Graduate course on the physics of fluid flow at the microscale in the context of pore-scale transport in subsurface systems and microfluidic models of subsurface systems. A basic review of geological sediment deposition motivates the appropriate microscopic length-scales. Equations of mass and momentum conservation for incompressible fluids are derived. Simplifications towards the small-scale, slow-flow limit are developed to describe transport through pores. Techniques in microfluidics and micromodels development are covered. A laboratory component is incorporated to demonstrate the utility of flow visualization at the microscale.
Fall 2017: Thermodynamics of Phase Equilibria (ENERGY 251)
Graduate course on the volumetric behavior of fluids at high pressure. Equation of state representation of volumetric behavior. Thermodynamic functions and conditions of equilibrium, Gibbs and Helmholtz energy, chemical potential, fugacity. Phase diagrams for binary and multicomponent systems. Calculation of phase compositions from volumetric behavior for multicomponent mixtures. Experimental techniques for phase-equilibrium measurements.