Effect of Material Heterogeneities on Flow Through Porous Media

by Ronald C. Dykhuizen, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque, United States,
Roger R. Eaton, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


Modeling studies were conducted to determine the effects of material heterogeneities on the flow of water through rock. Multiple numerical calculations were made using random variations in spatial distributions of material properties. The results of these material variations on flow resistance, mechanical dispersion, and channeling were determined. Computed results were compared with a linear analytical model. Good agreement was obtained in the majority of the flow cases investigated.

Subject Headings: Porous media flow | Material properties | Composite materials | Porous media | Heterogeneity | Flow resistance | Linear analysis | Fluid flow | Nevada | United States

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