Mechanics of Porous Media

Course outline

The course deals with the mechanics of porous media including solid deformation and fluid flow. It will be useful to the students interested in the behavior of porous media in different engineering applications. Mechanics of porous media play an important role in many branches of engineering, including geotechnical engineering, material science, biomechanics and, petroleum industry.The objective of the course is to formulate realistic analysis of the behavior of multiphase porous media, composed of solid, miscible and immiscible fluids, subjected to multiphysics mechanical and hydraulic phenomena. The course involves thermodynamics and constitutive formulation for single and multi-phase material, derivation of the conservation and field equations, and developing the weak and matrix forms for finite element implementation.


Prof. Lyesse LALOUI & Dr. Azad KOLIJI



  • R.W. Lewis, B.A. Shrefler, The finite element method in the static and dynamic deformation and consolidation of porous media, 1998, John Wiley, New York.
  • O. Coussy, Poromechanics, 2004, 2nd Ed., John Wiley, New York.
  • R. de Boer, Theory of Porous Media: Highlights in Historical Development and Current State, 2000, Springer
  • R. de Boer, Trends in Continuum Mechanics of Porous Media (Theory and Applications of Transport in Porous Media), 2005, Springer