Trapping and flow among random arrays of oriented spheroidal inclusions

C. A. Miller, I. C. Kim, S. Torquato

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The effective trapping rate k associated with diffusion-controlled reactions among random distributions of spatially correlated and uncorrelated, oriented spheroidal traps of aspect ratio ∈ is determined from Brownian motion simulations. Data for k are obtained for prolate cases (∈ = 2, 5, and 10), oblate cases (∈ = 0.1, 0.2, and 0.5), and spheres (∈ = 1) over a wide range of trap volume fractions (φ2) and satisfy recently obtained rigorous lower bounds on k for this statistically anisotropic model. The results for the trapping rate for correlated traps always bounds from above corresponding results for uncorrelated traps. Generally, the trapping rate k, for fixed φ2, increases with decreasing aspect ratio ∈, showing a precipitous rise in k as the spheroids become disklike. Using a recent theorem due to Torquato [Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 2644 (1990)], data for the trapping rate k can be employed to infer information about the fluid permeability tensor K associated with slow viscous flow through porous media composed of the same arrays of oriented spheroidal particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5592-5598
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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