'Modelling porosity development and flow in heterogeneous media'
|Dr PJ Bloomfield
Prof J Barker
The aim of the proposed project is to study evolution in the spatial characteristic of coupled flow and porosity development in heterogeneous porous media. We will develop a modelling engine and methodologies to generate porosity templates for use in flow and transport models of fractured aquifers. Although the primary motivation for this study is to enhance our ability to predict flow and contaminant transport in vulnerable fractured aquifers, such as the chalk, the approach is generic and we foresee a wide range of scenarios where the model may be applied. The work has three specific objectives: 1) to produce a generic model of porosity development, 2) to investigate percolation, scaling and self-organisation phenomena in porosity development due to flow, and 3) to model pore structure and flow histories for a range of natural and anthropogenic problems.