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A homogenised model for flow, transport and sorption in a heterogeneous porous medium

Auton, LC; Pramanik, S; Dalwadi, MP; MacMinn, CW; Griffiths, IM; (2022) A homogenised model for flow, transport and sorption in a heterogeneous porous medium. Journal of Fluid Mechanics (In press).

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Abstract

A major challenge in flow through porous media is to better understand the link between pore-scale microstructure and macroscale flow and transport. For idealised microstructures, the mathematical framework of homogenisation theory can be used for this purpose. Here, we consider a two-dimensional microstructure comprising an array of circular obstacles, the size and spacing of which can vary along the length of the porous medium.We use homogenisation via the method of multiple scale to systematically upscale a novel problem that involves cells of varying area to obtain effective continuum equations for macroscale flow and transport. The equations are characterized by the local porosity, an effective local anisotropic flow permeability, and an effective local anisotropic solute diffusivity. These macroscale properties depend non-trivially on both degrees of microstructural geometric freedom (obstacle size and spacing). We take advantage of this dependence to compare scenarios where the same porosity field is constructed with different combinations of obstacle size and spacing. For example, we consider scenarios where the porosity is spatially uniform but the permeability and diffusivity are not. Our results may be useful in the design of filters, or for studying the impact of deformation on transport in soft porous media.

Type: Article
Title: A homogenised model for flow, transport and sorption in a heterogeneous porous medium
Publisher version: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Mathematics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10135553
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