Drying of Porous Materials

Drying in porous media is process involving liquid flow, mass transfer and phase change at liquid-gas interfaces.

We study both theoretically and experimentally how these pore scale phenomena determine the macroscopic behaviour of the process, including recovery rates and phase distribution patterns.

We then propose pore network models that account for all major transport mechanisms identified in our experiments and focus accurate providing predictive results in model and real-life porous media. This research is performed in collaboration with prof. Yanis Yortsos, USC, Dr. A. Stubos, NCSR Demokritos and prof. D. Salin, CNRS. (Related work #1, #2)