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DEFTPORE: Deformation Control on Flow and Transport in Soft Porous Media

Fluid flows through soft porous media are ubiquitous in biology, medicine, and the earth sciences, and they play a key role in a variety of industrial and manufacturing processes. The defining feature of soft porous media is that they are highly deformable, enabling a strong two-way coupling between flow and pore structure. This coupling has profound implications for the transport and mixing of solutes and the interaction of multiple fluid phases, all of which are strongly coupled to pore structure. However, flow and transport in these systems are at the frontier of our ability to measure and model.

This ambitious project, funded by the European Research Council, combines high-resolution experiments with theoretical modelling across a series of classical flow problems to revolutionize our fundamental physical understanding of, and predictive modelling capabilities for, flow and transport in soft systems.