Welcome to the website of Porous Materials 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.

Dispersive Solute Transport in Porous Media

Understanding the effect of flow non-linearity and structural heterogeneity on the solute transport and dispersion at pore-scale is of particular importance in various applications such as environmental remediation and groundwater contamination management.

PMPM welcomes a new PhD student, Huxi Xia.

October 2022 – We are delighted to welcome our new PhD student, Huxi Xia. Huxi has been awarded CSC scholarship to conduct his PhD at PMPM research group at the University of Warwick. His PhD research is focused on development of a numerical model for prediction of the transport properties in frozen porous media.

October 2022 – PMPM organised a workshop on Turbulent Flow and Mixing in Porous Media at the University of Warwick on 14th October 2022. The main objective of this one-day workshop was to bring scientists together from a range of backgrounds, to discuss the state of the art within the research framework of turbulent flow and mixing in porous media, and its present and future applications.

July 2022 – We are delighted to welcome our new PhD students, Stefano Seccia and Negar Razaghi. They both are pursuing their PhD as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions researcher under the REMEDI ITN.

Stefano’s PhD research is focused on the investigation of strategies for the removal of iodinated X-ray contrast media agents (ICMs) from waters. 

Negar’s PhD research is primarily focused on the pore-scale investigation of the contaminated fluid flow through porous media and the water remediation processes.

April 2022 – The 2023 UKACM conference will be organised by PMPM at the School of Engineering, University of Warwick. The event will culminate the 30th Anniversary of UKACM.

Looking forward to seeing you at Warwick next year!

April 2021 – We are looking for an enthusiast candidate willing to conduct interdisciplinary cutting-edge research on reactive mixing in porous media and to engage in innovation projects. Click here for further information.

February 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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