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Handbook of Porous Media

3rd Edition

Edited by Kambiz Vafai

CRC Press

959 pages | 59 Color Illus. | 443 B/W Illus.

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Handbook of Porous Media, Third Edition offers a comprehensive overview of the latest theories on flow, transport, and heat-exchange processes in porous media. It also details sophisticated porous media models which can be used to improve the accuracy of modeling in a variety of practical applications.

Featuring contributions from leading experts in their respective fields, this book:

  • Presents the general characteristics and modeling of porous media, such as multiscale modeling of porous media, two-phase flow, compressible porous media, and dispersion in porous media
  • Addresses the fundamental topics of transport in porous media, including theoretical models of transport, membrane transport phenomena, modeling transport properties, and transport in biomedical applications
  • Describes several important aspects of turbulence in porous media, including advances in modeling turbulence phenomena in heterogeneous porous media
  • Explores heat transfer of nanofluids as well as thermal transport in porous media, including forced convection, double diffusive convection, high-heat flux applications, and thermal behavior of poroelastic media
  • Covers geological applications in porous media, including modeling and experimental challenges related to oil fields, CO2 migration, groundwater flows, and velocity measurements
  • Discusses relevant attributes of experimental work or numerical techniques whenever applicable

Paving the way for the establishment of multidisciplinary areas of research, Handbook of Porous Media, Third Edition further enhances cooperation between engineers and scientists by providing a valuable reference for addressing some of the most challenging issues in engineering and the hydrogeological, biological, and biomedical sciences.


"… continues the tradition of the first two editions in providing a comprehensive review in each of a number of areas of research into the complex phenomena that comprise transport in porous media. Beginners in any aspect of research into porous media would be remiss not to begin their literature search in these volumes. Article writers, who are world experts in their fields, provide up-to-date reviews of the ‘state of play’ in their selected areas, which cover the spectrum of fundamental modeling and quantitative formulation to practical application of theory. The editor has drawn once again from the deep international reservoir of porous media expertise. The breadth of the contributions, all gathered in one place, provides a valuable resource for researchers at any stage of their research careers."

—Robert McKibbin, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand

"… provides an excellent, up-to-date treatise on the theoretical aspects of single and multiphase flows in porous media. The need to properly extend Darcy’s law is clearly illustrated whereby allowing those in oil reservoir modeling and others dealing with multiphase flow the means for history matching through the employment of solid scientific basis. The sections dealing with thermal transport of simple and complex fluids in porous media together with geological applications will serve well not only the sophisticated practitioner but also the interested beginner in the area of porous media transport."

—Dr. Jacob Masliyah, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

"The book offers an excellent overview of the latest theories on flow, transport, and heat-exchange processes in porous media. It provides a sound basis for students and scientists from various disciplines to gain a profound insight into topical porous-media applications. The contributing authors are all renowned experts in their fields."

—Rainer Helmig, University of Stuttgart, Germany

"The greatest strength of this handbook is its coverage of the muscular and growing field of porous media. This third edition is truly a tour de force of the ideas that account for the vigorous growth of the field, for example, multiscale physics and modeling, advanced theories, fractured media, transport theory, turbulence, nanofluids, cellular materials, groundwater flows, and geological and geothermal applications. … Professor Vafai created an exceptional reference for the field."

—Adrian Bejan, J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

"Those who liked the second edition of this handbook (published now already some ten years ago) will surely be impressed with this new edition. The third edition is certainly not a simple rewrite or superficial update of previous chapters and topics. Many of the authors are different and various topics have been added, with most or all contributions very much geared toward the current state of the art and its application across disciplinary boundaries, including industry."

—Martinus Th. van Genuchten, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Utrecht University, The Netherlands

"This book presents the most interesting leading-edge topics on porous media. You will find what you need in this book when you begin a frontier research about transport phenomena in a porous medium."

—Peixue Jiang, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

"This text will make a valuable addition to most researchers’ bookshelves and will most likely stimulate further research efforts in porous media theory."

