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In this standard reference of the field, theoretical and experimental approaches to flow, hydrodynamic dispersion, and miscible displacements in porous media and fractured rock are considered. Two different approaches are discussed and contrasted with each other. The first approach is based on the classical equations of flow and transport, called 'continuum models'. The second approach is based on modern methods of statistical physics of disordered media; that is, on 'discrete models', which have become increasingly popular over the past 15 years. The book is unique in its scope, since (1) there is currently no book that compares the two approaches, and covers all important aspects of porous media problems; and (2) includes discussion of fractured rocks, which so far has been treated as a separate subject.
Portions of the book would be suitable for an advanced undergraduate course. The book will be ideal for graduate courses on the subject, and can be used by chemical, petroleum, civil, environmental engineers, and geologists, as well as physicists, applied physicist and allied scientists that deal with various porous media problems.
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1: Continuum versus Discrete Models
2: The Equations of Change, and Approximate Solutions
3: Characterization of the Connectivity of Porous Media: Percolation Theory
4: Characterization of Morphology of Porous Media
5: Characterization of Field-Scale Porous Media: Geostatistical Concepts and Self-Affine Distributions
6: Characterization of a Single Fracture, Fracture Networks, and Fractured Porous Media
7: Models of Porous Media
8: Models of a Single Fracture, Fracture Networks, and Fractured Porous Media
9: Single-Phase Flow and Transport in Porous Media: The Continuum Approach
10: Single-Phase Flow and Transport in Porous Media: The Pore Network Approach
11: Dispersion in Flow Through Porous Media
12: Single-Phase Flow and Dispersion in Fractures and Fractured Porous Media
13: Miscible Displacements in Porous Media
14: Multiphase Flows: Experimental Aspects
15: Multiphase Flows: Modeling and Simulation
Muhammad Sahimi is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the NIOC Chair in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Southern California, where he was the chairman of his Department from 1999-2005. He has also been a visiting professor in Australia and Europe, and a consultant to many major industrial corporations. For the past 30 years Professor Sahimi has been active in research on all aspects of characterization and modeling of a wide variety of porous media. He has received awards from the American Physical Society, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.