Simulation of fluid flow through porous media using smoothed particle hydrodynamics method

Wei Chen, Tong Qiu

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3 Scopus citations


A numerical model for simulating fluid flow through deformable porous media using smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method is developed and presented in this paper. Mass and momentum conservation principles that govern the fluid flow are implemented into the SPH framework. In the developed model, saturated porous media is treated as a two-phase material consisting of interpenetrating solid and fluid phases, each of which is treated as a continuum. The motion of each phase is governed by Newton's second law and the motions are coupled through fluid pressure gradient and viscous drag force that is evaluated based on empirical equations. The computed relationship between the hydraulic gradient and discharge velocity is compared with published numerical and experimental results of hydraulic conductivity tests and excellent agreement is observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages9
Edition211 GSP
StatePublished - 2011
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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