The effect of capillary pressure on the saturation equation of two-phase flow in porous media

Imène R. Goumiri, Jean H. Prévost, Matthias Preisig

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Abstract

A complete and accurate simulation of two-phase flow in porous media requires knowledge of all the controlling physics (and values of physical parameters) that play a relevant role and an understanding of the effects of each one on the solution. Of particular concern here is the effect of capillary pressure and the length scale over which it is relevant. The goal of this paper is to provide guidance onto when to include the effects of capillary pressure in the model, and onto what are the resulting length scale restrictions if those effects are to be included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-361
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 25 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials

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