EGU General Assembly 2021
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Upscaling of pore-scale mixing and reaction through effective dispersion coefficients

Alexandre Puyguiraud1, Lazaro Perez2, Juan J. Hidalgo1, and Marco Dentz1
Alexandre Puyguiraud et al.
  • 1IDAEA-CSIC, Geosciences, Barcelona, Spain (
  • 2Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV, USA

We utilize effective dispersion coefficients to capture the evolution of the mixing interface between two initially segregated species due to the coupled effect of pore-scale heterogeneity and molecular diffusion. These effective dispersion coefficients are defined as the average spatial variance of the solute plume that evolves from a pointlike injection (the transport Green function). We numerically investigate the effective longitudinal dispersion coefficients in two porous media of different structure heterogeneity  and through different Péclet number regimes for each medium. We find that, as distance traveled increases (or time spent), the solute experiences the pore-scale velocity field heterogeneity due to advection and transverse diffusion, resulting in an evolution of the dispersion coefficients. They evolve from the value of molecular diffusion at early time, then undergo an advection dominated regime, to finally reach the value of hydrodynamic dispersion at late times. This means that, at times smaller than the characteristic diffusion time, the effective dispersion coefficients can be notably smaller than the hydrodynamic dispersion coefficient. Therefore, mismatches between pore-scale reaction data from experiment or simulations and Darcy scale predictions based on temporally constant hydrodynamic dispersion can be explained through these differences. We use the effective dispersion coefficients to approximate the transport Green function and to quantify the incomplete mixing occurring at the pore-scale. We evaluate the evolution of two initially segregated species via this methodology. The approach correctly predicts the amount of chemical reaction occuring in reactive bimolecular particle tracking simulations. These results shed light on the upscaling of pore-scale incomplete mixing and demonstrates that the effective dispersion is an accurate measure for the width of the mixing interface between two reactants. 

How to cite: Puyguiraud, A., Perez, L., Hidalgo, J. J., and Dentz, M.: Upscaling of pore-scale mixing and reaction through effective dispersion coefficients, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-15090,, 2021.

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