Distributed Microstructure Models of Porous Media

  • Ralph E. Showalter
Part of the ISNM International Series of Numerical Mathematics book series (ISNM, volume 114)


Laminar flow through fissured or otherwise highly inhomogeneous media leads to very singular initial-boundary-value problems for equations with rapidly oscillating coefficients. The limiting case (by homogenization) is a continuous distribution of model cells which represent a valid approximation of the finite (singular) case, and we survey some recent results on the theory of such systems. This is developed as an application of continuous direct sums of Banach spaces which arise rather naturally as the energy or state spaces for the corresponding (stationary) variational or (temporal) dynamic problems. We discuss the basic models for a totally fissured medium, the extension to include secondary flux in partially fissured media, and the classical model systems which are realized as limiting cases of the microstructure models.


Porous Medium Parabolic System Single Phase Flow Global Flow Miscible Displacement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph E. Showalter
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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