E3S Web Conf.
Volume 195, 20204th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Teoretical and Numerical Models|
|Published online||16 October 2020|
Modeling multiphase flow with a hybrid model based on the Pore-network and the lattice Boltzmann method
1 Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), 3SR, F-38000 Grenoble, France
2 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Campus Nord, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
3 University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) simulations provide an excellent description of two-phase flow through porous media. However, such simulations require a significant computation time. In order to optimize the computation resources, we propose a hybrid model that combines the efficiency of the pore-network approach and the accuracy of the lattice Boltzmann method at the pore scale. The hybrid model is based on the decomposition of the granular assembly into small subsets, in which LBM simulations are performed to determine the main hydrostatic properties (entry capillary pressure, capillary pressure - liquid content relationship and liquid morphology for each pore throat). A primary drainage of a random packing of spheres is presented and contrasted to the results of the same problem fully resolved by the LBM. Liquid morphology and invasion paths are correctly reproduced by the hybrid method.
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