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  1. Solute transport through a deforming porous medium

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    Peters, Glen P.; Smith, David W.

    2002-06-01

    Solute transport through a porous medium is typically modelled assuming the porous medium is rigid. However, many applications exist where the porous medium is deforming, including, municipal landfill liners, mine tailings dams, and land subsidence. In this paper, mass balance laws are used to derive the flow and transport equations for a deforming porous medium. The equations are derived in both spatial and material co-ordinate systems. Solute transport through an engineered landfill liner is used as an illustrative example to show the differences between the theory for a rigid porous medium, and small and large deformation analysis of a deforming porous medium. It is found that the large deformation model produces shorter solute breakthrough times, followed by the small deformation model, and then the rigid porous medium model. It is also found that it is important to include spatial and temporal void ratio variations in the large deformation analysis. It is shown that a non-linear large deformation model may greatly reduce the solute breakthrough time, compared to a standard transport analysis typically employed by environmental engineers.

  2. A morphological-approach for two-phase porous medium-transport and optimum design applications in energy engineering

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    Travkin, V.S.; Gratton, L.; Catton, I.

    1994-12-31

    Design optimization procedures for transport in porous structures that can be used in different engineering fields are developed for applications ranging from heat and mass exchangers and reactors in mechanical engineering design to environmental engineering usage. Using second order turbulent models, equation sets are obtained for turbulent filtration and two-temperature or two-concentration diffusion in non-isotropic porous media and interphase exchange and micro-roughness. The basis for transforming the integral-differential transport equations into differential equations with probability density functions governing their coefficients and source terms is accomplished by prescribing the statistical structure of the capillary or globular porous medium morphology. Though several different closure models for the source terms for uniform, non-uniform, non-isotropic and specifically random non-isotropic highly porous layers have been successfully developed, quite different situations arise when attempting to describe processes occurring in irregular or random morphologies. Results, obtained with the help of exact closure modeling for canonical morphologies, open a new field of possibilities for searching for optimal designs of spatial heterogeneous transport structures. A way to find and govern momentum transport through a capillary nonintersecting medium by altering its morphometric characteristics is given as validation of the process.

  3. Application of MSOR iteration with Newton scheme for solutions of 1D nonlinear porous medium equations

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    Chew, J. V. L.; Sulaiman, J.

    2016-06-01

    This paper considers Newton-MSOR iterative method for solving 1D nonlinear porous medium equation (PME). The basic concept of proposed iterative method is derived from a combination of one step nonlinear iterative method which known as Newton method with Modified Successive Over Relaxation (MSOR) method. The reliability of Newton-MSOR to obtain approximate solution for several PME problems is compared with Newton-Gauss-Seidel (Newton-GS) and Newton-Successive Over Relaxation (Newton-SOR). In this paper, the formulation and implementation of these three iterative methods have also been presented. From four examples of PME problems, numerical results showed that Newton-MSOR method requires lesser number of iterations and computational time as compared with Newton-GS and Newton-SOR methods.

  4. Mathematical Model of Porous Medium Dynamics

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    Gerschuk, Peotr; Sapozhnikov, Anatoly

    1999-06-01

    Semiempirical model describing porous material strains under pulse mechanical and thermal loadings is proposed. Porous medium is considered as continuous one but with special form of pressure dependence upon strain. This model takes into account principal features of porous materials behavior which can be observed when the material is strained in dynamic and static experiments ( non-reversibility of large strains, nonconvexity of loading curve). Elastoplastic properties of porous medium, its damages when it is strained and dynamic fracture are also taken into account. Dispersion of unidirectional motion caused by medium heterogeneity (porousness) is taken into acount by introducing the physical viscosity depending upon pores size. It is supposed that at every moment of time pores are in equilibrium with pressure i.e. kinetic of pores collapse is not taken into account. The model is presented by the system of differential equations connecting pressure and energy of porous medium with its strain. These equations close system of equations of motion and continuity which then is integrated numerically. The proposed model has been tested on carbon materials and porous copper . Results of calculation of these materials shock compressing are in satisfactory agreement with experimental data. Results of calculation of thin plate with porous copper layer collision are given as an illustration.

  5. Method to prepare nanoparticles on porous mediums

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    Vieth, Gabriel M [Knoxville, TN; Dudney, Nancy J [Oak Ridge, TN; Dai, Sheng [Knoxville, TN

    2010-08-10

    A method to prepare porous medium decorated with nanoparticles involves contacting a suspension of nanoparticles in an ionic liquid with a porous medium such that the particles diffuse into the pores of the medium followed by heating the resulting composition to a temperature equal to or greater than the thermal decomposition temperature of the ionic liquid resulting in the removal of the liquid portion of the suspension. The nanoparticles can be a metal, an alloy, or a metal compound. The resulting compositions can be used as catalysts, sensors, or separators.

  6. Barometric pumping of a fractured porous medium

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    Adler, Pierre; Varloteaux, Clément; Mourzenko, Valeri; François Thovert, Jean; Guillon, Sophie; Pili, Eric

    2014-05-01

    Fluctuations in the ambient atmospheric pressure result in motion of air in porous and fractured media. This mechanism, known as barometric (or atmospheric) pumping, efficiently transports gaseous species through the vadose zone to the atmosphere. This is of interest in many environmental and engineering fields, such as transport of trace gases from soil to atmosphere, environmental remediation of contaminated sites, radon in buildings and last but not least detection of nuclear explosions or leakage from carbon sequestration sites. The physical situation has been addressed in the following way. The fractures are modeled as polygonal plane surfaces with a given transmissivity embedded in a porous medium with a given permeability. The fluid is slightly compressible and is assumed to obey Darcy's law in the fractures and the porous medium with exchanges between them. The solute obeys convection-diffusion equations in both media again with exchanges between them. The fractures and the porous medium located in between them are meshed by triangles and tetrahedra. The equations are discretized by the finite volume method. In order to improve numerical precision, a Flux Limiting Scheme is applied to the transport equations ; moreover, special care is devoted to the description of the solute transfer between the fractures and the porous medium. The resulting equations are solved by conjugate gradient algorithms. This model is applied to the Roselend Natural Laboratory. At a 55 m depth, a sealed cavity allows for gas release experiments across fractured porous rocks in the unsaturated zone. The fractures are hexagons with a radius of 5m; their density is larger than 2.4 10-3 m-3; the aperture is of the order of 0.5 mm. The pressure fluctuations are sinusoidal, of amplitude 0.01 bar and period 1 week. The solute concentration is supposed to be equal to 1 at the bottom of the site. Systematic results will be presented. First, the precision of the calculations is assessed

  7. Barometric Pumping of a Fractured Porous Medium

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    Adler, P. M.; Mourzenko, V.; Thovert, J. F.; Pili, E.; Guillon, S.

    2014-12-01

    Fluctuations in the ambient atmospheric pressure result in motion of air in porous fractured media. This mechanism, known as barometric pumping, efficiently transports gaseous species through the vadose zone to the atmosphere. This is of interest in fields, such as transport of trace gases from soil to atmosphere, remediation of contaminated sites, radon in buildings, leakage from carbon sequestration sites and detection of nuclear explosions. The fractures are modeled as polygonal plane surfaces with a given transmissivity embedded in a permeable matrix. The slightly compressible fluid obeys Darcy's law in these two media with exchanges between them. The solute obeys convection-diffusion equations in both media again with exchanges. The fractures and the porous medium are meshed by triangles and tetrahedra, respectively. The equations are discretized by the finite volume method. A Flux Limiting Scheme diminishes numerical dispersion ; the solute transfer between the fractures and the porous medium is precisely evaluated. The resulting equations are solved by conjugate gradient algorithms. This model is applied to the Roselend Natural Laboratory. At a 55 m depth, a sealed cavity allows for gas release experiments across fractured porous rocks in the unsaturated zone. The fractures are hexagons with a radius of 5m; their density is larger than 2.4 10-3 m-3; the aperture is about 0.5 mm. The pressure fluctuations are sinusoidal, of amplitude 0.01 bar and period 1 week. The solute concentration is equal to 1 at the bottom. Systematic results will be presented. First, the precision of the calculations is assessed. Second, the pressure and solute concentration fields are displayed and discussed. Third, the influence of the major parameters (fracture density, aperture, porosity, diffusion coefficient,…) is illustrated and discussed. These results are discussed in terms of the amplification of solute transfer to the ground surface by the pressure fluctuations.

  8. Instability of fluid flow over saturated porous medium

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    Lyubimova, Tatyana; Kolchanova, Ekaterina; Lyubimov, Dmitry

    2013-04-01

    We investigate the stability of a fluid flow over a saturated porous medium. The problem is of importance due to the applications to washing out of contaminants from the bottom layer of vegetation, whose properties are similar to the properties of porous medium. In the case of porous medium with the relatively high permeability and porosity the flow involves a part of the fluid saturating the porous medium, with the tangential fluid velocity drop occurring because of the resistance of the solid matrix. The drop leads to the instability analogous to Kelvin-Helmholtz one accompanied by the formation of travelling waves. In the present paper we consider a two-layer system consisting of a pure fluid layer and a porous layer saturated by the fluid located underneath. The system is bounded by a rigid surface at the bottom and a non-deformable free surface at the top. It is under the gravity and inclined at a slight angle to the horizontal axis. The boundary conditions at the interface between the fluid and porous layers are the continuity of fluid velocities and the balance of normal and tangential stresses taking into account the resistance of the solid matrix with respect to the fluid flow near the interface [1-2]. The problem is solved in the framework of the Brinkman model applying the classical shooting algorithm with orthogonalization. The stability boundaries of the stationary fluid flow over the saturated porous medium with respect to the small oscillatory perturbations are obtained for the various values of the Darcy number and the ratio of the porous layer thickness to the full thickness of the system d. It was shown that at the d > 0.5 with increasing the porous layer thickness (or with decreasing of the fluid layer thickness) the stability threshold rises. This is because of the fact that the instability is primarily caused by perturbations located in the fluid layer. At the d < 0.5 the reduction of the porous layer thickness leads to the stability threshold

  9. Drying of porous materials in a medium with variable potentials

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    Liu, J.Y. )

    1991-08-01

    This paper presents an application of the Luikov system of heat and mass transfer equations in dimensionless form to predict the temperature and moisture distributions in a slab of capillary-porous material during drying. The heat and mass potentials of the external medium in the boundary conditions are assumed to vary linearly with time. The method of solution is illustrated by considering the drying of a slab of lumber. Numerical results based on the estimated thermophysical properties of spruce are presented.

  10. Diffuse mass transport in a porous medium

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    Ho, F. G.

    1981-08-01

    Variational methods are used to investigate the problems of diffusive mass transport in a porous medium. Calculations of the effective diffusivities are performed for a model pore structure generated by randomly placed, freely overlapping solid spheres all of the same radius. Effects of the tortuosity of the diffusion paths are considered. Numerical evaluations are used to test some approximate engineering models. For gaseous transition region diffusion the mean free path kinetic theory is used to derive a variational upper bound on the effective transition region diffusivity. For the simultaneous liquid or gas phase Fickian bulk diffusion in the void and Fickian surface diffusion on the pore wall surface, an analytical expression for effective diffusion coefficient is obtained and compared with the usual engineering model of parallel surface and void diffusion. The simultaneous gaseous transition region diffusion in the void and the Fickian surface diffusion on the pore wall surface are examined numerically.

  11. Capillary Condensation in a Fractal Porous Medium

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    Broseta, Daniel; Barre, Loic; Vizika, Olga; Shahidzadeh, Noushine; Guilbaud, Jean-Pierre; Lyonnard, Sandrine

    2001-06-04

    Small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering are used to characterize the surface roughness and porosity of a natural rock which are described over three decades in length scales and over nine decades in scattered intensities by a surface fractal dimension D=2.68{+-}0.03 . When this porous medium is exposed to a vapor of a contrast-matched water, neutron scattering reveals that surface roughness disappears at small scales, where a Porod behavior typical of smooth interfaces is observed instead. Water-sorption measurements confirm that such interface smoothing is due predominantly to the water condensing in the most strongly curved asperities rather than covering the surface with a wetting film of uniform thickness.

  12. Dynamics of osmosis in a porous medium

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    Cardoso, Silvana S. S.; Cartwright, Julyan H. E.

    2014-01-01

    We derive from kinetic theory, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics the minimal continuum-level equations governing the flow of a binary, non-electrolytic mixture in an isotropic porous medium with osmotic effects. For dilute mixtures, these equations are linear and in this limit provide a theoretical basis for the widely used semi-empirical relations of Kedem & Katchalsky (Kedem & Katchalsky 1958 Biochim. Biophys. Acta 27, 229–246 (doi:10.1016/0006-3002(58)90330-5), which have hitherto been validated experimentally but not theoretically. The above linearity between the fluxes and the driving forces breaks down for concentrated or non-ideal mixtures, for which our equations go beyond the Kedem–Katchalsky formulation. We show that the heretofore empirical solute permeability coefficient reflects the momentum transfer between the solute molecules that are rejected at a pore entrance and the solvent molecules entering the pore space; it can be related to the inefficiency of a Maxwellian demi-demon. PMID:26064566

  13. Numerical methods for a general class of porous medium equations

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    Rose, M. E.

    1980-03-01

    The partial differential equation par. deltau/par. deltat + par. delta(f(u))/par. deltax = par. delta(g(u)par. deltau/par. deltax)/par. deltax, where g(u) is a non-negative diffusion coefficient that may vanish for one or more values of u, was used to model fluid flow through a porous medium. Error estimates for a numerical procedure to approximate the solution are derived. A revised version of this report will appear in Computers and Mathematics with Applications.

  14. Porous microsphere and its applications

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    Cai, Yunpeng; Chen, Yinghui; Hong, Xiaoyun; Liu, Zhenguo; Yuan, Weien

    2013-01-01

    Porous microspheres have drawn great attention in the last two decades for their potential applications in many fields, such as carriers for drugs, absorption and desorption of substances, pulmonary drug delivery, and tissue regeneration. The application of porous microspheres has become a feasible way to address existing problems. In this essay, we give a brief introduction of the porous microsphere, its characteristics, preparation methods, applications, and a brief summary of existing problems and research tendencies. PMID:23515359

  15. Towards a rigorous mesoscale modeling of reactive flow and transport in an evolving porous medium and its applications to soil science

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    Ray, Nadja; Rupp, Andreas; Knabner, Peter

    2016-04-01

    Soil is arguably the most prominent example of a natural porous medium that is composed of a porous matrix and a pore space. Within this framework and in terms of soil's heterogeneity, we first consider transport and fluid flow at the pore scale. From there, we develop a mechanistic model and upscale it mathematically to transfer our model from the small scale to that of the mesoscale (laboratory scale). The mathematical framework of (periodic) homogenization (in principal) rigorously facilitates such processes by exactly computing the effective coefficients/parameters by means of the pore geometry and processes. In our model, various small-scale soil processes may be taken into account: molecular diffusion, convection, drift emerging from electric forces, and homogeneous reactions of chemical species in a solvent. Additionally, our model may consider heterogeneous reactions at the porous matrix, thus altering both the porosity and the matrix. Moreover, our model may additionally address biophysical processes, such as the growth of biofilms and how this affects the shape of the pore space. Both of the latter processes result in an intrinsically variable soil structure in space and time. Upscaling such models under the assumption of a locally periodic setting must be performed meticulously to preserve information regarding the complex coupling of processes in the evolving heterogeneous medium. Generally, a micro-macro model emerges that is then comprised of several levels of couplings: Macroscopic equations that describe the transport and fluid flow at the scale of the porous medium (mesoscale) include averaged time- and space-dependent coefficient functions. These functions may be explicitly computed by means of auxiliary cell problems (microscale). Finally, the pore space in which the cell problems are defined is time- and space dependent and its geometry inherits information from the transport equation's solutions. Numerical computations using mixed finite

  16. Heat pipe effect in porous medium

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    Joseph, M.

    1992-12-01

    In this thesis a parametric study of the thermal and hydrologic characteristics of the fractured porous tuffs at Yucca Mountain, Nevada was conducted. The effects of different fracture and matrix properties including permeability, thermal conductivity, specific heat, porosity, and tortuosity on heat pipe performance in the vicinity of the waste package were observed. Computer simulations were carried out using TOUGH code on a Cray YMP-2 supercomputer. None of the fracture parameters affected the heat pipe performance except the mobility of the liquid in the fracture. Matrix permeability and thermal conductivity were found to have significant effect on the heat pipe performance. The effect of mass injection was studied for liquid water and air injected at the fracture boundary. A high rate of mass injection was required to produce any effect on the heat pipe. The fracture-matrix equilibrium is influenced by the matrix permeability and the matrix thermal conductivity.

  17. Asphaltene multilayer growth in porous medium probed by SANS

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    Gummel, J.; Corvis, Y.; Jestin, J.; M'hamdi, J.; Barré, L.

    2009-02-01

    Presence of suspended particles such as asphaltene in crude oils could significantly affect the production by means of deposition in porous media especially near the well bore. We investigate this phenomenon using the ability of Small Angle Neutron Scattering technique to probe directly the asphaltene adsorption process in a porous medium at the nanometer length scale under flow conditions. A device based on a quartz tube filled with SiC particles constitute the porous medium in which an asphaltene solution in a mixture of good (toluene)/bad (heptane) solvent is injected under controlled flow. The contrast matching technique enables to match the porous medium scattering contributions and to measure the signal of the deposit. Such a device can be used for curves surface measurements on a setup originally designed for bulk studies and permit thus the direct comparison with measurements on flat surfaces (neutron reflectivity) and indirect adsorption measurements (adsorption isotherm). We show here that asphaltene in good solvent leads to a monolayer whereas addition of bad solvent results in a multilayer growth which is consistent with the deposition behaviour described in the literature.

  18. A new method for evaluation of heat transfer between solid material and fluid in a porous medium

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    Ichimiya, K.

    1999-11-01

    Technological applications in which porous materials are utilized include thermal energy storage, geophysical fluid engineering, thermal insulation, heat transfer enhancement, and heat exchangers. The author proposes a new method to estimate the heat transfer between fluid gas and solid material in a porous medium. In the first stage, the local Nusselt numbers on the heated wall of a flow passage with a porous medium are numerically obtained in advance for the parameter H{sub a}, including the volumetric heat transfer coefficient, h{sub {nu}}, between the fluid and the solid material in a porous medium. In the second stage, the experimental Nusselt numbers on the heated wall are obtained by measuring wall temperatures and heat flux. The volumetric heat transfer coefficient, h{sub {nu}}, is evaluated by comparing experimental Nusselt numbers with numerical ones. This method also gives the longitudinal characteristics of the heat transfer in a porous medium.

  19. Oscillatory motion of a viscous fluid in a porous medium

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    Siraev, R. R.

    2015-08-01

    An oscillatory flow of an incompressible fluid in a saturated porous medium in the presence of a solid inclusion has been theoretically studied. Unsteady filtration has been described by the Brinkman-Forchheimer equation, where inertial effects and terms with acceleration characteristic of high filtration rates and the presence of pulsations are taken into account. The convective part of the acceleration is responsible for nonlinear effects near macroinhomogeneities. These effects can play a noticeable role in unsteady flows in the porous medium, as is shown for the problem of a solid ball streamed by an oscillatory flow having a given velocity at infinity. The results indicate that a secondary averaged flow appears in the case of high frequencies and cannot be described by Darcy's or Forchheimer's filtration laws.

  20. A Fast and Scalable Method for A-Optimal Design of Experiments for Infinite-dimensional Bayesian Nonlinear Inverse Problems with Application to Porous Medium Flow

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    Petra, N.; Alexanderian, A.; Stadler, G.; Ghattas, O.

    2015-12-01

    We address the problem of optimal experimental design (OED) for Bayesian nonlinear inverse problems governed by partial differential equations (PDEs). The inverse problem seeks to infer a parameter field (e.g., the log permeability field in a porous medium flow model problem) from synthetic observations at a set of sensor locations and from the governing PDEs. The goal of the OED problem is to find an optimal placement of sensors so as to minimize the uncertainty in the inferred parameter field. We formulate the OED objective function by generalizing the classical A-optimal experimental design criterion using the expected value of the trace of the posterior covariance. This expected value is computed through sample averaging over the set of likely experimental data. Due to the infinite-dimensional character of the parameter field, we seek an optimization method that solves the OED problem at a cost (measured in the number of forward PDE solves) that is independent of both the parameter and the sensor dimension. To facilitate this goal, we construct a Gaussian approximation to the posterior at the maximum a posteriori probability (MAP) point, and use the resulting covariance operator to define the OED objective function. We use randomized trace estimation to compute the trace of this covariance operator. The resulting OED problem includes as constraints the system of PDEs characterizing the MAP point, and the PDEs describing the action of the covariance (of the Gaussian approximation to the posterior) to vectors. We control the sparsity of the sensor configurations using sparsifying penalty functions, and solve the resulting penalized bilevel optimization problem via an interior-point quasi-Newton method, where gradient information is computed via adjoints. We elaborate our OED method for the problem of determining the optimal sensor configuration to best infer the log permeability field in a porous medium flow problem. Numerical results show that the number of PDE

  1. Injection of a reacting fluid into a fractured porous medium

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    Jasinski, L.; Thovert, J.; Mourzenko, V.; Adler, P. M.

    2010-12-01

    The quantitative description of the injection of a reacting fluid from a well into a fractured porous medium is a subject of high interest for CO2 sequestration. Ideally, one wishes to analyze the damages caused by the fluid to the well itself and to its immediate surroundings. In order to attain this goal, one has to solve a coupled system of equations. The first one describes the flow inside two structures, namely the porous medium and the fractures; basically, they are Darcy like equations for one or two phases. The second equations describe the transport of CO2 and the reactions which occur inside the two structures. In addition, one needs constitutive equations in order to predict evolution of these two structures; for instance, one needs an evolution law for permeability as a function of porosity. Three major steps are needed for the numerical solutions. First, an unstructured tetrahedral mesh of the fractures and of the porous matrix located in between is constructed; a particular attention should be paid to the well region since the casing has different properties than the surrounding porous medium. Second, the Darcy equations are discretized and solved, in a finite volume formulation; previous codes have been improved by the systematic use of triple control volumes. Third, the evolution of the solute concentration has to be calculated. This last point is the most difficult one if one wants to avoid numerical diffusion and also inaccurate transfers between the fractures and the media. Various schemes have been tried and the most efficient one is a non linear flux limiting scheme (FLS) of the Superbee type. Because of its importance, the results obtained with the various schemes will be illustrated and discussed. The FLS scheme has been developed for the triple control volume which is a major improvement with respect to the previous codes that were developed in our group. Various physical situations will be illustrated. The theoretical situation of transfer

  2. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Modeling of Gravity Currents on a Dry Porous Medium

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    Daly, E.; Grimaldi, S.; Bui, H.

    2014-12-01

    Gravity currents flowing over porous media occur in many environmental processes and industrial applications, such as irrigation, benthic boundary layers, and oil spills. The coupling of the flow over the porous surface and the infiltration of the fluid in the porous media is complex and difficult to model. Of particular interest is the prediction of the position of the runoff front and the depth of the infiltration front. We present here a model for the flow of a finite volume of a highly viscous Newtonian fluid over a dry, homogenous porous medium. The Navier-Stokes equations describing the runoff flow are coupled to the Volume Averaged Navier-Stokes equations for the infiltration flow. The numerical solution of these equations is challenging because of the presence of two free surfaces (runoff and infiltration waves), the lack of fixed boundary conditions at the runoff front, and the difficulties in defining appropriate conditions at the surface of the porous medium. The first two challenges were addressed by using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, which is a Lagrangian, mesh-free particle method particularly suitable for modelling free surface flows. Two different approaches were used to model the flow conditions at the surface of the porous medium. The Two Domain Approach (TDA) assumes that runoff and infiltration flows occur in two separate homogenous domains; here, we assume the continuity of velocity and stresses at the interface of the two domains. The One Domain Approach (ODA) models runoff and infiltration flows as occurring through a medium whose hydraulic properties vary continuously in space. The transition from the hydraulic properties of the atmosphere and the porous medium occur in a layer near the surface of the porous medium. Expressions listed in literature were used to compute the thickness of this transition layer and the spatial variation of porosity and permeability within it. Our results showed that ODA led to slower velocities of the runoff

  3. Pore scale Assessment of Heat and Mass transfer in Porous Medium Using Phase Field Method with Application to Soil Borehole Thermal Storage (SBTES) Systems

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    Moradi, A.

    2015-12-01

    To properly model soil thermal performance in unsaturated porous media, for applications such as SBTES systems, knowledge of both soil hydraulic and thermal properties and how they change in space and time is needed. Knowledge obtained from pore scale to macroscopic scale studies can help us to better understand these systems and contribute to the state of knowledge which can then be translated to engineering applications in the field (i.e. implementation of SBTES systems at the field scale). One important thermal property that varies with soil water content, effective thermal conductivity, is oftentimes included in numerical models through the use of empirical relationships and simplified mathematical formulations developed based on experimental data obtained at either small laboratory or field scales. These models assume that there is local thermodynamic equilibrium between the air and water phases for a representative elementary volume. However, this assumption may not always be valid at the pore scale, thus questioning the validity of current modeling approaches. The purpose of this work is to evaluate the validity of the local thermodynamic equilibrium assumption as related to the effective thermal conductivity at pore scale. A numerical model based on the coupled Cahn-Hilliard and heat transfer equation was developed to solve for liquid flow and heat transfer through variably saturated porous media. In this model, the evolution of phases and the interfaces between phases are related to a functional form of the total free energy of the system. A unique solution for the system is obtained by solving the Navier-Stokes equation through free energy minimization. Preliminary results demonstrate that there is a correlation between soil temperature / degree of saturation and equivalent thermal conductivity / heat flux. Results also confirm the correlation between pressure differential magnitude and equilibrium time for multiphase flow to reach steady state conditions

  4. Filtration of a magnetic fluid in a deformable porous medium

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    Taktarov, N.G.

    1985-07-01

    The equations of motion of a magnetizing fluid are obtained in a deformable non-magnetic porous medium. The porosity, magnetic field intensity, and other quantities are in all the equations describing the filtration. Therefore, the whole system of equations must be solved to find these quantities. For instance, just some of the Maxwell equations are now inadequate for finding the magnetic field. The evaluation of the elasticity coefficients for the matrix frame consisting of periodically arranged balls of identical radius is possible, in principle, by using the results of solving the Hertz problem for two contiguous spheres.

