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Understanding Anomalous Fluid Transport Behavior in Heterogeneous Geological Formations

  • Submission deadline: 2 July 2021
  • Lead Editor: Zhi Dou, Hohai University, China
  • Guest Editors:
    • Zhi Dou, Hohai University, China
    • Jiazhong Qian, Hefei University of Technology, China
    • Jing Ba, Hohai University, China
    • José M. Carcione, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, Italy
    • Juan E. Santos, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Understanding anomalous fluid transport behavior is significant for predicting the fate of contaminants and governing gas/oil production in geological formations. Anomalous fluid transport is ubiquitous in heterogeneous formations on a wide range of scales and the problems indicate that the classical assumption of Darcian and Fickian flows is inadequate.

Although several generalizations of these laws have been proposed, it remains a challenge to unravel the physics related to these flows, especially in highly heterogeneous and anisotropic formations. Furthermore, there is a good potential capacity for applying geophysics methods to provide adequate solutions, such as laboratory experiments, analytical solutions, numerical algorithms, and proper signal processing and interpretation.

This Special Issue invites authors to contribute original research and review articles to advance the understanding of anomalous fluid transport in a variety of geological environments. We are also interested in articles that explore novel and effective methods to characterize the non-Darcian flows and non-Fickian transport behavior.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Innovative numerical, laboratory, and field studies for anomalous flow and transport in heterogeneous porous and fractured media
  • Stress-induced anomalous fluid transport
  • Reactive transport with anomalous flow for varying flow and transport regimes
  • Model inversion, parameter estimation, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification for anomalous flow and transport
  • Upscaling of anomalous flow and transport behaviors
  • Validity and capacity of current models and theories for anomalous flow and transport
  • Geophysical detection theories for anomalous fluid transport detection: rock-physics experiments, analytical solutions and numerical modeling, inversion methods for rock/fluid properties, and case studies for field applications

Papers are published upon acceptance.

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