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This is the first book entirely on the topic of Migration of Fine Particles in Porous Media. There are two purposes for the use of this book. First, the book is intended to serve as a comprehensive monograph for scientists and engineers concerned with problems of erosion, pollution and plugging due to migration of fines in porous media. Second, the book is recommended to be used as a reference book for courses offered at senior or graduate level on the topics of flow through porous media, soil erosion and pollution, or formation damage. The migration of fine particles in porous media is an engineering concern in oil production, soil erosion, ground water pollution and in the operation of filter beds. As a result, the topic has been studied by researchers working in a number of disciplines. These studies in different disciplines are conducted, by and large, independently and hence there is some repetition and perhaps more importantly there is a lack of uniformity and coherence. These studies, nevertheless, complement each other. To illustrate the point, consider for example the migration of fine particles induced by hydrodynamic forces.
Preface. 1. Practical Consequences of Release and Migration of Fines in Porous Media. 2. Characterization of Pore Space and Fines. 3. Colloidally Induced Release of Fines in Porous Media. 4. Hydrodynamically Induced Release of Fines in Porous Media. 5. Entrapment or Piping of Fines during Migration. 6. Mathematical Models for Permeability Reductions due to Migration of Fines. 7. Use of Network Models for Prediction of Permeability Reduction due to Fines Entrapment. 8. Methods to Prevent the Release of Fines. 9. Soil Pollution due to Migration of Fines. References. Index.