  5. Sustained Reaction Waves Against Flow in Porous Medium: Frozen Fronts

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    Salin, Dominique; Atis, Severine; Auradou, Harold; Saha, Sandeep; Talon, Laurent

    2012-11-01

    Autocatalytic reactions lead to fronts propagating as solitary, self-sustained, waves with a constant velocity and an invariant, flat, concentration profile resulting from a balance between reaction and diffusion. In the presence of a hydrodynamic flow, such fronts, while propagating at a new constant velocity, adapt their shape in order to achieve a balance between reaction diffusion and flow advection all over the front. The issue addressed here is the behaviour of autocatalytic reaction fronts when the forced advection is a heterogeneous flow field. It has been recently observed that in inside a porous medium there exist static, frozen, fronts over a wide range of mean flow rates in the opposite direction of the chemical wave propagation. To account for this dynamical equilibrium where the front is pinned at different points, we use both designed experiments around different configurations of solid obstacles and lattice Boltzmann numerical simulations which allows a control of the flow field heterogeneities. These approach allows us to account for the dependence of the range of observation of frozen states with th control parameters. In the case of the porous medium flow field, the transition to this frozen state is understood in term of percolation like path.

  6. Investigation of foam flow in a 3D printed porous medium in the presence of oil.

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    Osei-Bonsu, Kofi; Grassia, Paul; Shokri, Nima

    2017-03-15

    Foams demonstrate great potential for displacing fluids in porous media which is applicable to a variety of subsurface operations such as the enhanced oil recovery and soil remediation. The application of foam in these processes is due to its unique ability to reduce gas mobility by increasing its effective viscosity and to divert gas to un-swept low permeability zones in porous media. The presence of oil in porous media is detrimental to the stability of foams which can influence its success as a displacing fluid. In the present work, we have conducted a systematic series of experiments using a well-characterised porous medium manufactured by 3D printing technique to evaluate the influence of oil on the dynamics of foam displacement under different boundary conditions. The effects of the type of oil, foam quality and foam flow rate were investigated. Our results reveal that generation of stable foam is delayed in the presence of light oil in the porous medium compared to heavy oil. Additionally, it was observed that the dynamics of oil entrapment was dictated by the stability of foam in the presence of oil. Furthermore, foams with high gas fraction appeared to be less stable in the presence of oil lowering its recovery efficiency. Pore-scale inspection of foam-oil dynamics during displacement revealed formation of a less stable front as the foam quality increased, leading to less oil recovery. This study extends the physical understanding of oil displacement by foam in porous media and provides new physical insights regarding the parameters influencing this process.

  7. Mixed convection about a cone in a porous medium: The entire regime

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    Yih, K.A.

    1999-10-01

    The corresponding problem of convective heat transfer in a porous medium has important application such as design of canisters for nuclear waste disposal, nuclear reactor cooling system, geothermal reservoirs, ceramic processing, and filtration processes. The mixed convective heat transfer about a cone embedded in a saturated porous medium is numerically investigated. The surface of the cone is maintained at variable wall temperature (VWT) or variable heat flux (VHF). The transformed governing equations are solved by Keller box method. Numerical results are presented for the dimensionless temperature profiles and the local Nusselt number. Increasing the exponent {lambda} increases the local Nusselt number. As the cone angle parameter m increases, the local Nusselt number increases (decreases) for the case of VWT (VHF). Moreover, as mixed convection parameter {chi}(or {chi}*) varies from 0 (pure free convection) to 1 (pure forced convection), the local Nusselt number decreases initially, reaches a minimum in the intermediate value of {chi} (or {chi}*) and then increases gradually.

  8. Axisymmetric flows from fluid injection into a confined porous medium

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    Guo, Bo; Zheng, Zhong; Celia, Michael A.; Stone, Howard A.

    2016-02-01

    We study the axisymmetric flows generated from fluid injection into a horizontal confined porous medium that is originally saturated with another fluid of different density and viscosity. Neglecting the effects of surface tension and fluid mixing, we use the lubrication approximation to obtain a nonlinear advection-diffusion equation that describes the time evolution of the sharp fluid-fluid interface. The flow behaviors are controlled by two dimensionless groups: M, the viscosity ratio of displaced fluid relative to injected fluid, and Γ, which measures the relative importance of buoyancy and fluid injection. For this axisymmetric geometry, the similarity solution involving R2/T (where R is the dimensionless radial coordinate and T is the dimensionless time) is an exact solution to the nonlinear governing equation for all times. Four analytical expressions are identified as asymptotic approximations (two of which are new solutions): (i) injection-driven flow with the injected fluid being more viscous than the displaced fluid (Γ ≪ 1 and M < 1) where we identify a self-similar solution that indicates a parabolic interface shape; (ii) injection-driven flow with injected and displaced fluids of equal viscosity (Γ ≪ 1 and M = 1), where we find a self-similar solution that predicts a distinct parabolic interface shape; (iii) injection-driven flow with a less viscous injected fluid (Γ ≪ 1 and M > 1) for which there is a rarefaction wave solution, assuming that the Saffman-Taylor instability does not occur at the reservoir scale; and (iv) buoyancy-driven flow (Γ ≫ 1) for which there is a well-known self-similar solution corresponding to gravity currents in an unconfined porous medium [S. Lyle et al. "Axisymmetric gravity currents in a porous medium," J. Fluid Mech. 543, 293-302 (2005)]. The various axisymmetric flows are summarized in a Γ-M regime diagram with five distinct dynamic behaviors including the four asymptotic regimes and an intermediate regime

  9. New porous medium Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations for strongly oscillating electric potentials

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    Schmuck, M.

    2013-02-01

    We consider the Poisson-Nernst-Planck system which is well-accepted for describing dilute electrolytes as well as transport of charged species in homogeneous environments. Here, we study these equations in porous media whose electric permittivities show a strong contrast compared with the electric permittivity of the electrolyte phase. Our main result is the derivation of convenient low-dimensional equations, that is, of effective macroscopic porous media Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations, which reliably describe ionic transport. The contrast in the electric permittivities between liquid and solid phase and the heterogeneity of the porous medium induce strongly oscillating electric potentials (fields). In order to account for this specific physical scenario, we introduce a modified asymptotic multiple-scale expansion which takes advantage of the nonlinearly coupled structure of the ionic transport equations. This allows for a systematic upscaling resulting in a new effective porous medium formulation which shows a new transport term on the macroscale. Solvability of all arising equations is rigorously verified. The emergence of a new transport term indicates promising physical insights into the influence of the microscale material properties on the macroscale. Hence, systematic upscaling strategies provide a source and a prospective tool to capitalize intrinsic scale effects for scientific, engineering, and industrial applications.

  10. Preferential paths in yield stress fluid flow through a porous medium

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    Guasto, Jeffrey; Waisbord, Nicolas; Stoop, Norbert; Dunkel, Jörn

    2016-11-01

    A broad range of biological, geological, and industrial materials with complex rheological properties are subjected to flow through porous media in applications ranging from oil recovery to food manufacturing. In this experimental study, we examine the flow of a model yield stress fluid (Carbopol micro-gel) through a quasi-2D porous medium, fabricated in a microfluidic channel. The flow is driven by applying a precisely-controlled pressure gradient and measured by particle tracking velocimetry, and our observations are complemented by a pore-network model of the yield stress fluid flow. While remaining unyielded at small applied pressure, the micro-gel begins to yield at a critical pressure gradient, exhibiting a single preferential flow path that percolates through the porous medium. As the applied pressure gradient increases, we observe a subsequent coarsening and invasion of the yielded, fluidized network. An examination of both the yielded network topology and pore-scale flow reveal that two cooperative phenomena are involved in sculpting the preferential flow paths: (1) the geometry of the porous microstructure, and (2) the adhesive surface interactions between the micro-gel and substrate. NSF CBET-1511340.

  11. Parametric study of barometric pumping of a fractured porous medium

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    Adler, Pierre; Mourzenko, Valeri; Thovert, Jean Francois; Pili, Eric; Guillon, Sophie

    2015-04-01

    Fluctuations in the ambient atmospheric pressure result in motion of air in porous fractured media. This mechanism, known as barometric pumping, efficiently transports gaseous species through the vadose zone to the atmosphere. This is of interest in fields, such as transport of trace gases from soil to atmosphere, remediation of contaminated sites, radon in buildings, leakage from carbon sequestration sites and detection of nuclear explosions. The fractures are modeled as polygonal plane surfaces with a given transmissivity embedded in a permeable matrix. The slightly compressible fluid obeys Darcy's law in these two media with exchanges between them. The solute obeys convection-diffusion equations in both media again with exchanges. The numerical methodology is briefly described. The fractures and the porous medium are meshed by triangles and tetrahedra, respectively. The equations are discretized by the finite volume method and a Flux Limiting Scheme diminishes numerical dispersion. This model is applied to the Roselend Natural Laboratory. At a 55 m depth, a sealed cavity allows for gas release experiments across fractured porous rocks in the unsaturated zone. The standard case consist of hexagonal fractures with a radius of 5m, of aperture 0.5 mm and of density larger than 2.4 10-3 m-3; the pressure fluctuations are sinusoidal, of amplitude 0.01 bar and period 1 week; the solute concentration is equal to 1 at the bottom. Systematic results will be presented. First, the precision of the calculations is assessed. Second, the pressure and solute concentration fields are displayed and discussed. Within the time limit, the influence of the major parameters (fracture density, aperture, porosity, diffusion coefficient, pressure fluctuations including real recordings, …) is illustrated and discussed relatively to the standard case. Emphasis is put on some paradoxical results which are obtained. These results are discussed in terms of the amplification of solute

  12. Two-phase flow in a chemically active porous medium

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    Darmon, Alexandre Dauchot, Olivier; Benzaquen, Michael; Salez, Thomas

    2014-12-28

    We study the problem of the transformation of a given reactant species into an immiscible product species, as they flow through a chemically active porous medium. We derive the equation governing the evolution of the volume fraction of the species, in a one-dimensional macroscopic description, identify the relevant dimensionless numbers, and provide simple models for capillary pressure and relative permeabilities, which are quantities of crucial importance when tackling multiphase flows in porous media. We set the domain of validity of our models and discuss the importance of viscous coupling terms in the extended Darcy’s law. We investigate numerically the steady regime and demonstrate that the spatial transformation rate of the species along the reactor is non-monotonous, as testified by the existence of an inflection point in the volume fraction profiles. We obtain the scaling of the location of this inflection point with the dimensionless lengths of the problem. Eventually, we provide key elements for optimization of the reactor.

  13. Porous-medium convection: new problems from CO2 sequestration

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    Lister, John

    2013-11-01

    Large scale injection and storage of supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) into deep saline aquifers is proposed to offset anthropogenic emissions and mitigate climate change. Many aspects of the resultant porous flows provoke fundamental fluid-mechanical problems. The rise and spread of the buoyant CO2 plume beneath an overlying impermeable stratum is a classic gravity current, but with the undesirable extra possibility of upward leakage through fractures. Fortunately, long-term trapping mechanisms exist. One such, dissolution of CO2 into the underlying brine, produces a denser solution which thus convects reassuringly downwards. Consideration of the convective flux prompts re-examination of high-Ra convection in a porous medium, which is found to have a strikingly different asymptotic form from that in a pure fluid. The high-Ra regime of Rayleigh-Darcy convection has an ordered interior with a linear mean temperature gradient and a superposed vertical columnar heat-exchanger flow whose wavelength is consistent with the Ra - 5 / 14 scaling predicted by an asymptotic stability analysis. Quantification of the convective dissolution flux allows evolution towards saturation in confined aquifers, or the erosion of a gravity current in open aquifers, to be calculated.

  14. Properties of equilibrium carbon dioxide hydrate in porous medium

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    Voronov, V. P.; Gorodetskii, E. E.; Podnek, V. E.; Grigoriev, B. A.

    2016-09-01

    Specific heat capacity, dissociation heat and hydration number of carbon dioxide hydrate in porous medium are determined by adiabatic calorimetry method. The measurements were carried out in the temperature range 250-290 K and in pressure range 1-5 MPa. The measured specific heat of the hydrate is approximately 2.7 J/(g K), which is significantly larger than the specific heat of methane hydrate. In particular, at heating, larger value of the specific heat of carbon dioxide hydrate is a result of gas emission from the hydrate. The hydration number at the hydrate-gas coexistence changes from 6.2 to 6.9. The dissociation heat of carbon dioxide hydrate varies from the 55 kJ/mol near the upper quadruple point to the 57 kJ/mol near the lower quadruple point.

  15. Tear film dynamics: modeling the glycocalyx as a porous medium

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    Siddique, Javed; Mastroberardinob, , Antonio; Braun, Richard; Anderson, Daniel

    2015-11-01

    The human tear film is a complex fluid structure composed of multiple layers: an aqueous layer that comprises most of the film and an outermost thinner lipid layer coat a forest of large transmembrane mucins at the epithelial surface. The glycocalyx helps provide stability to the ocular surface by assisting the tear film to wet it. It is also permeable to water, but less so to ions. We formulate a thin film model based on lubrication theory in order to understand the dynamics between the aqueous layer and the glycocalyx, which we treat as a rigid porous medium. We present numerical solutions for the evolution of the tear film and discuss the roles played by the key parameters of the system. This work was supported by the Simons Foundation Grant No. 281839.

  16. Wave propagation in a strongly heterogeneous elastic porous medium: Homogenization of Biot medium with double porosities

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    Rohan, Eduard; Naili, Salah; Nguyen, Vu-Hieu

    2016-08-01

    We study wave propagation in an elastic porous medium saturated with a compressible Newtonian fluid. The porous network is interconnected whereby the pores are characterized by two very different characteristic sizes. At the mesoscopic scale, the medium is described using the Biot model, characterized by a high contrast in the hydraulic permeability and anisotropic elasticity, whereas the contrast in the Biot coupling coefficient is only moderate. Fluid motion is governed by the Darcy flow model extended by inertia terms and by the mass conservation equation. The homogenization method based on the asymptotic analysis is used to obtain a macroscopic model. To respect the high contrast in the material properties, they are scaled by the small parameter, which is involved in the asymptotic analysis and characterized by the size of the heterogeneities. Using the estimates of wavelengths in the double-porosity networks, it is shown that the macroscopic descriptions depend on the contrast in the static permeability associated with pores and micropores and on the frequency. Moreover, the microflow in the double porosity is responsible for fading memory effects via the macroscopic poroviscoelastic constitutive law. xml:lang="fr"

  17. Mathematical Modeling of Magneto Pulsatile Blood Flow Through a Porous Medium with a Heat Source

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    Sharma, B. K.; Sharma, M.; Gaur, R. K.; Mishra, A.

    2015-05-01

    In the present study a mathematical model for the hydro-magnetic non-Newtonian blood flow in the non-Darcy porous medium with a heat source and Joule effect is proposed. A uniform magnetic field acts perpendicular to the porous surface. The governing non-linear partial differential equations have been solved numerically by applying the explicit finite difference Method (FDM). The effects of various parameters such as the Reynolds number, hydro-magnetic parameter, Forchheimer parameter, Darcian parameter, Prandtl number, Eckert number, heat source parameter, Schmidt number on the velocity, temperature and concentration have been examined with the help of graphs. The present study finds its applications in surgical operations, industrial material processing and various heat transfer operations.

  18. Influence of buoyancy on drainage of a fractal porous medium

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    Huinink, H. P.; Michels, M. A.

    2002-10-01

    The influence of stabilizing hydrostatic pressure gradients on the drainage of a fractal porous medium is studied. The invasion process is treated with invasion percolation (IP) in a gradient. Fractality is mimicked by randomly closing bonds of a network. Two length scales govern the problem: the characteristic length of the pore structure ξs and a length scale ξg above which buoyancy determines the structure of the cluster. When ξs<ξg the local structure of the invading cluster is governed by the interplay of capillarity and the fractal properties of the pore space. Only parts of the backbone of the pore structure can be invaded. Therefore, the obtained fractal dimension for small systems L<ξs is much lower (1.40) than the one for ordinary IP (1.82). On larger length scales, ξsξg, gravity becomes important and ξg scales with the bond number B as ξg~B-0.57, as in ordinary IP, while the fractal dimension becomes equal to the Euclidean one. When ξg<ξs gravity is already important on length scales where the fractality of the medium has to be considered too. On small scales L<ξg, where only capillarity and fractality play a role the cluster structure is again characterized by the fractal dimension of 1.40. On larger length scales, ξgξs the fractal dimension of the invading cluster equals the Euclidean one and ξg~B-0.69.

  19. Flow regimes for fluid injection into a confined porous medium

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    Zheng, Zhong; Guo, Bo; Christov, Ivan C.; ...

    2015-02-24

    We report theoretical and numerical studies of the flow behaviour when a fluid is injected into a confined porous medium saturated with another fluid of different density and viscosity. For a two-dimensional configuration with point source injection, a nonlinear convection–diffusion equation is derived to describe the time evolution of the fluid–fluid interface. In the early time period, the fluid motion is mainly driven by the buoyancy force and the governing equation is reduced to a nonlinear diffusion equation with a well-known self-similar solution. In the late time period, the fluid flow is mainly driven by the injection, and the governingmore » equation is approximated by a nonlinear hyperbolic equation that determines the global spreading rate; a shock solution is obtained when the injected fluid is more viscous than the displaced fluid, whereas a rarefaction wave solution is found when the injected fluid is less viscous. In the late time period, we also obtain analytical solutions including the diffusive term associated with the buoyancy effects (for an injected fluid with a viscosity higher than or equal to that of the displaced fluid), which provide the structure of the moving front. Numerical simulations of the convection–diffusion equation are performed; the various analytical solutions are verified as appropriate asymptotic limits, and the transition processes between the individual limits are demonstrated.« less

  20. Flow regimes for fluid injection into a confined porous medium

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    Zheng, Zhong; Guo, Bo; Christov, Ivan C.; Celia, Michael A.; Stone, Howard A.

    2015-02-24

    We report theoretical and numerical studies of the flow behaviour when a fluid is injected into a confined porous medium saturated with another fluid of different density and viscosity. For a two-dimensional configuration with point source injection, a nonlinear convection–diffusion equation is derived to describe the time evolution of the fluid–fluid interface. In the early time period, the fluid motion is mainly driven by the buoyancy force and the governing equation is reduced to a nonlinear diffusion equation with a well-known self-similar solution. In the late time period, the fluid flow is mainly driven by the injection, and the governing equation is approximated by a nonlinear hyperbolic equation that determines the global spreading rate; a shock solution is obtained when the injected fluid is more viscous than the displaced fluid, whereas a rarefaction wave solution is found when the injected fluid is less viscous. In the late time period, we also obtain analytical solutions including the diffusive term associated with the buoyancy effects (for an injected fluid with a viscosity higher than or equal to that of the displaced fluid), which provide the structure of the moving front. Numerical simulations of the convection–diffusion equation are performed; the various analytical solutions are verified as appropriate asymptotic limits, and the transition processes between the individual limits are demonstrated.

  1. Analysis of Fractional Flow for Transient Two-Phase Flow in Fractal Porous Medium

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    Lu, Ting; Duan, Yonggang; Fang, Quantang; Dai, Xiaolu; Wu, Jinsui

    2016-03-01

    Prediction of fractional flow in fractal porous medium is important for reservoir engineering and chemical engineering as well as hydrology. A physical conceptual fractional flow model of transient two-phase flow is developed in fractal porous medium based on the fractal characteristics of pore-size distribution and on the approximation that porous medium consist of a bundle of tortuous capillaries. The analytical expression for fractional flow for wetting phase is presented, and the proposed expression is the function of structural parameters (such as tortuosity fractal dimension, pore fractal dimension, maximum and minimum diameters of capillaries) and fluid properties (such as contact angle, viscosity and interfacial tension) in fractal porous medium. The sensitive parameters that influence fractional flow and its derivative are formulated, and their impacts on fractional flow are discussed.

  2. Study of flow at the interface of a porous medium using particle image velocimetry

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    Shams Saryazdi, Masoud

    This thesis reports the results of an experimental study of the flow at the interface of a fibrous porous medium and a freely flowing fluid. The model for the porous medium was a square array of parallel rods, and arrays with three different solid volume fractions were tested; namely 2.5%, 5.2%, and 10%. The flow adjacent to the porous medium was a shear flow perpendicular to the interface. It was created by generating circular Couette flow in a narrow channel outside the porous medium. Comprehensive velocity measurements were made inside and outside the various porous media using a PIV system that was developed for the experiment. An adverse pressure gradient in the streamwise direction was found to exist between the rods for the media with solid volume fractions of 5.2% and 10%. However no such pressure gradient was found for the 2.5% medium. The fluid motion corresponding to the adverse pressure gradients inside the medium was circulatory. The slip coefficient proposed by Beavers and Joseph was found directly by measuring the local velocity near the boundary of the porous medium. The slip coefficient for the media tested was found to be approximately 3. Comparisons show that Brinkman's equation in its original form (with the same viscosity inside the porous medium mu* and outside mu) did not produce results that matched the measured velocity field. Furthermore, Brinkman's equation did not produce results that matched the experimental velocity fields using any value of the viscosity ratio, mu*/mu. The measurements show that the slip velocity is small, and that Brinkman's equation with mu*/mu ≈ 9 predicts slip velocities quite well. The shear penetration length decreases as the solid volume fraction increases, and for a porous medium with a solid volume fraction of around 10%, the penetration length is smaller than all length scales of the medium. Therefore, for the higher solid volume fractions tested, shear penetration is practically negligible. Penetration of

  3. Integrated compartmental model for describing the transport of solute in a fractured porous medium. [FRACPORT

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    DeAngelis, D.L.; Yeh, G.T.; Huff, D.D.

    1984-10-01

    This report documents a model, FRACPORT, that simulates the transport of a solute through a fractured porous matrix. The model should be useful in analyzing the possible transport of radionuclides from shallow-land burial sites in humid environments. The use of the model is restricted to transport through saturated zones. The report first discusses the general modeling approach used, which is based on the Integrated Compartmental Method. The basic equations of solute transport are then presented. The model, which assumes a known water velocity field, solves these equations on two different time scales; one related to rapid transport of solute along fractures and the other related to slower transport through the porous matrix. FRACPORT is validated by application to a simple example of fractured porous medium transport that has previously been analyzed by other methods. Then its utility is demonstrated in analyzing more complex cases of pulses of solute into a fractured matrix. The report serves as a user's guide to FRACPORT. A detailed description of data input, along with a listing of input for a sample problem, is provided. 16 references, 18 figures, 3 tables.

  4. Heat and mass transfer in magneto-biofluid flow through a non-Darcian porous medium with Joule effect

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    Sharma, B. K.; Mishra, A.; Gupta, S.

    2013-07-01

    In the present study, a mathematical model for the hydromagnetic non-Newtonian biofluid flow in the non-Darcy porous medium with Joule effect is proposed. A uniform magnetic field acts perpendicularly to the porous surface. The governing nonlinear partial differential equations are transformed into linear ones which are solved numerically by applying the explicit finite difference method. The effects of various parameters, like Reynolds number and hydro-magnetic, Forchheimer, and Darcian parameters, Prandtl, Eckert, and Schmidt numbers, on the velocity, temperature, and concentration are presented graphically. The results of the study can find applications in surgical operations, industrial material processing, and various heat transfer processes.

  5. Approaching Equilibrium: The Evolution of CO2 in a Porous Medium

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    Cohen, Y.; Rothman, D.

    2012-12-01

    Understanding the microscopic mechanisms of mineral weathering rates has motivated studies of dissolution and precipitation for decades. Many applications, including the global carbon cycle and sub- surface carbon dioxide sequestration justify the importance of a full comprehension of the mechanism. The injection of carbon dioxide into a porous medium drives the system into far-from-equilibrium conditions where forces, surface phenomena, and other processes become crucial for the long-term stability of the system. A complete physical picture able to predict the pattern formation and the structure developing within the porous medium is lacking and cannot be associated only with empirical kinetic laws. Here we propose a theoretical model that couples transport, reaction, and the intricate geometry of the rock. The model concerns the different time scales when the system is far from equilibrium and when approaching a steady state. We use analytical theory and numerical simulations to study the short and the long term behavior of the carbon dioxide as it dissolves and precipitates in a fluid-rock system.

  6. Physical Properties and Behavior of a Dense, Viscous Brine in Porous Medium Systems

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    Murphy, L. M.; Johnson, D. N.; Pedit, J. A.; Farthing, M. W.; Miller, C. T.

    2006-12-01

    Dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) are both a long-term source of groundwater contamination and a health risk to humans at low concentrations. The challenges of DNAPL remediation have led to the study of a novel mobilization-based strategy known as Brine-Based Remediation Technology (BBRT), which utilizes a dense brine to control the mobilized contaminant phase. Due to the unique application of such brines in the subsurface, there are many open issues addressing the behavior and properties of these brines in porous medium systems. To begin to address some of the open issues, a three-dimensional laboratory experiment was performed to monitor in situ density during brine barrier establishment and removal. Using a calcium bromide solution, this experiment demonstrated that a brine barrier density could be effectively established, sufficiently maintained to support common DNAPLs, and substantially recovered through active flushing. This experiment also demonstrated that highly viscous brines mound around injection wells, suggesting that an understanding of the effects of viscosity is required in flow and transport modeling. Since many flow and transport models fail to account for the physical properties of these brines, constitutive relations describing density and viscosity as a function of solute concentration were defined and incorporated into SUTRA, a model for saturated-unsaturated, variable-density groundwater flow with solute transport, to predict flow and transport of calcium bromide in a porous medium system.

  7. Transient, radial temperature distribution in a porous medium during fluid injection

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    Dunn, J.C.; Nilson, R.H.

    1982-01-01

    Analytical and numerical solutions are presented for the transient, radial temperature distribution in a porous medium which is subjected to a constant-rate injection of an incompressible fluid from a wellbore. The formulation includes energy transfer by conduction and convection, and the Danckwerts boundary condition is applied at the finite-radius wellbore. At late times, the numerical solutions approach a self-similar form which can be described in terms of the incomplete Gamma function. In typical petroleum and geothermal applications, convergence to the asymptotic similarity solutions occurs on a time scale of roughly one hour. The results are generally applicable to a broad range of convection-diffusion phenomena which are best described in radial coordinates.

  8. Two-dimensional network simulation of diffusion driven coarsening of foam inside a porous medium

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    Cohen, D.; Patzek, T.W.; Radke, C.J.

