Computational Geosciences

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 883–895 | Cite as

Poro-viscoelasticity modelling based on upscaling quasistatic fluid-saturated solids

  • Eduard RohanEmail author
  • Simon Shaw
  • John R. Whiteman
Original Paper


In this paper, quasistatic models are developed for the slow flow of compressible fluids through porous solids, where the solid exhibits fading memory viscoelasticity. Problems of this type are important in practical geomechanics contexts, for example, in the context of fluid flow through unconsolidated reservoir sands and of wellbore deformation behaviour in gas and oil shale reservoirs, all of which have been studied extensively. For slow viscous fluid flow in the poro-viscoelastic media we are able to neglect the dynamic effects related to inertia forces, as well as the dissipation associated with the viscous flows. This is in contrast to the vast body of work in the poro-elastic context, where much faster flow of the viscous fluids may give rise to memory effects associated with microflows in pores of the solid media. Such problems have been treated extensively in both the dynamic and quasistatic cases. We are taking a specific type of the porous medium subject to slow deformation processes possibly inducing moderate pressure gradients and flow rates characterised by negligible inertia effects. As the result of homogenisation of such a two-phase medium, we observe the fading memory behaviour in the Biot modulus which controls the pressure increase due to skeleton macroscopic deformation and pore fluid content. Although our derivation leads to a result which is consistent with the formal phenomenological approach proposed by Biot (J Appl Phys 23:1482–1498, 1962), we offer the reader more insight into the structure of the poro-viscoelastic constitutive relations obtained; in particular, we can show that the Biot compressibility evolves in time according to the creep function while the skeleton stiffness is driven by the relaxation function.


Viscoelasticity Two-scale modelling Homogenisation Fluid-saturated porous media Biot model Perfusion Viscoelastic solid porous media Unconsolidated sands Wellbore deformation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Centre of Excellence, New Technologies for Information Society (NTIS), Faculty of Applied SciencesUniversity of West BohemiaPlzeňCzech Republic
  2. 2.BICOM, Institute of Computational MathematicsBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK

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