    2014-12-01

    Ultramafic mine tailings have an untapped capacity to sequester CO2 directly from air or CO2-rich gas streams via carbonation of tailings minerals [1]. The CO2 sequestration capacity of these sites could be exploited simply by increasing the supply of CO2 into tailings, such as through circulation of air or flue gas from mine site power plants [1,2]. Mine tailings storage facilities typically have heterogeneously distributed pore water [1], affecting both the reactive capacity of the porous medium and the exposure of reactive phases to CO2 [3]. We examine the physical reaction processes that govern carbonation efficiency in variably saturated porous media using meter-scale column experiments containing the tailings mineral, brucite [Mg(OH)2], that were supplied with 10% CO2 gas streams. The experiments were instrumented with water content and gas phase CO2 sensors to track changes in water saturation and CO2concentration with time. The precipitation of hydrated Mg-carbonates as rinds encasing brucite particles resulted in passivation of brucite surfaces and an abrupt shut down of the reaction prior to completion. Moreover, the extent of reaction was further limited at low water saturation due to the lack of water available to form hydrated Mg-carbonates, which incorporate water into their crystal structures. Reactive transport modeling using MIN3P-DUSTY [4] revealed that the instantaneous reaction rate was not strongly affected by water saturation, but the reactive capacity was reduced significantly. Surface passivation and water-limited reaction resulted in a highly non-geometric evolution of reactive surface area. The extent of reaction was also limited at high water content because viscous fingering of the gas streams injected at the base of the columns resulted in narrow zones of highly carbonated material, but left a large proportion of brucite unreacted. The implication is that carbonation efficiency in mine tailings could be maximized by targeting an

  10. Investigation of the rheology and transport of polymers in porous media using network models

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    Sorbie, K.S.; Clifford, P.J.

    1988-05-01

    Polymers have been used in improved oil recovery operations as mobility control agents in surfactant and polymer flooding and in gel treatments. In order to predict the outcome of such processes, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the rheology and transport of polymer solutions in porous media. The rheological behavior refers essentially to the pressure drop/flow rate relationship observed for the polymer solution in the porous medium. It is relatively straightforward to measure rheological properties of bulk polymer solutions such as the viscosity/shear rate behavior or, for elastic fluids, the normal stress differences. However, the pressure drop/flow rate behavior of the polymers in flow through porous media may be either qualitatively quite similar or very different from bulk flow behavior as measured, for example, in a capillary viscometer. In both the rheology and dispersion behavior of polymers in porous media, they see that the phenomenon being observed macroscopically is a result of the interaction between a fluid or molecular property and the stochastic nature of the porous medium at the microscopic level. If one views the porous medium as a network of joined capillaries, then the rheological behavior in each capillary will be quite well defined, e.g. through a single constitutive relationship. In the investigation of hydrodynamic dispersion of polymer and tracer in porous media, the role of the stochastic nature of the medium is clearly evident.

  11. Adapted MR velocimetry of slow liquid flow in porous media

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    Huang, Li; Mikolajczyk, Gerd; Küstermann, Ekkehard; Wilhelm, Michaela; Odenbach, Stefan; Dreher, Wolfgang

    2017-03-01

    MR velocimetry of liquid flow in opaque porous filters may play an important role in better understanding the mechanisms of deep bed filtration. With this knowledge, the efficiency of separating the suspended solid particles from the vertically flowing liquid can be improved, and thus a wide range of industrial applications such as wastewater treatment and desalination can be optimized. However, MR velocimetry is challenging for such studies due to the low velocities, the severe B0 inhomogeneity in porous structures, and the demand for high spatial resolution and an appropriate total measurement time during which the particle deposition will change velocities only marginally. In this work, a modified RARE-based MR velocimetry method is proposed to address these issues for velocity mapping on a deep bed filtration cell. A dedicated RF coil with a high filling factor is constructed considering the limited space available for the vertical cell in a horizontal MR magnet. Several means are applied to optimize the phase contrast RARE MRI pulse sequence for accurately measuring the phase contrast in a long echo train, even in the case of a low B1 homogeneity. Two means are of particular importance. One uses data acquired with zero flow to correct the phase contrast offsets from gradient imperfections, and the other combines the phase contrast from signals of both odd and even echoes. Results obtained on a 7T preclinical MR scanner indicate that the low velocities in the heterogeneous system can be correctly quantified with high spatial resolution and an adequate total measurement time, enabling future studies on flow during the filtration process.

  12. NMR studies of granular media and two-phase flow in porous media

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    Yang, Xiaoyu

    This dissertation describes two experimental studies of a vibrofluidized granular medium and a preliminary study of two-phase fluid flow in a porous medium using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). The first study of granular medium is to test a scaling law of the rise in center of mass in a three-dimensional vibrofluidized granular system. Our granular system consisted of mustard seeds vibrated vertically at 40 Hz from 0g to 14g. We used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to measure density profile in vibrated direction. We observed that the rise in center of mass scaled as nu 0alpha/Nlbeta with alpha = 1.0 +/- 0.2 and beta = 0.5 +/- 0.1, where nu 0 is the vibration velocity and Nl is the number of layers of grains in the container. A simple theory was proposed to explain the scaling exponents. In the second study we measured both density and velocity information in the same setup of the first study. Pulsed Field Gradient (PFG)-NMR combined with MRI was used to do this measurement. The granular system was fully fluidized at 14.85g 50 Hz with Nl ≤ 4. The velocity distributions at horizontal and vertical direction at different height were measured. The distributions were nearly-Gaussian far from sample bottom and non-Gaussian near sample bottom. Granular temperature profiles were calculated from the velocity distributions. The density and temperature profile were fit to a hydrodynamic theory. The theory agreed with experiments very well. A temperature inversion near top was also observed and explained by additional transport coefficient from granular hydrodynamics. The third study was the preliminary density measurement of invading phase profile in a two-phase flow in porous media. The purpose of this study was to test an invasion percolation with gradient (IPG) theory in two-phase flow of porous media. Two phases are dodecane and water doped with CuSO4. The porous medium was packed glass beads. The front tail width sigma and front width of invading phase were

  13. Saturation-dependent solute dispersivity in porous media: Pore-scale processes

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    Raoof, A.; Hassanizadeh, S. M.

    2013-04-01

    It is known that in variably saturated porous media, dispersion coefficient depends on Darcy velocity and water saturation. In one-dimensional flow, it is commonly assumed that the dispersion coefficient is a linear function of velocity. The coefficient of proportionality, called the dispersivity, is considered to depend on saturation. However, there is not much known about its dependence on saturation. In this study, we investigate, using a pore network model, how the longitudinal dispersivity varies nonlinearly with saturation. We schematize the porous medium as a network of pore bodies and pore throats with finite volumes. The pore space is modeled using the multidirectional pore-network concept, which allows for a distribution of pore coordination numbers. This topological property together with the distribution of pore sizes are used to mimic the microstructure of real porous media. The dispersivity is calculated by solving the mass balance equations for solute concentration in all network elements and averaging the concentrations over a large number of pores. We have introduced a new formulation of solute transport within pore space, where we account for different compartments of residual water within drained pores. This formulation makes it possible to capture the effect of limited mixing due to partial filling of the pores under variably saturated conditions. We found that dispersivity increases with the decrease in saturation, it reaches a maximum value, and then decreases with further decrease in saturation. To show the capability of our formulation to properly capture the effect of saturation on solute dispersion, we applied it to model the results of a reported experimental study.