    1996-04-01

    In order to use foams in subsurface applications, it is necessary to understand their stability in porous media. Diffusion driven coarsening of a stationary or nonflowing foam in a porous medium results in changing gas pressures and a coarsening of the foam texture. A two-dimensional network simulation has been created that predicts the behavior of foam in a porous medium by physically specifying the locations of all the lamellae in the system and by solving the complete set of Young-Laplace and diffusion equations. An hourglass approximates the shape of the pores, and the pore walls are considered to be highly water wet. A singularity arises in the system of differential algebraic equations due to the curvature of the pore walls. This singularity is a signal that the system must undergo oscillations or sudden lamellar rearrangements before the diffusion process can continue. Newton-Raphson iteration is used along with Keller`s method of arc-length continuation and a new jump resolution technique to locate and resolve bifurcations in the system of coupled lamellae. Gas bubbles in pore throats are regions of encapsulated pressure. As gas is released from these bubbles during diffusion, the pressure of the bubbles in the pore bodies increases. When the pressure increase is scaled by the characteristic Young-Laplace pressure, the equilibrium time for the diffusion process is scaled by the ratio of the square of the characteristic length to the gas diffusivity and two dimensionless groups. One describes the ease with which gas can diffuse through a lamella, the second represents the amount of gas encapsulated within the pore throats initially. Given this scaling, the resulting plots of pressure versus time and normalized lamellae positions versus time are universal for all system sizes and characteristics. This is true as long as the initial lamella distribution is the same in each case.

  9. A coupling concept for two-phase compositional porous-medium and single-phase compositional free flow

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    Mosthaf, K.; Baber, K.; Flemisch, B.; Helmig, R.; Leijnse, A.; Rybak, I.; Wohlmuth, B.

    2011-10-01

    Domains composed of a porous part and an adjacent free-flow region are of special interest in many fields of application. So far, the coupling of free flow with porous-media flow has been considered only for single-phase systems. Here we extend this classical concept to two-component nonisothermal flow with two phases inside the porous medium and one phase in the free-flow region. The mathematical modeling of flow and transport phenomena in porous media is often based on Darcy's law, whereas in free-flow regions the (Navier-) -Stokes equations are used. In this paper, we give a detailed description of the employed subdomain models. The main contribution is the developed coupling concept, which is able to deal with compositional (miscible) flow and a two-phase system in the porous medium. It is based on the continuity of fluxes and the assumption of thermodynamic equilibrium, and uses the Beavers-Joseph-Saffman condition. The phenomenological explanations leading to a simple, solvable model, which accounts for the physics at the interface, are laid out in detail. Our model can account for evaporation and condensation processes at the interface and is used to model evaporation from soil influenced by a wind field in a first numerical example.

  10. Hydromagnetic Flow and Heat Transfer over a Porous Oscillating Stretching Surface in a Viscoelastic Fluid with Porous Medium.

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    Khan, Sami Ullah; Ali, Nasir; Abbas, Zaheer

    2015-01-01

    An analysis is carried out to study the heat transfer in unsteady two-dimensional boundary layer flow of a magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) second grade fluid over a porous oscillating stretching surface embedded in porous medium. The flow is induced due to infinite elastic sheet which is stretched periodically. With the help of dimensionless variables, the governing flow equations are reduced to a system of non-linear partial differential equations. This system has been solved numerically using the finite difference scheme, in which a coordinate transformation is used to transform the semi-infinite physical space to a bounded computational domain. The influence of the involved parameters on the flow, the temperature distribution, the skin-friction coefficient and the local Nusselt number is shown and discussed in detail. The study reveals that an oscillatory sheet embedded in a fluid-saturated porous medium generates oscillatory motion in the fluid. The amplitude and phase of oscillations depends on the rheology of the fluid as well as on the other parameters coming through imposed boundary conditions, inclusion of body force term and permeability of the porous medium. It is found that amplitude of flow velocity increases with increasing viscoelastic and mass suction/injection parameters. However, it decreases with increasing the strength of the applied magnetic field. Moreover, the temperature of fluid is a decreasing function of viscoelastic parameter, mass suction/injection parameter and Prandtl number.

  11. Hydromagnetic Flow and Heat Transfer over a Porous Oscillating Stretching Surface in a Viscoelastic Fluid with Porous Medium

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    Khan, Sami Ullah; Ali, Nasir; Abbas, Zaheer

    2015-01-01

    An analysis is carried out to study the heat transfer in unsteady two-dimensional boundary layer flow of a magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) second grade fluid over a porous oscillating stretching surface embedded in porous medium. The flow is induced due to infinite elastic sheet which is stretched periodically. With the help of dimensionless variables, the governing flow equations are reduced to a system of non-linear partial differential equations. This system has been solved numerically using the finite difference scheme, in which a coordinate transformation is used to transform the semi-infinite physical space to a bounded computational domain. The influence of the involved parameters on the flow, the temperature distribution, the skin-friction coefficient and the local Nusselt number is shown and discussed in detail. The study reveals that an oscillatory sheet embedded in a fluid-saturated porous medium generates oscillatory motion in the fluid. The amplitude and phase of oscillations depends on the rheology of the fluid as well as on the other parameters coming through imposed boundary conditions, inclusion of body force term and permeability of the porous medium. It is found that amplitude of flow velocity increases with increasing viscoelastic and mass suction/injection parameters. However, it decreases with increasing the strength of the applied magnetic field. Moreover, the temperature of fluid is a decreasing function of viscoelastic parameter, mass suction/injection parameter and Prandtl number. PMID:26657931

  12. Methyl alcohol used as penetrant inspection medium for porous materials

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    Hendron, J. A.

    1971-01-01

    Porous material thoroughly wetted with alcohol shows persistent wet line or area at locations of cracks or porosity. Inspection is qualitative and repeatable, but is used quantitatively with select samples to grade density variations in graphite blocks. Photography is employed to achieve permanent record of results.

  13. Analysis of shape of porous cooled medium for an imposed surface heat flux and temperature

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    Siegel, R.

    1973-01-01

    The surface of a porous cooled medium is to be maintained at a specified design temperature while being subjected to uniform heating by an external source. An analytical method is given for determining the shape of the medium surface that will satisfy these boundary conditions. The analysis accounts for temperature dependent variations of fluid density and viscosity and for temperature dependent matrix thermal conductivity. The energy equation is combined with Darcy's law in such a way that a potential can be defined that satisfies Laplace's equation. All of the heat-transfer and flow quantities are expressed in terms of this potential. The determination of the shape of the porous cooled region is thereby reduced to a free-boundary problem such as in inviscid free jet theory. Two illustrative examples are carried out: a porous leading edge with coolant supplied through a slot and a porous cooled duct with a rectangular outer boundary.

  14. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer in a porous medium

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    Siang, H.

    1981-11-01

    Based upon the principle of irreversible thermodynamics, the macroscopic conservation laws of mass, momentum and energy, and equilibrium sorption of the porous concrete system, a set of basic equations for simultaneous mass and heat transfer is developed. An implicit finite difference technique is employed to solve this set of nonlinear partial differential equations. Numerical examples, using the theory developed, are illustrated to deepen the general understanding of the drying, thermal characteristics and related phenomena of hydrated concrete. The developed theoretical model is made nondimensional and an order of magnitude analysis is performed to elucidate the transport phenomenum of heat and mass occurring in a concrete body. In addition to diffusion, both the capillary and evaporation-condensation mechanisms, which are strongly affected by the topology of the porous concrete system, are important in the heat and mass transfer processes.

  15. Non-stationary heat conduction of a porous medium

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    Velinov, T.; Gusev, V.; Bransalov, K.

    1992-01-01

    The thermal diffusion process is examined for a porous sample with idealized arrangement and form of the pores, when its surface is illuminated by a modulated light. A formula for the frequency dependence of the average surface temperature is derived. It is shown that it depends on the porosity, the form of the pores, and the ratio between a characteristic pore size and the thermal wavelength. In the limiting cases of low frequency of modulation and low porosity the results agree well with those quoted in the literature. The frequency dependence of the surface temperature of a microporous rubber sample, glass filtering crucibles, and leather samples have been measured by a PA cell and compared with the analytical results. The influence of various processes on the heat diffusion in porous media is discussed.

  16. Instabilities of a free bilayer flowing on an inclined porous medium.

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    Praveen Kumar, A Ananth; Usha, R; Banerjee, Tamal; Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar

    2013-12-01

    The instabilities of a free bilayer flowing on an inclined Darcy-Brinkman porous layer have been explored. The bilayer is composed of a pair of immiscible liquid films with a deformable liquid-liquid interface and a liquid-air free surface. An Orr-Sommerfeld analysis of the governing equations and boundary conditions uncovers that this configuration can be unstable by a pair of long-wave interfacial modes at the free surface and at the interface together with a couple of finite wave-number shear modes originating from the inertial influences at the liquid layers. In particular, one of the shear modes originates beyond a threshold flow rate owing to the slippage at the porous-liquid interface and is found to be the dominant one even when the porous medium is moderately thin, porous, and permeable. The strength of the porous media mediated mode (a) grows with increase in porosity, (b) grows and then remains invariant with increase in thickness, and (c) initially grows and then decays with increase in the permeability of the porous layer. Further, the presence of a lower layer with smaller viscosity and a thicker upper layer is found to facilitate the growth of this newly identified porous media mode. Importantly, beyond a threshold upper to lower thickness and viscosity ratios and the angle of inclination the porous media mode dominates over all the other interfacial or shear modes, highlighting its importance in the bilayer flows down an inclined porous medium. The study showcases the importance of a porous layer in destabilizing a free bilayer flow down an inclined plane, which can be of importance to improve mixing, emulsification, and heat and mass transfer characteristics in the microscale devices.

  17. A comparison of measured and modeled velocity fields for a laminar flow in a porous medium

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    Wood, B. D.; Apte, S. V.; Liburdy, J. A.; Ziazi, R. M.; He, X.; Finn, J. R.; Patil, V. A.

    2015-11-01

    Obtaining highly-resolved velocity data from experimental measurements in porous media is a significant challenge. The goal of this work is to compare the velocity fields measured in a randomly-packed porous medium obtained from particle image velocimetry (PIV) with corresponding fields predicted from direct numerical simulation (DNS). Experimentally, the porous medium was comprised of 15 mm diameter spherical beads made of optical glass placed in a glass flow cell to create the packed bed. A solution of ammonium thiocyanate was refractive-index matched to the glass creating a medium that could be illuminated with a laser sheet without distortion. The bead center locations were quantified using the imaging system so that the geometry of the porous medium was known very accurately. Two-dimensional PIV data were collected and processed to provide high-resolution velocity fields at a single plane within the porous medium. A Cartesian-grid-based fictitious domain approach was adopted for the direct numerical simulation of flow through the same geometry as the experimental measurements and without any adjustable parameters. The uncertainties associated with characterization of the pore geometry, PIV measurements, and DNS predictions were all systematically quantified. Although uncertainties in bead position measurements led to minor discrepancies in the comparison of the velocity fields, the axial and normal velocity deviations exhibited normalized root mean squared deviations (NRMSD) of only 11.32% and 4.74%, respectively. The high fidelity of both the experimental and numerical methods have significant implications for understanding and even for engineering the micro-macro relationship in porous materials. The ability to measure and model sub-pore-scale flow features also has relevance to the development of upscaled models for flow in porous media, where physically reasonable closure models must be developed at the sub-pore scale. These results provide valuable data

  18. Formation of bubbly horizon in liquid-saturated porous medium by surface temperature oscillation.

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    Goldobin, Denis S; Krauzin, Pavel V

    2015-12-01

    We study nonisothermal diffusion transport of a weakly soluble substance in a liquid-saturated porous medium in contact with a reservoir of this substance. The surface temperature of the porous medium half-space oscillates in time, which results in a decaying solubility wave propagating deep into the porous medium. In this system, zones of saturated solution and nondissolved phase coexist with ones of undersaturated solution. The effect is first considered for the case of annual oscillation of the surface temperature of water-saturated ground in contact with the atmosphere. We reveal the phenomenon of formation of a near-surface bubbly horizon due to temperature oscillation. An analytical theory of the phenomenon is developed. Further, the treatment is extended to the case of higher frequency oscillations and the case of weakly soluble solids and liquids.

  19. MHD flow through a porous medium adjacent to a stretching sheet: Numerical and an approximate solution

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    Chauhan, D. S.; Agrawal, R.

    2011-05-01

    A viscous incompressible electrically conducting fluid flow through a porous medium over a stretching sheet is considered in the presence of a magnetic field. Such flow problems have relevance in the process of a polymer sheet extrusion from a dye, and the numerical and approximate solutions of these problems are of great interest as these solutions serve practical purposes. By using the technique of stretching variables of the flow concern in porous medium and minimizing the residual of the resulting governing differential equations by the least squares method, we obtained an approximate solution for this problem of flow through porous medium near a stretching sheet. The results are also compared to a numerical solution determined by using the shooting method along with the Runge-Kutta method. The effects of various pertinent parameters on the velocity distribution and the residual function are investigated. The results are depicted graphically and discussed.

  20. Numerical modeling of ground water flow and contaminant transport in a saturated porous medium

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    Valipour, Mohammad S.; Sadeghi, Masoomeh; Mahmoudi, Amir H.; Shahi, Mina; Gandaghi, Hadi

    2012-05-01

    In this paper, numerical modeling and experimental testing of the distribution of pollutants along the water flow in a porous medium is discussed. Governing equations including overall continuity, momentum and species continuity equations are derived for porous medium. The governing equations have been solved numerical using the Finite Volume Method based on collocated grids. The SIMPLE algorithm has been adopted for the pressure _ velocity linked equations. In order to validate the numerical results, experimental data from laboratory apparatus are applied and there is a good agreement among numerical results and experimental test. Finally, the main affecting parameters on the distribution and transport of pollutants porous medium were investigated. Results indicate that, the domain of pollution rises with increasing dispersion coefficient and the dispersion phenomenon overcomes on pollutant transfer. Reduction of porosity has decreased the pollutant transfer and increased velocity has result in the increasing pollutant transport phenomenon but has reduced the domain of the pollution.

  1. Experimental study of 3D Rayleigh-Taylor convection between miscible fluids in a porous medium

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    Nakanishi, Yuji; Hyodo, Akimitsu; Wang, Lei; Suekane, Tetsuya

    2016-11-01

    The natural convection of miscible fluids in porous media has applications in several fields, such as geoscience and geoengineering, and can be employed for the geological storage of CO2. In this study, we used X-ray computer tomography to visualize 3D fingering structures associated with the Rayleigh-Taylor instability between miscible fluids in a porous medium. In the early stages of the onset of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, a fine crinkling pattern gradually appeared at the interface. As the wavelength and amplitude increased, descending fingers formed on the interface and extended vertically downward; in addition, ascending and highly symmetric fingers formed. The adjacent fingers were cylindrical in shape and coalesced to form large fingers. The fingers appearing on the interface tended to become finer with increasing Rayleigh number, which is consistent with linear perturbation theory. When the Péclet number exceeded 10, transverse dispersion increased the finger diameter and enhanced the finger coalescence, strongly impacting the decrease in finger number density. When mechanical dispersion was negligible, the finger-extension velocity and the dimensionless mass-transfer rate scaled with the characteristic velocity and the Rayleigh number with an appropriate length scale. Mechanical dispersion not only reduced the onset time but also enhanced the mass transport.

  2. Application of porous silicon in terahertz technology

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    Lo, Shu-Zee Alencious

    In this thesis, we discuss our efforts in developing porous silicon based devices for terahertz signal processing. In the first stage of our research, we demonstrate that porous silicon samples fabricated from highly doped p-type silicon can have adjustable refractive indices ranging from 1.5--2.1 and can exhibit a resistivity that is four orders of magnitude higher than that of the silicon wafer from which they were made. We show that the porous silicon becomes stable and relatively lossless after thermal oxidation. The partially oxidized porous silicon is shown to exhibit a smooth absorption spectrum, with low absorption loss of <10 cm-1 over the entire terahertz spectrum. As a proof of concept, we fabricated, for the first time, a porous silicon based multilayered Bragg filter with reflectance of 93% and full-width at half-maximum bandwidth of 0.26 THz. Compared with other multilayered filtering techniques, porous silicon has the advantage that it can be easily fabricated, and offers the possibility of forming multilayer and graded index structures for more advanced filters. The large surface area of nanoporous silicon makes it an especially attractive platform for applications in biochemical detection and diagnostics As part of our effort in developing terahertz waveguide for biosensing, we reported the world's first porous silicon based terahertz waveguide using the principle of surface plasmon polaritons. The effect of porous silicon film thickness on the propagation of surface plasmons is explained theoretically in this thesis and is found to be in good agreement with experimental results.

  3. Numerical investigation of oscillatory multiphase flow in porous medium with chemically active skeleton

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    Konyukhov, A. V.; Zavialov, I. N.

    2016-11-01

    Self-oscillating mode of reaction front propagation in multiphase flow in the porous medium with chemically active skeleton is investigated numerically. The considered flow represents an immiscible displacement process, such that the displacing fluid and the skeleton of the porous medium have chemically active components which react with production of gaseous phase. The calculations have demonstrated strong influence of the reaction kinetics on stability of the reactive flow. The presence of a time delay between the change of concentration of the reactants and the change of the reaction rate is shown to stimulate transition of the reaction front propagation to the oscillatory mode.

  4. Studying the flow dynamics of a karst aquifer system with an equivalent porous medium model.

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    Abusaada, Muath; Sauter, Martin

    2013-01-01

    The modeling of groundwater flow in karst aquifers is a challenge due to the extreme heterogeneity of its hydraulic parameters and the duality in their discharge behavior, that is, rapid response of highly conductive karst conduits and delayed drainage of the low-permeability fractured matrix after recharge events. There are a number of different modeling approaches for the simulation of the karst groundwater dynamics, applicable to different aquifer as well as modeling problem types, ranging from continuum models to double continuum models to discrete and hybrid models. This study presents the application of an equivalent porous model approach (EPM, single continuum model) to construct a steady-state numerical flow model for an important karst aquifer, that is, the Western Mountain Aquifer Basin (WMAB), shared by Israel and the West-Bank, using MODFLOW2000. The WMAB was used as a catchment since it is a well-constrained catchment with well-defined recharge and discharge components and therefore allows a control on the modeling approach, a very rare opportunity for karst aquifer modeling. The model demonstrates the applicability of equivalent porous medium models for the simulation of karst systems, despite their large contrast in hydraulic conductivities. As long as the simulated saturated volume is large enough to average out the local influence of karst conduits and as long as transport velocities are not an issue, EPM models excellently simulate the observed head distribution. The model serves as a starting basis that will be used as a reference for developing a long-term dynamic model for the WMAB, starting from the pre-development period (i.e., 1940s) up to date.

  5. Modification of Surface Density of a Porous Medium

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    Stackpoole, Margaret M. (Inventor); Espinoza, Christian (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A method for increasing density of a region of a porous, phenolic bonded ("PPB") body adjacent to a selected surface to increase failure tensile strength of the adjacent region and/or to decrease surface recession at elevated temperatures. When the surface-densified PPB body is brought together with a substrate, having a higher failure tensile strength, to form a composite body with a PPB body/substrate interface, the location of tensile failure is moved to a location spaced apart from the interface, the failure tensile strength of the PPB body is increased, and surface recession of the material at elevated temperature is reduced. The method deposits and allows diffusion of a phenolic substance on the selected surface. The PPB body and the substrate may be heated and brought together to form the composite body. The phenolic substance is allowed to diffuse into the PPB body, to volatilize and to cure, to provide a processed body with an increased surface density.

  6. Porous polymers: enabling solutions for energy applications.

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    Thomas, Arne; Kuhn, Pierre; Weber, Jens; Titirici, Maria-Magdalena; Antonietti, Markus

    2009-02-18

    A new generation of porous polymers was made for various energy-related applications, e.g., as fuel cell membranes, as electrode materials for batteries, for gas storage, partly from renewable resources. This review intends to catch this emerging field by reporting on a variety of different approaches to make high performing polymers porous. This includes template techniques, polymers with inherent microporosity, polymer frameworks by ionothermal polymerization, and the polymerization of carbon from appropriate precursors and by hydrothermal polymerization. In this process, we try to not only identify the current status of the field, but also point to open question and tasks to identify the potentially relevant progress.

  7. Control of optical transport parameters of 'porous medium – supercritical fluid' systems

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    Zimnyakov, D A; Ushakova, O V; Yuvchenko, S A; Bagratashvili, V N

    2015-11-30

    The possibility of controlling optical transport parameters (in particular, transport scattering coefficient) of porous systems based on polymer fibres, saturated with carbon dioxide in different phase states (gaseous, liquid and supercritical) has been experimentally studied. An increase in the pressure of the saturating medium leads to a rise of its refractive index and, correspondingly, the diffuse-transmission coefficient of the system due to the decrease in the transport scattering coefficient. It is shown that, in the case of subcritical saturating carbon dioxide, the small-angle diffuse transmission of probed porous layers at pressures close to the saturated vapour pressure is determined by the effect of capillary condensation in pores. The immersion effect in 'porous medium – supercritical fluid' systems, where the fluid pressure is used as a control parameter, is considered. The results of reconstructing the values of transport scattering coefficient of probed layers for different refractive indices of a saturating fluid are presented. (radiation scattering)

  8. Regularity for the porous medium equation with variable exponent: The singular case

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    Henriques, Eurica

    We extend to the singular case the results of [E. Henriques, J.M. Urbano, Intrinsic scaling for PDEs with an exponential nonlinearity, Indiana Univ. Math. J. 55 (5) (2006) 1701-1721] concerning the regularity of weak solutions of the porous medium equation with variable exponent. The method of intrinsic scaling is used to show that local weak solutions are locally continuous.

  9. Fractal continuum model for tracer transport in a porous medium.

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    Herrera-Hernández, E C; Coronado, M; Hernández-Coronado, H

    2013-12-01

    A model based on the fractal continuum approach is proposed to describe tracer transport in fractal porous media. The original approach has been extended to treat tracer transport and to include systems with radial and uniform flow, which are cases of interest in geoscience. The models involve advection due to the fluid motion in the fractal continuum and dispersion whose mathematical expression is taken from percolation theory. The resulting advective-dispersive equations are numerically solved for continuous and for pulse tracer injection. The tracer profile and the tracer breakthrough curve are evaluated and analyzed in terms of the fractal parameters. It has been found in this work that anomalous transport frequently appears, and a condition on the fractal parameter values to predict when sub- or superdiffusion might be expected has been obtained. The fingerprints of fractality on the tracer breakthrough curve in the explored parameter window consist of an early tracer breakthrough and long tail curves for the spherical and uniform flow cases, and symmetric short tailed curves for the radial flow case.

  10. Porous medium convection at large Rayleigh number: Studies of coherent structure, transport, and reduced dynamics

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    Wen, Baole

    Buoyancy-driven convection in fluid-saturated porous media is a key environmental and technological process, with applications ranging from carbon dioxide storage in terrestrial aquifers to the design of compact heat exchangers. Porous medium convection is also a paradigm for forced-dissipative infinite-dimensional dynamical systems, exhibiting spatiotemporally chaotic dynamics if not "true" turbulence. The objective of this dissertation research is to quantitatively characterize the dynamics and heat transport in two-dimensional horizontal and inclined porous medium convection between isothermal plane parallel boundaries at asymptotically large values of the Rayleigh number Ra by investigating the emergent, quasi-coherent flow. This investigation employs a complement of direct numerical simulations (DNS), secondary stability and dynamical systems theory, and variational analysis. The DNS confirm the remarkable tendency for the interior flow to self-organize into closely-spaced columnar plumes at sufficiently large Ra (up to Ra ≃ 105), with more complex spatiotemporal features being confined to boundary layers near the heated and cooled walls. The relatively simple form of the interior flow motivates investigation of unstable steady and time-periodic convective states at large Ra as a function of the domain aspect ratio L. To gain insight into the development of spatiotemporally chaotic convection, the (secondary) stability of these fully nonlinear states to small-amplitude disturbances is investigated using a spatial Floquet analysis. The results indicate that there exist two distinct modes of instability at large Ra: a bulk instability mode and a wall instability mode. The former usually is excited by long-wavelength disturbances and is generally much weaker than the latter. DNS, strategically initialized to investigate the fully nonlinear evolution of the most dangerous secondary instability modes, suggest that the (long time) mean inter-plume spacing in

  11. Bridging aero-fracture evolution with the characteristics of the acoustic emissions in a porous medium

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    Turkaya, Semih; Toussaint, Renaud; Eriksen, Fredrik; Zecevic, Megan; Daniel, Guillaume; Flekkøy, Eirik; Måløy, Knut Jørgen

    2015-09-01

    The characterization and understanding of rock deformation processes due to fluid flow is a challenging problem with numerous applications. The signature of this problem can be found in Earth Science and Physics, notably with applications in natural hazard understanding, mitigation or forecast (e.g. earthquakes, landslides with hydrological control, volcanic eruptions), or in industrial applications such as hydraulic-fracturing, steam-assisted gravity drainage, CO sequestration operations or soil remediation. Here we investigate the link between the visual deformation and the mechanical wave signals generated due to fluid injection into porous media. In a rectangular Hele-Shaw Cell, side air injection causes burst movement and compaction of grains along with channeling (creation of high permeability channels empty of grains). During the initial compaction and emergence of the main channel, the hydraulic fracturing in the medium generates a large non-impulsive low frequency signal in the frequency range 100 Hz - 10 kHz. When the channel network is established, the relaxation of the surrounding medium causes impulsive aftershock-like events, with high frequency (above 10 kHz) acoustic emissions, the rate of which follows an Omori Law. These signals and observations are comparable to seismicity induced by fluid injection. Compared to the data obtained during hydraulic fracturing operations, low frequency seismicity with evolving spectral characteristics have also been observed. An Omori-like decay of microearthquake rates is also often observed after injection shut-in, with a similar exponent p≃0.5 as observed here, where the decay rate of aftershock follows a scaling law dN/dt ∝(t-t₀ )-p . The physical basis for this modified Omori law is explained by pore pressure diffusion affecting the stress relaxation.

