Building on the success of T.J.T. Spanos's previous book The Thermophysics of Porous Media, The Physics of Composite and Porous Media explains non-linear field theory that describes how physical processes occur in the earth. It describes physical processes associated with the interaction of the various phases at the macroscale (the scale at which continuum equations are established) and how these interactions give rise to additional physical processes at the megascale (the scale orders of magnitude larger at which a continuum description may once again be established). Details are also given on how experimental, numerical and theoretical work on this subject fits together.
This book will be of interest to graduate students and academic researchers working on understanding the physical process in the earth, in addition to those working in the oil and hydrogeology industries.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Elastic Wave Propagation in a Composite Medium. Wave propagation in fluid filled porous media. Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Porous Media. Immiscible Fluid Flow in Porous Media. Porosity-Pressure waves and Dispersion. Miscible fluid flow in porous media (part 1). Miscible fluid flow in porous media (part 2). Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics. Coupled Porosity and Saturation Waves In Porous Media. Thermodynamic Automata.
Many of the predictions of the physical theory that T.J.T. Spanos has worked on over the past 35+ years have been used to construct commercial technologies. Porosity waves have been successfully implemented in enhanced oil recovery, workovers, ground water remediation and chemical placement. This work has lead to numerous industrial patents and in collaboration with Brett Davidson to the establishment of Wavefront Technology Solutions which has developed and marketed these commercial applications. T.J.T. Spanos holds a number of patents and has published his research in numerous journals and books.
Following his career in academia, Norman Udey occupied a number of roles in industry, culminating in his role as Physicists for Wavefront Technology Solutions Inc.