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Section: Application Domains

Porous media flows

Porous media flows are of great interest in many contexts, like, e.g., oil engineering, water resource management, nuclear waste repository management, or carbon dioxyde sequestration. We refer to [61], [60] for an extensive discussion on porous media flow models.

From a mathematical point of view, the transport of complex fluids in porous media often leads to possibly degenerate parabolic conservation laws. The porous rocks can be highly heterogeneous and anisotropic. Moreover, the grids on which one intends to solve numerically the problems are prescribed by the geological data, and might be non-conformal with cells of various shapes. Therefore, the schemes used for simulating such complex flows must be particularly robust.