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The stability of immiscible viscous fingering in Hele-Shaw cells with spatially varying permeability

Jackson, S.J.; Power, H.; Giddings, D.; Stevens, D.

Authors

S.J. Jackson

H. Power

D. Giddings

D. Stevens



Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the stability of immiscible viscous fingering in Hele-Shaw cells with spatially varying permeability, across a range of capillary numbers. We utilise a coupled boundary element - radial basis function (BE –RBF) numerical method that adapts and moves with the growing interface, providing an efficient, high accuracy scheme to track the interfacial displacement of immiscible fluids. By comparing the interfacial evolution and growth rate in varying permeability cells to that in uniform cells, we can assess the relative stability of the perturbations as a consequence of the variable permeability.

Numerical experiments in Hele-Shaw cells with gradually varying permeability highlight 3 aperture effects that control the interfacial stability: (1) Gradients in the capillary pressure (2) Local changes in fluid mobility (3) Variation in the viscous pressure gradient. In low capillary number regimes, we find that aperture effect 1 and 2 dominate, which (relatively) stabilise interfacial perturbations in converging geometries and destabilise perturbations in diverging geometries. In high capillary number regimes, aperture effect 3 dominates meaning the relative stability transitions; the interface is destabilised in converging cells and stabilised in diverging cells. We find an upper bound critical capillary number Cagt at which the relative stability transitions in our gradually varying cell as 1000

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 15, 2017
Journal Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Print ISSN 0045-7825
Electronic ISSN 1879-2138
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 320
Pages 606-632
APA6 Citation Jackson, S., Power, H., Giddings, D., & Stevens, D. (2017). The stability of immiscible viscous fingering in Hele-Shaw cells with spatially varying permeability. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 320, 606-632. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cma.2017.03.030
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cma.2017.03.030
Keywords Spatially varying permeability, Capillary number, Viscous fingering instability, BE -rbf
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045782516312373
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: The stability of immiscible viscous fingering in Hele-Shaw cells with spatially varying permeability; Journal Title: Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cma.2017.03.030; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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