Smoothed particle hydrodynamics model for diffusion through porous media

Yi Zhu, Patrick J. Fox

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A smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) model is presented for the study of diffusion in spatially periodic porous media. The method of SPH is formulated to solve the convection-diffusion equation for tracer diffusion under steady state and transient conditions. Solutions obtained using SPH are compared with other available solutions and the model is used to calculate diffusion coefficients of spatially periodic porous media for the steady state diffusion problem. Diffusion coefficients are then used to calculate nondimensional diffusivities of the media. The effects of media properties on the values of nondimensional diffusivity are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number273182
Pages (from-to)441-471
Number of pages31
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemical Engineering


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