A hybrid micro-scale model for transport in connected macro-pores in porous media

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This paper presents a hybrid model for transport in connected macro-pores in porous media. A pore-scale model is used to parameterize the hybrid model. The hybrid model explicitly models the advection and diffusion of species in the connected macro-pores and treats the porous media around the connected macro-pores as a continuum with effective transport properties. The pore-scale model is used to calculate the effective transport properties of the porous continuum. This approach negates the need to calibrate the hybrid model against experimental data, which is common for continuum-scale models of porous media, and allows an arbitrary microstructure to be considered. The paper presents the multi-scale modeling approach along with the details of the hybrid and pore-scale models. Validation of the model is also presented along with several case studies investigating the applicability of the multi-scale modeling approach to different geometries and transport conditions. The case studies show that the multi-scale modeling approach is accurate for various connected macro-pore geometries given that the porosity of the porous medium around the connected macro-pores is sufficiently small. The accuracy of the hybrid model decreases with increasing porosity of the matrix.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-71
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Contaminant Hydrology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 25 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Macro-pores
  • Multi-scale modeling
  • Porous media
  • Smoothed particle hydrodynamics
  • Uranium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology


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