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Influence of Langmuir adsorption and viscous fingering on transport of finite size samples in porous media
Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India.
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Number of Authors: 52019 (English)In: Physical Review Fluids, E-ISSN 2469-990X, Vol. 4, no 10, article id 104001Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We examine the transport in a homogeneous porous medium of a finite slice of a solute which adsorbs on the porous matrix following a Langmuir adsorption isotherm and can influence the dynamic viscosity of the solution. In the absence of any viscosity variation, the Langmuir adsorption induces the formation of a shock layer wave at the frontal interface and of a rarefaction wave at the rear interface of the sample. For a finite width sample, these waves interact after a given time that varies nonlinearly with the adsorption properties to give a triangle-like concentration profile in which the mixing efficiency of the solute is larger in comparison to the linear or no-adsorption cases. In the presence of a viscosity contrast such that a less viscous carrier fluid displaces the more viscous finite slice, viscous fingers are formed at the rear rarefaction interface. The fingers propagate through the finite sample to preempt the shock layer at the viscously stable front. In the reverse case, i.e., when the shock layer front features viscous fingering, the fingers are unable to intrude through the rarefaction zone and the qualitative properties of the expanding rear wave are preserved. A nonmonotonic dependence with respect to the Langmuir adsorption parameter b is observed in the onset time of interaction between the nonlinear waves and viscous fingering. The coupled effect of viscous fingering at the rear interface and of Langmuir adsorption provides a powerful mechanism to enhance the mixing efficiency of the adsorbed solute.

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2019. Vol. 4, no 10, article id 104001
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175807DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.104001ISI: 000489589700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175807DiVA, id: diva2:1371814
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