  14. Measurement of Bacterial Motility and Chemotaxis in Porous Media using MRI

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    Olson, M. S.; Smith, J. A.; Ford, R. M.; Fernandez, E. J.

    2002-05-01

    In this study, we analyze the effects of random motility and chemotaxis on bacterial transport through porous media. Chemotaxis refers to the ability of bacteria to sense pollutant concentration gradients in water and preferentially swim toward regions of high pollutant concentration. Chemotaxis has been documented to occur in bulk aqueous systems, but it has not been previously verified in water-saturated porous media. We employ an innovative technique for noninvasive visualization of changes in bacterial density distributions in a packed column as a function of time. Paramagnetic magnetite particles are attached to the surface of Pseudomonas putida F1 cells using an antibody. Bacterial distributions within a column of glass-coated polystyrene beads are imaged using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with a spatial resolution of 300 mm. Bacteria labeled with magnetite are introduced into one half of a specially designed chromatography column packed with glass-coated polystyrene beads. Impinging flow is used to create an initial step change in bacterial concentration and bacterial migration is monitored over time using MRI. The movement of P. putida F1 through the porous medium is described by an effective random motility coefficient of 1.0x10-7 cm2/sec, as determined by analyzing the temporal concentration profiles. Similar experiments measuring the diffusion of MnCl2 rather than labeled bacteria indicate that the effective tortuosity of the packed column is 7.09 +/- 0.28. This technique is further applied to study the migration of P. putida F1 in the presence of the chemical attractant trichloroethylene (TCE). Simulations indicate a 12% increase in bacterial concentration in the region of favorable TCE gradient. Results and analyses of chemotaxis experiments will be presented and discussed.

  15. Domain-decomposition method for parallel lattice Boltzmann simulation of incompressible flow in porous media.

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    Wang, Junye; Zhang, Xiaoxian; Bengough, Anthony G; Crawford, John W

    2005-07-01

    The lattice Boltzmann method has proven to be a promising method to simulate flow in porous media. Its practical application often relies on parallel computation because of the demand for a large domain and fine grid resolution to adequately resolve pore heterogeneity. The existing domain-decomposition methods for parallel computation usually decompose a domain into a number of subdomains first and then recover the interfaces and perform the load balance. Normally, the interface recovery and the load balance have to be performed iteratively until an acceptable load balance is achieved; this costs time. In this paper we propose a cell-based domain-decomposition method for parallel lattice Boltzmann simulation of flow in porous media. Unlike the existing methods, the cell-based method performs the load balance first to divide the total number of fluid cells into a number of groups (or subdomains), in which the difference of fluid cells in each group is either 0 or 1, depending on if the total number of fluid cells is a multiple of the processor numbers; the interfaces between the subdomains are recovered at last. The cell-based method is to recover the interfaces rather than the load balance; it does not need iteration and gives an exact load balance. The performance of the proposed method is analyzed and compared using different computer systems; the results indicate that it reaches the theoretical parallel efficiency. The method is then applied to simulate flow in a three-dimensional porous medium obtained with microfocus x-ray computed tomography to calculate the permeability, and the result shows good agreement with the experimental data.

  16. Targeted Delivery by Smart Capsules for Controlling Two-phase Flow in Porous Media

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    Fan, J.; Weitz, D.

    2015-12-01

    Understanding and controlling two-phase flow in porous media are of particular importance to the relevant industry applications, such as enhanced oil recovery, CO2 sequestration, and groundwater remediation. We develop a variety of smart microcapsules that can deliver and release specific substances to the target location in the porous medium, and therefore change the fluid property or medium geometry at certain locations. In this talk, I will present two types of smart capsules for (a) delivering surfactant to the vicinity of oil-water interface and (b) delivering microgels to the high permeability region and therefore blocking the pore space there, respectively. We also show that flooding these two capsules into porous media effectively reduces the trapped oil and improves the homogeneity of the medium, respectively. Besides of its industrial applications, this technique also opens a new window to study the mechanism of two-phase flow in porous media.

  17. Experimental study of the flow of ferrofluid in a porous media under a magnetic field

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    Khurana, Muskaan

    This research presents results from a laboratory-scale experimental setup that was designed to visualize the behavior of ferrofluid percolation through a porous media. Ferrofluids are colloidal suspensions made of magnetic particles of a few nanometers and stabilized in carrier liquids like water or mineral oil. Ferrofluids get magnetized and align themselves in the direction of a magnetic field when a field gradient is applied. With the help of this experiment we investigate the viability of controlling fluid flow in porous medium by a magnetic field in vicinity. The experiments show that ferrofluids can be used as a transporting media to push the higher viscosity fluid out of the porous media when magnetic forces are acting on it. The magnetic force produces stronger attractive forces on the ferrofluid around the magnet which results in a predictable arrangement which is in- dependent of the heterogeneity of the medium. When capillary or viscous forces are predominant during the 2-dimensional drainage of immiscible fluids in a permeable medium, the injected fluid forms very thin finger like structure which then retains the fluid being displaced in them. No fingers due to varying viscosities are observed during displacement by ferrofluids in the medium. Displacement visualization experiments in an oil saturated porous medium shows that ferrofluids obtain a rectangular shaped final configuration around the magnet, irrespective of the initial arrangement and flow path. The aim of this research is to control the instabilities that occur during the displacement of a fluid with the help of ferrofluid and magnetic field in vicinity. While the applications of ferrofluids are promising in the field of engineering, the results obtained are particularly relevant to the laboratory scale experiments where the weakening of magnetic strength due to increasing distance is a smaller limitation. Ferrofluids may find an immediate application in areas like enhancing oil recovery, in

  18. Porous liquids: A promising class of media for gas separation

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    Zhang, Jinshui; Chai, Song -Hai; Qiao, Zhen -An; Mahurin, Shannon M.; Chen, Jihua; Fang, Youxing; Wan, Shun; Nelson, Kimberly; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2014-11-17

    In porous liquids with empty cavities we successfully has been successfully fabricated by surface engineering of hollow structures with suitable corona and canopy species. By taking advantage of the liquid-like polymeric matrices as a separation medium and the empty cavities as gas transport pathway, this unique porous liquid can function as a promising candidate for gas separation. A facile synthetic strategy can be further extended to other types of nanostructure-based porous liquid fabrication, opening up new opportunities for preparation of porous liquids with attractive properties for specific tasks.

