Modeling fluid flow in fractured porous media with the interfacial conditions between porous medium and fracture

Hosseini, N ; Sharif University of Technology | 2021

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1007/s11242-021-01648-5
  3. Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media B.V , 2021
  4. Abstract:
  5. One of the most popular models that has been applied to predict the fluid velocity inside the fracture with impermeable walls is the cubic law. It highlights that the mean flux along the fracture is proportional to the cubic of fracture aperture. However, for a fractured porous medium, the normal and tangential interface conditions between the fracture and porous matrix can change the velocity profile inside the fracture. In this paper, a correction factor is introduced for flow equation along the fracture by imposing the continuity of normal and tangential components of velocity at the interface between the fracture and porous matrix. As a result, the mean velocity inside the fracture depends not only on the fracture aperture, but also on a set of non-dimensional numbers, including the matrix porosity, the ratio of intrinsic permeability of fracture to that of matrix, the wall Reynolds number, and the ratio of normal velocity on one wall to the other. Finally, the introduced correction factor is employed within the extended finite element method, which is widely used for numerical simulation of fluid flow within the fractured porous media. Several numerical results are presented for the fluid flow through a specimen containing single fracture, in order to investigate the deviation from the cubic law in different case studies. © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V
  6. Keywords:
  7. Flow of fluids ; Matrix algebra ; Numerical methods ; Porous materials ; Reynolds number ; Velocity ; Correction factors ; Extended finite element method ; Fracture apertures ; Fractured porous media ; Interface conditions ; Interfacial conditions ; Intrinsic permeability ; Tangential components ; Fracture ; Finite element method ; Flow modeling ; Flow velocity ; Fluid flow ; Numerical model ; Porous medium
  8. Source: Transport in Porous Media ; Volume 139, Issue 1 , 2021 , Pages 109-129 ; 01693913 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11242-021-01648-5