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Simulating multiphase flow in gradient porous media using invasion percolation

Research on immiscible flow in a heterogeneous porous media has been an active area of research, particularly due to its close relationship with hydrology and petroleum engineering. Specifically, the modelling of oil migration and non-aqueous phase liquid migration in groundwater is a major challenge due to the multi-scale heterogeneous nature of the porous media.In this project we will develop efficient numerical method to simulate the fluid-fluid displacement process in porous media with a gradient in grain size, and gain fundamental …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty of Engineering
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Modelling convection in porous media

When liquids of different densities mix, they can produce complex fingering patterns. This is particularly important in the flow of liquid in underground porous aquifers, where the density of the groundwater can be influenced by salinity or heat, as well as the insulation properties of porous materials. Another important application is the still-prototypical use of aquifers for carbon sequestration; the dissolution of CO2 into groundwater has a complex effect on its density, and convective mixing is crucial for accelerating the …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty of Science
School of Mathematical Sciences

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