  19. Dynamics of water evaporation from saline porous media with mixed wettability

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    Bergstad, Mina; Shokri, Nima

    2016-04-01

    Understanding of the dynamics of salt transport and precipitation in porous media during evaporation is of crucial concern in various environmental and hydrological applications such as soil salinization, rock weathering, terrestrial ecosystem functioning, microbiological activities and biodiversity in vadose zone. Vegetation, plant growth and soil organisms can be severely limited in salt-affected land. This process is influenced by the complex interaction among atmospheric conditions, transport properties of porous media and properties of the evaporating solution (1-5). We investigated effects of mixed wettability conditions on salt precipitation during evaporation from saline porous media. To do so, we conducted a series of evaporation experiments with sand mixtures containing different fractions of hydrophobic grains saturated with NaCl solutions. The dynamics of salt precipitation at the surface of sand columns (mounted on digital balances to record the evaporation curves) as well as the displacement of the receding drying front (the interface between wet and partially wet zone) were recorded using an automatic imaging system at well-defined time intervals. The experiments were conducted with sand packs containing 0, 25, 40, 50, 65, and 80% fraction of hydrophobic grains. All experiments were conducted in an environmental chamber in which the relative humidity and ambient temperature were kept constant at 30% and 30 C, respectively. Our results show that partial wettability conditions had minor impacts on the evaporative mass losses from saline sand packs due to the presence of salt. This is significantly different than what is normally observed during evaporation from mixed wettability porous media saturated with pure water (6). In our experiments, increasing the fraction of hydrophobic grains did not result in any notable reduction of the evaporative mass losses from saline porous media. Our results show that the presence of hydrophobic grains on the surface

  20. Effects of capillarity on microscopic flow in porous media. Progress report, June 1, 1992--May 31, 1993

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    Miksis, M.J.

    1993-01-01

    Central theme of this proposal is to study effects of capillarity on motion of a fluid interface and to apply these results to flow in porous media. Here we report on several problems considered this year, the second year of the grant. In particular we have developed a numerical code to study the dynamics of a gas bubble in a pore in order to examine the fundamental mechanism for the generation of a foam in a porous material, we have started an investigation of the stability of a foam lamella in order to understand the stability of foam flow in a porous material and we have derived systematically a slip coefficient for flow over a rough surface, e.g., as in a pore. In addition we report on work on several other problems.

  1. Effects of capillarity on microscopic flow in porous media. Progress report, June 1, 1993--May 31, 1994

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    Miksis, M.J.

    1994-05-01

    The central theme of this proposal is to study the effects of capillarity on the motion of a fluid interface and to apply these results to flow in porous media. Here we report on several problems considered this year, the third year of the grant, and during the other years of the grant. In particular we have developed a numerical code to study the dynamics of a gas bubble in a pore in order to examine the fundamental mechanism for the generation of a foam in a porous material, we have investigated the stability of a foam lamella in order to understand the stability of foam flow in a porous material and we have derived systematically a slip coefficient for flow over a rough and coated surface, e.g., as in a pore. In addition we report on work on several other problems.

  2. Experiments versus modeling of buoyant drying of porous media

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    Salin, D.; Yiotis, A.; Tajer, E.; Yortsos, Y. C.

    2012-12-01

    Experiments versus modeling of buoyant drying of porous media D. Salin and A.G. Yiotis, Laboratoire FAST, Univ Pierre & Marie Curie, Univ. Paris-Sud, CNRS, Orsay 91405, France and E.S. Tajer and Y.C. Yortsos, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1450 A series of isothermal drying experiments in packed glass beads saturated with volatile hydrocarbons (hexane or pentane) are conducted. The transparent glass cells containing the packing allow for the visual monitoring of the phase distribution patterns below the surface, including the formation of liquid films, as the gaseous phase invades the pore space, and for the control of the thickness of the diffusive mass boundary layer over the packing. We demonstrate the existence of an early Constant Rate Period, CRP, that lasts as long as the films saturate the surface of the packing, and of a subsequent Falling Rate Period, FRP, that begins practically after the detachment of the film tips from the external surface. During the CRP, the process is controlled by diffusion within the stagnant gaseous phase in the upper part of the cells, yielding a Stefan tube problem solution. During the FRP, the process is controlled by diffusion within the packing, with a drying rate inversely proportional to the observed position of the film tips in the cell. The critical residual liquid saturation that marks the transition between these two regimes is found to be a function of the average bead size in our packs and the incline of the cells with respect to the flat vertical, with larger beads and angles closer to the vertical position leading to earlier film detachment times and higher critical saturations. We developed a model for the drying of porous media in the presence of gravity. It incorporated effects of corner film flow, internal and external mass transfer and the effect of gravity. Analytical results were derived when gravity opposes

  3. Multi-phase Thermohaline Convection in Porous Media

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    Geiger, S.; Driesner, T.; Matthai, S. K.; Heinrich, C. A.

    2003-12-01

    The simultaneous motion of heat and dissolved solutes by aqueous or magmatic fluids through porous or fractured media within the earth's crust is a key factor that drives many important geological processes, such as the formation of large ore deposits, cooling of new-formed oceanic crust along mid-ocean ridges, metamorphism, or the evolution of geothermal systems. The motion of such crustal fluids is usually dominated by convection due to density differences within the fluids that arise from pressure, temperature and compositional variations present in the fluids. Oxygen isotope data and fluid inclusion data indicate that fluids may percolate down to 15 km depth and experience temperatures exceeding 700 {o}C. Although crustal fluids commonly contain various dissolved chemical components and gases, the most abundant solute is salt, i.e. NaCl. Hence, changes in the concentration of NaCl influence the density variations of crustal fluids the most. The presence of NaCl in H2O has decisive effects on the thermodynamics and hydrodynamics of crustal fluids. NaCl-H2O fluids can boil and separate into a high-density brine and low-salinity vapor at much higher temperatures and pressures than the critical temperature and pressure for pure H2O. NaCl-H2O fluids may also become saturated with respect to NaCl such that a solid NaCl phase coexists with a liquid or vapor fluid phase. Because salt advects faster than heat but diffuses slower than heat, the resulting double-diffusive and double-convective motion of salt and heat may lead to non-linear flow instabilities such as periodic or chaotic behavior. While many studies have addressed the theory of convection driven by temperature and/or salinity gradients, they were limited to a Boussinesq approximation and neglected phase separation. In this study we have numerically examined the behavior of multi-phase thermohaline convection in a porous media heated and salted from below using a novel finite element - finite volume

  4. Bayesian inference of multiscale structures in porous media

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    Lefantzi, S.; McKenna, S. A.; Ray, J.; Van Bloemen Waanders, B.

    2011-12-01

    We demonstrate how to probabilistically infer properties of a porous medium, in particular, their spatial variations with a model that only partially resolves them. We consider a binary porous medium, with a spatially varying proportion of the high permeability phase such that inclusions of either phase can be embedded within each other. The inclusions are too small to be resolved with a mesh and are distributed in an uneven fashion in the entire domain. Available data include measurements of upscaled permeability at a handful of locations in the domain, as well as breakthrough times from a tracer test. We use these observations to reconstruct the spatial distribution of the proportions of the phases in the domain, and to estimate the size of the unresolved inclusions. We overlay a coarse 30 x 20 Cartesian mesh on the region of interest and use it to impose a separation of scales. The inclusions, which are about ten times smaller than the mesh resolution, form the fine-scale. Their spatial distribution can be resolved by the mesh and is the coarse-scale variable. The proportionality field and the inclusion size are the targets of the inversion. The key to this multiscale inversion lies in constructing a parametric subgrid model that links the coarse- and fine-scales together. We do so by exploiting elements of truncated Gaussian random fields and Poisson point-processes to represent inclusions geometrically. Existing distance-based upscaling theory of binary media is used to create a model for effective permeability of a mesh gridblock. The inference is performed by solving a Bayesian inverse problem, predicated on sparse observations. The high-permeability proportionality field is modeled as a multiGaussian and approximated as a 30-term Karhunen-Loeve (KL) expansion. Darcy flow is used to estimate breakthrough times, given an upscaled permeability field. The Bayesian inverse problem is solved using an adaptive Markov chain Monte Carlo method for 30 KL mode weights

  5. SURVEY AND EVALUATION OF POROUS POLYETHYLENE MEDIA FINE BUBBLE TUBE AND DISK AERATORS

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    Historically, while alternative media materials have been employed over the years with varying degrees of success, the principal fine pore diffuser medium has been porous ceramic. In the early-to-mid-1970s, diffusers with plastic porus media were installed in secondary treatment...

