Modelling of Flow and Transport in Fractal Porous Media

Modelling of Flow and Transport in Fractal Porous Media

1st Edition - November 5, 2020

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  • Editors: Jianchao Cai, Liehui Zhang, Wei Wei
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128177983
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128177976

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This important resource explores recent theoretical advances and modelling on fluids transport in fractal porous systems and presents a systematic understanding of the characterization of complex microstructure and transport mechanism in fractal porous media. Modelling of Flow and Transport in Fractal Porous Media shows how fractal theory and technology, combined with other modern experiments and numerical simulation methods, will assist researchers and practitioners in modelling of transport properties of fractal porous media, such as fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, mechanical characteristics, and electrical conductivity.

Key Features

  • Presents the main methods and technologies for transport characterization of fractal porous media, including soils, reservoirs and artificial materials
  • Provides the most recent theoretical advances in modelling of fractal porous media, including gas and vapor transport in fibrous materials, nonlinear seepage flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs, mass transfer of porous nanofibers, and fractal mechanics of unsaturated soils
  • Includes multidisciplinary examples of applications of fractal theory to aid researchers and practitioners in characterizing various porous media structures


Geologists, geophysicists, geothermal scientists, reservoir engineers, environmental scientists, hydrogeologists, soil scientists, engineers, material scientists, oil and gas/energy companies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Modelling of Flow and Transport in Fractal Porous Media
    2. Methods for calculating fractal dimension of porous media
    3. Numerical study for tortuosity in two-dimensional and three-dimensional fractal porous media
    4. Modeling gas and vapor transport in fibrous materials based on fractal approach
    5. Transport Phenomena in Tree-like Networks
    6. Flow and Transport in Porous Crystal Layer and Process Optimization with Fractal Based Approach
    7. Saturation Dependent Transport Modes in Porous Media: Percolation Theory and Effective-Medium Approximation Applications
    8. Capillary-driven flow in Fractal Porous Media
    9. Application of Fractal Theory in Transient Pressure Properties of Hydrocarbon Reservoir
    10. Hydrodynamics of flow in fractally permeable media
    11. Modeling for Mass transfer of porous nanofibers using a fractal approach
    12. Electrokinetic Effect in Fractal Porous Media
    13. Soil Particle Size Distribution: From Modelling to Influence in the Void Space Configuration and Other Soil Properties
    14. A fractal model of effective thermal conductivity for porous media with various liquid saturation

Product details

  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: November 5, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128177983
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128177976

About the Editors

Jianchao Cai

Jianchao Cai received his B.Sc in Physics from Henan Normal University and MSc and Ph.D in Condensed Matter Physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is currently a professor at the Institute of Geophysics and Geomatics at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). Meanwhile, he serves as Associate Editor or Editorial member for several journals including Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, Fractals. He has published more than 130 journal articles, two books, and numerous book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute of Geophysics and Geomatics, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Liehui Zhang

Lie-hui Zhang is a Professor of the College of Petroleum Engineering and the Vice-president at Southwest Petroleum University (SPWU). He has published over 260 articles, has authored or co-edited eight books, and serves on numerous editorial boards. He is the 2012 recipient of China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists, awarded by the NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China) and 2014 recipient of the Cheung Kong Scholars’ distinguished professor, awarded by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Affiliations and Expertise

Southwest Petroleum University

Wei Wei

Wei received his B.Sc in Geophysics from Guilin University of Technology in 2012, MSc in Geological Engineering from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) in 2015. Now he is PhD candidate in Institute of Geophysics and Geomatics of China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). His research focuses on modeling for electrical properties of porous media and thermal conduction characteristic of nanofluid, and fractal theory and its application. Wei has published 10 journal articles, which the total citation is 150 from Web of Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

PhD candidate, China University of Geosciences

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