Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 99–107 | Cite as

Generation of Granular Media

  • Laurent Tacher
  • Pierre Perrochet
  • Aurèle Parriaux


A discrete reduced distance method to generate 2-D and 3-D granular porous media is presented. The main property of the method is to produce heterogeneous and/or anisotropic packed beds of joined grains with arbitrary shapes and optimum fitting (i.e., minimum porosity). The iterative generation process starts with the coarsest grain and adjusts the size and location of the next ones depending on the updated available space. Hence, grain size distribution cannot be specified directly but is merely the consequence of user defined input parameters. The latter consists of a set of randomly distributed initial points, a few typical predefined grain shapes as well as the minimum and maximum grain diameters. The simulated granular media can readily be processed by an appropriate mesh generator to allow for subsequent numerical solutions of differential equations.

modelling microscopic scale granular media. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurent Tacher
    • 1
  • Pierre Perrochet
    • 1
  • Aurèle Parriaux
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of GeologySwiss Institute of Technology, GEOLEP-EPFLLausanneSwitzerland

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