—J. H. Cushman, President, International Society for Porous Media and University Distinguished Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Table of Contents

General Characteristics and Modeling of Porous Media

Multiscale Modeling of Porous Medium Systems

Amanda L. Dye, James E. McClure, William G. Gray, and Cass T. Miller

Advanced Theories of Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media

S. Majid Hassanizadeh

Characterization of Fractures and Fracture Network of Porous Media

Muhammad Sahimi

Thin Porous Media

Marc Prat and Tristan Agaësse

Magnetically Stabilized and Fluidized Beds in Science and Technology: A Review

Teresa Castelo-Grande, Paulo A. Augusto, Angel M. Estevéz, Domingos Barbosa, Jesus Ma. Rodríguez, Audelino Álvaro, and Cármen Torrente

Lift Generation in Highly Compressible Porous Media: From Red Cells to Skiing to Soft Lubrication

Qianhong Wu

Transport in Porous Media

Theoretical Analysis of Transport in Porous Media: Multiequation and Hybrid Models for a Generic Transport Problem with Nonlinear Source Terms

Yohan Davit and Michel Quintard

Porous Media Theory for Membrane Transport Phenomena

A. Nakayama, Y. Sano, T. Nishimura, and K. Nagase

Effective Transport Properties of Porous Media by Modeling

Moran Wang

Effective Transport through Porous Media under Nonequilibrium Relaxation Conditions

Faruk Civan

Modeling Approach for Gradient-Based Motion of Microorganisms in Porous Media and Applications in Biosystems

Zineddine Alloui and Tri Nguyen-Quang

Turbulence in Porous Media

Feedback Control for Promoting or Suppressing the Transition to Weak Turbulence in Porous Media Convection

Peter Vadasz

Advances in Modeling Turbulence Phenomena in Heterogeneous Media: Reactive Systems

Marcelo J.S. de Lemos

Heat Transfer of Nanofluids in Porous Media

Effects of Nanofluids on Convection in Porous Media

A. Nield and A.V. Kuznetsov

Analyzing Nanofluids Suspension Using the Porous Media Interface Heat Transfer Model

Peter Vadasz

Thermal Transport in Porous Media

Thermal Transport in Highly Porous Cellular Materials

Raymond Viskanta

Convection of a Bingham Fluid in a Porous Medium

Andrew S. Rees

High-Heat-Flux Distributed Capillary Artery Evaporators

Gisuk Hwang, Chanwoo Park, and Massoud Kaviany

Impinging Jets in Porous Media

Bernardo Buonomo, Oronzio Manca, and Sergio Nardini

Thermohydromechanical Behavior of Poroelastic Media

A. Patrick S. Selvadurai

Thermogravitational Diffusion in a Porous Medium Saturated by a Binary Fluid

Abdelkader Mojtabi, Marie Catherine Charrier-Mojtabi, Bilal El Hajjar, and Yazdan Pedram Razi

Geological Applications in Porous Media

Digital Petrophysics: Imaging, Modeling, and Experimental Challenges Related to Porous Media in Oil Fields

Peter Tilke

Modeling of Subsurface CO2 Migration at Geological Carbon Sequestration Sites in Deep Saline Aquifers

Sumit Mukhopadhyay

Groundwater Flows and Velocity Measurements

Shigeo Kimura

Geostatistical Simulation and Reconstruction of Porous Media

Pejman Tahmasebi and Muhammad Sahimi

Microbially Induced Carbonate Precipitation in the Subsurface: Fundamental Reaction and Transport Processes

James Connolly and Robin Gerlach

About the Editor


Kambiz Vafai holds a B.Sc (highest honors) in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, and an M.Sc and Ph.D in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Widely published and highly decorated, he currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, USA, where he started as the Presidential Chair. Before joining the University of California, Dr. Vafai was with The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, where he won outstanding research awards in assistant, associate, and full professor categories. He is the fellow of several societies, has graduated numerous Ph.D and M.Sc students, and has supervised many post docs and visiting scholars. Dr. Vafai is the recipient of the ASME Classic Paper Award and the ASME Memorial Award, which are amongst the most prestigious awards in the field of heat transfer. He was given the International Society of Porous Media (InterPore) Highest Award, is the recipient of the 75th Anniversary Medal of the ASME Heat Transfer Division, and holds 12 US patents associated with electronic cooling and medical applications. He is one of the highest cited in his fields of research, using both ISI (Highly Cited Category) and Google Scholar metrics. His research interests include transport through porous media, multiphase transport, aircraft brakes, biomedical applications, microcantilever-based biosensors, biofilms, electronic cooling, macromolecule transport through arteries, cooling enhancement investigations, modeling of tissue and organs, natural convection in complex configurations, analysis of porous insulations, heat flux applications, free surface flows, flat-shaped heat pipes, thermal design and modeling, and feasibility, optimization, and parametric studies for various engineering applications and power electronics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics