A stochastic model for filtration of particulate suspensions with incomplete pore plugging

Alexander Shapiro, A Santos, P. G. Bedrikovetsky, Oleg Medvedev

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A population balance model for particulate suspension transport with capture of particles by porous medium accounting for complete and incomplete plugging of pores by retained particles is derived. The model accounts for pore space accessibility, due to restriction on finite size particle movement through the overall pore space, and for particle flux reduction, due to transport of particles by the fraction of the overall flux. The novel feature of the model is the residual pore conductivity after the particle retention in the pore and the possibility of one pore to capture several particles. A closed system of governing stochastic equations determines the evolution of size distributions for suspended particles and pores. Its averaging results in the closed system of hydrodynamic equations accounting for permeability and porosity reduction due to plugging. The problem of deep bed filtration of a single particle size suspension through a single pore size medium where a pore can be completely plugged by two particles allows for an exact analytical solution. The phenomenological deep bed filtration model follows from the analytical solution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)135-164
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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