The Role of Local Instabilities in Fluid Invasion into Permeable Media

Singh, Kamaljit, Scholl, Hagen, Brinkmann, Martin, Michiel, Marco Di, Scheel, Mario, Herminghaus, Stephan and Seemann, Ralf (2017) The Role of Local Instabilities in Fluid Invasion into Permeable Media. Scientific Reports, 7 (1). ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Wettability is an important factor which controls the displacement of immiscible fluids in permeable media, with far reaching implications for storage of CO2 in deep saline aquifers, fuel cells, oil recovery, and for the remediation of oil contaminated soils. Considering the paradigmatic case of random piles of spherical beads, fluid front morphologies emerging during slow immiscible displacement are investigated in real time by X-ray micro–tomography and quantitatively compared with model predictions. Controlled by the wettability of the bead matrix two distinct displacement patterns are found. A compact front morphology emerges if the invading fluid wets the beads while a fingered morphology is found for non–wetting invading fluids, causing the residual amount of defending fluid to differ by one order of magnitude. The corresponding crossover between these two regimes in terms of the advancing contact angle is governed by an interplay of wettability and pore geometry and can be predicted on the basis of a purely quasi–static consideration of local instabilities that control the progression of the invading interface.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 15:59
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 16:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41081

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