  6. SURVEY AND EVALUATION OF POROUS POLYETHYLENE MEDIA FINE BUBBLE TUBE AND DISK AERATORS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Historically, while alternative media materials have been employed over the years with varying degrees of success, the principal fine pore diffuser medium has been porous ceramic. In the early-to-mid-1970s, diffusers with plastic porus media were installed in secondary treatment...

  7. Cotransport of bismerthiazol and montmorillonite colloids in saturated porous media.

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    Shen, Chongyang; Wang, Hong; Lazouskaya, Volha; Du, Yichun; Lu, Weilan; Wu, Junxue; Zhang, Hongyan; Huang, Yuanfang

    2015-01-01

    While bismerthiazol [N,N'-methylene-bis-(2-amino-5-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole)] is one of the most widely used bactericides, the transport of bismerthiazol in subsurface environments is unclear to date. Moreover, natural colloids are ubiquitous in the subsurface environments. The cotransport of bismerthiazol and natural colloids has not been investigated. This study conducted laboratory column experiments to examine the transport of bismerthiazol in saturated sand porous media both in the absence and presence of montmorillonite colloids. Results show that a fraction of bismerthiazol was retained in sand and the retention was higher at pH7 than at pH 4 and 10. The retention did not change with ionic strength. The retention was attributed to the complex of bismerthiazol with metals/metal oxides on sand surfaces through ligand exchange. The transport of bismerthiazol was enhanced with montmorillonite colloids copresent in the solutions and, concurrently, the transport of montmorillonite colloids was facilitated by the bismerthiazol. The transport of montmorillonite colloids was enhanced likely because the bismerthiazol and the colloids competed for the attachment/adsorption sites on collector surfaces and the presence of bismerthiazol changed the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) interaction energies between colloids and collectors. The transport of bismerthiazol was inhibited if montmorillonite colloids were pre-deposited in sand because bismerthiazol could adsorb onto the colloid surfaces. The adsorbed bismerthiazol could be co-remobilized with the colloids from primary minima by decreasing ionic strength. Whereas colloid-facilitated transport of pesticides has been emphasized, our study implies that transport of colloids could also be facilitated by the presence of pesticides. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Migration and entrapment of mercury in porous media.

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    Devasena, M; Nambi, Indumathi M

    2010-09-20

    Elemental mercury is an immiscible liquid with high density and high interfacial tension with water. Its movement in the saturated subsurface region is therefore considered as a case of two phase flow involving mercury and water and is expected to be governed by gravity, viscous, hydrodynamic and capillary forces. This paper investigates the migration and capillary entrapment of mercury in the subsurface based on controlled laboratory capillary pressure-saturation experiments. In the first place, entrapment of mercury was observed in homogeneous porous media. Residual mercury saturation and van Genuchten's parameters for mercury entrapment were generated. These data will provide vital inputs for mercury migration and entrapment models. Secondly, the dependency of residual saturation on fluid properties was brought out in this work by comparing the experimental results of mercury-water system and DNAPL-water systems. Capillary forces were large enough in mercury-water systems to counteract the high gravity forces and caused the entrapment of mercury. Large density differences between mercury and water lead to a high Bond number and thus a low residual mercury saturation was obtained which corroborates with existing DNAPL theories. However, the inverse relationship between residual saturation and capillary number established for NAPL-water systems cannot be compared with mercury-water systems. Moreover, the critical capillary numbers and Bond numbers to mobilize DNAPLs may not be applicable to mercury since mercury has a low capillary number and high Bond number. This work has enabled the understanding of the process of migration and entrapment of mercury and provided useful inputs for two phase flow models specific to mercury-water systems. It has also highlighted the influence of fluid properties on entrapment and mobilization particularly for highly dense, viscous fluid which also possesses high interfacial tension with water.

  9. Migration and entrapment of mercury in porous media

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    Devasena, M.; Nambi, Indumathi M.

    2010-09-01

    Elemental mercury is an immiscible liquid with high density and high interfacial tension with water. Its movement in the saturated subsurface region is therefore considered as a case of two phase flow involving mercury and water and is expected to be governed by gravity, viscous, hydrodynamic and capillary forces. This paper investigates the migration and capillary entrapment of mercury in the subsurface based on controlled laboratory capillary pressure-saturation experiments. In the first place, entrapment of mercury was observed in homogeneous porous media. Residual mercury saturation and van Genuchten's parameters for mercury entrapment were generated. These data will provide vital inputs for mercury migration and entrapment models. Secondly, the dependency of residual saturation on fluid properties was brought out in this work by comparing the experimental results of mercury-water system and DNAPL-water systems. Capillary forces were large enough in mercury-water systems to counteract the high gravity forces and caused the entrapment of mercury. Large density differences between mercury and water lead to a high Bond number and thus a low residual mercury saturation was obtained which corroborates with existing DNAPL theories. However, the inverse relationship between residual saturation and capillary number established for NAPL-water systems cannot be compared with mercury-water systems. Moreover, the critical capillary numbers and Bond numbers to mobilize DNAPLs may not be applicable to mercury since mercury has a low capillary number and high Bond number. This work has enabled the understanding of the process of migration and entrapment of mercury and provided useful inputs for two phase flow models specific to mercury-water systems. It has also highlighted the influence of fluid properties on entrapment and mobilization particularly for highly dense, viscous fluid which also possesses high interfacial tension with water.

  10. Exact Averaging of Stochastic Equations for Flow in Porous Media

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    Karasaki, Kenzi; Shvidler, Mark; Karasaki, Kenzi

    2008-03-15

    It is well known that at present, exact averaging of the equations for flow and transport in random porous media have been proposed for limited special fields. Moreover, approximate averaging methods--for example, the convergence behavior and the accuracy of truncated perturbation series--are not well studied, and in addition, calculation of high-order perturbations is very complicated. These problems have for a long time stimulated attempts to find the answer to the question: Are there in existence some, exact, and sufficiently general forms of averaged equations? Here, we present an approach for finding the general exactly averaged system of basic equations for steady flow with sources in unbounded stochastically homogeneous fields. We do this by using (1) the existence and some general properties of Green's functions for the appropriate stochastic problem, and (2) some information about the random field of conductivity. This approach enables us to find the form of the averaged equations without directly solving the stochastic equations or using the usual assumption regarding any small parameters. In the common case of a stochastically homogeneous conductivity field we present the exactly averaged new basic nonlocal equation with a unique kernel-vector. We show that in the case of some type of global symmetry (isotropy, transversal isotropy, or orthotropy), we can for three-dimensional and two-dimensional flow in the same way derive the exact averaged nonlocal equations with a unique kernel-tensor. When global symmetry does not exist, the nonlocal equation with a kernel-tensor involves complications and leads to an ill-posed problem.

