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  1. Vol. 31 No. 2, p. 477-486
    Received: June 2, 2000

    * Corresponding author(s): kinzelbach@ihw.baug.ethz.ch
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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Studies of Flow and Transport in Porous Media

  1. Quan Chen,
  2. Wolfgang Kinzelbach * and
  3. Sascha Oswald
  1. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Institute of Hydromechanics and Water Resources Management, ETH-Hoenggerberg, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland


Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI) methods for visualization of fluid flow and transport in porous media are reviewed in this paper. They are illustrated with experiments showing applications of velocity imaging, NMRI measurements of multiphase flow, and NMRI measurements of density flow. The latter two are compared with numerical simulations. The examples show the capacity of NMRI to give structural information both of the medium and the fluid distributions as well as their temporal development. The resulting data can be used in a black box–white box comparison and as benchmarks for numerical models.

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Copyright © 2002. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science SocietyPublished in J. Environ. Qual.31:477–486.