The constitutive relationships required for the parameterization of multiphase flow and transport problems are of critical importance to hydrologic modeling. Recently, a hypothesis has been developed that predicts a functional relationship between capillary pressure, saturation, and interfacial area. A network model was developed to test this hypothesis. Microscale physical processes were simulated and volume averaging was used to derive the macroscopic measures of saturation and fluid-fluid interfacial area per volume of porous media. Results indicate that a smooth, though complex, functional relationship exists at the continuum scale. These results have direct relevance to constitutive theory and the modeling of nonaqueous phase liquid dissolution processes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Water Resources Research|
|State||Published - Aug 1996|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Water Science and Technology