NUPUS: Research Project "Investigating transfer fluxes induced by turbulent free flow and affected by multiphase processes in porous media"

Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the International Research Training Group (ITRG 1938) "Non-linearities and Upscaling in Porous Media (NUPUS)" from 1st April 2013 until 31st March 2016-03-31

Project Description

Flow and transport processes in domains composed of a porous medium and anadjacent free-flow region appear in a wide range of industrial, medical andenvironmental applications. Our focus is on evaporation from unsaturated soilsunder influence of a turbulent free flow. The modeling of such coupled systems is a challenging task especially at the interface of the two domains.
In preliminary work a REV-scale model has been developed, which couples theNavier-Stokes equation for the free flow with the Darcy equation for the porous-medium flow. It is possible to simulate the evaporation processes for non-isothermal, laminar conditions and a multiphase, multicomponent flow. However, there is a discrepancy between the simulated evaporation rates and rates which have been measured in lab experiments. Therefore the model will be extended with RANS turbulence models.
The vision is to develop a model which can reproduce the complex interactionbetween the two domains and predict the exchange fluxes. This is achieved with anumerical stable description for the turbulent free flow and by gaining inside into the complex processes at the interface. Different scenarios willbe analyzed with respect to the required model complexity aiming at a "intelligent interface" description and an improved modeling on the field scale.
This is a follow-up project to: Modellierung und Analyse der Bewegung von Fluid-Fluid Interfaces in porösen Medien gekoppelt mit einer freien Strömung


Project manager

Helmig, Rainer

Research assistant

Fetzer, Thomas




04/2013 - 03/2016


International Research Training Group NUPUS

Cooperation partners

Colorado School of Mines, Forschungszentrum Jülich, ETH Zürich


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