  12. Modeling of porous scaffold deformation induced by medium perfusion.

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    Podichetty, Jagdeep T; Madihally, Sundararajan V

    2014-05-01

    In this study, we tested the possibility of calculating permeability of porous scaffolds utilized in soft tissue engineering using pore size and shape. We validated the results using experimental measured pressure drop and simulations with the inclusion of structural deformation. We prepared Polycaprolactone (PCL) and Chitosan-Gelatin (CG) scaffolds by salt leaching and freeze drying technique, respectively. Micrographs were assessed for pore characteristics and mechanical properties. Porosity for both scaffolds was nearly same but the permeability varied 10-fold. Elastic moduli were 600 and 9 kPa for PCL and CG scaffolds, respectively, while Poisson's ratio was 0.3 for PCL scaffolds and ∼1.0 for CG scaffolds. A flow-through bioreactor accommodating a 10 cm diameter and 0.2 cm thick scaffold was used to determine the pressure-drop at various flow rates. Additionally, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations were performed by coupling fluid flow, described by Brinkman equation, with structural mechanics using a dynamic mesh. The experimentally obtained pressure drop matched the simulation results of PCL scaffolds. Simulations were extended to a broad range of permeabilities (10(-10) m(2) to 10(-14) m(2) ), elastic moduli (10-100,000 kPa) and Poisson's ratio (0.1-0.49). The results showed significant deviation in pressure drop due to scaffold deformation compared to rigid scaffold at permeabilities near healthy tissues. Also, considering the scaffold as a nonrigid structure altered the shear stress profile. In summary, scaffold permeability can be calculated using scaffold pore characteristics and deformation could be predicted using CFD simulation. These relationships could potentially be used in monitoring tissue regeneration noninvasively via pressure drop.

  13. Thermal Dispersion Within a Porous Medium Near a Solid Wall

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    Simon, T.; McFadden, G.; Ibrahim, M.

    2006-01-01

    The regenerator is a key component to Stirling cycle machine efficiency. Typical regenerators are of sintered fine wires or layers of fine-wire screens. Such porous materials are contained within solid-waH casings. Thermal energy exchange between the regenerator and the casing is important to cycle performance for the matrix and casing would not have the same axial temperature profile in an actual machine. Exchange from one to the other may allow shunting of thermal energy, reducing cycle efficiency. In this paper, temperature profiles within the near-wall region of the matrix are measured and thermal energy transport, termed thermal dispersion, is inferred. The data show how the wall affects thermal transport. Transport normal to the mean flow direction is by conduction within the solid and fluid and by advective transport within the matrix. In the near-wall region, both may be interrupted from their normal in-core pattern. Solid conduction paths are broken and scales of advective transport are damped. An equation is presented which describes this change for a wire screen mesh. The near-wall layer typically acts as an insulating layer. This should be considered in design or analysis. Effective thermal conductivity within the core is uniform. In-core transverse thermal effective conductivity values are compared to direct and indirect measurements reported elsewhere and to 3D numerical simulation results, computed previously and reported elsewhere. The 3-D CFD model is composed of six cylinders in cross flow, staggered in arrangement to match the dimensions and porosity of the matrix used in the experiments. The commercial code FLUENT is used to obtain the flow and thermal fields. The thermal dispersion and effective thermal conductivities for the matrix are computed from the results.

  14. Motility of Escherichia coli in a quasi-two-dimensional porous medium

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    Sosa-Hernández, Juan Eduardo; Santillán, Moisés; Santana-Solano, Jesús

    2017-03-01

    Bacterial migration through confined spaces is critical for several phenomena, such as biofilm formation, bacterial transport in soils, and bacterial therapy against cancer. In the present work, E. coli (strain K12-MG1655 WT) motility was characterized by recording and analyzing individual bacterium trajectories in a simulated quasi-two-dimensional porous medium. The porous medium was simulated by enclosing, between slide and cover slip, a bacterial-culture sample mixed with uniform 2.98-μ m -diameter spherical latex particles. The porosity of the medium was controlled by changing the latex particle concentration. By statistically analyzing several trajectory parameters (instantaneous velocity, turn angle, mean squared displacement, etc.), and contrasting with the results of a random-walk model developed ad hoc, we were able to quantify the effects that different obstacle concentrations have upon bacterial motility.

  15. Momentum transfer at the interface between a porous medium and a pure fluid

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    Hu, Howard; Zhang, Songpeng

    2015-11-01

    We examine the flow parallel to the interface between a porous medium and a liquid, focusing on the boundary conditions at the interface. When Darcy's law is used to describe the momentum transport in the porous layer, the classic Beavers-Joseph condition relates the shear rate and the slip velocity at the interface with a slip parameter that depends on the structure of the porous surface. When the Brinkman equation is used, the averaged velocity is continuous at the interface, however the fluid shear stress across the interface commonly experiences a jump. This shear stress jump can be expressed in terms of the slip velocity at the interface divided by a length characterized by the square root of the permeability, and a dimensionless stress jump coefficient. In this work, we study the momentum transfer from the clear fluid onto the solid structure at the interface, and proposed a stress partition parameter that characterizes the stress transfer from the clear fluid to the fluid (and solid) phase of the porous medium. Simple models are developed to formulate this stress partition parameter for porous media that are brush-like, long fibers, and random, respectively. Our model predictions are compared with numerical and experimental results in the literature.

  16. The flow of an aqueous foam through a two-dimensional porous medium

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    Dollet, B.; Jones, S. A.; Géraud, B.; Meheust, Y.; Cox, S. J.; Cantat, I.

    2013-12-01

    Flowing foams are used in many engineering and technical applications. A well-known application is oil recovery. Another one is the remediation of polluted soils: the foam is injected into the ground in order to mobilize chemical species present in the medium. Apart from potential interesting physico-chemical and biochemical properties, foams have peculiar flow properties that applications might benefit of. In particular, viscous dissipation arises mostly from the contact zones between the soap films and the walls, which results in peculiar friction laws allowing the foam to invade narrow pores more efficiently than Newtonian fluids would. We investigate the flow of a two-dimensional foam in three geometrical configurations. The flow velocity field and pressure field can both be reconstructed from the kinematics of the foam bubbles. We first consider a medium consisting of two parallel channels with different widths, at fixed medium porosity, that is, at fixed total combined width of the two channels. The flow behavior is highly dependent on the foam structure within the narrowest of the two channels [1]; consequently, the flux ratio between the two channels exhibits a non-monotonic dependence on the ratio of their widths. We then consider two parallel channels that are respectively convergent and divergent. The resulting flow kinematics imposes asymmetric bubble deformations in the two channels; these deformations strongly impact the foam/wall friction, and consequently the flux distribution between the two channels, causing flow irreversibility. We quantitatively predict the flux ratio as a function of the channel widths by modeling pressure drops of both viscous and capillary origins. This study reveals the crucial importance of boundary-induced bubble deformation on the mobility of a flowing foam. We then study how film-wall friction, capillary pressures and bubble deformation impact the flow of a foam in a two-dimensional porous medium consisting of randomly

  17. Analyzing the deformation of a porous medium with account for the collapse of pores

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    Sadovskii, V. M.; Sadovskaya, O. V.

    2016-09-01

    The generalized rheological method is used to construct a mathematical model of small deformations of a porous media with open pores. Changes in the resistance of the material to external mechanical impact at the moment of collapse of the pores is described using the von Mises-Schleicher strength condition. The irreversible deformation is accounted for with the help of the classic versions of the von Mises-Tresca-Saint-Venant yield condition and the condition that simulates the plastic loss of stability of the porous skeleton. Within the framework of the constructed model, this paper describes the analysis of the propagation of plane longitudinal compression waves in a homogeneous medium accompanied with plastic strain of the skeleton and densification of the material. A parallel computational algorithm is developed for the study of the elastoplastic deformation of the porous medium under external dynamics loads. The algorithm and the program are tested by calculating the propagation of plane longitudinal compression shock waves and the extension of the cylindrical cavity in an infinite porous medium. The calculation results are compared with exact solutions, and it is shown that they are in good agreement.

  18. Full waveform inversion of seismic waves reflected in a stratified porous medium

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    De Barros, Louis; Dietrich, Michel; Valette, Bernard

    2010-09-01

    In reservoir geophysics applications, seismic imaging techniques are expected to provide as much information as possible on fluid-filled reservoir rocks. Since seismograms are, to some degree, sensitive to the mechanical parameters and fluid properties of porous media, inversion methods can be devised to directly estimate these quantities from the waveforms obtained in seismic reflection experiments. An inversion algorithm that uses a generalized least-squares, quasi-Newton approach is described to determine the porosity, permeability, interstitial fluid properties and mechanical parameters of porous media. The proposed algorithm proceeds by iteratively minimizing a misfit function between observed data and synthetic wavefields computed with the Biot theory. Simple models consisting of plane-layered, fluid-saturated and poro-elastic media are considered to demonstrate the concept and evaluate the performance of such a full waveform inversion scheme. Numerical experiments show that, when applied to synthetic data, the inversion procedure can accurately reconstruct the vertical distribution of a single model parameter, if all other parameters are perfectly known. However, the coupling between some of the model parameters does not permit the reconstruction of several model parameters at the same time. To get around this problem, we consider composite parameters defined from the original model properties and from a priori information, such as the fluid saturation rate or the lithology, to reduce the number of unknowns. Another possibility is to apply this inversion algorithm to time-lapse surveys carried out for fluid substitution problems, such as CO2 injection, since in this case only a few parameters may vary as a function of time. We define a two-step differential inversion approach which allows us to reconstruct the fluid saturation rate in reservoir layers, even though the medium properties are poorly known.

  19. Incompressible fluid flow and heat transfer through a nonsaturated porous medium

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    Saldanha da Gama, R. M.; Martins-Costa, M. L.

    This work studies a nonsaturated flow and the heat transfer associated phenomenon of a newtonian fluid through a rigid porous matrix, using a mixture theory approach in its modelling. The mixture consists of three overlapping continuous constituents: a solid (porous medium), a liquid and an inert gas, included to account for the compressibility of the system as a whole. A set of four nonlinear partial differential equations describe the problem whose hydrodynamical part is approximated by means of a Glimm's scheme combined with an operator splitting technique.

  20. Evaluation of a numerical simulation model for a system coupling atmospheric gas, surface water and unsaturated or saturated porous medium.

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    Hibi, Yoshihiko; Tomigashi, Akira; Hirose, Masafumi

    2015-12-01

    Numerical simulations that couple flow in a surface fluid with that in a porous medium are useful for examining problems of pollution that involve interactions among the atmosphere, surface water and groundwater, including, for example, saltwater intrusion along coasts. We previously developed a numerical simulation method for simulating a coupled atmospheric gas, surface water, and groundwater system (called the ASG method) that employs a saturation equation for flow in a porous medium; this equation allows both the void fraction of water in the surface system and water saturation in the porous medium to be solved simultaneously. It remained necessary, however, to evaluate how global pressure, including gas pressure, water pressure, and capillary pressure, should be specified at the boundary between the surface and the porous medium. Therefore, in this study, we derived a new equation for global pressure and integrated it into the ASG method. We then simulated water saturation in a porous medium and the void fraction of water in a surface system by the ASG method and reproduced fairly well the results of two column experiments. Next, we simulated water saturation in a porous medium (sand) with a bank, by using both the ASG method and a modified Picard (MP) method. We found only a slight difference in water saturation between the ASG and MP simulations. This result confirmed that the derived equation for global pressure was valid for a porous medium, and that the global pressure value could thus be used with the saturation equation for porous media. Finally, we used the ASG method to simulate a system coupling atmosphere, surface water, and a porous medium (110m wide and 50m high) with a trapezoidal bank. The ASG method was able to simulate the complex flow of fluids in this system and the interaction between the porous medium and the surface water or the atmosphere.

  1. Porous medium coffee ring effect and other factors affecting the first crystallisation time of sodium chloride at the surface of a drying porous medium

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    Hidri, F.; Sghaier, N.; Eloukabi, H.; Prat, M.; Nasrallah, S. Ben

    2013-12-01

    We study the distribution of ions in a drying porous medium up to the formation of first crystals at the surface. The study is based on comparisons between numerical simulations and experiments with packings of glass beads. The experimental configuration, which is representative of many previous drying experiments, is characterized by the formation of an efflorescence fairy ring at the surface of the porous medium. The preferential formation of crystals at the periphery is explained by the combined effect of higher evaporation fluxes at the surface periphery, as in the classical coffee ring problem, and variations in the porosity near the wall bordering the packing. It is shown that both effects have a great impact on the time marking the occurrence of first crystals, which is referred to as the first crystallization time. The experiments indicate that the first crystallization time increases with a decreasing bead size for a given initial ion concentration. This is explained by the variation with bead size of the characteristic size of the near wall region where a preferential desaturation of the sample occurs as a result of the porosity increase near the wall. The study also reveals a significant salt supersaturation effect. This represents a noticeable fact in relation with salt weathering issues.

  2. Steady-state heat transfer in transversely heated porous media with application to focused solar energy collectors

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    Nichols, L. D.

    1976-01-01

    A fluid flowing in a porous medium heated transversely to the fluid flow is considered. This configuration is applicable to a focused solar energy collector for use in an electric power generating system. A fluidized bed can be regarded as a porous medium with special properties. The solutions presented are valid for describing the effectiveness of such a fluidized bed for collecting concentrated solar energy to heat the working fluid of a heat engine. Results indicate the advantage of high thermal conductivity in the transverse direction and high operating temperature of the porous medium.

  3. Mass transport at the interface between a highly permeable porous medium and an open channel flow

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    Moretto, C.; Pokrajac, D.

    2012-04-01

    Hyporheic exchange has been extensively studied in the literature. The majority of papers present the results of field studies and the associated engineering simulation models. The number of laboratory studies is smaller. Most of them are focused on the bulk scale effects, since the measurements within the bed at the grain scale are difficult and therefore rare. Measurement within the pores of a permeable bed becomes possible for some idealized pore configurations. Pokrajac and Manes (2009) and Manes et al. (2009) use constant diameter spheres packed in a cubic pattern, which form straight pores (with variable cross-sectional area) in three orthogonal directions. Their results include detailed velocity measurements and the characteristics of turbulence at the fluid/porous interface, but not the mass transport. The experimental study reported here uses the same porous medium and extends this work by including grain-scale mass transport measurements. The results presented involve the hydrodynamics and the mass transport at the fluid/pore interface and within the first pore under the surface of the medium. The experiments are carried out in a 11m long and 40cm wide tilting flume. The porous medium, placed on the flume bed, is composed of 5 layers of 12mm diameter plastic spheres packed in a cubic pattern. This arrangement was chosen in order to have a regular matrix, thereby allowing measurements of the velocities and solute concentration within a pore. The measurement window covers a central section of a longitudinal pore which is visible through a lateral pore. The velocity field is measured by means of the Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), and the concentration field is measured using the Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF). These two techniques allow simultaneous non-intrusive measurements within a single pore. The experiments involved uniform, fully developed turbulent flow. The experimental conditions were: bed slope = 0.01, water depth = 45mm, depth

  4. Transitioning from a single-phase fluid to a porous medium: a boundary layer approach

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    Dalwadi, Mohit P.; Chapman, S. Jon; Oliver, James M.; Waters, Sarah L.

    2014-11-01

    Pressure-driven laminar channel flow is a classic problem in fluid mechanics, and the resultant Poiseuille flow is one of the few exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations. If the channel interior is a porous medium (governed by Darcy's law) rather than a single-phase fluid, the resultant behaviour is plug flow. But what happens when these two flow regions are coupled, as is the case for industrial membrane filtration systems or biological tissue engineering problems? How does one flow transition to the other? We use asymptotic methods to investigate pressure-driven flow through a long channel completely blocked by a finite-length porous obstacle. We analytically solve for the flow at both small and large Reynolds number (whilst remaining within the laminar regime). The boundary layer structure is surprisingly intricate for large Reynolds number. In that limit, the structure is markedly different depending on whether there is inflow or outflow through the porous medium, there being six asymptotic regions for inflow and three for outflow. We have extended this result to a wide class of 3D porous obstacles within a Hele-Shaw cell. We obtain general boundary conditions to couple the outer flows, and find that these conditions are far from obvious at higher order.

  5. Effects of Porous Medium Heterogeneity on Vadose Zone Desiccation: Intermediate-scale Laboratory Experiments and Simulations

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    Oostrom, Martinus; Freedman, Vicky L.; Wietsma, Thomas W.; Dane, Jacob H.; Truex, Michael J.

    2012-11-01

    Soil desiccation (drying), involving water evaporation induced by dry gas injection, is a potentially robust vadose zone remediation process to limit contaminant transport through the vadose zone. A series of four intermediate-scale flow cell experiments was conducted in homogeneous and simple layered heterogeneous porous medium systems to investigate the effects of heterogeneity on desiccation of unsaturated porous media. The permeability ratios of porous medium layers ranged from about five to almost two orders of magnitude. The insulated flow cell was equipped with twenty humidity and temperature sensors and a dual-energy gamma system was used to determine water saturations at various times. The multiphase code STOMP was used to simulate the desiccation process. Results show that injected dry gas flowed predominantly in the higher permeability layer and delayed water removal from the lower permeability material. For the configurations tested, water vapor diffusion from the lower to the higher permeability zone was considerable over the duration of the experiments, resulting in much larger relative humidity values of the outgoing air than based on permeability ratios alone. Acceptable numerical matches with the experimental data were obtained when an extension of the saturation-capillary pressure relation below the residual water saturation was used. The agreements between numerical and experimental results suggest that the correct physics are implemented in the simulator and that the thermal and hydraulic properties of the porous media, flow cell wall and insulation materials were properly represented.

  6. Liquid film condensation along a vertical surface in a thin porous medium with large anisotropic permeability.

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    Sanya, Arthur S O; Akowanou, Christian; Sanya, Emile A; Degan, Gerard

    2014-01-01

    The problems of steady film condensation on a vertical surface embedded in a thin porous medium with anisotropic permeability filled with pure saturated vapour are studied analytically by using the Brinkman-Darcy flow model. The principal axes of anisotropic permeability are oriented in a direction that non-coincident with the gravity force. On the basis of the flow permeability tensor due to the anisotropic properties and the Brinkman-Darcy flow model adopted by considering negligible macroscopic and microscopic inertial terms, boundary-layer approximations in the porous liquid film momentum equation is solved analytically. Scale analysis is applied to predict the order-of-magnitudes involved in the boundary layer regime. The first novel contribution in the mathematics consists in the use of the anisotropic permeability tensor inside the expression of the mathematical formulation of the film condensation problem along a vertical surface embedded in a porous medium. The present analytical study reveals that the anisotropic permeability properties have a strong influence on the liquid film thickness, condensate mass flow rate and surface heat transfer rate. The comparison between thin and thick porous media is also presented.

  7. Reactive-convective dissolution in a porous medium: the storage of carbon dioxide in saline aquifers.

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    Ghoshal, Parama; Kim, Min Chan; Cardoso, Silvana S S

    2016-12-21

    We quantify the destabilising effect of a first-order chemical reaction on the fingering instability of a diffusive boundary layer in a porous medium. Using scaling, we show that the dynamics of such a reactive boundary layer is fully determined by two dimensionless groups: Da/Ra(2), which measures the timescale for convection compared to those for reaction and diffusion; and βC/βA, which reflects the density change induced by the product relative to that of the diffusing solute. Linear stability and numerical results for βC/βA in the range 0-10 and Da/Ra(2) in the range 0-0.01 are presented. It is shown that the chemical reaction increases the growth rate of a transverse perturbation and favours large wavenumbers compared to the inert system. Higher βC/βA and Da/Ra(2) not only accelerate the onset of convection, but crucially also double the transport of the solute compared to the inert system. Application of our findings to the storage of carbon dioxide in carbonate saline aquifers reveals that chemical equilibrium curtails this increase of CO2 flux to 50%.

  8. Porous grain model and equivalent elastic medium approach for predicting effective elastic properties of sedimentary rocks

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    Ruiz, Franklin J.

    This dissertation presents the results of using different inclusion and granular effective medium models and poroelasticity to predict the elastic properties of rocks with complex microstructures. Effective medium models account for the microstructure and texture of rocks, and can be used to predict the type of rock and microstructure from seismic velocities and densities. We introduce the elastic equivalency approach, using the differential effective medium model, to predict the effective elastic moduli of rocks and attenuation. We introduce the porous grain concept and develop rock physics models for rocks with microporosity. We exploit the porous grain concept to describe a variety of arrangements of uncemented and cemented grains with different degrees of hydraulic connectivity in the pore space. We first investigate the accuracy of the differential effective medium and self-consistent estimations of elastic properties of complex rock matrix using composites as analogs. We test whether the differential effective-medium (DEM) and self-consistent (SC) models can accurately estimate the elastic moduli of a complex rock matrix and compare the results with the average of upper and lower Hashin-Shtrikman bounds. We find that when the material microstructure is consistent with DEM, this model is more accurate than both SC and the bound-average method for a variety of inclusion aspect ratios, concentrations, and modulus contrasts. Based on these results, we next pose a question: can a theoretical inclusion model, specifically, the differential effective-medium model (DEM), be used to match experimental velocity data in rocks that are not necessarily made of inclusions (such as elastics)? We first approach this question by using empirical velocity-porosity equations as proxies for data. By finding a DEM inclusion aspect ratio (AR) to match these equations, we find that the required range of AR is remarkably narrow. Moreover, a constant AR of about 0.13 can be used to

  9. Effect of supermolecular structure on oil filtration in a porous medium

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    Gal`tsev, V.E.; Ametov, I.M.; Dzyubenko, E.M.

    1995-09-01

    The formation of supermolecular structures during the adsorption of a tar-asphaltene fraction on the surface of grains of rock-forming materials in a porous medium was studied. The effect of these structures on the character of oil filtration in a porous medium is established. The filamentary structures formed have a diameter of 20 to 40 {angstrom}, corresponding to the size of asphaltene associates, and exhibit preferred orientation with a tilt in the direction opposite to the direction of flow. Some residual orientation of filaments is retained upon a change in the direction of flow. On the basis of ENDOR data, a model of a spatially anisotropic asphaltene micelle in oil was developed, which explains the observed character of coagulation and the formation of filamentary structures.

  10. A study on moving mesh finite element solution of the porous medium equation

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    Ngo, Cuong; Huang, Weizhang

    2017-02-01

    An adaptive moving mesh finite element method is studied for the numerical solution of the porous medium equation with and without variable exponents and absorption. The method is based on the moving mesh partial differential equation approach and employs its newly developed implementation. The implementation has several improvements over the traditional one, including its explicit, compact form of the mesh velocities, ease to program, and less likelihood of producing singular meshes. Three types of metric tensor that correspond to uniform and arclength-based and Hessian-based adaptive meshes are considered. The method shows first-order convergence for uniform and arclength-based adaptive meshes, and second-order convergence for Hessian-based adaptive meshes. It is also shown that the method can be used for situations with complex free boundaries, emerging and splitting of free boundaries, and the porous medium equation with variable exponents and absorption. Two-dimensional numerical results are presented.

  11. Methane Gas Hydrate Decomposition in a Porous Medium Upon Injection of a Warm Carbon Dioxide Gas

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    Khasanov, M. K.; Shagapov, V. Sh.

    2016-09-01

    The characteristic features of methane gas hydrate decomposition upon injection of a warm carbon dioxide gas into a porous medium saturated with methane and its hydrate are investigated. A mathematical model is presented for heat and mass transfer in a porous medium accompanied by substitution of methane for carbon dioxide gas in the original gas hydrate. Self-similar solutions of a one-dimensional problem that describe the distribution of basic parameters in a stratum have been constructed. It is shown that there are solutions according to which methane gas hydrate may decompose either with the formation of carbon dioxide gas hydrate alone, or with the formation of both carbon dioxide gas hydrate and a mixture of methane with water. Critical diagrams of the existence of each type of solutions have been drawn.

  12. Unsteady magnetohydrodynamic free convection flow of a second grade fluid in a porous medium with ramped wall temperature.

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    Samiulhaq; Ahmad, Sohail; Vieru, Dumitru; Khan, Ilyas; Shafie, Sharidan

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic field influence on unsteady free convection flow of a second grade fluid near an infinite vertical flat plate with ramped wall temperature embedded in a porous medium is studied. It has been observed that magnitude of velocity as well as skin friction in case of ramped temperature is quite less than the isothermal temperature. Some special cases namely: (i) second grade fluid in the absence of magnetic field and porous medium and (ii) Newtonian fluid in the presence of magnetic field and porous medium, performing the same motion are obtained. Finally, the influence of various parameters is graphically shown.

  13. Unsteady Magnetohydrodynamic Free Convection Flow of a Second Grade Fluid in a Porous Medium with Ramped Wall Temperature

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    Samiulhaq; Ahmad, Sohail; Vieru, Dumitru; Khan, Ilyas; Shafie, Sharidan

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic field influence on unsteady free convection flow of a second grade fluid near an infinite vertical flat plate with ramped wall temperature embedded in a porous medium is studied. It has been observed that magnitude of velocity as well as skin friction in case of ramped temperature is quite less than the isothermal temperature. Some special cases namely: (i) second grade fluid in the absence of magnetic field and porous medium and (ii) Newtonian fluid in the presence of magnetic field and porous medium, performing the same motion are obtained. Finally, the influence of various parameters is graphically shown. PMID:24785147

  14. Thermal instability of a fluid-saturated porous medium bounded by thin fluid layers

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    Pillatsis, G.; Taslim, M.E.; Narusawa, U. )

    1987-08-01

    A linear stability analysis is performed for a horizontal Darcy porous layer of depth 2d{sub m} sandwiched between two fluid layers of depth d (each) with the top and bottom boundaries being dynamically free and kept at fixed temperatures. The Beavers-Joseph condition is employed as one of the interfacial boundary conditions between the fluid and the porous layer. The critical Rayleigh number and the horizontal wave number for the onset of convective motion depend on the following four dimensional parameters: {cflx d} (= d{sub m}/d, the depth ratio), {delta} (= {radical}K/d{sub m} with K being the permeability of the porous medium) {alpha} (the proportionality constant in the Beavers-Joseph condition), and k/k{sub m} (the thermal conductivity ratio). In order to analyze the effect of these parameters on the stability condition, a set of numerical solutions is obtained in terms of a convergent series for the respective layers, for the case in which the thickness of the porous layer is much greater than that of the fluid layer. A comparison of this study with the previously obtained exact solution for the case of constant heat flux boundaries is made to illustrate quantitative effects of the interfacial and the top/bottom boundaries on the thermal instability of a combined system of porous and fluid layers.

