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1st Edition

Wicking in Porous Materials
Traditional and Modern Modeling Approaches

ISBN 9781138076105
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
380 Pages 132 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A comprehensive presentation of wicking models developed in academia and industry, Wicking in Porous Materials: Traditional and Modern Modeling Approaches contains some of the most important approaches and methods available, from the traditional Washburn-type models to the latest Lattice-Boltzmann approaches developed during the last few years. It provides a sound conceptual framework for learning the science behind different mathematical models while at the same time being aware of the practical issues of model validation as well as measurement of important properties and parameters associated with various models.

Top experts in the field reveal the secrets of their wicking models. The chapters cover the following topics:

  • Wetting and wettability
  • Darcy’s law for single- and multi-phase flows
  • Traditional capillary models, such as the Washburn-equation based approaches
  • Unsaturated-flow based methodologies (Richard’s Equation)
  • Sharp-front (plug-flow) type approaches using Darcy’s law
  • Pore network models for wicking after including various micro-scale fluid-flow phenomena
  • Studying the effect of evaporation on wicking using pore network models
  • Fractal-based methods
  • Modeling methods based on mixture theory
  • Lattice-Boltzmann method for modeling wicking in small scales
  • Modeling wicking in swelling and non-rigid porous media

This extensive look at the modeling of porous media compares various methods and treats traditional topics as well as modern technologies. It emphasizes experimental validation of modeling approaches as well as experimental determination of model parameters. Matching models to particular media, the book provides guidance on what models to use and how to use them.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Wicking in Porous Media, Reza Masoodi and Krishna M. Pillai
Wettability and Its Role in Wicking, Jijie Zhou
Traditional Theories of Wicking: Capillary Models, Reza Masoodi and Krishna M. Pillai
An Introduction to Modeling Flows in Porous Media, Krishna M. Pillai and Kamel Hooman
Single-Phase Flow (Sharp-Interface) Models for Wicking, Reza Masoodi and Krishna M. Pillai
Modeling Fluid Absorption in Anisotropic Fibrous, Porous Media, Hooman Vahedi Tafreshi and Thomas M. Bucher
Wicking in Absorbent Swelling Porous Materials, Vladimir Mirnyy, Volker Clausnitzer, Hans-Jörg G. Diersch, Rodrigo Rosati, Mattias Schmidt, and Holger Beruda
Evaporation and Wicking, Stéphanie Veran-Tissoires, Sandrine Geoffroy, Manuel Marcoux,and Marc Prat
Pore-Network Modeling of Wicking:A Two-Phase Flow Approach, Vahid Joekar-Niasar and S. Majid Hassanizadeh
A Fractal-Based Approach to Model Wicking, Jianchao Cai, Boming Yu, and Xiangyun Hu
Modeling Wicking in Deformable Porous Media UsingMixture Theory, Daniel M. Anderson and Javed I. Siddique
Simulating Fluid Wicking into Porous Media with the Lattice Boltzmann Method, Marcel G. Schaap and Mark L. Porter

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Dr. Krishna M. Pillai is Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Reza Masoodi is a research associate at the Laboratory for Flow and Transport Studies in Porous Media at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.