  11. Transport in porous and fractured media of the Creede Formation

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    Conca, J.L.

    1995-12-31

    Direct measurement was made of the hydraulic conductivity of Creede Formation rocks using a new experimental method. The UFA{trademark} method employs open-flow centrifugation. Centrifugation, like gravity, has the effect on a material of a whole-body force exerting equal force at all points within the sample. The equivalent gravitational force exerted throughout the sample can be chosen to be from one to four orders of magnitude higher than earth gravity (from 10 to 10,000 g). The result is an increase in rate of fluid flow equally at all points throughout the sample so that hydraulic steady state is obtained in most geologic materials in hours, even under highly unsaturated conditions. This extraordinarily short time allows direct measurement of transport parameters, such as hydraulic conductivity, diffusion coefficient, and retardation factors, in any porous media over the complete range of field moisture contents. Hydraulic conductivities in the Creede Formation rocks ranged from 10{sup {minus}12} cm/s to 10{sup {minus}7} cm/s (10{sup {minus}9} Darcy to 10{sup {minus}4} Darcy) and showed no correlation with any other physical or mineralogical properties including porosity. The high degree of alteration to clay minerals appears to obscure any porosity/permeability relationship of the kind that occurs in many reservoir rocks. However, down-hole neutron porosities correlated well with laboratory-determined porosities. The objective of this investigation is to determine the hydrologic transport parameters of Creede Formation rocks for use in transport model development and for image analysis of transport pathways to produce a porosity/permeability evolution curve in support of geochemical and isotopic water/rock interaction models.

  12. Transport of carbon-based nanoparticles in saturated porous media

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    Fagerlund, Fritjof; Hedayati, Maryeh; Sharma, Prabhakar; Katyal, Deeksha

    2015-04-01

    Carbon-based nanoparticles (NPs) are commonly occurring, both with origin from natural sources such as fires, and in the form of man-made, engineered nanoparticles, manufactured and widely used in many applications due to their unique properties. Toxicity of carbonbased NPs has been observed, and their release and distribution into the environment is therefore a matter of concern. In this research, transport and retention of three types of carbon-based NPs in saturated porous media were investigated. This included two types of engineered NPs; multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and C60 with cylindrical and spherical shapes, respectively, and natural carbon NPs in the extinguishing water collected at a site of a building fire. Several laboratory experiments were conducted to study the transport and mobility of NPs in a sand-packed column. The effect of ionic strength on transport of the NPs with different shapes was investigated. Results were interpreted using Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory. It was observed that the mobility of the two types of engineered NPs was reduced with an increase in ionic strength from 1.3 mM to 60 mM. However, at ionic strength up to 10.9 mM, C60 was relatively more mobile than MWCNTs but the mobility of MWCNTs became significantly higher than C60 at 60 mM. In comparison with natural particles originating from a fire, both engineered NPs were much less mobile at the selected experimental condition. Inverse modelling was also used to calculate parameters such as attachment efficiency, the longitudinal dispersivity, and capacity of the solid phase for the removal of particles. The simulated results were in good agreement with the observed data.

  13. Cotransport of bismerthiazol and montmorillonite colloids in saturated porous media

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    Shen, Chongyang; Wang, Hong; Lazouskaya, Volha; Du, Yichun; Lu, Weilan; Wu, Junxue; Zhang, Hongyan; Huang, Yuanfang

    2015-06-01

    While bismerthiazol [N,N‧-methylene-bis-(2-amino-5-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole)] is one of the most widely used bactericides, the transport of bismerthiazol in subsurface environments is unclear to date. Moreover, natural colloids are ubiquitous in the subsurface environments. The cotransport of bismerthiazol and natural colloids has not been investigated. This study conducted laboratory column experiments to examine the transport of bismerthiazol in saturated sand porous media both in the absence and presence of montmorillonite colloids. Results show that a fraction of bismerthiazol was retained in sand and the retention was higher at pH 7 than at pH 4 and 10. The retention did not change with ionic strength. The retention was attributed to the complex of bismerthiazol with metals/metal oxides on sand surfaces through ligand exchange. The transport of bismerthiazol was enhanced with montmorillonite colloids copresent in the solutions and, concurrently, the transport of montmorillonite colloids was facilitated by the bismerthiazol. The transport of montmorillonite colloids was enhanced likely because the bismerthiazol and the colloids competed for the attachment/adsorption sites on collector surfaces and the presence of bismerthiazol changed the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) interaction energies between colloids and collectors. The transport of bismerthiazol was inhibited if montmorillonite colloids were pre-deposited in sand because bismerthiazol could adsorb onto the colloid surfaces. The adsorbed bismerthiazol could be co-remobilized with the colloids from primary minima by decreasing ionic strength. Whereas colloid-facilitated transport of pesticides has been emphasized, our study implies that transport of colloids could also be facilitated by the presence of pesticides.

  14. Differential porosimetry and permeametry for random porous media.

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    Hilfer, R; Lemmer, A

    2015-07-01

    Accurate determination of geometrical and physical properties of natural porous materials is notoriously difficult. Continuum multiscale modeling has provided carefully calibrated realistic microstructure models of reservoir rocks with floating point accuracy. Previous measurements using synthetic microcomputed tomography (μ-CT) were based on extrapolation of resolution-dependent properties for discrete digitized approximations of the continuum microstructure. This paper reports continuum measurements of volume and specific surface with full floating point precision. It also corrects an incomplete description of rotations in earlier publications. More importantly, the methods of differential permeametry and differential porosimetry are introduced as precision tools. The continuum microstructure chosen to exemplify the methods is a homogeneous, carefully calibrated and characterized model for Fontainebleau sandstone. The sample has been publicly available since 2010 on the worldwide web as a benchmark for methodical studies of correlated random media. High-precision porosimetry gives the volume and internal surface area of the sample with floating point accuracy. Continuum results with floating point precision are compared to discrete approximations. Differential porosities and differential surface area densities allow geometrical fluctuations to be discriminated from discretization effects and numerical noise. Differential porosimetry and Fourier analysis reveal subtle periodic correlations. The findings uncover small oscillatory correlations with a period of roughly 850μm, thus implying that the sample is not strictly stationary. The correlations are attributed to the deposition algorithm that was used to ensure the grain overlap constraint. Differential permeabilities are introduced and studied. Differential porosities and permeabilities provide scale-dependent information on geometry fluctuations, thereby allowing quantitative error estimates.

  15. Natural Convection in Enclosed Porous or Fluid Media

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    Saatdjian, Esteban; Lesage, François; Mota, José Paulo B.

    2014-01-01

    In Saatdjian, E., Lesage, F., and Mota, J.P.B, "Transport Phenomena Projects: A Method to Learn and to Innovate, Natural Convection Between Porous, Horizontal Cylinders," "Chemical Engineering Education," 47(1), 59-64, (2013), the numerical solution of natural convection between two porous, concentric, impermeable cylinders was…

  16. Natural Convection in Enclosed Porous or Fluid Media

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    Saatdjian, Esteban; Lesage, François; Mota, José Paulo B.

