Sedimentation and Flow Through a Porous Medium

  • Shih-I Pai
Part of the Vieweg Tracts in Pure and Applied Physics book series (VTPAP, volume 3)


In this chapter, we discuss two limiting cases of fluid-solid flows: Sedimentation and flow through a porous medium. Roughly speaking, we may consider sedimentation as a small amount of solid particles moving in a large volume of fluid [1,4]. The best known example for this case is the motion of sand, gravel, stone and other solid particles in the river. The pneumatic transport of granular substance in channels is another example of this flow problem which has many industrial applications. Furthermore, the motion of sand and snow in natural winds also belongs to this class of flow problem even though it is different from the motion of sand in rivers. In section 2, we shall briefly review some essential points of sedimentation while in section 3, we discuss in details the transport of solid bodies in a liquid, especially in water. Finally we discuss in section 4 the transport of solid bodies in a gas, especially in the natural winds.


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  • Shih-I Pai
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  1. 1.Institute for Physical Science and TechnologyUniversity of MarylandMarylandUSA

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