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Title: Nonequilibrium Physics and Phase-Field Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media

Abstract

The overarching goal of this project was to develop a new continuum theory of multiphase flow in porous media. The theory follows a phase-field modeling approach, and therefore has a sound thermodynamical basis. It is a phenomenological theory in the sense that its formulation is driven by macroscopic phenomena, such as viscous instabilities during multifluid displacement. The research agenda was organized around a set of hypothesis on hitherto unexplained behavior of multiphase flow. All these hypothesis are nontrivial, and testable. Indeed, a central aspect of the project was testing each hypothesis by means of carefully-designed laboratory experiments, therefore probing the validity of the proposed theory. The proposed research places an emphasis on the fundamentals of flow physics, but is motivated by important energy-driven applications in earth sciences, as well as microfluidic technology.

Authors:
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  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1332323
Report Number(s):
Final Technical Report
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0003907
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; 42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Juanes, Ruben. Nonequilibrium Physics and Phase-Field Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1332323.
Juanes, Ruben. Nonequilibrium Physics and Phase-Field Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media. United States. doi:10.2172/1332323.
Juanes, Ruben. Thu . "Nonequilibrium Physics and Phase-Field Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media". United States. doi:10.2172/1332323. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1332323.
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title = {Nonequilibrium Physics and Phase-Field Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media},
author = {Juanes, Ruben},
abstractNote = {The overarching goal of this project was to develop a new continuum theory of multiphase flow in porous media. The theory follows a phase-field modeling approach, and therefore has a sound thermodynamical basis. It is a phenomenological theory in the sense that its formulation is driven by macroscopic phenomena, such as viscous instabilities during multifluid displacement. The research agenda was organized around a set of hypothesis on hitherto unexplained behavior of multiphase flow. All these hypothesis are nontrivial, and testable. Indeed, a central aspect of the project was testing each hypothesis by means of carefully-designed laboratory experiments, therefore probing the validity of the proposed theory. The proposed research places an emphasis on the fundamentals of flow physics, but is motivated by important energy-driven applications in earth sciences, as well as microfluidic technology.},
doi = {10.2172/1332323},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Thu Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
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