A Monte Carlo Algorithm for Immiscible Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media
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Original versionTransport in Porous Media. 2017, 116 (2), 869-888. 10.1007/s11242-016-0804-x
We present a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm based on the Metropolis algorithm for simulation of the flow of two immiscible fluids in a porous medium under macroscopic steady-state conditions using a dynamical pore network model that tracks the motion of the fluid interfaces. The Monte Carlo algorithm is based on the configuration probability, where a configuration is defined by the positions of all fluid interfaces. We show that the configuration probability is proportional to the inverse of the flow rate. Using a twodimensional network, advancing the interfaces using time integration, the computational time scales as the linear system size to the fourth power, whereas the Monte Carlo computational time scales as the linear size to the second power. We discuss the strengths and the weaknesses of the algorithm.