Anomalous transport dependence on Péclet number, porous medium heterogeneity, and a temporally varying velocity field
- Journal Article
We investigate the effects of the Péclet number (Pe) on transport of an inert chemical tracer in heterogeneous porous media. We simulate fluid flow and transport through two-dimensional pore-scale matrices with varying structural complexity. With increasing Pe, the anomalous nature of the transport becomes enhanced as the host domain becomes more heterogeneous, due to the increasingly dominant effects of the complex velocity field. The sensitivity of (anomalous) transport to Pe is shown to be controlled by the medium structure. We quantify the effects of Pe by interpreting the numerical simulations within the continuous time random walk method (CTRW) framework, and incorporating Pe within the underlying tracer transition time distribution. We then investigate transport behavior subjected to temporal variation in the velocity field magnitude, accounting for tracer propagation controlled by Pe. Because of the nonlinear influence of Pe on the transport behavior, we show that temporal variations in the velocity field can lead to an increase in the anomalous nature of the transport. Show more
Journal / seriesPhysical Review E
Pages / Article No.
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Organisational unit03473 - Burlando, Paolo / Burlando, Paolo
MoreShow all metadata