Weisensee receives grant to study effect of heat transfer on microporous media

Patricia Weisensee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the McKelvey School of Engineering, has received a two-year $110,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund to study the effect of heat transfer on the development of flow fields in 2D microporous media. Non-isothermal, multiphase flow in porous media is abundant in the petroleum sector, including natural flow in geological formations, enhanced oil recovery and oil-water separation in membranes. Weisensee’s research may lead to a paradigm shift in understanding two-phase flow through porous media.

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