PMVlab - Visualizing Flow, Deformation and Reaction in Porous Media


We research the physical, chemical and , when all is lost, the biological processes occurring in porous media by visualizing the dynamics.


What is porous media?

Porous media is all around us. It is the cells in our body, the desk we sit next to, and the ground we walk on. It is truly everywhere. Most porous materials, as are soil and rock, allow for flow between the connected pores. It can be a single-phase flow like saturating water or multi-phase flow as brine displacing oil and gas. However, it is mainly the porous structure that controls the flow morphology and dynamics.

Cells in our bodySand and its parent rockSoil
Chemical reaction during fluid flow in porous mediaA fluid phase invasion another in a porous structureAn ilustration of miscible phase flow in porous mediaVarious indutrial flows in rock formationsAn ilustration of miscible phase flow and reaction in porous media

What is flow in porous media?

Many fluids flow and interact with porous material. Some we extract from soil and rock formations like our drinking water, or our gas and oil. Some we insert to brine aquifers within rock formations as liquidize CO2 or wastewater. As these fluids flow, they displace the resident fluid and interact with it chemically and physically, and sometimes, they can even deform and fracture the domain. These are the things we study!

In essence, we investigate everything in porous media which is equivalent to the brewing of coffee:

Come experiment with us!

Our Lab is located in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Technion, Israel. We have cool things to show you, and we are always looking for that talented master, Ph.D. and postdocs.