Permeability in fixed beds of spheres with size distributions and stochastically generated porous media analogs

Xiaolong Yin, Feng Xiao, Sankaran Sundaresan

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Abstract

We present a numerical study on the permeability in fixed beds of spheres with binary size distributions. The two particle species were randomly mixed and pressure gradients were applied to generate fluid flow through the particle assembly. The flow was resolved by a lattice Boltzmann method, and the drag forces on the particles were averaged and analyzed. In this study, the total volume fraction of the fixed bed was varied between 0.1 and 0.4, the volume fraction ratio from 1:1 to 1:6, and the particle size ratio from 1:1.5 to 1:4. A drag law for bidisperse fixed beds was established and extensions to fixed beds with polydisperse or continuous size distributions were proposed. If the size distribution is Gaussian, the permeability can be well approximated by that of a monodisperse fixed bed where the size of spheres equals the Sauter mean of the size distribution. If the size distribution is log-normal, an additional correction that is a function of the first, second and third order moments of the sphere size distribution may be needed. We constructed stochastic 2D and 3D porous media models using angular grains. While the permeability of 2D geometries is much smaller than the prediction of the drag law, the permeability of 3D geometries agrees very well with the prediction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPorous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering, and Industry - Third International Conference
Pages15-20
Number of pages6
Volume1254
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 20 2010
Event3rd International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry - Montecatini, Italy
Duration: Jun 20 2009Jun 25 2009

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Other3rd International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry
CountryItaly
CityMontecatini
Period6/20/096/25/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Yin, X., Xiao, F., & Sundaresan, S. (2010). Permeability in fixed beds of spheres with size distributions and stochastically generated porous media analogs. In Porous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering, and Industry - Third International Conference (Vol. 1254, pp. 15-20) https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3453803