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Cursus: GEO3-1336
Introduction Porous Media
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (3 (Bachelor Gevorderd))
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Aardwetenschappen;
Contactpersoonprof. dr. R.J. Schotting
Telefoon+31 30 2535112
Gastdocent(en) / Guest lecturer(s)
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Overige cursussen docent
dr. S.J.T. Hangx
Overige cursussen docent
prof. dr. R.J. Schotting
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof. dr. R.J. Schotting
Overige cursussen docent
dr. M. Wolthers
Overige cursussen docent
3  (05-02-2018 t/m 20-04-2018)
TimeslotC: C (MA-mid/namiddag,DI-middag, DO-ocht)
OpmerkingUU timeslot: 3 C
TU/e timeslot: 3 E (Tuesday afternoon, Thursday morning)
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 30-10-2017 08:00 t/m 26-11-2017 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 22-01-2018 08:00 t/m 23-01-2018 23:59
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
The course is offered both for UU and TU/e students in the UU C timeslot, that matches with the E timeslot at TU/e (Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning). 

After completion of this course students are able to:
  • on the topic of structure and origin of porous media
    • identify porous media in geological, biological and chemical systems and name examples for each system.
    • understand the key properties of porous media, for example with respect to Hooke and Biot.
  • on the topic of molecular and single phase flow
    • explain in undergraduate physics term the concepts of viscosity, wetting and capillarity to peers and examinars.
    • go from tube bundles to Darcy, using a formula sheet.
    • solve practical exercises in the HH book
  • on the topic of multiphase flow
    • understand Richards’ equation for absorption.
    • explain the relation between microscopic structure and macroscopic suction.
    • solve exercises on liquid absorption in 1D
    • read diagrams on relative permeability and residual saturation and understand how they are constructed.
  • on the topic of processes, i.e. chemical reaction, diffusion, dispersion and absorption
    • describe real life examples about how the processes affect porous structures and flow and prioritize these effects.
The transferable skills in this course are cooperation, presenting and writing skills.
In this course students will explore the basic principles of flow in geological and technological systems. The course gives an overview of the fundamentals and applications of porous or permeable media flow such as groundwater remediation, oil and gas production, blood flow in medical tissues and geothermal energy, based on the fundamentals of mass, momentum and chemical reactions. Both analytical and numerical techniques will be discussed and an overview of experimental approaches will be given.

The topics that will be covered are:
  • Structure and origin of porous media
  • Single phase flow (with applications in oil industry for example)
  • Multi phase flow (with applications in (sound) absorbing flexible materials, dual porosity, dual permeability
  • Chemical reactions. diffusion, dispersion and absorption (with applications in groundwater remediation for example)
Topic integration and application will be done in experimenting and in a case study (group assignment). For this group assignment, students can choose cases from a list, containing subjects like CO2 storage, geothermics, salt weathering in cultural heritage, clean drinking water, catalysis and membranes.
Je moet voldoen aan alle onderstaande verzamelingen met eisen
  • Verzameling 1
    • Minimaal 1 van de onderstaande cursussen moet(en) zijn behaald
      • AW-Physical Hydrology (e-module) (GEO2-4203E)
      • AW-Physical Hydrology (GEO2-4203)
  • Verzameling 2
    • Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
      • AW-voortgezette Wiskunde/Fysica (GEO1-1121)
      • AW-Basis Wiskunde/Fysica (GEO1-1120)
      • AW-Differentiaalvergelijkingen in AW (GEO2-1301)
      • AW-Lineaire algebra en vector analyse (GEO2-1201)
TU/e students should meet the following entry requirements:
- 2WBB0 Calculus variant B or 2WCB0 Calculus variant C
- Physical transport fenomena course from the major program, e.g. 3NCB0 Applied Physical Science, 3CTX0 Fysica van transportverschijnselen or 6P1X0 Fysische transportverschijnselen
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
The prior knowledge students are assumed to have in order to successfully participate in this course is a basic physical knowledge on transport fenomena and flow. Also knowledge of (partial) differential equations, vector calculus and matrices is a prerequisite.
Verplicht materiaal
E-book: Fluids in Porous Media, Henk Huinink. Available through
Group work

Groupwork will mainly be done as self study activities.


The instruction in this course will be done by lecture and instructional sessions, that will be organized both in Utrecht and at the University of Technology in Eindhoven.


Minimum cijfer-

The course is finalized with a written exam (individual) and a business case (group assignment). The group assignment will be concluded with a paper and a (video)pitch.

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