Itô equation model for dispersion of solutes in heterogeneous media



Transport processes in heterogeneous media such as ionized plasmas, natural porous media, and turbulent atmosphere are often modeled as diffusion processes in random velocity fields. Using the Itˆo formalism, we decompose
the second spatial moments of the concentration and the equivalent effective dispersion coefficients in terms corresponding to various physical factors which influence the transport. We explicitly define “ergodic” dispersion coefficients,
independent of the initial conditions and completely determined by local dispersion coefficients and velocity correlations. Ergodic coefficients govern an upscaled process which describes the transport at large tine-space scales. The non-ergodic
behavior at finite times shown by numerical experiments for large initial plumes is explained by “memory terms” accounting for correlations between initial positions and velocity fluctuations on the trajectories of the solute molecules.


N. Suciu
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Applied Mathematics

C. Vamos
T. Popoviciu Institute of Numerical Analysis, Romanian Academy

H. Vereecken
Research Center Julich, ICG-IV: Agrosphere Institute

K. Sabelefld
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Berlin
Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

P. Knabner
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Applied Mathematics, Germany




Ito equation; random fields; memory effects; ergodicity.


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N. Suciu, C. Vamoş, H. Vereecken, K. Sabelfeld P. Knabner, Itô equation model for dispersion of solutes in heterogeneous media, Rev. Anal. Numér. Théor. Approx., 37 (2008) no. 2, 221-238



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