A model for solute transport following an abrupt pressure impact in saturated porous media

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    Abstract

    A mathematical model is developed of an abrupt pressure impact applied to a compressible fluid with solute, flowing through saturated porous media. Nondimensional forms of the macroscopic balance equations of the solute mass and of the fluid mass and momentum lead to dominant forms of these equations. Following the onset of the pressure change, we focus on a sequence of the first two time intervals at which we obtain reduced forms of the balance equations. At the very first time period, pressure is proven to be distributed uniformly within the affected domain, while solute remains unaffected. During the second time period, the momentum balance equation for the fluid conforms to a wave form, while the solute mass balance equation conforms to an equation of advective transport. Fluid's nonlinear wave equation together with its mass balance equation, are separately solved for pressure and velocity. These are then used for the solution of solute's advective transport equation. The 1-D case, conforms to a pressure wave equation, for the solution of fluid's pressure and velocity. A 1-D analytical solution of the transport problem, associates these pressure and velocity with an exponential power which governs solute's motion along its path line.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)271-285
    Number of pages15
    JournalTransport in Porous Media
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996

    Keywords

    • Abrupt pressure change
    • Homogeneous
    • Isentropic and isotropic conditions
    • Newtonian-compressible fluid
    • Saturated deformable porous media

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