Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 139–174 | Cite as

Macroscopic Two-phase Flow in Porous Media Assuming the Diffuse-interface Model at Pore Level

  • Paul Papatzacos


The paper presents a model for two-phase flow, where liquid and gas are treated as one fluid with variable density. A one-component fluid and the diffuse-interface model for two-phase flow are assumed at pore level. The wetting properties of the fluid are described by the Cahn theory. Macroscopic equations are deduced in the framework of the Marle formalism. It is shown that two-phase flow in porous media can be described by the Cahn–Hilliard equation for the mass density. The concept of relative permeability is not needed. For non-neutral wetting, it is shown that a capillary pressure exists but that it is not a function of state. Two numerical illustrations are presented, one of them showing that the model is, at least in a simple steady-state situation, compatible with the generalized two-continuum model.

diffuse-interface two-phase flow macroscopic equations Cahn–Hilliard equation 


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  • Paul Papatzacos
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  1. 1.Stavanger University CollegeStavangerNorway

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