An experimental investigation of dispersion in layered porous media

Steven P K Sternberg, Robert A. Greenkorn

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Experiments were run in three linear, homogeneous, nonuniform porous media constructed in lucite columns using spherical glass beads. The columns were also joined end to end to create an in series layered heterogeneous porous media. Each column, all combinations of columns and several permutations were studied with a factorial experimental design to determine the effects of porosity, permeability, velocity, length, and column order upon dispersion. Attempts to predict the heterogeneous results from the homogeneous results were made, and a statistical regression based on the factorial design was calculated. Results showed that no simple averaging procedure accurately predicted the heterogeneous results. The statistical regression showed permeability, velocity, viscosity, length and column order to be significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-30
Number of pages16
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1994


  • Experiment
  • averaging
  • dispersion
  • layered heterogeneity
  • permeability
  • permutation


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