    2014-01-01

    In Saatdjian, E., Lesage, F., and Mota, J.P.B, "Transport Phenomena Projects: A Method to Learn and to Innovate, Natural Convection Between Porous, Horizontal Cylinders," "Chemical Engineering Education," 47(1), 59-64, (2013), the numerical solution of natural convection between two porous, concentric, impermeable cylinders was…

  17. Modeling multi-phase transport in deformable, hygroscopic porous media: Applications to convective drying of lumber

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    Asensio, C.M.; Seyed-Yagoobi, J.

    1999-07-01

    A fundamental model of multi-phase flow in deformable, hygroscopic porous media has been developed through application of macroscopic energy and mass conservation equations. Microscopic effects are included via volume-averaging techniques for the three phases present in the porous media: liquid, gas, and solid. The model includes convective and capillary transport of free water, convective and diffusive transport of water vapor and air, and diffusive transport of bound water. Porosity variations in deformable media have been included during development of the governing equations. The model is applied to convective drying of lumber via appropriate boundary conditions and transport parameters which are available in the literature. The governing coupled, non-linear equations are rewritten and solved in terms of three governing variables: moisture content, temperature, and gas phase pressure. The conservation equations presented in vector notation have been simplified to one spatial dimension for solution here. Control-volume formulations are used to discretize the governing partial differential equations and boundary conditions with a power-law scheme used to proportion the diffusive and convective flux contributions across the control volume interfaces. An uncoupled solution strategy is employed although each conservation equation is solved implicitly. Presented model results include predictions of moisture, temperature, and gas phase pressure during drying both as averages over time for convective drying at two different ambient conditions and as distributions within the board at any time for high temperature air drying. Flows of individual moisture species (liquid/free water, water vapor, and bound water) within the board are also presented.

  18. Porous filtering media comparison through wet and dry sampling of fixed bed gasification products

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    Allesina, G.; Pedrazzi, S.; Montermini, L.; Giorgini, L.; Bortolani, G.; Tartarini, P.

    2014-11-01

    The syngas produced by fixed bed gasifiers contains high quantities of particulate and tars. This issue, together with its high temperature, avoids its direct exploitation without a proper cleaning and cooling process. In fact, when the syngas produced by gasification is used in an Internal Combustion engine (IC), the higher the content of tars and particulate, the higher the risk to damage the engine is. If these compounds are not properly removed, the engine may fail to run. A way to avoid engine fails is to intensify the maintenance schedule, but these stops will reduce the system profitability. From a clean syngas does not only follow higher performance of the generator, but also less pollutants in the atmosphere. When is not possible to work on the gasification reactions, the filter plays the most important role in the engine safeguard process. This work is aimed at developing and comparing different porous filters for biomass gasifiers power plants. A drum filter was developed and tested filling it with different filtering media available on the market. As a starting point, the filter was implemented in a Power Pallet 10 kW gasifier produced by the California-based company "ALL Power Labs". The original filter was replaced with different porous biomasses, such as woodchips and corn cobs. Finally, a synthetic zeolites medium was tested and compared with the biological media previously used. The Tar Sampling Protocol (TSP) and a modified "dry" method using the Silica Gel material were applied to evaluate the tars, particulate and water amount in the syngas after the filtration process. Advantages and disadvantages of every filtering media chosen were reported and discussed.

  19. Micro/macroscopic fluid flow in open cell fibrous structures and porous media

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    Tamayol, Ali

    Fibrous porous materials are involved in a wide range of applications including composite fabrication, filtration, compact heat exchangers, fuel cell technology, and tissue engineering to name a few. Fibrous structures, such as metalfoams, have unique characteristics such as low weight, high porosity, high mechanical strength, and high surface to volume ratio. More importantly, in many applications the fibrous microstructures can be tailored to meet a range of requirements. Therefore, fibrous materials have the potential to be used in emerging sustainable energy conversion applications. The first step for analyzing transport phenomena in porous materials is to determine the micro/macroscopic flow-field inside the medium. In applications where the porous media is confined in a channel, the system performance is tightly related to the flow properties of the porous medium and its interaction with the channel walls, i.e., macroscopic velocity distribution. Therefore, the focus of the study has been on: developing new mechanistic model(s) for determining permeability and inertial coefficient of fibrous porous materials; investigating the effects of microstructural and mechanical parameters such as porosity, fiber orientation, mechanical compression, and fiber distribution on the flow properties and pressure drop of fibrous structures; determining the macroscopic flow-field in confined porous media where the porous structure fills the channel cross-section totally or partially. A systematic approach has been followed to study different aspects of the flow through fibrous materials. The complex microstructure of real materials has been modelled using unit cells that have been assumed to be repeated throughout the media. Implementing various exact and approximate analytical techniques such as integral technique, point matching, blending rules, and scale analysis the flow properties of such media have been modelled; the targeted properties include permeability and inertial

  20. Macroscopic laws for immiscible two-phase flow in porous media: Results From numerical experiments

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    Rothman, Daniel H.

    1990-06-01

    Flow through porous media may be described at either of two length scales. At the scale of a single pore, fluids flow according to the Navier-Stokes equations and the appropriate boundary conditions. At a larger, volume-averaged scale, the flow is usually thought to obey a linear Darcy law relating flow rates to pressure gradients and body forces via phenomenological permeability coefficients. Aside from the value of the permeability coefficient, the slow flow of a single fluid in a porous medium is well-understood within this framework. The situation is considerably different, however, for the simultaneous flow of two or more fluids: not only are the phenomenological coefficients poorly understood, but the form of the macroscopic laws themselves is subject to question. I describe a numerical study of immiscible two-phase flow in an idealized two-dimensional porous medium constructed at the pore scale. Results show that the macroscopic flow is a nonlinear function of the applied forces for sufficiently low levels of forcing, but linear thereafter. The crossover, which is not predicted by conventional models, occurs when viscous forces begin to dominate capillary forces; i.e., at a sufficiently high capillary number. In the linear regime, the flow may be described by the linear phenomenological law ui = ΣjLijfj, where the flow rate ui of the ith fluid is related to the force fj applied to the jth fluid by the matrix of phenomenological coefficients Lij which depends on the relative concentrations of the two fluids. The diagonal terms are proportional to quantities commonly referred to as "relative permeabilities." The cross terms represent viscous coupling between the two fluids; they are conventionally assumed to be negligible and require special experimental procedures to observe in a laboratory. In contrast, in this numerical study the cross terms are straightforward to measure and are found to be of significant size. The cross terms are additionally observed to

  1. Effects of Heterogeneity on Transport of Graphene Oxide in Saturated and Unsaturated Porous Media

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    Dong, S.; Sun, Y.; Shi, X.; Wu, J.; Gao, B.

