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Fluid flow in a porous medium with transverse permeability discontinuity

Pavlovskaya, Galina E.; Meersmann, Thomas; Jin, Chunyu; Rigby, Sean P.


Chunyu Jin

Professor of Chemical Engineering


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) velocimetry methods were used to study fully developed axially symmetric fluid flow in a model porous medium of cylindrical symmetry with a transverse permeability discontinuity. Spatial mapping of fluid ow resulted in radial velocity profiles. High spatial resolution of these profiles allowed the estimating of the slip in velocities at the boundary with a permeability discontinuity zone in a sample. The profiles were compared to theoretical velocity fields for a fully developed axially symmetric flow in a cylinder derived from the Joseph and Beavers and the Brinkman models. Velocity fields were also computed using pore-scale lattice Boltzmann Modelling (LBM) where the assumption about the boundary could be omitted. Both approaches gave a good agreement between theory and experiment though LBM velocity fields followed experiment more closely. This work shows great promise for MRI velocimetry methods in addressing the boundary behavior of fluids in opaque heterogeneous porous media.


Pavlovskaya, G. E., Meersmann, T., Jin, C., & Rigby, S. P. (2018). Fluid flow in a porous medium with transverse permeability discontinuity. Physical Review Fluids, 3(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 14, 2018
Publication Date Apr 30, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 30, 2018
Journal Physical Review Fluids
Electronic ISSN 2469-990X
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 4
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