Welcome to the website of Porous Material and Processes Modelling (PMPM) research group. Our fields of research pans fundamental science to direct applications and are concentrated on theoretical, computational and experimental modelling of engineering topics including laminar and turbuent flow in heterogeneous porous media, mixing process and contaminant transport, and fracture mechanics.

PMPM research group studies the physics of heterogeneous materials and develops efficient and robust numerical algorithms through integration of Computational Statistics and Data Science to reliably capture hydro-chemo-mechanical behaviour of a wide variety of heterogeneous materials that exhibit significant randomness. 

The research goal is to investigate and understand the relationship between pore structure and macro-scale properties. We also develop new purpose-built experimental systems to model and quantify complex (micro- to macro-scale) behaviour of the materials and generate data for verification of the computational algorithms. 

Our research is highly multi-disciplinary and motivated by applications in integrity assessment of safety structures (e.g. nuclear energy and waste disposal systems, carbon capture and storage systems, flood embankments), environmental risk analysis (e.g., surface and ground water quality modelling), geotechnics (e.g., injection of Geopolymer resin for ground improvement) and petroleum geomechanics (e.g., shale rock characterisation and hydraulic fracturing modelling). Currently collaborate with mathematicians, environmentalist, hydrologists and geotechnical engineers.

Heterogeneity include a variety of processes in numerical analysis and should be considered as one of the most affecting parameters in mechanics of materials.

Fracture tends to propagate along the least resistance paths, and fracture mechanics is concerned with the study of the propagation of cracks in materials and the subsequent behaviours.

Understanding the pore-scale processes in porous materials requires the study of various dynamic incidents inside the pore spaces, which pan on the study of solute transport.

In the study of  porous media, the heterogeneity of the material and spatially varying characteristics may produce various uncertainties.

Geomechanics and Constitutive Modelling

Geomechanics is the basis of plenty of works in the field of geotechnical engineering, and there are both experimental and numerical research projects running in our group.

FraCode Project kick-off meeting at University of Leeds

03 Feb 2020 – We had our kick-off meeting to embark on FraCode project which is mainly focused on investigating the controls on fracture propagation in rocks.

HetSys involves academics from the departments of Physics, Engineering, Chemistry and Mathematics and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

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February 2019 – EPSRC have announced funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems at the University of Warwick

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