Porous Media Two-Phase Flow

Non-monotonic Travelling Wave Fronts in a System of Fractional Flow Equations from Porous Media

O. Hönig, P. Zegeling, F. Doster, R. Hilfer

Transport in Porous Media 114, 309-340 (2016)

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Motivated by observations of saturation overshoot, this article investigates generic classes of smooth travelling wave solutions of a system of two coupled nonlinear parabolic partial differential equations resulting from a flux function of high symmetry. All boundary resp. limit value problems of the travelling wave ansatz, which lead to smooth travelling wave solutions, are systematically explored. A complete, visually and computationally useful representation of the five-dimensional manifold connecting wave velocities and boundary resp. limit data is found by using methods from dynamical systems theory. The travelling waves exhibit monotonic, non-monotonic or plateau-shaped behaviour. Special attention is given to the non-monotonic profiles. The stability of the travelling waves is studied by numerically solving the full system of the partial differential equations with an efficient and accurate adaptive moving grid solver.

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