  15. Thermal conductivity in porous media: Percolation-based effective-medium approximation

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    Ghanbarian, Behzad; Daigle, Hugh

    2016-01-01

    Knowledge of porosity and saturation-dependent thermal conductivities is necessary to investigate heat and water transfer in natural porous media such as rocks and soils. Thermal conductivity in a porous medium is affected by the complicated relationship between the topology and geometry of the pore space and the solid matrix. However, as water content increases from completely dry to fully saturated, the effect of the liquid phase on thermal conductivity may increase substantially. Although various methods have been proposed to model the porosity and saturation dependence of thermal conductivity, most are empirical or quasiphysical. In this study, we present a theoretical upscaling framework from percolation theory and the effective-medium approximation, which is called percolation-based effective-medium approximation (P-EMA). The proposed model predicts the thermal conductivity in porous media from endmember properties (e.g., air, solid matrix, and saturating fluid thermal conductivities), a scaling exponent, and a percolation threshold. In order to evaluate our porosity and saturation-dependent models, we compare our theory with 193 porosity-dependent thermal conductivity measurements and 25 saturation-dependent thermal conductivity data sets and find excellent match. We also find values for the scaling exponent different than the universal value of 2, in insulator-conductor systems, and also different from 0.76, the exponent in conductor-superconductor mixtures, in three dimensions. These results indicate that the thermal conductivity under fully and partially saturated conditions conforms to nonuniversal behavior. This means the value of the scaling exponent changes from medium to medium and depends not only on structural and geometrical properties of the medium but also characteristics (e.g., wetting or nonwetting) of the saturating fluid.

  16. Approximate analytic solutions of stagnation point flow in a porous medium

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    Kumaran, V.; Tamizharasi, R.; Vajravelu, K.

    2009-06-01

    An efficient and new implicit perturbation technique is used to obtain approximate analytical series solution of Brinkmann equation governing the two-dimensional stagnation point flow in a porous medium. Analytical approximate solution of the classical two-dimensional stagnation point flow is obtained as a limiting case. Also, it is shown that the obtained higher order series solutions agree well with the computed numerical solutions.

  17. A numerical inversion of a the Laplace transform solution to radial dispersion in a porous medium.

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    Moench, A.F.; Ogata, A.

    1981-01-01

    A special form of the numerical inversion of the Laplace transform described by Stehfest (1970) is applied to the transformed solution of dispersion in a radial flow system in a porous medium. The inversion is extremely simple to use because the weighting coefficients depend only on the number of terms used in the computation and not upon the transform solution as required by most numerical inversion techniques.-from Authors

  18. Breakage of non-Newtonian character in flow through a porous medium: evidence from numerical simulation.

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    Bleyer, J; Coussot, P

    2014-06-01

    We study the flow, through a model two-dimensional porous medium, of Newtonian fluids, power-law fluids, and viscoplastic fluids in the laminar regime and with moderate or dominant effects of the yielding term. A numerical technique able to take properly into account yielding effects in viscoplastic flows without any regularization is used to determine the detailed flow characteristics. We show that as soon as the distance between the disks forming the porous medium is sufficiently small, the velocity field and in particular the distribution function of the velocity of these different fluids in a wide range of flow regimes are similar. Moreover, the volume fraction of fluid at rest is negligible even at low flow rate. Thus the non-Newtonian character of a fluid flowing through such a complex geometry tends to be broken. We suggest that this is due to the fact that in a flow through a channel of rapidly varying cross section, the deformation, and thus the flow field, is imposed on the fluid, a situation that is encountered almost everywhere in a porous medium. These results make it possible to deduce a general expression for Darcy's law of these fluid types and estimate the parameters appearing in this expression.

  19. Oscillation-induced displacement patterns in a two-dimensional porous medium: A lattice Boltzmann study

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    Aursjø, Olav; Knudsen, Henning Arendt; Flekkøy, Eirik G.; Måløy, Knut Jørgen

    2010-08-01

    We present a numerical study of the statistical behavior of a two-phase flow in a two-dimensional porous medium subjected to an oscillatory acceleration transverse to the overall direction of flow. A viscous nonwetting fluid is injected into a porous medium filled with a more viscous wetting fluid. During the whole process sinusoidal oscillations of constant amplitude and frequency accelerates the porous medium sideways, perpendicular to the overall direction of flow. The invasion process displays a transient behavior where the saturation of the defending fluid decreases, before it enters a state of irreducible wetting fluid saturation, where there is no net transport of defending fluid toward the outlet of the system. In this state the distribution of sizes of the remaining clusters are observed to obey a power law with an exponential cutoff. The cutoff cluster size is found to be determined by the flow and oscillatory stimulation parameters. This cutoff size is also shown to be directly related to the extracted amount of defending fluid. Specifically, the results show that the oscillatory acceleration of the system leads to potentially a large increase in extracted wetting fluid.

  20. Coupled consolidation of a porous medium with a cylindrical or a spherical cavity

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    Zhou, Y.; Rajapakse, R. K. N. D.; Graham, J.

    1998-06-01

    This paper presents a theoretical approach to analyse coupled, linear thermoporoelastic fields in a saturated porous medium under radial and spherical symmetry. The governing equations account for compressibility and thermal expansion of constituents, heat sink due to thermal dilatation of water and thermal expansion of the medium, and thermodynamically coupled heat-water flow. It has been reported in the literature that thermodynamically coupled heat-water flows known as thermo-osmosis and thermal filtration have the potential to significantly alter the flow fields in clay-rich barriers in the near field of a underground waste containment scheme. This study presents a mathematical model and examines the effects of thermo-osmosis and thermal-filtration on coupled consolidation fields in a porous medium with a cavity. Analytical solutions of the governing equations are presented in the Laplace transform space. A numerical inversion scheme is used to obtain the time-domain solutions for a cylindrical cavity in a homogeneous or a non-homogeneous medium. A closed form time-domain solution is presented for a spherical cavity in a homogeneous medium. Selected numerical solutions for homogeneous and non-homogeneous media show a significant increase in pore pressure and displacements due to the presence of thermodynamically coupled flows and a negligible influence on temperature.

  1. On the movement of a liquid front in an unsaturated, fractured porous medium, Part 2, Mathematical theory

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    Nitao, J.J.

    1989-06-01

    A simplified equation of motion is derived for the flow of liquid through an idealized one-dimensional fracture situated in an unsaturated imbibing porous medium. The equation is valid for the case where the matrix material has a much lower saturated conductivity than that of the fracture and the capillary tension in the matrix is sufficiently stronger than gravity. Asymptotic solutions are given for the motion of the liquid front in a parallel fracture system. With the introduction of natural time constants and dimensionless parameters, the flow behavior can be shown to possess various temporal flow regimes. This work is part of the Nevada Nuclear Waste Storage Project and is applicable to understanding some of the various physical parameters affecting liquid flow through a fracture in an unsaturated porous medium, and is particularly useful as a step in understanding the hydrological processes around a nuclear waste repository in an unsaturated environment as well as in other applications where unsaturated fracture flow conditions exist. The solutions are also relevant to numerical model verification. 10 refs., 2 tabs.

  2. Mathematical modeling of deformation of a porous medium, considering its strengthening due to pore collapse

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    Sadovskii, V. M. Sadovskaya, O. V.

    2015-10-28

    Based on the generalized rheological method, the mathematical model describing small deformations of a single-phase porous medium without regard to the effects of a fluid or gas in pores is constructed. The change in resistance of a material to the external mechanical impacts at the moment of pore collapse is taken into account by means of the von Mises–Schleicher strength condition. In order to consider irreversible deformations, alongside with the classical yield conditions by von Mises and Tresca– Saint-Venant, the special condition modeling the plastic loss of stability of a porous skeleton is used. The random nature of the pore size distribution is taken into account. It is shown that the proposed mathematical model satisfies the principles of thermodynamics of irreversible processes. Phenomenological parameters of the model are determined on the basis of the approximate calculation of the problem on quasi-static loading of a cubic periodicity cell with spherical voids. In the framework of the obtained model, the process of propagation of plane longitudinal waves of the compression in a homogenous porous medium, accompanied by the plastic deformation of a skeleton and the collapse of pores, is analyzed.

  3. The estimation of permeability of a porous medium with a generalized pore structure by geometry identification

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    Rezaei Niya, S. M.; Selvadurai, A. P. S.

    2017-03-01

    The paper presents an approach for estimating the permeability of a porous medium that is based on the characteristics of the porous structure. The pressure drop in different fluid flow passages is estimated and these are combined to evaluate the overall reduction. The theory employed is presented and the level of accuracy for different cases is discussed. The successive steps in the solution algorithm are described. The accuracy and computational efficiency of the approach are compared with results obtained from a finite-element-based multiphysics formulation. It is shown that for a comparable accuracy, the computational efficiency of the approach can be two orders of magnitude faster. Finally, the model predictions are examined with conventional relationships that have been reported in the literature and are based on permeability-porosity relationships. It is shown that estimating the permeability of a porous medium using porosity can lead to an order of magnitude error and the expected permeability range in different porosities is presented using 10 000 random structures.

  4. Natural convection heat transfer of nanofluids along a vertical plate embedded in porous medium

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    2013-01-01

    The unsteady natural convection heat transfer of nanofluid along a vertical plate embedded in porous medium is investigated. The Darcy-Forchheimer model is used to formulate the problem. Thermal conductivity and viscosity models based on a wide range of experimental data of nanofluids and incorporating the velocity-slip effect of the nanoparticle with respect to the base fluid, i.e., Brownian diffusion is used. The effective thermal conductivity of nanofluid in porous media is calculated using copper powder as porous media. The nonlinear governing equations are solved using an unconditionally stable implicit finite difference scheme. In this study, six different types of nanofluids have been compared with respect to the heat transfer enhancement, and the effects of particle concentration, particle size, temperature of the plate, and porosity of the medium on the heat transfer enhancement and skin friction coefficient have been studied in detail. It is found that heat transfer rate increases with the increase in particle concentration up to an optimal level, but on the further increase in particle concentration, the heat transfer rate decreases. For a particular value of particle concentration, small-sized particles enhance the heat transfer rates. On the other hand, skin friction coefficients always increase with the increase in particle concentration and decrease in nanoparticle size. PMID:23391481

  5. Rotationally induced fingering patterns in a two-dimensional heterogeneous porous medium.

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    Chen, Ching-Yao; Lin, Ting-Shiang; Miranda, José A

    2016-11-01

    Rotating fluid flows under two-dimensional homogeneous porous media conditions (or in a rotating Hele-Shaw cell) reveal the development of complex interfacial fingering patterns. These pattern-forming structures are characterized by the occurrence of finger competition events, finger pinch-off episodes, as well as by the production of satellite droplets. In this work, we use intensive numerical simulations to investigate how these fully nonlinear pattern growth phenomena are altered by the presence of permeability heterogeneities in the rotating porous medium. This is done by employing a diffuse-interface Darcy-Cahn-Hilliard description of the problem and considering a permeability field presenting a log-Gaussian distribution, characterized by a variance s and a correlation length l. We study how the heterogeneity measures s and l couple to the governing hydrodynamic dimensionless parameters of the problem and introduce important changes on the pattern formation dynamics of the system.

  6. Rotationally induced fingering patterns in a two-dimensional heterogeneous porous medium

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    Chen, Ching-Yao; Lin, Ting-Shiang; Miranda, José A.

    2016-11-01

    Rotating fluid flows under two-dimensional homogeneous porous media conditions (or in a rotating Hele-Shaw cell) reveal the development of complex interfacial fingering patterns. These pattern-forming structures are characterized by the occurrence of finger competition events, finger pinch-off episodes, as well as by the production of satellite droplets. In this work, we use intensive numerical simulations to investigate how these fully nonlinear pattern growth phenomena are altered by the presence of permeability heterogeneities in the rotating porous medium. This is done by employing a diffuse-interface Darcy-Cahn-Hilliard description of the problem and considering a permeability field presenting a log-Gaussian distribution, characterized by a variance s and a correlation length l . We study how the heterogeneity measures s and l couple to the governing hydrodynamic dimensionless parameters of the problem and introduce important changes on the pattern formation dynamics of the system.

  7. Intermittent Lagrangian velocities and accelerations in three-dimensional porous medium flow.

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    Holzner, M; Morales, V L; Willmann, M; Dentz, M

    2015-07-01

    Intermittency of Lagrangian velocity and acceleration is a key to understanding transport in complex systems ranging from fluid turbulence to flow in porous media. High-resolution optical particle tracking in a three-dimensional (3D) porous medium provides detailed 3D information on Lagrangian velocities and accelerations. We find sharp transitions close to pore throats, and low flow variability in the pore bodies, which gives rise to stretched exponential Lagrangian velocity and acceleration distributions characterized by a sharp peak at low velocity, superlinear evolution of particle dispersion, and double-peak behavior in the propagators. The velocity distribution is quantified in terms of pore geometry and flow connectivity, which forms the basis for a continuous-time random-walk model that sheds light on the observed Lagrangian flow and transport behaviors.

  8. Hall effects on peristaltic flow of a Maxwell fluid in a porous medium

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    Hayat, T.; Ali, N.; Asghar, S.

    2007-04-01

    This work is concerned with the peristaltic transport of an incompressible, electrically conducting Maxwell fluid in a planar channel. The flow in the porous space is due to a sinusoidal wave traveling on the channel walls. The Hall effect is taken into account and permeability of porous medium is considered uniform. Modified Darcy's law has been used to model the governing equation. An analytical solution is obtained, which satisfies the momentum equation for the case in which the amplitude ratio is small. The present theoretical model may be considered as mathematical representation to the case of gall bladder and bile duct with stones and dynamics of blood flow in living creatures. Finally, the graphical results are reported and discussed for various values of the physical parameters of interest.

  9. Distribution of flowing fluids in a confined porous medium under microgravity conditions

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    Guo, Boyun; Holder, Donald W.; Carter, Layne

    2004-08-01

    Predicting distribution of flowing fluids in confined porous media under microgravity conditions is vitally important for optimal design of packed bubble column reactors in space stations. Existing correlations have been found inaccurate when applied to microgravity conditions. On the basis of Darcy's law for two-phase flow, a simple mathematical model has been developed in this study. Sensitivity analyses with the model indicate that for a given combination of wetting and nonwetting fluid flow rates, fluid holdups are controlled by relative permeabilities. The effect of gravity on fluid holdup is influenced by the absolute permeability of the porous medium. Fluid distribution is affected by the temperature-dependent fluid properties and wall effect.

  10. Approximate Similarity Solutions to the Boussinesq and the Porous Medium Equations.

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    Telyakovskiy, A. S.

    2003-12-01

    The Boussinesq equation models unconfined groundwater flow under the Dupuit assumpion that the equipotential lines are vertical, making the flowlines horizontal. For certain classes of initial and boundary conditions it is possible to reduce problem to a nonlinear ODE and construct approximate analytical solutions. We extend the approach of Lockington, Parlange, Parlange, and Selker (2000) that constructed quadratic approximate similarity solution for the power-law head boundary condition at the inlet. Our new cubic approximation as the original quadratic approximation preserves the scaling properties of the problem, but it produces much better results. Also, we extend this approach to other types of boundary conditions. Discussed method is rather general and we apply it to the porous medium equation that describes the laminar flow of the polytropic gas through porous media.

  11. Mass transfer and free convection through a porous medium by the presence of a rotating fluid

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    Raptis, A.

    1983-04-01

    An analytical examination of steady, free convective flow and mass transfer through a porous medium bounded by a vertical porous plate in the case of a rotating fluid with a constant angular velocity and a constant temperature at the plate is presented. The fluid is assumed incompressible and viscous, and governing equations are defined for continuity, momentum, energy, and diffusion. Boundary conditions are configured to include the constant heat flux, the species concentration at the plate, and the suction velocity. The primary and secondary velocities were determined for different values of the modified Grashof number, Eckman number, and a permeability parameter. Increases in the Eckman number were accompanied by decreases in the primary velocity, which increased with increases in the permeability parameter or the modified Grashof number. The same was verified for the secondary velocity.

  12. Numerical Study of Non-Newtonian Boundary Layer Flow of Jeffreys Fluid Past a Vertical Porous Plate in a Non-Darcy Porous Medium

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    Ramachandra Prasad, V.; Gaffar, S. Abdul; Keshava Reddy, E.; Bég, O. Anwar

    2014-07-01

    Polymeric enrobing flows are important in industrial manufacturing technology and process systems. Such flows are non-Newtonian. Motivated by such applications, in this article we investigate the nonlinear steady state boundary layer flow, heat, and mass transfer of an incompressible Jefferys non-Newtonian fluid past a vertical porous plate in a non-Darcy porous medium. The transformed conservation equations are solved numerically subject to physically appropriate boundary conditions using a versatile, implicit, Keller-box finite-difference technique. The numerical code is validated with previous studies. The influence of a number of emerging non-dimensional parameters, namely Deborah number (De), Darcy number (Da), Prandtl number (Pr), ratio of relaxation to retardation times (λ), Schmidt number (Sc), Forchheimer parameter (Λ), and dimensionless tangential coordinate (ξ) on velocity, temperature, and concentration evolution in the boundary layer regime are examined in detail. Furthermore, the effects of these parameters on surface heat transfer rate, mass transfer rate, and local skin friction are also investigated. It is found that the boundary layer flow is decelerated with increasing De and Forchheimer parameter, whereas temperature and concentration are elevated. Increasing λ and Da enhances the velocity but reduces the temperature and concentration. The heat transfer rate and mass transfer rates are found to be depressed with increasing De and enhanced with increasing λ. Local skin friction is found to be decreased with a rise in De, whereas it is elevated with increasing λ. An increasing Sc decreases the velocity and concentration but increases temperature.

  13. A model for ion transport during drying of a porous medium

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    Guglielmini, Laura; Gontcharov, Alexandre; Aldykiewicz, Antonio; Stone, Howard

    2007-11-01

    Salt crystallization at the surface or in the body of a porous medium has been recognized as a major mechanism in the deterioration of construction materials and historical monuments. Crystal formations on the surface of bricks, concrete, stones, called efflorescences, lead to fast obsolescence of building and monuments finishing, while crystal growth inside the material, called subflorescences, causes crack formation, which may lead to major structural damages. A number of studies have been devoted to the analysis of crystal growth in an elementary pore and aim at explaining the stress generated by crystallization. From a fluid mechanical point of view the physics of water transport and salt distribution in the porous medium turns out to be quite complex, since it is a function of the pore structure and wettability characteristics, of granule size and of the thermal properties of the material. It also depends on the transient environmental conditions the surface is exposed to and on the effective diffusivity of salt at different saturation conditions. We present here a simple theoretical model of the first phase of the drying process, during which water is uniformly distributed throughout the medium and often efflorescences occurs, which aims at characterizing the physics involved in the process.

  14. Mathematical model for the peristaltic flow of nanofluid through eccentric tubes comprising porous medium

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    Nadeem, S.; Riaz, Arshad; Ellahi, R.; Akbar, Noreen Sher

    2014-08-01

    Mathematical model for peristaltic flow of nanofluid between eccentric tubes is investigated through a porous medium. Assumptions of long wavelength and low Reynolds number are carried out to observe the intestinal flow. The flow is considered to be unsteady and incompressible. Analytical solutions are evaluated through homotopy perturbation method. The expression of pressure rise is obtained through numerical integration whose data is presented in table. The problems under consideration are made dimensionless to reduce the complication of the analysis and to merge the extra parameters. All the emerging parameters affecting the flow phenomenon are discussed graphically. Trapping bolus scheme is also presented through streamlines for various pertinent quantities.

  15. Homogenization of an incompressible non-Newtonian flow through a thin porous medium

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    Anguiano, María; Suárez-Grau, Francisco Javier

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, we consider a non-Newtonian flow in a thin porous medium Ω _{ɛ} of thickness ɛ which is perforated by periodically solid cylinders of size a_{ɛ}. The flow is described by the 3D incompressible Stokes system with a nonlinear viscosity, being a power of the shear rate (power law) of flow index 1

  16. Numerical solutions for steady thermal convection from a concentrated source in a porous medium

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    Hickox, C.E.; Watts, H.A.

    1980-06-01

    Solutions for the steady, axisymmetric velocity and temperature fields associated with a point source of thermal energy in a fluid-saturated porous medium are obtained numerically through use of similarity transformations. The two cases considered are those of a point source located on the lower, insulated boundary of a semi-infinite region and a point source embedded in an infinite region. Numerical results are presented from which complete descriptions of the velocity and temperature fields can be constructed for Rayleigh numbers ranging from 10/sup -3/ to 10/sup 2/.

  17. Ultimate regime of high Rayleigh number convection in a porous medium.

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    Hewitt, Duncan R; Neufeld, Jerome A; Lister, John R

    2012-06-01

    Well-resolved direct numerical simulations of 2D Rayleigh-Bénard convection in a porous medium are presented for Rayleigh numbers Ra≤4×10(4) which reveal that, contrary to previous indications, the linear classical scaling for the Nusselt number, Nu~Ra, is attained asymptotically. The flow dynamics are analyzed, and the interior of the vigorously convecting system is shown to be increasingly well described as Ra→∞ by a simple columnar "heat-exchanger" model with a single horizontal wave number k and a linear background temperature field. The numerical results are approximately fitted by k~Ra(0.4).

  18. Magnetohydrodynamic flow of water/ethylene glycol based nanofluids with natural convection through a porous medium

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    Zeeshan, A.; Ellahi, R.; Hassan, M.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, the natural convection boundary layer flow along with inverted cone, magnetic and heat generation on water and ethylene glycol based nanofluids is considered by means of variable wall temperature. Porous medium is also taken into account. The physical problem is first modeled and then the governing equations are transformed into nonlinear ordinary differential equations under the assumptions of the Boussinesq approximation. Analytical solutions of nonlinear coupled equations are obtained by the homotopy analysis method. Correlation of skin friction and heat transfer rate corresponding to active parameters is also presented. Obtained results are illustrated by graphs and tables in order to see the effects of physical parameters.

  19. Hall Effect on Thermal Instability of Viscoelastic Dusty Fluid in Porous Medium

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    Singh, M.; Gupta, R. K.

    2013-08-01

    The effect of Hall currents and suspended dusty particles on the hydromagnetic stability of a compressible, electrically conducting Rivlin-Ericksen elastico viscous fluid in a porous medium is considered. Following the linearized stability theory and normal mode analysis the dispersion relation is obtained. For the case of stationary convection, Hall currents and suspended particles are found to have destabilizing effects whereas compressibility and magnetic field have stabilizing effects on the system. The medium permeability, however, has stabilizing and destabilizing effects on thermal instability in contrast to its destabilizing effect in the absence of the magnetic field. The critical Rayleigh numbers and the wave numbers of the associated disturbances for the onset of instability as stationary convection are obtained and the behavior of various parameters on critical thermal Rayleigh numbers are depicted graphically. The magnetic field, Hall currents and viscoelasticity parameter are found to introduce oscillatory modes in the systems, which did not exist in the absence of these parameters

  20. Theoretical and experimental investigation of thermohydrologic processes in a partially saturated, fractured porous medium

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    Green, R.T.; Manteufel, R.D.; Dodge, F.T.; Svedeman, S.J.

    1993-07-01

    The performance of a geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste will be influenced to a large degree by thermohydrologic phenomena created by the emplacement of heat-generating radioactive waste. The importance of these phenomena is manifest in that they can greatly affect the movement of moisture and the resulting transport of radionuclides from the repository. Thus, these phenomena must be well understood prior to a definitive assessment of a potential repository site. An investigation has been undertaken along three separate avenues of analysis: (i) laboratory experiments, (ii) mathematical models, and (iii) similitude analysis. A summary of accomplishments to date is as follows. (1) A review of the literature on the theory of heat and mass transfer in partially saturated porous medium. (2) A development of the governing conservation and constitutive equations. (3) A development of a dimensionless form of the governing equations. (4) A numerical study of the importance and sensitivity of flow to a set of dimensionless groups. (5) A survey and evaluation of experimental measurement techniques. (6) Execution of laboratory experiments of nonisothermal flow in a porous medium with a simulated fracture.

  1. Probing ganglia dissolution and mobilization in a water-saturated porous medium using MRI

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    Johns, M.L.; Gladden, L.F.

    2000-05-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to probe the evolution of geometric characteristics such as the volume, shape, surface area, and cluster size of octanol ganglia trapped in a model porous medium, in this case a packing of spheres, as they dissolve into a mobile aqueous phase. The resulting pore-scale information is used to assess various assumptions used in existing models of the dissolution process. Dissolution of the ganglia was characterized by a reduction in the overall number of ganglia with little effect on the shape and mean of the volume distribution of the ganglia. This apparently anomalous result is explained by dissolution of the ganglia until they reach a critical size, which is dependent on the structure of the pore space, at which point they are mobilized and subsequently removed from the porous medium. The shape of the entrapped ganglia is characterized by a fractal dimension in the range 2.2--2.3, suggesting that models which assume a Euclidean geometry for the entrapped ganglia are appropriate. No significant change in the shape of entrapped ganglia is observed during dissolution. In agreement with the results of earlier workers, most hydrocarbon ganglia exist as singlets within the pore structure.

  2. An improved method for measuring the compactness factor in a porous medium

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    Murphy, T.J.; Bowman, W.J.

    1996-12-31

    The motivation for the current research was to determine if reducing the thickness of the wire screens in a stacked-screen regenerator, thereby reducing the dead volume, could be accomplished without adversely affecting the compactness factor (j{sub H}/f). During the course of this research an improved method for determining the heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of a porous medium regenerator was developed. The focus of this paper is to describe this improved approach. The approach integrates experimental data/data reduction with a numerical model to study the flow of helium through a series of stacked, wire-screen regenerators of different geometries and a range of Reynolds numbers typically found in the operation of Stirling cycle cryocoolers. The experimental component is based on the classical transient, step-change temperature technique. The data reduction employs MATLAB to filter, parameterize, and assemble a data file for use with a FORTRAN program. The numerical model is an explicit, finite-difference scheme for incompressible flow in a one-dimensional porous medium. The model includes: (1) the measured inlet temperature trace rather than an idealized one, (2) the important effect of energy exchange between the gas and the tube surrounding the regenerator matrix, and (3) an algorithm for choosing the heat transfer coefficient based on the sponge effect delay time.

  3. Laboratory investigations of the physics of steam flow in a porous medium

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    Herkelrath, W.N.; Moench, A.F.

