Multiscale Porous Media Lab

Microfluidic fabrication.

The Multiscale Porous Media Lab is a state-of-the-art facility for performing research on complex and coupled multiphase flow and reactive transport in porous materials. This involves experimental work combined with real-time imaging techniques together with several advanced numerical modelling techniques. Using this integrated experimental and computational laboratory, we are able to perform cutting-edge research in diverse fields of engineering, geosciences, and biomechanics. Current projects involve the study of contaminant transport through the soil and heat transfer through the porous body.


Contaminant transport through the soil

Detailed understanding of the fundamental physics of two-phase immiscible flow in porous media is of great importance in several aspects of engineering and science such as hydro-geology, contaminant transport in groundwater, reservoir engineering, CO2 sequestration.

Seyed Morteza Seyedpour

Trapped Water in Oil in microfluidic Chip

Oil-drainage in Water in microfluidic Chip

Heat transport in porous media

Porous media intensify fluid flow mixing and increase the surface area in contact with the coolant, so porous structures are an effective heat transfer augmentation technique. Heat transfer in porous media has received much attention for many years due to its importance in applications such as catalytic and chemical particle beds, solid matrix or micro-porous heat exchangers, cooling of electronic equipment and mirrors in powerful lasers, phased-array radar systems, industrial furnaces, packedbed regenerators, combustors, fixed-bed nuclear propulsion systems, micro-thrusters, transpiration cooling, spacecraft thermal management systems, and many others.


Seyed Morteza Seyedpour, Mehdi Nabati

Simulation of Heat Transfer in Porous Body

Water penetration in concert

Concrete is a composite, porous material with a solid skeleton made up of the hydrated cement paste and various sized pores. It typically contains microcracks as well, resulting from shrinkage and differential settlement stresses. The pores and cracks provide channels through which fluids such as air and water may be transported.  In order to decrease the water penetration in concrete, some materials such nano silica, nano aluminum, and fly ash can be added as supplementary cementitious material (SCM) to concrete.

We define two main objectives for our study.

  1. Experimental investigation of the effect of Nano additives and Rice Husk Ash on the water penetration of concrete.
  2. Simulation and prediction of the water penetration utilizing with Theory of Porous Media (TPM).

Omolbanin Arsteh-Khoshbin, Seyed Morteza Seyedpour


Seyed Morteza Seyedpour

Technical Staff

Omolbanin Arsteh-Khoshbin
M. Sc.

Omolbanin Arsteh-Khoshbin

Research Assistant


M. Sc. Mehdi Nabati

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