Universal scaling of fluid permeability for sphere packings

Nicos S. Martys, S. Torquato, D. P. Bentz

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Results from the numerical simulation of Stokes flow through random packings of nonoverlapping or overlapping sphers and a scaling ansatz are used to obtain universal curves for the fluid permeability. The scaling ansatz is motivated by previous analysis of rigorous bounds on the permeability. Excellent agreement was found for a variety of model microstructures of porous media in the low and high porosity regimes. Experimentally obtained permeabilities of several sandstones were found to agree well with our universal curve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-408
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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