    1982-01-01

    Experiments were carried out in the laboratory to test a theory of transient flow of pure steam in a uniform porous medium. This theory is used extensively in modeling pressure-transient behavior in vapor-dominated geothermal systems. Transient, superheated steam-flow experiments were run by bringing a cylinder of porous material to a uniform initial pressure, and then making a step increase in pressure at one end of the sample, while monitoring the pressure-transient breakthrough at the other end. It was found in experiments run at 100?, 125?, and 146?C that the time required for steam-pressure transients to propagate through an unconsolidated material containing sand, silt, and clay was 10 to 25 times longer than predicted by theory. It is hypothesized that the delay in the steam-pressure transient was caused by adsorption of steam in the porous sample. In order to account for steam adsorption, a sink term was included in the conservation of mass equation. In addition, energy transfer in the system has to be considered because latent heat is released when steam adsorption occurs, increasing the sample temperature by as much as 10?C. Finally, it was recognized that the steam pressure was a function of both the temperature and the amount of adsorption in the sample. For simplicity, this function was assumed to be in equilibrium adsorption isotherm, which was determined by experiment. By solving the modified mass and energy equations numerically, subject to the empirical adsorption isotherm relationship, excellent theoretical simulation of the experiments was achieved. The experiments support the hypothesis that adsorption of steam can strongly influence steam pressure-transient behavior in porous media; the results suggest that the modified steam-flow theory, which includes steam adsorption terms, should be used in modeling steam flow in vapor-dominated geothermal systems.

  4. Instability of uniform gas flow within liquid-saturated porous medium

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    Tsiberkin, Kirill

    2014-05-01

    Problem of flow instability in porous media are important for applied fields like mining, water supply, etc. There is a fundamental interest to mechanisms are influence on flow too. E.g., a viscous fingering is typical phenomenon of displacement processes in porous medium [1,2]. The instability of gas flow in liquid-saturated domain have no wide studies but it can make significant influence on heat and mass transport. If the one phase have a high saturation, the other phase will form the droplets are break and captured within pores due to the capillary forces [2-4]. It is possible to neglect the capillarity if the saturation of both fluids exceed a percolation thresholds [5,6]. We consider an infinite flat layer of uniform porous medium is saturated with gas and liquid have close saturation. Its upper boundary is impermeable for liquid phase and gas can pass freely through the border, and the down boundary is permeable for both phases. The temperature and pressure are fixed at the top while their gradients are fixed at the bottom side. Neglecting the capillarity, gas solubility, liquid evaporation and any phase transitions, we obtain a steady solution and study its' stability. The governing parameter of the flow is α = αgAPe, αg = (ρwCg )/(ρsCs), A = ρstatvstat (1) where Pe is the thermal Peclet number determines a ratio between convective and conductive heat transfer, αg is ratio of thermal capacities of fluid and matrix, and A is determined by gas density and velocity in the steady state. Analyzing the perturbations, we found that a long-wave instability realizes in the system. The critical value of parameter is: αc = a1 + k2a2 + O(ρg/ρw), (2) where a1,a2 are positive coefficients are calculated using thermal perturbations combinations and k is wave number along horizontal direction. The minimal αc equals 2.47, and it correspond the critical Peclet number near 200 in the methane-water system. An error of the dependence is of order of gas to water

  5. Gas and solute diffusion in partially saturated porous media: Percolation theory and Effective Medium Approximation compared with lattice Boltzmann simulations

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    Ghanbarian, Behzad; Daigle, Hugh; Hunt, Allen G.; Ewing, Robert P.; Sahimi, Muhammad

    2015-01-01

    Understanding and accurate prediction of gas or liquid phase (solute) diffusion are essential to accurate prediction of contaminant transport in partially saturated porous media. In this study, we propose analytical equations, using concepts from percolation theory and the Effective Medium Approximation (EMA) to model the saturation dependence of both gas and solute diffusion in porous media. The predictions of our theoretical approach agree well with the results of nine lattice Boltzmann simulations. We find that the universal quadratic scaling predicted by percolation theory, combined with the universal linear scaling predicted by the EMA, describes diffusion in porous media with both relatively broad and extremely narrow pore size distributions.

  6. The flow of a foam in a two-dimensional porous medium

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    Géraud, Baudouin; Jones, Siân. A.; Cantat, Isabelle; Dollet, Benjamin; Méheust, Yves

    2016-02-01

    Foams have been used for decades as displacing fluids for enhanced oil recovery and aquifer remediation, and more recently, for remediation of the vadose zone, in which case foams carry chemical amendments. Foams are better injection fluids than aqueous solutions due to their low sensitivity to gravity and because they are less sensitive to permeability heterogeneities, thus allowing a more uniform sweep. The latter aspect results from their peculiar rheology, whose understanding motivates the present study. We investigate foam flow through a two-dimensional porous medium consisting of circular obstacles positioned randomly in a horizontal transparent Hele-Shaw cell. The local foam structure is recorded in situ, which provides a measure of the spatial distribution of bubble velocities and sizes at regular time intervals. The flow exhibits a rich phenomenology including preferential flow paths and local flow nonstationarity (intermittency) despite the imposed permanent global flow rate. Moreover, the medium selects the bubble size distribution through lamella division-triggered bubble fragmentation. Varying the mean bubble size of the injected foam, its water content, and mean velocity, we characterize those processes systematically. In particular, we measure the spatial evolution of the distribution of bubble areas, and infer the efficiency of bubble fragmentation depending on the various control parameters. We furthermore show that the distributions of bubble sizes and velocities are correlated. This study sheds new light on the local rheology of foams in porous media and opens the way toward quantitative characterization of the relationship between medium geometry and foam flow properties. It also suggests that large-scale models of foam flows in the subsurface should account for the correlation between bubble sizes and velocities.

  7. Velocity and stress jump conditions between a porous medium and a fluid

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    Valdés-Parada, Francisco J.; Aguilar-Madera, Carlos G.; Ochoa-Tapia, J. Alberto; Goyeau, Benoît

    2013-12-01

    Modeling transport phenomena in hierarchical systems can be carried out by either a one domain approach or a two domain approach. The first one involves assuming the system as a pseudo-continuum and is expressed in terms of position-dependent effective medium coefficients. In the two domain approach, the differential equations have position-independent coefficients but require accounting for the corresponding boundary conditions that couple the equations between each homogeneous region. For momentum transport between a porous medium and a fluid, stress boundary conditions have been derived in terms of a jump coefficient that needs to be predicted within a two-domain approach formulation. However, continuity of the velocity is postulated at the dividing surface. In this work, we propose a methodology for the derivation of boundary conditions for both the velocity and the stress. These conditions are expressed in terms of jump coefficients that are computed from the solution of an ancillary macroscopic closure problem. This problem accounts for the deviations from the one and two domain approaches. From the closure problem solution we were also able to determine the position at which the jump conditions should be applied, i.e., the dividing surface position. In addition, we used this methodology adopting the assumptions proposed by Ochoa-Tapia and Whitaker as well as those by Beavers and Joseph. We found that any version of the two domain approach was in agreement with the one domain approach in the bulk of the porous medium and the fluid. However, the same is not true for the process of capturing the essential information of the inter-region.

  8. Boundary Layer Flow Past a Stretching Surface in a Porous Medium Saturated by a Nanofluid: Brinkman-Forchheimer Model

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    Khan, Waqar A.; Pop, Ioan M.

    2012-01-01

    In this study, the steady forced convection flow and heat transfer due to an impermeable stretching surface in a porous medium saturated with a nanofluid are investigated numerically. The Brinkman-Forchheimer model is used for the momentum equations (porous medium), whereas, Bongiorno’s model is used for the nanofluid. Uniform temperature and nanofluid volume fraction are assumed at the surface. The boundary layer equations are transformed to ordinary differential equations in terms of the governing parameters including Prandtl and Lewis numbers, viscosity ratio, porous medium, Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameters. Numerical results for the velocity, temperature and concentration profiles, as well as for the reduced Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are obtained and presented graphically. PMID:23077541

  9. Coupled heat and mass transfer by natural convection adjacent to a permeable horizontal cylinder in a saturated porous medium

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    Yih, K.A.

    1999-04-01

    Coupled heat and mass transfer (or double-diffusion) driven by buoyancy, due to temperature and concentration variations in a saturated porous medium, has several important applications in geothermal and geophysical engineering such as the migration of moisture through the air contained in fibrous insulation, the extraction of geothermal energy, underground disposal of nuclear wastes, and the spreading of chemical contaminants through water-saturated soil. Here, the heat and mass transfer characteristics of free convection about a permeable horizontal cylinder embedded in porous media under the coupled effects of thermal and mass diffusion are numerically analyzed. The surface of the horizontal cylinder is maintained at a uniform wall temperature and uniform wall concentration. The transformed governing equations are obtained and solved by Keller box method. Numerical results for the dimensionless temperature profiles, the dimensionless concentration profiles, the Nusselt number and the Sherwood number are presented. Increasing the buoyancy ratio N and the transpiration parameter f{sub w} increases the Nusselt number and the Sherwood number. For thermally assisting flow, when Lewis number Le increases, the Nusselt (Sherwood) number decreases (increases). Whereas, for thermally opposing flow, both the Nusselt number and the Sherwood number increase with increasing the Lewis number.

  10. Porous shape memory alloy scaffolds for biomedical applications: a review

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    Wen, C. E.; Xiong, J. Y.; Li, Y. C.; Hodgson, P. D.

    2010-05-01

    The interest in using porous shape memory alloy (SMA) scaffolds as implant materials has been growing in recent years due to the combination of their unique mechanical and functional properties, i.e. shape memory effect and superelasticity, low elastic modulus combined with new bone tissue ingrowth ability and vascularization. These attractive properties are of great benefit to the healing process for implant applications. This paper reviews current state-of-the art on the processing, porous characteristics and mechanical properties of porous SMAs for biomedical applications, with special focus on the most widely used SMA nickel-titanium (NiTi), including (i) microstructural features, mechanical and functional properties of NiTi SMAs; (ii) main processing methods for the fabrication of porous NiTi SMAs and their mechanical properties and (iii) new-generation Ni-free, biocompatible porous SMA scaffolds.

  11. Oxygen Transfer in a Fluctuating Capillary Fringe: Impact of Porous Medium Heterogeneity

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    Haberer, C.; Rolle, M.; Cirpka, O. A.; Grathwohl, P.

    2013-12-01

    Mass transfer of oxygen from the atmosphere, across the capillary fringe, to anoxic groundwater is of primary importance for many biogeochemical processes affecting groundwater quality. The controlling mechanisms for oxygen transfer across the capillary fringe are the diffusive/dispersive transport as well as mass exchange between entrapped air and groundwater. In addition, the presence of physical heterogeneity in the porous medium may strongly affect the oxygen fluxes. We performed quasi two-dimensional flow-through experiments at the laboratory bench-scale to study the effect of a coarse-material inclusion, located in proximity of the water table, on flow and oxygen transfer in the capillary fringe. Flow and transport were monitored under both steady-state and transient flow conditions, the latter obtained by fluctuating the water table. We visually inspected the complex flow field using a dye tracer solution, measured vertical oxygen profiles across the capillary fringe at high spatial resolution, and determined oxygen fluxes in the effluent of the flow-through chamber. Our results show that the coarse-material inclusion significantly affected oxygen transfer during the different phases of the experiments. At steady state, the oxygen flux across the unsaturated/saturated interface was considerably enhanced due to flow focusing in the fully water-saturated coarse lens. During drainage, the capillary barrier effect prevented water to drain from the fine material overlying the coarse lens. The entrapped oxygen-rich aqueous phase contributed to the total amount of oxygen supplied to the system when the water table was raised back to its initial level. In case of imbibition, also pronounced entrapment of air occurred in the coarse lens, causing oxygen to partition between the aqueous and gaseous phases. Thus, we found that oxygen transfer across the capillary fringe was significantly enhanced by the coarse-material inclusion due to flow focusing, the capillary

  12. Laminar film condensation along a vertical plate embedded in an anisotropic porous medium with oblique principal axes

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    Degan, Gérard; Sanya, Arthur; Akowanou, Christian

    2016-10-01

    This work analytically investigates the problem of steady film condensation along a vertical surface embedded in an anisotropic porous medium filled with a dry saturated vapor. The porous medium is anisotropic in permeability whose principal axes are oriented in a direction which is oblique to the gravity vector. On the basis of the generalized Darcy's law and within the boundary layer approximations, similar solutions have been obtained for the temperature and flow patterns in the condensate. Moreover, closed form solutions for the boundary layer thickness and heat transfer rate have been obtained in terms of the governing parameters of the problem.

  13. Modeling tree water flow as an unsaturated flow through a porous medium.

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    Aumann, Craig A; Ford, E David

    2002-12-21

    The electric circuit analogy has had a profound influence on how tree physiologists measure, model and think about tree water flow. For example, previous models that attempt to account for changes in saturation use the electric circuit analogy to define capacitance as the change in saturation per change in pressure. Given that capacitance is constant, this relationship implies that subjecting a block of wood to a pressure of -2.5 MPa for 2 min results in the same change in saturation as subjecting the same block to the same pressure for 2 days. Given the definition of capacitance, it is unclear how the electric circuit analogy could be used to predict changes in saturation separately from changes in pressure. The inadequacies in the electric circuit analogy discussed in this paper necessitate a new theory of tree water flow that recognizes the sapwood as being a porous medium and explicitly deals with the full implications of the unsaturated flow occurring in the sapwood. The theory proposed in this paper combines the Cohesion theory with a mathematical theory of multiphase flow through porous media. Based on this theory, both saturated and unsaturated tree water flow models are presented. Previous partial differential equation models of tree water flow based on the electric circuit analogy are shown to be mathematically equivalent to the model of saturated porous flow. The unsaturated model of tree water flow explicitly models the pressure profile and the rates of change in saturation and specific interfacial area (a measure of how the water in the unsaturated sapwood is partitioned between mobile and immobile components). The unsaturated model highlights the differences between saturated and unsaturated flow and the need to measure the variables governing tree water flow at higher spatial and temporal resolutions.

  14. Can mineral precipitation reduce the breakthrough time in dissolving porous medium?

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    Budek, Agnieszka; Szymczak, Piotr

    2015-04-01

    We investigate the chemical erosion of porous media using a 2D network model in which the system is represented as a series of interconnected pipes. We consider a system with two coupled reactions involving dissolution of a solid component and precipitation of dissolution products, which results in the overall change of pore diameters. Importantly, the topology of the network is allowed to change dynamically during the simulation: as the diameters of the eroding pores become comparable with the interpore distances, the pores are joined together, thus changing the interconnections within the network. With this model, we investigate different growth regimes in an evolving porous medium, identifying the mechanisms responsible for the emergence of specific patterns. We study the change of permeability of the system in time. The crucial parameter here is the ratio of dissolution to precipitation reaction rates. Depending on its value, the permeability either increases, decreases or oscillates in time. Finally, we consider practically important problem of finding an optimum reactions rates that give a maximum increase in permeability for a given amount of dissolving reactant. Somewhat paradoxically, we find that precipitation can, for a particular range of parameters, make the dissolution more efficient by focusing it in localized regions.

  15. Micromorphic homogenization of a porous medium: elastic behavior and quasi-brittle damage

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    Hütter, Geralf; Mühlich, Uwe; Kuna, Meinhard

    2015-11-01

    Today it is well known that the classical Cauchy continuum theory is insufficient to describe the deformation behavior of solids if gradients occur over distances which are comparable to the microstructure of the material. This becomes crucial e.g., for small specimens or during localization of deformation induced by material degradation (damage). Higher-order continuum approaches like micromorphic theories are established to address such problems. However, such theories require the formulation of respective constitutive laws, which account for the microstructural interactions. Especially in damage mechanics such laws are mostly formulated in a purely heuristic way, which leads to physical and numerical problems. In the present contribution, the fully micromorphic constitutive law for a porous medium is obtained in closed form by homogenization based on the minimal boundary conditions concept. It is shown that this model describes size effects of porous media like foams adequately. The model is extended toward quasi-brittle damage overcoming the physical and numerical limitations of purely heuristic approaches.

  16. A one-domain approach for modeling and simulation of free fluid over a porous medium

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    Chen, Huangxin; Wang, Xiao-Ping

    2014-02-01

    We propose a one-domain approach based on the Brinkman model for the modeling and simulation of the transport phenomenon between free fluid and a porous medium. A thin transition layer is introduced between the free fluid region and the porous media region, across which the porosity and permeability undergo a rapid but continuous change. We study the behavior of the solution to the one-domain model analytically and numerically. Using the method of matched asymptotic expansion, we recover the Beavers-Joseph-Saffman (BJS) interface condition as the thickness of the transition layer goes to zero. We also calculate the error estimates between the leading order solution of the one-domain model and the standard Darcy-Stokes model of two-domain model with BJS condition. Numerical methods are developed for both the one-domain model and the two-domain model. Numerical results are presented to support the analytical results, thereby justifying the one-domain model as a good approximation to the two domain Stokes-Darcy model.

  17. Identification of the Permeability Field of Porous Medium from the Injection of Passive Tracer

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    Zhan, Lang; Yortsos, Y.C.

    1999-10-18

    In this paper, a method was proposed which focused on the question, namely on how to invert data on arrival times at various (and numerous) points in the porous medium to map the permeability field. The method, elements of which were briefly described in (9), is based on a direct inversion of the data, as will be described below , rather than on the optimization of initial random (or partly constrained) guesses of the permeability field, to match the available data, as typically done in the analogous problem of pressure transients. The direct inversion is based on two conditions, that Darcy's law for single-phase flow in porous media is valid, and that dispersion of the concentration of the injected tracer is negligible. While the former is a well-accepted premise, the latter depends on injection and field conditions, and may not necessarily apply in all cases. Based on these conditions, we formulate a nonlinear boundary value problem, the coefficients of which depend on the experimental arrival time data.

  18. Mechanical strength of porous silicon and its possible applications

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    Klyshko, A.; Balucani, M.; Ferrari, A.

    2008-10-01

    Porous silicon has various fields of application. Its electrical and optical properties are under study since many years, and it is also known that porosity has a considerable effect on the mechanical properties (i.e. hardness, compressive strength, elasticity, breaking strength). In the present paper a novel technique for preparing samples of porous silicon in order to measure the breaking strength of PS is presented. The technique is based on wet corrosion deposition of copper and creating a meniscus shaped porous silicon. Results of the measurements of PS with different porosity and structure of pores made on p+ and n+ material are presented. Possible applications of the data are discussed.

  19. A Newton-Krylov solution to the porous medium equations in the agree code

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    Ward, A. M.; Seker, V.; Xu, Y.; Downar, T. J.

    2012-07-01

    In order to improve the convergence of the AGREE code for porous medium, a Newton-Krylov solver was developed for steady state problems. The current three-equation system was expanded and then coupled using Newton's Method. Theoretical behavior predicts second order convergence, while actual behavior was highly nonlinear. The discontinuous derivatives found in both closure and empirical relationships prevented true second order convergence. Agreement between the current solution and new Exact Newton solution was well below the convergence criteria. While convergence time did not dramatically decrease, the required number of outer iterations was reduced by approximately an order of magnitude. GMRES was also used to solve problem, where ILU without fill-in was used to precondition the iterative solver, and the performance was slightly slower than the direct solution. (authors)

  20. A numerical model of controlled bioinduced mineralization in a porous medium to prevent corrosion

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    Afanasyev, Michael; van Paassen, Leon; Heimovaara, Timo

    2013-04-01

    This paper presents a numerical model of controlled bioinduced mineralization in a porous medium as a possible corrosion protection mechanism. Corrosion is a significant economic problem - recent reports evaluate the annual cost of metal corrosion as 3-4% of the gross domestic product (GDP), in both developed and developing countries. Corrosion control methods currently used are costly and unsustainable as they require the use of larger volumes of materials, hazardous chemicals and regular inspections. As an alternative corrosion control method, bioinduced deposition of protective mineral layers has been proposed. Bioinduced precipitation of calcite has already been investigated for CO2 geological sequestration and soil improvement. To our knowledge, though, no numerical study of biomineralization for corrosion protection has been described yet. Our model includes three phases - solid, biofilm and mobile water. In the latter the reactive elements are dissolved, which are involved in the precipitation and the biofilm growth. The equations that describe the pore water flow, chemical reactions in the mobile water, consumption of substrate and expulsion of metabolic products by the biofilm are briefly presented. Also, the changes in porosity and permeability of the porous medium through biofilm growth and solids precipitation are included. Our main assumptions are that the biofilm is uniform, has a constant density and composition, that all chemical reactions except for substrate consumption occur in the mobile water, and that the precipitates are uniformly distributed on the surface of the solids. We validate the model with simple analytical solutions and against experimental data. The metabolism of the micro-organisms introduces changes in the physical and chemical characteristics of the environment, such as concentrations of chemicals and pH levels. As an extension to the model, we couple these changes to the rates of biofilm growth and precipitation rates. The

  1. Breaking of non-Newtonian character in flows through a porous medium.

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    Chevalier, T; Rodts, S; Chateau, X; Chevalier, C; Coussot, P

    2014-02-01

    From NMR measurements we show that the velocity field of a yield stress fluid flowing through a disordered well-connected porous medium is very close to that for a Newtonian fluid. In particular, it is shown that no arrested regions exist even at very low velocities, for which the solid regime is expected to be dominant. This suggests that these results obtained for strongly nonlinear fluid can be extrapolated to any nonlinear fluid. We deduce a generalized form of Darcy's law for such materials and provide insight into the physical origin of the coefficients involved in this expression, which are shown to be moments of the second invariant of the strain rate tensor.

  2. Darcy Flow in a Wavy Channel Filled with a Porous Medium

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    Gray, Donald D; Ogretim, Egemen; Bromhal, Grant S

    2013-05-17

    Flow in channels bounded by wavy or corrugated walls is of interest in both technological and geological contexts. This paper presents an analytical solution for the steady Darcy flow of an incompressible fluid through a homogeneous, isotropic porous medium filling a channel bounded by symmetric wavy walls. This packed channel may represent an idealized packed fracture, a situation which is of interest as a potential pathway for the leakage of carbon dioxide from a geological sequestration site. The channel walls change from parallel planes, to small amplitude sine waves, to large amplitude nonsinusoidal waves as certain parameters are increased. The direction of gravity is arbitrary. A plot of piezometric head against distance in the direction of mean flow changes from a straight line for parallel planes to a series of steeply sloping sections in the reaches of small aperture alternating with nearly constant sections in the large aperture bulges. Expressions are given for the stream function, specific discharge, piezometric head, and pressure.

  3. Natural convection on a vertical plate in a saturated porous medium with internal heat generation

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    Guedda, M.; Sriti, M.; Achemlal, D.

    2014-08-01

    The main goal of this paper is to re-exam a class of exact solutions for the two-dimensional free convection boundary layers induced by a heated vertical plate embedded in a saturated porous medium with an exponential decaying heat generation. The temperature distribution of the plate has been assumed to vary as a power of the axial coordinate measured from the leading edge of the plate and subjected to an applied lateral mass flux. The boundary layer equations are solved analytically and numerically using a fifth-order Runge-Kutta scheme coupled with the shooting iteration method. As for the classical problem without internal heat generation, it is proved that multiple (unbounded) solutions arise for any and for any suction/injection parameter. For such solutions, the asymptotic behavior as the similarity variable approaches infinity is determined.

  4. Effects of a random porosity model on double diffusive natural convection in a porous medium enclosure

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    Fu, W.S.; Ke, W.W.

    2000-01-01

    A double diffusive natural convection in a rectangular enclosure filled with porous medium is investigated numerically. The distribution of porosity is based upon the random porosity model. The Darcy-Brinkman-Forchheimer model is used and the factors of heat flux, mean porosity and standard deviation are taken into consideration. The SIMPLEC method with iterative processes is adopted to solve the governing equations. The effects of the random porosity model on the distributions of local Nusselt number are remarkable and the variations of the local Nusselt number become disordered. The contribution of latent heat transfer to the total heat transfer of the high Rayleigh number is larger than that of the low Rayleigh number and the variations of the latent heat transfer are not in order.

  5. Thermosolutal instability of a radiating partially-ionized plasma in a porous medium

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    Opara, F. E.

    1994-03-01

    The thermosolutal instability of a radiating two-component plasma, in a porous medium in the presence of a uniform vertical magnetic field, is examined with respect to the effects of collision frequency and radiative transfer. A combination of the Bestman and Chandrasekar methods is used to solve the eigenvalue problem with two-dimensional disturbances for the case of stationary convection. Radiation present on the onset of instability is found to have a destabilizing effect for even a very small radiation parameter, of the order alpha (0.1); concentration gradient on the other hand has a stabilizing effect on the system. The effect of collision on the onset of stationary cells diminished for the optical thin non-grey plasma-near equilibrium. This is of paramount importance in cosmic ray physics, as the interaction between the ionized and neutral gas components represents a state which often exists in the universe.

  6. Modeling and Analysis of Unsteady Axisymmetric Squeezing Fluid Flow through Porous Medium Channel with Slip Boundary

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    Qayyum, Mubashir; Khan, Hamid; Rahim, M. Tariq; Ullah, Inayat

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this article is to model and analyze an unsteady axisymmetric flow of non-conducting, Newtonian fluid squeezed between two circular plates passing through porous medium channel with slip boundary condition. A single fourth order nonlinear ordinary differential equation is obtained using similarity transformation. The resulting boundary value problem is solved using Homotopy Perturbation Method (HPM) and fourth order Explicit Runge Kutta Method (RK4). Convergence of HPM solution is verified by obtaining various order approximate solutions along with absolute residuals. Validity of HPM solution is confirmed by comparing analytical and numerical solutions. Furthermore, the effects of various dimensionless parameters on the longitudinal and normal velocity profiles are studied graphically. PMID:25738864

  7. Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Air Trapping in a Porous Medium with Coarse Textured Inclusions

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    Szymańska, Paulina; Tisler, Witold; Schütz, Cindi; Szymkiewicz, Adam; Neuweiler, Insa; Helmig, Rainer

    2016-12-01

    The paper presents a 2D upward infiltration experiment performed on a model porous medium consisting of fine sand background with two inclusions made of coarser sands. The purpose of the experiment was to investigate the effects of structural air trapping, which occurs during infiltration as a result of heterogeneous material structure. The experiment shows that a significant amount of air becomes trapped in each of the inclusions. Numerical simulations were carried out using the two-phase water-air flow model and the Richards equation. The experimental results can be reproduced with good accuracy only using a two-phase flow model, which accounts for both structural and pore-scale trapping. On the other hand, the Richards equation was not able to represent the structural trapping caused by material heterogeneity.

  8. Porous graphene nanocages for battery applications

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    Amine, Khalil; Lu, Jun; Du, Peng; Wen, Jianguo; Curtiss, Larry A.

