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Dispersion in porous media


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In fluid dynamics and hydrology, Darcy's law is a phenomenologically derived constitutive equation that describes the flow of a fluid through a porous medium. The law was formulated by Henry Darcy based on the results of experiments (published 1856) on the flow of water through beds of sand. It also forms the scientific basis of fluid permeability used in the earth sciences.
Particularly Darcy's law (an expression of conservation of momentum) was originally determined experimentally by Henry Darcy (during 1855–1856). It is analogous to Fourier's law in the field of heat conduction, Ohm's law in the field of electrical networks, or Fick's law in diffusion theory.
One application of Darcy's law is to water flow through an aquifer. Darcy's law along with the equation of conservation of mass are equivalent to the groundwater flow equation, one of the basic relationships of hydrogeology. Darcy's law is also used to describe oil, water, and gas flows through petroleum reservoirs.

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