On two-phase flow in fractured media

Li-Ming Yeh*

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A model describing two-phase, incompressible, immiscible flow in fractured media is discussed. A fractured medium is regarded as a porous medium consisting of two superimposed continua, a continuous fracture system and a discontinuous system of medium-sized matrix blocks. Transport of fluids through the medium is primarily within the fracture system. No flow is allowed between blocks, and only matrix-fracture flow is possible. Matrix block system plays the role of a global source distributed over the entire medium. Two-phase flow in a fractured medium is strongly related to phase mobilities and capillary pressures. In this work, four relations for these functions are presented, and the existence of weak solutions under each relation will also be shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1075-1107
Number of pages33
JournalMathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2002


  • Capillary pressure
  • Fractured media
  • Two-phase flow

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