    2017-03-07

    An active material composition includes a porous graphene nanocage and a source material. The source material may be a sulfur material. The source material may be an anodic material. A lithium-sulfur battery is provided that includes a cathode, an anode, a lithium salt, and an electrolyte, where the cathode of the lithium-sulfur battery includes a porous graphene nanocage and a sulfur material and at least a portion of the sulfur material is entrapped within the porous graphene nanocage. Also provided is a lithium-air battery that includes a cathode, an anode, a lithium salt, and an electrolyte, where the cathode includes a porous graphene nanocage and where the cathode may be free of a cathodic metal catalyst.

  9. Modeling of seismic field in porous medium:Simulation study of single pore and pore ensemble effects

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    Shatskaya, A. A.; Nemirovich-Danchenko, M. M.; Terre, D. A.

    2015-11-01

    The article considers the effect of porous media on elastic wave field. Based on numerical modeling, diffraction pattern of the wave propagating through a single pore in carbonates has been produced. Matrix properties (calcite and dolomite) and fluid (water) are modeled based on thin core section image. The qualitative comparison with the available computational data has been performed. Provided that ensemble of pores is involved, the effect of porous medium on seismic field has been studied. For comparison with experimental data the model of porous sintered aluminum Al-6061 has been considered. The processing of numerical modeling results made it possible to estimate average velocities in the model of porous aluminum and compare them with physical modeling data. The provided estimates have indicated qualitative (single pore) and quantitative (ensemble of pores) correlation of simulation and experiment results.

  10. On the role of the pore filling medium in photoluminescence from photochemically etched porous silicon

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    Kolasinski, Kurt W.; Barnard, John C.; Ganguly, Santanu; Koker, Lynne; Wellner, Anja; Aindow, Mark; Palmer, Richard E.; Field, Christian N.; Hamley, Paul A.; Poliakoff, Martyn

    2000-09-01

    Porous silicon thin films created under laser illumination in fluoride solutions without biasing have been studied by a variety of techniques to investigate the film structure and photoluminescence (PL). The use of ultrathin silicon wafers allows us to perform plan view transmission electron microscopy studies without recourse to thinning procedures that might adversely affect the film structure. Supercritically dried samples are compared to air dried samples and clearly demonstrate the deleterious effects of air drying on film structure. PL studies were performed (a) while the sample is submerged in aqueous HF, (b) in Ar after rinsing in ethanol, and (c) in air after rinsing in ethanol. The wavelength of light used to fabricate the film is found to correlate strongly with the peak PL wavelength when measured in solution. Little correlation is found in Ar or in air. Exposure to air can change the PL spectrum dramatically on a time scale of just seconds. We demonstrate that samples can exhibit essentially identical PL spectra in one medium but have spectra that differ from one another when the samples are placed in a different medium. The PL results indicate that band-to-band recombination cannot explain photon emission under all circumstances, and that surface states must also be involved in radiative processes under those conditions in which the bands are sufficiently separated to allow for the appearance of gap states.

  11. Engineering porous materials for fuel cell applications.

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    Brandon, N P; Brett, D J

    2006-01-15

    Porous materials play an important role in fuel cell engineering. For example, they are used to support delicate electrolyte membranes, where mechanical integrity and effective diffusivity to fuel gases is critical; they are used as gas diffusion layers, where electronic conductivity and permeability to both gas and water is critical; and they are used to construct fuel cell electrodes, where an optimum combination of ionic conductivity, electronic conductivity, porosity and catalyst distribution is critical. The paper will discuss these characteristics, and introduce the materials and processing methods used to engineer porous materials within two of the leading fuel cell variants, the solid oxide fuel cell and the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell.

  12. Guar gum solutions for improved delivery of iron particles in porous media (part 1): porous medium rheology and guar gum-induced clogging.

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    Gastone, Francesca; Tosco, Tiziana; Sethi, Rajandrea

    2014-10-01

    The present work is the first part of a comprehensive study on the use of guar gum to improve delivery of microscale zero-valent iron particles in contaminated aquifers. Guar gum solutions exhibit peculiar shear thinning properties, with high viscosity in static conditions and lower viscosity in dynamic conditions: this is beneficial both for the storage of MZVI dispersions, and also for the injection in porous media. In the present paper, the processes associated with guar gum injection in porous media are studied performing single-step and multi-step filtration tests in sand-packed columns. The experimental results of single-step tests performed by injecting guar gum solutions prepared at several concentrations and applying different dissolution procedures evidenced that the presence of residual undissolved polymeric particles in the guar gum solution may have a relevant negative impact on the permeability of the porous medium, resulting in evident clogging. The most effective preparation procedure which minimizes the presence of residual particles is dissolution in warm water (60°C) followed by centrifugation (procedure T60C). The multi-step tests (i.e. injection of guar gum at constant concentration with a step increase of flow velocity), performed at three polymer concentrations (1.5, 3 and 4g/l) provided information on the rheological properties of guar gum solutions when flowing through a porous medium at variable discharge rates, which mimic the injection in radial geometry. An experimental protocol was defined for the rheological characterization of the fluids in porous media, and empirical relationships were derived for the quantification of rheological properties and clogging with variable injection rate. These relationships will be implemented in the second companion paper (Part II) in a radial transport model for the simulation of large-scale injection of MZVI-guar gum slurries.

  13. Guar gum solutions for improved delivery of iron particles in porous media (Part 1): Porous medium rheology and guar gum-induced clogging

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    Gastone, Francesca; Tosco, Tiziana; Sethi, Rajandrea

    2014-10-01

    The present work is the first part of a comprehensive study on the use of guar gum to improve delivery of microscale zero-valent iron particles in contaminated aquifers. Guar gum solutions exhibit peculiar shear thinning properties, with high viscosity in static conditions and lower viscosity in dynamic conditions: this is beneficial both for the storage of MZVI dispersions, and also for the injection in porous media. In the present paper, the processes associated with guar gum injection in porous media are studied performing single-step and multi-step filtration tests in sand-packed columns. The experimental results of single-step tests performed by injecting guar gum solutions prepared at several concentrations and applying different dissolution procedures evidenced that the presence of residual undissolved polymeric particles in the guar gum solution may have a relevant negative impact on the permeability of the porous medium, resulting in evident clogging. The most effective preparation procedure which minimizes the presence of residual particles is dissolution in warm water (60 °C) followed by centrifugation (procedure T60C). The multi-step tests (i.e. injection of guar gum at constant concentration with a step increase of flow velocity), performed at three polymer concentrations (1.5, 3 and 4 g/l) provided information on the rheological properties of guar gum solutions when flowing through a porous medium at variable discharge rates, which mimic the injection in radial geometry. An experimental protocol was defined for the rheological characterization of the fluids in porous media, and empirical relationships were derived for the quantification of rheological properties and clogging with variable injection rate. These relationships will be implemented in the second companion paper (Part II) in a radial transport model for the simulation of large-scale injection of MZVI-guar gum slurries.

  14. Soret and Dufour Effects on MHD Peristaltic Flow of Jeffrey Fluid in a Rotating System with Porous Medium

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    Hayat, Tasawar; Rafiq, Maimona; Ahmad, Bashir

    2016-01-01

    The objective of present paper is to examine the peristaltic flow of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Jeffrey fluid saturating porous space in a channel through rotating frame. Unlike the previous attempts, the flow formulation is based upon modified Darcy's law porous medium effect in Jeffrey fluid situation. In addition the impacts due to Soret and Dufour effects in the radiative peristaltic flow are accounted. Rosseland’s approximation has been utilized for the thermal radiative heat flux. Lubrication approach is implemented for the simplification. Resulting problems are solved for the stream function, temperature and concentration. Graphical results are prepared and analyzed for different parameters of interest entering into the problems. PMID:26808387

  15. Active targeting in a random porous medium by chemical swarm robots with secondary chemical signaling

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    Grančič, Peter; Štěpánek, František

    2011-08-01

    The multibody dynamics of a system of chemical swarm robots in a porous environment is investigated. The chemical swarm robots are modeled as Brownian particles capable of delivering an encapsulated chemical payload toward a given target location and releasing it in response to an external stimulus. The presence of chemical signals (chemo-attractant) in the system plays a crucial role in coordinating the collective movement of the particles via chemotaxis. For a number of applications, such as distributed chemical processing and targeted drug delivery, the understanding of factors that govern the collective behavior of the particles, especially their ability to localize a given target, is of immense importance. A hybrid modeling methodology based on the combination of the Brownian dynamics method and diffusion problem coupled through the chemotaxis phenomena is used to analyze the impact of a varying signaling threshold and the strength of chemotaxis on the ability of the chemical robots to fulfill their target localization mission. The results demonstrate that the selected performance criteria (the localization half time and the success rate) can be improved when an appropriate signaling process is chosen. Furthermore, for an optimum target localization strategy, the topological complexity of the porous environment needs to be reflected.

  16. Chemical modification of porous silicon mirror for biosensing applications

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    Palestino Escobedo, G.; Legros, R.; de la Mora Mojica, B.; del Río Portilla, J. A.; Pérez López, J. E.; Gergely, C.

    2007-05-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) nanostructures have remarkable optical properties that can be used for biosensing applications. In this paper we report first on the fabrication of heavily doped p-type PSi with pore diameters in the range of 400-4000 nm. The nonspecific and specific binding of the Glucose Oxidase protein (GOX) was then studied onto the PSi mirrorlike substrate. Adsorption of GOX was tuned by the pH of the protein solution (pI = 4.2) depending of the surface charge. PSi matrixes were first stabilized by thermal oxidation and GOX adsorption was performed once directly on the oxidized PSi surface, and also on previously functionalized PSi surfaces. In the latter case the GOX was coupled to the PSi via the S-H group of the 3-(mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTS). The silane-GOX and GOX interactions on the PSi surface were monitored by the Fourier Transformed Infrared spectra that display characteristic bands of the linked molecules. The interference spectrum shows a large blue shift in the Fabry-Perot interference pattern caused by the change in the refractive index of the medium implying a decrease in the effective optical thickness. Quantitative analysis shows that chemically modified PSi samples admit approximately 24% of GOX. Activity assay proved that the protein preserves its catalyst properties under these adsorption conditions.

  17. Thermal convection of magneto compressible couple-stress fluid saturated in a porous medium with Hall current

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    Mehta, C. B.; Singh, M.; Kumar, S.

    2016-02-01

    An investigation is made on the effect of Hall currents on thermal instability of a compressible couple-stress fluid in the presence of a horizontal magnetic field saturated in a porous medium. The analysis is carried out within the framework of the linear stability theory and normal mode technique. A dispersion relation governing the effects of viscoelasticity, Hall currents, compressibility, magnetic field and porous medium is derived. For the stationary convection a couple-stress fluid behaves like an ordinary Newtonian fluid due to the vanishing of the viscoelastic parameter. Compressibility, the magnetic filed and couple-stress parameter have stabilizing effects on the system whereas Hall currents and medium permeability have a destabilizing effect on the system, but in the absence of Hall current couple-stress has a destabilizing effect on the system. It has been observed that oscillatory modes are introduced due to the presence of viscoelasticity, magnetic field porous medium and Hall currents which were non-existent in their absence.

  18. Steady boundary layer slip flow along with heat and mass transfer over a flat porous plate embedded in a porous medium.

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    Aziz, Asim; Siddique, J I; Aziz, Taha

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a simplified model of an incompressible fluid flow along with heat and mass transfer past a porous flat plate embedded in a Darcy type porous medium is investigated. The velocity, thermal and mass slip conditions are utilized that has not been discussed in the literature before. The similarity transformations are used to transform the governing partial differential equations (PDEs) into a nonlinear ordinary differential equations (ODEs). The resulting system of ODEs is then reduced to a system of first order differential equations which was solved numerically by using Matlab bvp4c code. The effects of permeability, suction/injection parameter, velocity parameter and slip parameter on the structure of velocity, temperature and mass transfer rates are examined with the aid of several graphs. Moreover, observations based on Schmidt number and Soret number are also presented. The result shows, the increase in permeability of the porous medium increase the velocity and decrease the temperature profile. This happens due to a decrease in drag of the fluid flow. In the case of heat transfer, the increase in permeability and slip parameter causes an increase in heat transfer. However for the case of increase in thermal slip parameter there is a decrease in heat transfer. An increase in the mass slip parameter causes a decrease in the concentration field. The suction and injection parameter has similar effect on concentration profile as for the case of velocity profile.

  19. Steady Boundary Layer Slip Flow along with Heat and Mass Transfer over a Flat Porous Plate Embedded in a Porous Medium

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    Aziz, Asim; Siddique, J. I.; Aziz, Taha

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a simplified model of an incompressible fluid flow along with heat and mass transfer past a porous flat plate embedded in a Darcy type porous medium is investigated. The velocity, thermal and mass slip conditions are utilized that has not been discussed in the literature before. The similarity transformations are used to transform the governing partial differential equations (PDEs) into a nonlinear ordinary differential equations (ODEs). The resulting system of ODEs is then reduced to a system of first order differential equations which was solved numerically by using Matlab bvp4c code. The effects of permeability, suction/injection parameter, velocity parameter and slip parameter on the structure of velocity, temperature and mass transfer rates are examined with the aid of several graphs. Moreover, observations based on Schmidt number and Soret number are also presented. The result shows, the increase in permeability of the porous medium increase the velocity and decrease the temperature profile. This happens due to a decrease in drag of the fluid flow. In the case of heat transfer, the increase in permeability and slip parameter causes an increase in heat transfer. However for the case of increase in thermal slip parameter there is a decrease in heat transfer. An increase in the mass slip parameter causes a decrease in the concentration field. The suction and injection parameter has similar effect on concentration profile as for the case of velocity profile. PMID:25531301

  20. Parameters analysis of a porous medium model for treatment with hyperthermia using OpenMP

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    Freitas Reis, Ruy; dos Santos Loureiro, Felipe; Lobosco, Marcelo

    2015-09-01

    Cancer is the second cause of death in the world so treatments have been developed trying to work around this world health problem. Hyperthermia is not a new technique, but its use in cancer treatment is still at early stage of development. This treatment is based on overheat the target area to a threshold temperature that causes cancerous cell necrosis and apoptosis. To simulate this phenomenon using magnetic nanoparticles in an under skin cancer treatment, a three-dimensional porous medium model was adopted. This study presents a sensibility analysis of the model parameters such as the porosity and blood velocity. To ensure a second-order solution approach, a 7-points centered finite difference method was used for space discretization while a predictor-corrector method was used to time evolution. Due to the massive computations required to find the solution of a three-dimensional model, this paper also presents a first attempt to improve performance using OpenMP, a parallel programming API.

  1. Updating an equivalent porous medium karst aquifer model using the coupled continuum pipe-flow method

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    Saller, S. P.; Ronayne, M. J.; Long, A. J.

    2013-12-01

    Karst conduits are commonly treated as high-conductivity zones in equivalent porous medium (EPM) models. In this study, an EPM model for a Paleozoic age carbonate aquifer was updated to include discrete conduits, and flow was simulated using the coupled continuum pipe-flow method. The modeled area, encompassing 2000 square km of the Madison aquifer in western South Dakota (USA), includes four karst springs with contributing conduit networks. The updated model considered the same observation data that were used to calibrate the EPM model: measured hydraulic heads at matrix observation wells and estimated springflow. Adjusted parameters included the conduit locations and hydraulic properties, as well as the matrix hydraulic conductivity distribution. Inferred karst pathways from environmental tracer analysis were used to guide the placement of conduits. The new coupled continuum pipe-flow model is characterized by a simpler conductivity distribution; extreme high-K values used in the EPM model are not necessary when conduit flow is explicitly simulated. Results are presented to illustrate the influence of conduits on simulated flow behavior.

  2. Double diffusive convection in a porous medium layer saturated with an Oldroyd nanofluid

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    Umavathi, J. C.; Sasso, Maurizio

    2017-01-01

    The onset of double diffusive convection in a horizontal layer of a porous medium saturated with an Oldroyd nanofluid is studied using linear and non-linear stability analysis. The modified Darcy-Oldroyd model is used for the momentum equation. The model used for the Oldroyd nanofluid incorporates the effects of Brownian motion and thermophoresis. The thermal energy equations include the diffusion and cross diffusion terms. The linear theory depends on normal mode technique and the onset criterion for stationary and oscillatory convection is derived analytically. The effects of various governing parameters viz., concentration Rayleigh number, nanofluid Lewis number, modified diffusivity ratio, Soret and Dufour parameters, Solutal Rayleigh number, Vadasz number, Lewis number, relaxation, and retardation parameters, viscosity ratio and conductivity ratio on the stationary and oscillatory convections are presented graphically. The non-linear theory based on the representation of Fourier series method is used to find the heat and mass transport. The effect of various parameters on transient heat and mass transfer is also brought out and nonlinear analysis depends on a minimal representation of double Fourier series. We also study the effect of time on transient Nusselt numbers which is found to be oscillatory when time is small. However, when time becomes very large all the three transient Nusselt values approaches to their steady state values.

  3. Fractured porous medium flow analysis using numerical manifold method with independent covers

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    Zhang, Qi-Hua; Lin, Shao-Zhong; Xie, Zhi-Qiang; Su, Hai-Dong

    2016-11-01

    Due to the complexity of geometry and the difficulty of mesh discretization of 3D (three-dimensional) blocks cut by complexly distributed fractures, explicitly considering arbitrary fracture network in fractured porous medium (FPM) flow analysis is very challenging for various numerical methods. In this study, we developed a FPM flow model by taking full advantage of numerical manifold method (NMM) with independent covers. With the independent covers, arbitrarily-shaped 3D blocks identified by block-cutting analysis can be directly used as basic computational elements. Along the boundaries of the divided blocks, fractures elements are generated according to the fractures' apertures. Therefore, it is able to handle very complicated fracture network in 3D flow analysis without need to subdivide 3D blocks into computational meshes. In order to refine the meshes, we introduced artificial fractures with same material properties as surrounding rock into a fracture network, without need to coordinate with the shapes of the blocks. We demonstrated our new model on different 2D examples. At last, we applied our model to 2D and 3D examples with complexly distributed fractures, and achieved reasonable results. The results show that our model is very powerful to analyze fluid flow in arbitrarily and complexly fractured rock mass in 3D.

  4. Supercritical Hadley circulation within a layer of fluid saturated porous medium: Bifurcation to traveling wave

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    Manole, D.M.; Lage, J.L.; Antohe, B.V.

    1995-12-31

    Hadley circulation induced by horizontal and vertical temperature gradients imposed on a fluid saturated porous medium layer is simulated numerically. The flow is assumed to be longitudinal, that is the secondary flow is composed of cells with axes transverse to the direction of the Hadley circulation. Critical (bifurcation) states predicted theoretically via linear stability analysis are verified by the numerical results giving confidence on the accuracy of the method. Several values of horizontal Rayleigh number, Ra{sub h}, and vertical Rayleigh number, Ra{sub v}, are studied. Results indicate that beyond a threshold horizontal Rayleigh number value the flow and temperature fields evolve from subcritical Hadley circulation to a supercritical time periodic flow. The secondary flow emerges in the form of a traveling wave aligned with the main (Hadley) flow direction. This traveling wave is characterized, at supercritical low vertical Rayleigh numbers, by the continuous drifting of two horizontal layers of flow cells that move in opposite directions. As the vertical Rayleigh number increases, the traveling wave becomes characterized by a unique layer of cells drifting in the direction opposite to the applied horizontal temperature gradient. Numerical animation unravels the main features of the transport process. This simplified model is of fundamental and practical importance, for instance, to the study of geothermal activities, underground transport of pollutants, paper processing, crystal growth, building insulation, and gas reservoirs.

  5. Kinematics in a slowly drying porous medium: Reconciliation of pore network simulations and continuum modeling

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    Attari Moghaddam, Alireza; Kharaghani, Abdolreza; Tsotsas, Evangelos; Prat, Marc

    2017-02-01

    We study the velocity field in the liquid phase during the drying of a porous medium in the capillarity-dominated regime with evaporation from the top surface. A simple mass balance in the continuum framework leads to a linear variation of the filtration velocity across the sample. By contrast, the instantaneous slice-averaged velocity field determined from pore network simulations leads to step velocity profiles. The vertical velocity profile is almost constant near the evaporative top surface and zero close to the bottom of the sample. The relative extent of the two regions with constant velocity is dictated by the position of the most unstable meniscus. It is shown that the continuum and pore network results can be reconciled by averaging the velocity field obtained from the pore network simulations over time. This opens up interesting prospects regarding the transport of dissolved species during drying. Also, the study reveals the existence of an edge effect, which is not taken into account in the classical continuum models of drying.

  6. Adaptation of Delftia acidovorans for degradation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate in a microfluidic porous medium.

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    Yoon, Hongkyu; Leibeling, Sabine; Zhang, Changyong; Müller, Roland H; Werth, Charles J; Zilles, Julie L

    2014-07-01

    Delftia acidovorans MC1071 can productively degrade R-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)propionate (R-2,4-DP) but not 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate (2,4-D) herbicides. This work demonstrates adaptation of MC1071 to degrade 2,4-D in a model two-dimensional porous medium (referred to here as a micromodel). Adaptation for 2,4-D degradation in the 2 cm-long micromodel occurred within 35 days of exposure to 2,4-D, as documented by substrate removal. The amount of 2,4-D degradation in the adapted cultures in two replicate micromodels (~10 and 20 % over 142 days) was higher than a theoretical maximum (4 %) predicted using published numerical simulation methods, assuming instantaneous biodegradation and a transverse dispersion coefficient obtained for the same pore structure without biomass present. This suggests that the presence of biomass enhances substrate mixing. Additional evidence for adaptation was provided by operation without R-2,4-DP, where degradation of 2,4-D slowly decreased over 20 days, but was restored almost immediately when R-2,4-DP was again provided. Compared to suspended growth systems, the micromodel system retained the ability to degrade 2,4-D longer in the absence of R-2,4-DP, suggesting slower responses and greater resilience to fluctuations in substrates might be expected in the soil environment than in a chemostat.

  7. Mean and variance of DNAPL ringer development in a saturated, randomly heterogeneous porous medium.

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    Tartakovsky, A. M.; Neuman, S. P.; Tartakovsky, D. M.

    2001-01-01

    Chlorinated organic solvents such as TCE and PCE are among the most ubiquitous and problematic groundwater contaminants at many sites. They usually enter the subsurface in the form of organic liquids which exhibit low miscibility with water and thus form a separate dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). Here we analyze the movement of DNAPL in a three-dimensional randomly heterogeneous porous medium saturated with water. We consider the fluid interface between DNAPL and water to form a sharp boundary at which the capillary pressure head, assumed equal to the entry pressure head of DNAPL, is prescribed either deterministically or randomly. We treat log hydraulic conductivity as a statistically homogeneous random field with given mean, variance and covariance, This allows us to cast the corresponding boundary-value problem in the form of an integro-differential equation, in which the parameters and domain of integration are random. Expanding this equation in a Taylor series about the mean position of the front, and averaging in probability space, yields leading-order ensemble I moment equations for the mean and variance of front evolution with time. Previously we solved these moment equations analytically in one-dimension with gravity, to first order in the variance of log conductivity, and compared our solution with the results of Monte Carlo sjmulations. Here we solve the same moment equations numerically in two-spatial dimensions without gravity.

  8. Interface scaling in a two-dimensional porous medium under combined viscous, gravity, and capillary effects.

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    Méheust, Yves; Løvoll, Grunde; Måløy, Knut Jørgen; Schmittbuhl, Jean

    2002-11-01

    We have investigated experimentally the competition between viscous, capillary, and gravity forces during drainage in a two-dimensional synthetic porous medium. The displacement of a mixture of glycerol and water by air at constant withdrawal rate has been studied. The setup can be tilted to tune gravity, and pressure is recorded at the outlet of the model. Viscous forces tend to destabilize the displacement front into narrow fingers against the stabilizing effect of gravity. Subsequently, a viscous instability is observed for sufficiently large withdrawal speeds or sufficiently low gravity components on the model. We predict the scaling of the front width for stable situations and characterize it experimentally through analyses of the invasion front geometry and pressure recordings. The front width under stable displacement and the threshold for the instability are shown, both experimentally and theoretically, to be controlled by a dimensionless number F which is defined as the ratio of the effective fluid pressure drop (i.e., average hydrostatic pressure drop minus viscous pressure drop) at pore scale to the width of the fluctuations in the threshold capillary pressures.

  9. Thermal gravitational separation of ternary mixture n-dodecane/isobutylbenzene/tetralin components in a porous medium

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    Larabi, Mohamed Aziz; Mutschler, Dimitri; Mojtabi, Abdelkader

    2016-06-01

    Our present work focuses on the coupling between thermal diffusion and convection in order to improve the thermal gravitational separation of mixture components. The separation phenomenon was studied in a porous medium contained in vertical columns. We performed analytical and numerical simulations to corroborate the experimental measurements of the thermal diffusion coefficients of ternary mixture n-dodecane, isobutylbenzene, and tetralin obtained in microgravity in the international space station. Our approach corroborates the existing data published in the literature. The authors show that it is possible to quantify and to optimize the species separation for ternary mixtures. The authors checked, for ternary mixtures, the validity of the "forgotten effect hypothesis" established for binary mixtures by Furry, Jones, and Onsager. Two complete and different analytical resolution methods were used in order to describe the separation in terms of Lewis numbers, the separation ratios, the cross-diffusion coefficients, and the Rayleigh number. The analytical model is based on the parallel flow approximation. In order to validate this model, a numerical simulation was performed using the finite element method. From our new approach to vertical separation columns, new relations for mass fraction gradients and the optimal Rayleigh number for each component of the ternary mixture were obtained.

  10. A transformation approach for the derivation of boundary conditions between a curved porous medium and a free fluid

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    Dobberschütz, Sören; Böhm, Michael

    2010-02-01

    The behaviour of a free fluid flow above a porous medium, both separated by a curved interface, is investigated. By carrying out a coordinate transformation, we obtain the description of the flow in a domain with a straight interface. Using periodic homogenisation, the effective behaviour of the transformed partial differential equations in the porous part is given by a Darcy law with non-constant permeability matrix. Then the fluid behaviour at the porous-liquid interface is obtained with the help of generalised boundary-layer functions: Whereas the velocity in normal direction is continuous across the interface, a jump appears in tangential direction. Its magnitude seems to be related to the slope of the interface. Therefore the results indicate a generalised law of Beavers and Joseph.

  11. 27 CFR 19.675 - Medium plant permit applications.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Medium plant permit... Obtaining A Permit § 19.675 Medium plant permit applications. (a) General. Any person wishing to establish a medium plant must file form TTB F 5110.74, Application and Permit for an Alcohol Fuel Producer Under 26...