    2015-12-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) has received increasing attention in many fields with its wide applications and rapid growth in production. Therefore, it is expected that GO nanoparticles will inevitably be released into the subsurface and cause the environmental risk subsequently. In view of this, knowledge of the fate for GO in the vadose zone and groundwater systems is indispensable. So far most research has focused on the deposition and transport of GO nanoparticles in one-dimensional homogenous porous media; nonetheless, the complex heterogeneous system is extensively distributed in natural subsurface environment and may not be well represented by the homogeneous packed columns. However, little investigations have been directed toward understanding the transport of GO in heterogeneous porous media. The overarching objective of this study is to advance current understanding of GO transport in structured heterogeneous porous media. The saturated and unsaturated columns packed with different sand combinations and solution ionic strength, were used to examine the breakthrough behavior of GO in heterogeneous porous media. A two-domain model considering GO exchange between zones was developed to describe GO transport in structured, heterogeneous porous media. The experimental data indicate that volumetric moisture content and water flow are the critical factors that control GO transport in heterogeneous porous media. And higher ionic strength decrease the mobility of GO particles in both saturated and unsaturated heterogeneous pore media. Simulations of this two-domain nanoparticle transport model matched experimental breakthrough data well for all the experimental conditions. Experimental and model results show that under saturated conditions, both fast-flow and slow-flow domains affect colloid transport in heterogeneous media. Under unsaturated conditions, however, our results indicate that flows in the fast flow domain dominate the colloid transport and retention processes.

  2. Sight, Sound, Motion; Applied Media Aesthetics.

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    Zettl, Herbert

    The purpose of this book is to help both communicator and viewer to attain a degree of emotional literacy and sophistication in media aesthetics that will allow both to judge a television program or film with sureness and confidence. Specifically, the book describes the basic aesthetic elements and principles of sight, motion, and sound in film…

  3. Droplet Mobility Manipulation on Porous Media Using Backpressure.

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    Vourdas, N; Pashos, G; Kokkoris, G; Boudouvis, A G; Stathopoulos, V N

    2016-05-31

    Wetting phenomena on hydrophobic surfaces are strongly related to the volume and pressure of gas pockets residing at the solid-liquid interface. In this study, we explore the underlying mechanisms of droplet actuation and mobility manipulation when backpressure is applied through a porous medium under a sessile pinned droplet. Reversible transitions between the initially sticky state and the slippery states are thus incited by modulating the backpressure. The sliding angles of deionized (DI) water and ethanol in DI water droplets of various volumes are presented to quantify the effect of the backpressure on the droplet mobility. For a 50 μL water droplet, the sliding angle decreases from 45 to 0° when the backpressure increases to ca. 0.60 bar. Significantly smaller backpressure levels are required for lower surface energy liquids. We shed light on the droplet actuation and movement mechanisms by means of simulations encompassing the momentum conservation and the continuity equations along with the Cahn-Hilliard phase-field equations in a 2D computational domain. The droplet actuation mechanism entails depinning of the receding contact line and movement by means of forward wave propagation reaching the front of the droplet. Eventually, the droplet skips forward. The contact line depinning is also corroborated by analytical calculations based on the governing vertical force balance, properly modified to incorporate the effect of the backpressure.

  4. Flow in porous media, phase and ultralow interfacial tensions: Mechanisms of enhanced petroleum recovery

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    Davis, H.T.; Scriven, L.E.

    1991-07-01

    A major program of university research, longer-ranged and more fundamental in approach than industrial research, into basic mechanisms of enhancing petroleum recovery and into underlying physics, chemistry, geology, applied mathematics, computation, and engineering science has been built at Minnesota. The original focus was surfactant-based chemical flooding, but the approach taken was sufficiently fundamental that the research, longer-ranged than industrial efforts, has become quite multidirectional. Topics discussed are volume controlled porosimetry; fluid distribution and transport in porous media at low wetting phase saturation; molecular dynamics of fluids in ultranarrow pores; molecular dynamics and molecular theory of wetting and adsorption; new numerical methods to handle initial and boundary conditions in immiscible displacement; electron microscopy of surfactant fluid microstructure; low cost system for animating liquid crystallites viewed with polarized light; surfaces of constant mean curvature with prescribed contact angle.

  5. Numerical simulation of air flow through a biofilter with heterogeneous porous media.

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    Yan, Wei-Wei; Liu, Yang; Xu, You-Sheng; Yang, Xiang-Long

    2008-05-01

    Based on the ideal biofilter model, numerical simulation using lattice Boltzmann method is carried out to investigate the effect of Darcy number and porosity on removal efficiency of low headloss biofilter. The generalized Navier-Stokes model (Brinkman-Forchheimer-extended Darcy model) is applied making several assumptions. It is found that the Darcy number has determinant influence on the removal efficiency, and the effect of porosity on removal efficiency is very weak at lower Darcy numbers but very strong at higher Darcy numbers. It was found there was strong evidence of flow heterogeneity in the biofilter (Chitwood, D.E., Devinny, J.S., Reynolds Jr., F.E., 1999. Evaluation of a two-stage biofilter for treatment of POTW waste air. Environ. Prog. 18, 212-221). In this study we have found the biofilter performance can be improved by adjusting local Darcy number of the porous media in the biofilter.

  6. A general model for moving boundary problems -- Application to drying of porous media

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    Silva, M.A.

    2000-03-01

    This work presents a general model to describe momentum, heat and mass transfer for moving boundary problems. The equations are obtained supposing an instantaneous superposition of a moving volume with velocity {nu}{sub s} (Lagrangean reference frame) over a stationary volume in the stream velocity {nu} (Eulerian reference frame). The set of equations for multicomponent single-phase systems is applied to porous media (multi-phase systems) using the volume-averaging method. Depending on the assumptions about the behavior of the system, it is possible to obtain the different models proposed in the literature, showing the generality of the model proposed in this work. Numerical results were compared to experimental data of Kaolin drying during the shrinking stage. These results showed a good agreement.

  7. Superstatistics model for T₂ distribution in NMR experiments on porous media.

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    Correia, M D; Souza, A M; Sinnecker, J P; Sarthour, R S; Santos, B C C; Trevizan, W; Oliveira, I S

    2014-07-01

    We propose analytical functions for T2 distribution to describe transverse relaxation in high- and low-fields NMR experiments on porous media. The method is based on a superstatistics theory, and allows to find the mean and standard deviation of T2, directly from measurements. It is an alternative to multiexponential models for data decay inversion in NMR experiments. We exemplify the method with q-exponential functions and χ(2)-distributions to describe, respectively, data decay and T2 distribution on high-field experiments of fully water saturated glass microspheres bed packs, sedimentary rocks from outcrop and noisy low-field experiment on rocks. The method is general and can also be applied to biological systems.

  8. Dynamics of Coupled Contaminant and Microbial Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media: Purdue Component

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    Cushman, J.H.; Madilyn Fletcher

    2000-06-01

    Dynamic microbial attachment/detachment occurs in subsurface systems in response to changing environmental conditions caused by contaminant movement and degradation. Understanding the environmental conditions and mechanisms by which anaerobic bacteria partition between aqueous and solid phases is a critical requirement for designing and evaluating in situ bioremediation efforts. This interdisciplinary research project, of which we report only the Purdue contribution, provides fundamental information on the attachment/detachment dynamics of bacteria in heterogeneous porous media. Fundamental results from the Purdue collaboration are: (a) development of a matched-index method for obtaining 3-D Lagrangian trajectories of microbial sized particles transporting within porous media or microflow cells, (b) application of advanced numerical methods to optimally design a microflow cell for studying anaerobic bacterial attachment/detachment phenomena, (c) development of two types of models for simulating bacterial movement and attachment/detachment in microflow cells and natural porous media, (d) application of stochastic analysis to upscale pore scale microbial attachment/detachment models to natural heterogeneous porous media, and (e) evaluation of the role nonlocality plays in microbial dynamics in heterogeneous porous media

  9. Dynamics of Coupled Contaminant and Microbial Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media: Purdue Component

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    Cushman, J.H.

