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Multiphase Flow in Permeable Media
A Pore-Scale Perspective


  • Author: Martin J. Blunt, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London
  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107093461

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  • Hydrocarbon production, gas recovery from shale, CO2 storage and water management have a common scientific underpinning: multiphase flow in porous media. This book provides a fundamental description of multiphase flow through porous rock, with emphasis on the understanding of displacement processes at the pore, or micron, scale. Fundamental equations and principal concepts using energy, momentum, and mass balance are developed, and the latest developments in high-resolution three-dimensional imaging and associated modelling are explored. The treatment is pedagogical, developing sound physical principles to predict flow and recovery through complex rock structures, while providing a review of the recent literature. This systematic approach makes it an excellent reference for those who are new to the field. Inspired by recent research, and based on courses taught to thousands of students and professionals from around the world, it provides the scientific background necessary for a quantitative assessment of multiphase subsurface flow processes, and is ideal for hydrology and environmental engineering students, as well as professionals in the hydrocarbon, water and carbon storage industries.

    • Exercises are included in the book to test the acquired knowledge, with solutions provided for instructors online at
    • Develops ideas from the basic equations and principal concepts to build a fundamental understanding of the topic
    • Responds to the recent surge of interest in this rapidly growing field due to the latest developments in high-resolution three-dimensional imaging and associated modelling
    • The systematic approach provides an excellent reference for students and professionals who are new to the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This brilliant and original textbook integrates the most up-to-date understanding of the physics of fluid transport through porous media with recent advances in digital rock physics. The result provides fresh insight into multiphase fluid flow and transport to benefit students and researchers alike.' Anthony Kovscek, Stanford University, California

    'This beautifully written and elegantly illustrated book uses the latest theoretical and experimental insights to provide the most comprehensive review of the fundamental physical and chemical processes that occur at the pore-scale during multi-phase flow in permeable media … a much needed contribution that will impact geoscientists and engineers from both academia and industry, for years to come.' Sebastian Geiger, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

    'This book quickly has become one of my all-time favorite textbooks .… the mix of original papers, classic works, review papers, and textbooks, together with an expansive and up-to-date collection of current literature, is one of the strongest points of the book. The reference list alone is worth the cost of this volume … This is one of those rare books that hits the fine balance between superficial and too much detail … I highly recommend Multiphase Flow in Permeable Media (Blunt 2017) to anyone interested in the flow of immiscible fluids in the subsurface.' Benjamin J. Rostron, Groundwater

    'This first-edition book is available in electronic and hardcover formats and is well illustrated with figures. It is a well-organized volume.' Amit Padhi, The Leading Edge

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107093461
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 203 b/w illus. 25 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Interfacial curvature and contact angle
    2. Porous media and fluid displacement
    3. Primary drainage
    4. Imbibition and trapping
    5. Wettability and displacement paths
    6. Navier–Stokes equations, Darcy's law and multiphase flow
    7. Relative permeability
    8. Three-phase flow
    9. Solutions to equations for multiphase flow
    Appendix A. Exercises

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    Martin J. Blunt, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London
    Martin J. Blunt is Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Imperial College London, visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transport in Porous Media. He publishes widely on multiphase flow in porous media applied to oil recovery, groundwater flows and carbon dioxide storage. He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), having won the 2011 SPE Lester C. Uren Award, and the 2012 Darcy Medal for lifetime achievement from the Society of Core Analysts. This book is inspired by recent research, and based on courses taught to thousands of students and professionals from around the world.

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