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A phase-splitting approach to describe macroscopically non-equilibrium transport in porous media

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Abstract Classical macro-scale dispersion equation cannot correctly represent non-local, non-equilibrium effects, and alternatives had to be proposed to overcome these discrepancies. Two-equation models have been widely used and proved useful to incorporate, to some extent, local non-equilibrium effects. More accurate descriptions may be obtained through the introduction of additional complex terms in the one-equation dispersion equation, e.g. spatial and time convolutions. An alternative more practical route rely on the introduction of a N-equations description. For instance, instead of a two-temperature model, transfers in the solid and/or fluid phase maybe represented by several equations, each one defined by some splitting framework. Splitting of the solid phase has been proposed in the past (multi-rate models). Splitting of the flowing phase has a rustic illustration in the case of the Coats and Smith model, i.e., ”flowing” and ”stagnant” fluid equations. In this paper, we explore further the possibilities offered by N-equations splitting of the flowing phase. The N-equations macro-scale model is developed applying an averaging technique to N-pseudo phases obtained by splitting the flowing phase based on different criteria, e.g. the velocity histogram. Most important model properties are the matrices of dispersion tensors and exchange coefficients, which are provided by a system of specific ”closure” problems. To illustrate this approach, the methodology is applied to Taylor’s dispersion problem, in which non-local effects are produced by pore-scale spatially distributed inlet conditions. The proposed N-equations description was compared to estimates of the N-temperatures obtained from direct numerical simulations. The N-equations model was able to reproduce accurately the dynamic of pore-scale computations, for such reputedly non-homogenizable problems, with a relatively small number of equations.
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hal-04605649 , version 1 (07-06-2024)

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Michel Quintard, Yohan Davit, Brian D. Wood. A phase-splitting approach to describe macroscopically non-equilibrium transport in porous media. 9th European Thermal Sciences Conference (Eurotherm 2024), Jun 2024, Lake Bled, Slovenia. pp.012003, ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/2766/1/012003⟩. ⟨hal-04605649⟩
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