    2000-06-01

    Dynamic microbial attachment/detachment occurs in subsurface systems in response to changing environmental conditions caused by contaminant movement and degradation. Understanding the environmental conditions and mechanisms by which anaerobic bacteria partition between aqueous and solid phases is a critical requirement for designing and evaluating in situ bioremediation efforts. This interdisciplinary research project, of which we report only the Purdue contribution, provides fundamental information on the attachment/detachment dynamics of bacteria in heterogeneous porous media. Fundamental results from the Purdue collaboration are: (a) development of a matched-index method for obtaining 3-D Lagrangian trajectories of microbial sized particles transporting within porous media or microflow cells, (b) application of advanced numerical methods to optimally design a microflow cell for studying anaerobic bacterial attachment/detachment phenomena, (c) development of two types of models for simulating bacterial movement and attachment/detachment in microflow cells and natural porous media, (d) application of stochastic analysis to upscale pore scale microbial attachment/detachment models to natural heterogeneous porous media, and (e) evaluation of the role nonlocality plays in microbial dynamics in heterogeneous porous media.

  10. Computational investigation of porous media phase field formulations: Microscopic, effective macroscopic, and Langevin equations

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    Ververis, Antonios; Schmuck, Markus

    2017-09-01

    We consider upscaled/homogenized Cahn-Hilliard/Ginzburg-Landau phase field equations as mesoscopic formulations for interfacial dynamics in strongly heterogeneous domains such as porous media. A recently derived effective macroscopic formulation, which takes systematically the pore geometry into account, is computationally validated. To this end, we compare numerical solutions obtained by fully resolving the microscopic pore-scale with solutions of the upscaled/homogenized porous media formulation. The theoretically derived convergence rate O (ɛ 1 / 4) is confirmed for circular pore-walls. An even better convergence of O (ɛ1) holds for square shaped pore-walls. We also compute the homogenization error over time for different pore geometries. We find that the quality of the time evolution shows a complex interplay between pore geometry and heterogeneity. Finally, we study the coarsening of interfaces in porous media with computations of the homogenized equation and the microscopic formulation fully resolving the pore space. We recover the experimentally validated and theoretically rigorously derived coarsening rate of O (t 1 / 3) in the periodic porous media setting. In the case of critical quenching and after adding thermal noise to the microscopic porous media formulation, we observe that the influence of thermal fluctuations on the coarsening rate shows after a short, expected phase of universal coarsening, a sharp transition towards a different regime.

  11. Evaporation of NaCl solution from porous media with mixed wettability

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    Bergstad, Mina; Shokri, Nima

    2016-05-01

    Evaporation of saline water from porous media is ubiquitous in many processes including soil salinization, crop production, and CO2 sequestration in deep saline acquirer. It is controlled by the transport properties of porous media, atmospheric conditions, and properties of the evaporating saline solution. In the present study, the effects of mixed wettability conditions on the general dynamics of water evaporation from porous media saturated with NaCl solution were investigated. To do so, we conducted a comprehensive series of evaporation experiments using sand mixtures containing different fractions of hydrophobic grains saturated with NaCl solutions. Our results showed that increasing fraction of hydrophobic grains in the mixed wettability sand pack had minor impact on the evaporative mass losses due to the presence of salt whose precipitation patterns were significantly influenced by the mixed wettability condition. Through macroscale and microscale investigations, we found formation of patchy efflorescence in the case of mixed wettability sand pack as opposed to crusty efflorescence in the case of completely hydrophilic porous media. Furthermore, the presence of salty water and hydrophobic grains in the sand pack significantly influenced the general dynamics and morphology of the receding drying front. Our results extend the understanding of the saline water evaporation from porous media with direct applications to various hydrological and engineering processes.

  12. Absorption of Microdrops: Effect of Multi-Layer Porous Media Structure Parameters

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    D., Y.; P., Y.; R., M.

    This paper presents the numerical investigation of the absorption of two microdrops deposited sequentially on the surface of single- and double-layer porous media at a different location of the centers of droplets deposition. A numerical solution of the Euler equations taking into account surface tension forces and the unsteady filtration equation was used to model the fluid flow from a droplet into a porous media. The layers of porous media were characterized by effective permeability coefficients dependent on porosity and pore size. The change of the droplet shape during absorption, the coordinates of absorption front propagation in a porous media and the field of velocities and pressure are the output data of a problem. The effect of the structural parameters of the multilayer porous media and the relative location of deposited droplets on the rate of absorption and distribution of absorbed fluid is analyzed using the numerical experiment. It is shown that the presence of the second layer can have a significant effect on the duration and result of droplet absorption. The relative size of pore in layers is found to be the main parameter that governs the effect of the second layer.

  13. Fluid flow in porous media with rough pore-solid interface

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    Ghanbarian, Behzad; Hunt, Allen G.; Daigle, Hugh

    2016-03-01

    Quantifying fluid flow through porous media hinges on the description of permeability, a property of considerable importance in many fields ranging from oil and gas exploration to hydrology. A common building block for modeling porous media permeability is consideration of fluid flow through tubes with circular cross section described by Poiseuille's law in which flow discharge is proportional to the fourth power of the tube's radius. In most natural porous media, pores are neither cylindrical nor smooth; they often have an irregular cross section and rough surfaces. This study presents a theoretical scaling of Poiseuille's approximation for flow in pores with irregular rough cross section quantified by a surface fractal dimension Ds2. The flow rate is a function of the average pore radius to the power 2(3-Ds2) instead of 4 in the original Poiseuille's law. Values of Ds2 range from 1 to 2, hence, the power in the modified Poiseuille's approximation varies between 4 and 2, indicating that flow rate decreases as pore surface roughness (and surface fractal dimension Ds2) increases. We also proposed pore length-radius relations for isotropic and anisotropic fractal porous media. The new theoretical derivations are compared with standard approximations and with experimental values of relative permeability. The new approach results in substantially improved prediction of relative permeability of natural porous media relative to the original Poiseuille equation.

  14. Experimental investigation of magnetically driven flow of ferrofluids in porous media

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    Borglin, S.E.; Moridis, G.J.; Oldenburg, C.M.

    1998-08-01

    This report presents experimental results of the flow of ferrofluids in porous media to investigate the potential for precisely controlling fluid emplacement in porous media using magnetic fields. Ferrofluids are colloidal suspensions of magnetic particles stabilized in various carrier liquids. In the presence of an external magnetic field, the ferrofluid becomes magnetized as the particles align with the magnetic field. Potential applications of ferrofluids to subsurface contamination problems include magnetic guidance of reactants to contam