Homogenization of a locally-periodic medium with areas of low and high diffusivity

T.L. Noorden, van, A. Muntean

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We aim at understanding transport in porous materials including regions with both high and low diffusivities. For such scenarios, the transport becomes structured (here: micro- macro). The geometry we have in mind includes regions of low diffusivity arranged in a locally-periodic fashion. We choose a prototypical advection-diffusion system (of minimal size), discuss its formal homogenization (the heterogenous medium being now assumed to be made of zones with circular areas of low diffusivity of x-varying sizes), and prove the weak solvability of the limit two-scale reaction-diffusion model. A special feature of our analysis is that most of the basic estimates (positivity, L^inf-bounds, uniqueness, energy inequality) are obtained in x-dependent Bochner spaces. Keywords: Heterogeneous porous materials, homogenization, micro-macro transport, two-scale model, reaction-diffusion system, weak solvability.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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ISSN (Print)0926-4507


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