Noncircular stable displacement patterns in a meshed porous layer

Hyoungsoo Kim, Zhong Zheng, Howard A. Stone

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We report noncircular, stable liquid propagation patterns in a displacement process in a confined thin patterned porous layer. For constant fluid injection rates, the average front location of the interface r(t) exhibits a power-law behavior r ∞ t1/2; however, when surface tension effects become important, the interface displays noncircular shapes, e.g., square, rectangular, or octagonal, and maintains the same shape during most of the injection process. The interface shape is controlled by the value of a dimensionless group representing the strength of surface tension stresses relative to stresses accompanying injection. Furthermore, we show that the propagation patterns of the interface can be controlled by the relative orientation of the different porous layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5684-5688
Number of pages5
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • General Materials Science
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Electrochemistry


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