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Microscale Fluid and Solid Mechanics in Porous Media: Recent Advances in Experimental and Computational Methods

Francisco J. Carrillo, Princeton University

Yashar Mehmani, The Pennsylvania State University

The mathematical modeling and experimental characterization of fluid flow and solid mechanics within microstructurally complex porous materials has far reaching implications in engineering targeted solutions for subsurface energy production, geologic carbon sequestration, optimizing manufacturing of batteries and fuel cells, and designing better treatments for osteoporosis. The reliable characterization and prediction of fluid flow, solid deformation, and fracturing of porous materials require an in-depth understanding of the underlying physics at the micro scale, at which the detailed fabric of such materials becomes resolved. Recent advances in X-ray μCT imaging, computational algorithms, and experimental techniques have opened new doors for measuring, validating, visualizing, and systematically understanding these physics. This session broadly invites submissions that present novel theoretical, experimental, and computational methods focusing on micro-scale fluid and solid mechanics in porous media. Specific topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, single/multiphase flow, elastic/plastic deformation, fracture nucleation and growth, complex fluids, fluid-solid interaction, particular/granular flow, drying/swelling, new linear/nonlinear solvers, reduced-order models, and upscaling.