PNG 550
Reactive Transport in the Subsurface

Lesson 8: Flow and Transport Processes in 2D Heterogeneous Porous Media



This unit introduces general concepts of spatial heterogeneities, principles of physical flow and transport processes in heterogeneous porous media, as well as how to set up simulations for flow and non-reactive transport in a 2D heterogeneous domain in CrunchFlow.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Understand fundamental principles and geostatistical measures of spatial heterogeneities
  • Set up flow and transport simulation in 2D heterogeneous porous medium domain in CrunchFlow

Lesson Roadmap

Lesson Roadmap
Recommended Readings
  1. Knudby and Carrera (2005)
  2. Koltermann and Gorelick (1996) (optional)
  3. CrunchFlow manual, section on Flow and Transport
To Do
  • Read Li et al. (2014) for the example question.
  • Heidari and Li (2014). Run tracer tests in the sandboxes with the permeability of high contrast.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail), located in Canvas. The TA and I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.