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Protocol for measuring permeability and form coefficient of porous media
Published in American Institute of Physics Inc.
Volume: 17
Issue: 8
Pages: 1 - 4
The experimental determination of permeability K and form coefficient C, two hydraulic properties necessary to characterize a porous medium, is beset with undesired secondary effects, which augment the uncertainties in their determination. This study sets forth a new measuring protocol, with derived model equations, to guide the design of experiments for accurate determination of K and C, using Darcy's law of flow through a porous medium and Newton's law of flow around a bluff body as constitutive equations defining K and C, respectively. The analysis shows that the model equation for measuring C requires the separation between the viscous-drag effect imposed by the porous medium and the viscous effect of the boundary walls on the measured pressure drop when defining K. Furthermore, the model equations suggest large aspect ratio channels and laminar flow with maximum Re as the best choice for measuring K and C (contrary to prevailing belief). The protocol is applicable to either individual or concurrent determination of K and C. © 2005 American Institute of Physics.
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JournalData powered by TypesetPhysics of Fluids
PublisherData powered by TypesetAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
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