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Microgravity Science and Technology

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 629–639 | Cite as

Microgravity Investigation of Seepage Flows in Porous Media

  • N. N. Smirnov
  • V. F. Nikitin
  • E. I. SkrylevaEmail author
Original Article
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  1. Thirty Years of Microgravity Research - A Topical Collection Dedicated to J. C. Legros

Abstract

The capillary driven seepage in porous media under microgravity conditions is investigated. Experiments on the flow of a liquid in an inhomogeneous artificial porous medium are presented. A non-stationary mathematical model of the flow of a multiphase fluid in a sample of a porous medium is described. The experimental data are compared with the results of a three-dimensional numerical simulation of the multiphase seepage process. The behavior of the imbibition front when passing through a boundary of medias with different permeability is investigated.

Keywords

Microgravity Imbibition Capillary forces Porous inhomogeneous media Seepage flows 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the support by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant initiative № 16-29-15080).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. N. Smirnov
    • 1
    • 2
  • V. F. Nikitin
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. I. Skryleva
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Scientific Research Institute for System Analysis of the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State UniversityMoscowRussia

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