  12. 27 CFR 19.675 - Medium plant permit applications.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Medium plant permit... Obtaining A Permit § 19.675 Medium plant permit applications. (a) General. Any person wishing to establish a medium plant must file form TTB F 5110.74, Application and Permit for an Alcohol Fuel Producer Under 26...

  13. Porous gravity currents: A survey to determine the joint influence of fluid rheology and variations of medium properties

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    Ciriello, Valentina; Longo, Sandro; Chiapponi, Luca; Di Federico, Vittorio

    2016-06-01

    We develop a model to grasp the combined effect of rheology and spatial stratifications on two-dimensional non-Newtonian gravity-driven flow in porous media. We consider a power-law constitutive equation for the fluid, and a monomial variation of permeability and porosity along the vertical direction (transverse to the flow) or horizontal direction (parallel to the flow). Under these assumptions, similarity solutions are derived in semi-analytical form for thin gravity currents injected into a two-dimensional porous medium and having constant or time-varying volume. The extent and shape of the porous domain affected by the injection is significantly influenced by the interplay of model parameters. These describe the fluid (flow behaviour index n), the spatial heterogeneity (coefficients β, γ, δ, ω for variations of permeability and porosity in the horizontal or vertical direction), and the type of release (volume exponent α). Theoretical results are validated against two sets of experiments with α = 1 (constant inflow) conducted with a stratified porous medium (simulated by superimposing layers of glass beads of different diameter) and a Hele-Shaw analogue for power-law fluid flow, respectively. In the latter case, a recently established Hele-Shaw analogy is extended to the variation of properties parallel to the flow direction. Comparison with experimental results shows that the proposed model is able to capture the propagation of the current front and the current profile.

  14. Continued development of a semianalytical solution for two-phase fluid and heat flow in a porous medium

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    Doughty, C.; Pruess, K.

    1991-06-01

    Over the past few years the authors have developed a semianalytical solution for transient two-phase water, air, and heat flow in a porous medium surrounding a constant-strength linear heat source, using a similarity variable {eta} = r/{radical}t. Although the similarity transformation approach requires a simplified geometry, all the complex physical mechanisms involved in coupled two-phase fluid and heat flow can be taken into account in a rigorous way, so that the solution may be applied to a variety of problems of current interest. The work was motivated by adverse to predict the thermohydrological response to the proposed geologic repository for heat-generating high-level nuclear wastes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, in a partially saturated, highly fractured volcanic formation. The paper describes thermal and hydrologic conditions near the heat source; new features of the model; vapor pressure lowering; and the effective-continuum representation of a fractured/porous medium.

  15. Numerical heat transfer study in a scattering, absorbing and emitting semi-transparent porous medium in a cylindrical enclosure

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    Timoumi, M.; Chérif, B.; Sifaoui, M. S.

    2005-12-01

    In this paper, heat transfer problem through a semi-transparent porous medium in a cylindrical enclosure is investigated. The governing equations for this problem and the boundary conditions are non-linear differential equations depending on the dimensionless radial coordinate, Planck number N, scattering albedo ω, walls emissivity and thermal conductivity ratio kr. The set of differential equations are solved by a numerical technique taken from the IMSL MATH/LIBRARY. Various results are obtained for the dimensionless temperature profiles in the solid and fluid phases and the radiative heat flux. The effects of some radiative properties of the medium on the heat transfer rate are examined.

  16. Analytical solution to the diffusion, sorption and decay chain equation in a saturated porous medium between two reservoirs.

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    Guzman, Juan; Maximov, Serguei; Escarela-Perez, Rafael; López-García, Irvin; Moranchel, Mario

    2015-01-01

    The diffusion and distribution coefficients are important parameters in the design of barrier systems used in radioactive repositories. These coefficients can be determined using a two-reservoir configuration, where a saturated porous medium is allocated between two reservoirs filled by stagnant water. One of the reservoirs contains a high concentration of radioisotopes. The goal of this work is to obtain an analytical solution for the concentration of all radioisotopes in the decay chain of a two-reservoir configuration. The analytical solution must be obtained by taking into account the diffusion and sorption processes. Concepts such as overvalued concentration, diffusion and decay factors are employed to this end. It is analytically proven that a factor of the solution is identical for all chains (considering a time scaling factor), if certain parameters do not change. In addition, it is proven that the concentration sensitivity, due to the distribution coefficient variation, depends of the porous medium thickness, which is practically insensitive for small porous medium thicknesses. The analytical solution for the radioisotope concentration is compared with experimental and numerical results available in literature.

  17. Nonlinear instability of an Oldroyd elastico–viscous magnetic nanofluid saturated in a porous medium

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    Moatimid, Galal M.; Alali, Elham M. M. Ali, Hoda S. M.

    2014-09-15

    Through viscoelastic potential theory, a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability of two semi-infinite fluid layers, of Oldroydian viscoelastic magnetic nanofluids (MNF), is investigated. The system is saturated by porous medium through two semi-infinite fluid layers. The Oldroyd B model is utilized to describe the rheological behavior of viscoelastic MNF. The system is influenced by uniform oblique magnetic field that acts at the surface of separation. The model is used for the MNF incorporated the effects of uniform basic streaming and viscoelasticity. Therefore, a mathematical simplification must be considered. A linear stability analysis, based upon the normal modes analysis, is utilized to find out the solutions of the equations of motion. The onset criterion of stability is derived; analytically and graphs have been plotted by giving numerical values to the various parameters. These graphs depict the stability characteristics. Regions of stability and instability are identified and discussed in some depth. Some previous studies are recovered upon appropriate data choices. The stability criterion in case of ignoring the relaxation stress times is also derived. To relax the mathematical manipulation of the nonlinear approach, the linearity of the equations of motion is taken into account in correspondence with the nonlinear boundary conditions. Taylor's theory is adopted to expand the governing nonlinear characteristic equation according to of the multiple time scales technique. This analysis leads to the well-known Ginzburg–Landau equation, which governs the stability criteria. The stability criteria are achieved theoretically. To simplify the mathematical manipulation, a special case is considered to achieve the numerical estimations. The influence of orientation of the magnetic fields on the stability configuration, in linear as well as nonlinear approaches, makes a dual role for the magnetic field strength in the stability graphs. Stability diagram is plotted for

  18. Experimental and numerical simulations of heat transfers between flowing water and a horizontal frozen porous medium

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    Roux, N.; Costard, F.; Grenier, C. F.

    2013-12-01

    In permafrost-affected regions, hydrological changes due to global warming are still under investigation. But yet, we can already foresee from recent studies that for example, the variability and intensity of surface/subsurface flow are likely to be affected by permafrost degradation. And the feedback induced by such changes on permafrost degradation is still not clearly assessed. Of particular interest are lake and river-taliks. A talik is a permanently unfrozen zone that lies below rivers or lake. They should play a key role in these interactions given that they are the only paths for groundwater flow in permafrost regions. Thus heat transfers on a regional scale are potentially influenced by groundwater circulation. The aim of our study is therefore to investigate the evolution of river taliks. We developed a multidisciplinary approach coupling field investigation, experimental studies in a cold room and numerical modeling. In Central Yakutia, Siberia, where permafrost is continuous, we recently installed instruments to monitor ground temperature and water pressure in a river talik between two thermokarst lakes. We present here the coupling of numerical modeling and laboratory experiments in order to look after the main parameters controlling river-talik installation. In a cold room at IDES, where a metric scale channel is filled with sand as a porous medium, we are able to control air, water and permafrost temperature, but also water flow, so that we can test various parameter sets for a miniaturized river. These results are confronted with a numerical model developed at the LSCE with Cast3m (www-cast3m.cea.fr), that couples heat and water transfer. In particular, expressions for river-talik heat exchange terms are investigated. A further step will come in the near future with results from field investigation providing the full complexity of a natural system. Keywords: Talik, River, Numerical Modeling, Cold Room, Permafrost.

  19. A comparison of physicochemical methods for the remediation of porous medium systems contaminated with tar

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    Hauswirth, Scott C.; Miller, Cass T.

    2014-10-01

    The remediation of former manufactured gas plant (FMGP) sites contaminated with tar DNAPLs (dense non-aqueous phase liquids) presents a significant challenge. The tars are viscous mixtures of thousands of individual compounds, including known and suspected carcinogens. This work investigates the use of combinations of mobilization, solubilization, and chemical oxidation approaches to remove and degrade tars and tar components in porous medium systems. Column experiments were conducted using several flushing solutions, including an alkaline-polymer (AP) solution containing NaOH and xanthan gum (XG), a surfactant-polymer (SP) solution containing Triton X-100 surfactant (TX100) and XG, an alkaline-surfactant-polymer (ASP) solution containing NaOH, TX100, and XG, and base-activated sodium persulfate both with and without added TX100. The effectiveness of the flushing solutions was assessed based on both removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) mass and on the reduction of dissolved-phase PAH concentrations. SP flushes of 6.6 to 20.9 PV removed over 99% of residual PAH mass and reduced dissolved-phase concentrations by up to two orders of magnitude. ASP flushing efficiently removed 95-96% of residual PAH mass within about 2 PV, and significantly reduced dissolved-phase concentrations of several low molar mass compounds, including naphthalene, acenaphthene, fluorene, and phenanthrene. AP flushing removed a large portion of the residual tar (77%), but was considerably less effective than SP and ASP in terms of the effect on dissolved PAH concentrations. Persulfate was shown to oxidize tar components, primarily those with low molar mass, however, the overall degradation was relatively low (30-50% in columns with low initial tar saturations), and the impact on dissolved-phase concentrations was minimal.

  20. High-strength porous carbon and its multifunctional applications

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    Wojtowicz, Marek A; Rubenstein, Eric P; Serio, Michael A; Cosgrove, Joseph E

    2013-12-31

    High-strength porous carbon and a method of its manufacture are described for multifunctional applications, such as ballistic protection, structural components, ultracapacitor electrodes, gas storage, and radiation shielding. The carbon is produced from a polymer precursor via carbonization, and optionally by surface activation and post-treatment.

  1. Controlled synthesis of porous platinum nanostructures for catalytic applications.

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    Cao, Yanqin; Zhang, Junwei; Yang, Yong; Huang, Zhengren; Long, Nguyen Viet; Nogami, Masayuki

    2014-02-01

    Porous platinum, that has outstanding catalytic and electrical properties and superior resistant characteristics to corrosion, has been widely applied in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, electronic, and automotive industries. As the catalytic activity and selectivity depend on the size, shape and structure of nanomaterials, the strategies for controlling these factors of platinum nanomaterials to get excellent catalytic properties are discussed. Here, recent advances in the design and preparation of various porous platinum nanostructures are reviewed, including wet-chemical synthesis, electro-deposition, galvanic replacement reaction and de-alloying technology. The applications of various platinum nanostructures are also discussed, especially in fuel cells.

  2. Natural convection experiments in a liquid-saturated porous medium bounded by vertical coaxial cylinders

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    Reda, D.C.

    1983-01-01

    An experimental effort is presently underway to investigate natural convection phenomena in liquid-saturated porous media utilizing a geometry, and hydrodynamic/thermal boundary conditions, relevant to the problem of nuclear-waste isolation in geologic repositories. During the first phase of this research program, detailed measurements were made of the steady-state thermal field throughout an annular test region bounded by a vertical, constant-heat-flux, inner cylinder and a concentrically-placed, constant-temperature, outer cylinder. An overlying, constant-pressure, fluid layer was utilized to supply a permeable upper surface boundary condition. Results showed the heater surface temperature to increase with increasing vertical distance due to the presence of a buoyantly-driven upflow. The measured temperature difference (..delta..T) between the average heater surface temperature and the constant, outer-surface, temperature was found to be progressively below the straight-line/conduction-only solution for ..delta..T vs power input as the latter was systematically increased. Comparisons between measured results and numerical predictions generated with the finite-element code MARIAH showed very good agreement, thereby contributing to the qualification of this code for repository-design applications.

  3. Instability of plane-parallel flow of incompressible liquid over a saturated porous medium

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    Lyubimova, T. P.; Lyubimov, D. V.; Baydina, D. T.; Kolchanova, E. A.; Tsiberkin, K. B.

    2016-07-01

    The linear stability of plane-parallel flow of an incompressible viscous fluid over a saturated porous layer is studied to model the instability of water flow in a river over aquatic plants. The saturated porous layer is bounded from below by a rigid plate and the pure fluid layer has a free, undeformable upper boundary. A small inclination of the layers is imposed to simulate the riverbed slope. The layers are inclined at a small angle to the horizon. The problem is studied within two models: the Brinkman model with the boundary conditions by Ochoa-Tapia and Whitaker at the interface, and the Darcy-Forchheimer model with the conditions by Beavers and Joseph. The neutral curves and critical Reynolds numbers are calculated for various porous layer permeabilities and relative thicknesses of the porous layer. The results obtained within the two models are compared and analyzed.

  4. Instability of plane-parallel flow of incompressible liquid over a saturated porous medium.

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    Lyubimova, T P; Lyubimov, D V; Baydina, D T; Kolchanova, E A; Tsiberkin, K B

    2016-07-01

    The linear stability of plane-parallel flow of an incompressible viscous fluid over a saturated porous layer is studied to model the instability of water flow in a river over aquatic plants. The saturated porous layer is bounded from below by a rigid plate and the pure fluid layer has a free, undeformable upper boundary. A small inclination of the layers is imposed to simulate the riverbed slope. The layers are inclined at a small angle to the horizon. The problem is studied within two models: the Brinkman model with the boundary conditions by Ochoa-Tapia and Whitaker at the interface, and the Darcy-Forchheimer model with the conditions by Beavers and Joseph. The neutral curves and critical Reynolds numbers are calculated for various porous layer permeabilities and relative thicknesses of the porous layer. The results obtained within the two models are compared and analyzed.

  5. Experimental and numerical simulations of heat transfers between flowing water and a frozen porous medium

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    Roux, Nicolas; Grenier, Christophe; Costard, François

    2015-04-01

    In permafrost-affected regions, hydrological changes due to global warming are still under investigation. But yet, we can already foresee from recent studies that for example, the variability and intensity of surface/subsurface flow are likely to be affected by permafrost degradation. The feedback induced by such changes on permafrost degradation is still not clearly assessed. Of particular interest are lake and river's taliks. A talik is a permanently unfrozen zone that lies below rivers or lakes. They are likely to play a key role in the formerly presented interactions, given that they are the only paths for groundwater flow in permafrost regions. Thus heat transfers on a regional scale are influenced by groundwater circulation. The aim of our study is therefore to investigate the evolution of river's taliks. In addition, they are the only perennial liquid water resources in continuous permafrost environments. The issue associated is to what extent can taliks develop into the future because of climate change and how likely are they to become open taliks, connecting sub-permafrost water with surface water with potentially strong geochemical changes? We developed a multidisciplinary approach coupling field investigation, experimental studies in a cold room and numerical modeling. The field investigation concerns Central Yakutia, Siberia, where we have installed instruments to monitor ground temperatures and water pressure in a small river's talik between two thermokarst lakes. We present here the results corresponding to the cold room experimental work, associating numerical modeling and laboratory experiments in order to look after the main parameters controlling river's talik installation and validate our numerical simulation approach. In a cold room at GEOPS, where a metric scale channel is filled with a porous medium (sand or silty-clay), we are able to control air, water and permafrost initial temperature, but also water flow. At initial time, the "river

  6. Approach of Computational Fluid Dynamics of VOF Model in Two Phase flow through Porous Medium under Microgravity Condition

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    Hasan, Raisul

    2016-07-01

    In this research paper firstly theoretical analysis and design of the porous matrix for filtration and selection of associated liquid (highly viscous and low viscous liquid) is carried out. Hence, porosity of the bed has been found out followed by a detailed CFD analysis of the flow to identify displacement structure (fingering: due to the nonlinear interactions among viscous, capillary and gravitational forces). Moreover, an experiment will be with synthetic porous medium consists of a single layer of glass beads which are then positioned homogeneously or non-homogeneously between two Perspex sheets and then fluid displacement structure/fingering will be photographed. Then the effort will be made to validate results with the experiment based photograph and then the CFD model will be extended to microgravity condition KEYWORDS: CFD, Fingering, microgravity, Non-homogeneously, Capillary .

  7. Evaluation of a coupled model for numerical simulation of a multiphase flow system in a porous medium and a surface fluid.

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    Hibi, Yoshihiko; Tomigashi, Akira

    2015-09-01

    Numerical simulations that couple flow in a surface fluid with that in a porous medium are useful for examining problems of pollution that involve interactions among atmosphere, water, and groundwater, including saltwater intrusion along coasts. Coupled numerical simulations of such problems must consider both vertical flow between the surface fluid and the porous medium and complicated boundary conditions at their interface. In this study, a numerical simulation method coupling Navier-Stokes equations for surface fluid flow and Darcy equations for flow in a porous medium was developed. Then, the basic ability of the coupled model to reproduce (1) the drawdown of a surface fluid observed in square-pillar experiments, using pillars filled with only fluid or with fluid and a porous medium and (2) the migration of saltwater (salt concentration 0.5%) in the porous medium using the pillar filled with fluid and a porous medium was evaluated. Simulations that assumed slippery walls reproduced well the results with drawdowns of 10-30 cm when the pillars were filled with packed sand, gas, and water. Moreover, in the simulation of saltwater infiltration by the method developed in this study, velocity was precisely reproduced because the experimental salt concentration in the porous medium after saltwater infiltration was similar to that obtained in the simulation. Furthermore, conditions across the boundary between the porous medium and the surface fluid were satisfied in these numerical simulations of square-pillar experiments in which vertical flow predominated. Similarly, the velocity obtained by the simulation for a system coupling flow in surface fluid with that in a porous medium when horizontal flow predominated satisfied the conditions across the boundary. Finally, it was confirmed that the present simulation method was able to simulate a practical-scale surface fluid and porous medium system. All of these numerical simulations, however, required a great deal of

  8. Porous Iron oxide nanorods and their photothermal applications

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    Larsen, George; Huang, Weijie; Zhao, Yiping; Hunyadi Murph, Simona E.

    2016-09-01

    Iron oxide is a unique semiconductor material, either as a single nanoparticle, or as a component of multifunctional nanoparticles. Its desirable properties, abundance, non-toxicity, and excellent magnetic properties make it a valuable for many applications. Porous iron oxide nanorods are able to transduce light into heat through the photothermal effect. Photothermal heating arises from the energy dissipated during light absorption leading to rapid temperature rise in close proximity to the surface of the nanoparticle. The heating effect can be efficiently harnessed to drive/promote different physical phenomena. In this report, we describe the synthesis and properties of porous Fe3O4 for photothermal applications. We then demonstrate their use as photothermally enhanced and recyclable materials for environmental remediation through sorption processes.

  9. The effects of magnetohydrodynamic and radiation on flow of second grade fluid past an infinite inclined plate in porous medium

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    Ismail, Zulkhibri; Khan, Ilyas; Nasir, Nadirah Mohd; Awang, Rahimah Jusoh; Salleh, Mohd Zuki; Shafie, Sharidan

    2015-02-03

    An analysis of the exact solutions of second grade fluid problem for unsteady magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows past an infinite inclined plate in a porous medium is presented. It is assumed that the bounding infinite inclined plate has a constant temperature with radiation effects. Based on Boussinesq approximation the expressions for dimensionless velocity, temperature and concentration are obtained by using Laplace transform method. The derived solutions satisfying the involved differential equations, and all the boundary and initial conditions. The influence of various parameters on the velocity has been illustrated graphically and analyzed.

  10. Heat Source/Sink in a Magneto-Hydrodynamic Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow in a Porous Medium: Dual Solutions.

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    Hayat, Tasawar; Awais, Muhammad; Imtiaz, Amna

    2016-01-01

    This communication deals with the properties of heat source/sink in a magneto-hydrodynamic flow of a non-Newtonian fluid immersed in a porous medium. Shrinking phenomenon along with the permeability of the wall is considered. Mathematical modelling is performed to convert the considered physical process into set of coupled nonlinear mathematical equations. Suitable transformations are invoked to convert the set of partial differential equations into nonlinear ordinary differential equations which are tackled numerically for the solution computations. It is noted that dual solutions for various physical parameters exist which are analyzed in detail.

  11. Irreversibility analysis of hydromagnetic flow of couple stress fluid with radiative heat in a channel filled with a porous medium

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    Eegunjobi, A. S.; Makinde, O. D.

    Numerical analysis of the intrinsic irreversibility of a mixed convection hydromagnetic flow of an electrically conducting couple stress fluid through upright channel filled with a saturated porous medium and radiative heat transfer was carried out. The thermodynamics first and second laws were employed to examine the problem. We obtained the dimensionless nonlinear differential equations and solves numerically with shooting procedure joined with a fourth order Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg integration scheme. The temperature and velocity obtained, used to analyse the entropy generation rate together with some various physical parameters of the flow. Our results are presented graphically and talk over.

  12. MHD flow of a micropolar fluid over a stretchable disk in a porous medium with heat and mass transfer

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    Rauf, A. Meraj, M. A.; Ashraf, M.; Batool, K.; Hussain, M.

    2015-07-15

    This article studies the simultaneous impacts of heat and mass transfer of an incompressible electrically conducting micropolar fluid generated by the stretchable disk in presence of porous medium. The thermal radiation effect is accounted via Rosseland’s approximation. The governing boundary layer equations are reduced into dimensionless form by employing the suitable similarity transformations. A finite difference base algorithm is utilized to obtain the solution expressions. The impacts of physical parameters on dimensionless axial velocity, radial velocity, micro-rotation, temperature and concentrations profiles are presented and examined carefully. Numerical computation is performed to compute shear stress, couple stress, heat and mass rate at the disk.

  13. Heat Source/Sink in a Magneto-Hydrodynamic Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow in a Porous Medium: Dual Solutions

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    Hayat, Tasawar; Awais, Muhammad; Imtiaz, Amna

    2016-01-01

    This communication deals with the properties of heat source/sink in a magneto-hydrodynamic flow of a non-Newtonian fluid immersed in a porous medium. Shrinking phenomenon along with the permeability of the wall is considered. Mathematical modelling is performed to convert the considered physical process into set of coupled nonlinear mathematical equations. Suitable transformations are invoked to convert the set of partial differential equations into nonlinear ordinary differential equations which are tackled numerically for the solution computations. It is noted that dual solutions for various physical parameters exist which are analyzed in detail. PMID:27598314

  14. On the stability and uniqueness of the flow of a fluid through a porous medium

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    Hill, A. A.; Rajagopal, K. R.; Vergori, L.

    2016-06-01

    In this short note, we study the stability of flows of a fluid through porous media that satisfies a generalization of Brinkman's equation to include inertial effects. Such flows could have relevance to enhanced oil recovery and also to the flow of dense liquids through porous media. In any event, one cannot ignore the fact that flows through porous media are inherently unsteady, and thus, at least a part of the inertial term needs to be retained in many situations. We study the stability of the rest state and find it to be asymptotically stable. Next, we study the stability of a base flow and find that the flow is asymptotically stable, provided the base flow is sufficiently slow. Finally, we establish results concerning the uniqueness of the flow under appropriate conditions, and present some corresponding numerical results.

  15. Similarity Solution for Combined Free-Forced Convection Past a Vertical Porous Plate in a Porous Medium with a Convective Surface Boundary Condition

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    Garg, P.; Purohit, G. N.; Chaudhary, R. C.

    2016-12-01

    This paper studies the mathematical implications of the two dimensional viscous steady laminar combined free-forced convective flow of an incompressible fluid over a semi infinite fixed vertical porous plate embedded in a porous medium. It is assumed that the left surface of the plate is heated by convection from a hot fluid which is at a temperature higher than the temperature of the fluid on the right surface of the vertical plate. To achieve numerical consistency for the problem under consideration, the governing non linear partial differential equations are first transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations using a similarity variable and then solved numerically under conditions admitting similarity solutions. The effects of the physical parameters of both the incompressible fluid and the vertical plate on the dimensionless velocity and temperature profiles are studied and analysed and the results are depicted both graphically and in a tabular form. Finally, algebraic expressions and the numerical values are obtained for the local skin-friction coefficient and the local Nusselt number.

  16. Ultralight porous metals: From fundamentals to applications

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    Tianjian, Lu

    2002-10-01

    Over the past few years a number of low cost metallic foams have been produced and used as the core of sandwich panels and net shaped parts. The main aim is to develop lightweight structures which are stiff, strong, able to absorb large amount of energy and cheap for application in the transport and construction industries. For example, the firewall between the engine and passenger compartment of an automobile must have adequate mechanical strength, good energy and sound absorbing properties, and adequate fire retardance. Metal foams provide all of these features, and are under serious consideration for this applications by a number of automobile manufacturers (e.g., BMW and Audi). Additional specialized applications for foam-cored sandwich panels range from heat sinks for electronic devices to crash barriers for automobiles, from the construction panels in lifts on aircraft carriers to the luggage containers of aircraft, from sound proofing walls along railway tracks and highways to acoustic absorbers in lean premixed combustion chambers. But there is a problem. Before metallic foams can find a widespread application, their basic properties must be measured, and ideally modeled as a function of microstructural details, in order to be included in a design. This work aims at reviewing the recent progress and presenting some new results on fundamental research regarding the micromechanical origins of the mechanical, thermal, and acoustic properties of metallic foams.

  17. Determining Pore Pressures Along a Slip Surface Within a Saturated Elastic-Plastic Porous Medium

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    Viesca, R. C.; Rice, J. R.; Dunham, E. M.

    2008-12-01

    Here we consider shear rupture along a slip surface in a fluid-saturated elastic-plastic porous medium, like in landslide and earthquake modeling, and assume that there are different poro-elasto-plastic response properties on the two sides of the slip surface. This different response may be because the fault bordering materials are dissimilar, or just because one side is actively yielding and the other is not, or is yielding but in a different mode. In effect, we are representing a core about a slip surface that divides two similar or contrasting materials. This representation is especially relevant in earthquake rupture dynamics. Studies of mature fault zones have noted a trend of fractured host rock extending 10--100m from the fault, with an ultracataclastic core ~100mm about or to one side of the principal slip surface (e.g., Chester and Chester, Tectonophys, 1998; Chester et al., Columbia Univ Pr, 2004). Furthermore, there is likely to exist a material contrast that may come from accumulating km of slip and a bias in accumulated damage. The local pore pressure at the slip surface influences the rupture dynamics because, through the effective stress concept, it controls the local shear strength along the fault, a feature neglected as a simplification in our preliminary poro-elasto-plastic modeling of dynamic rupture (Viesca et al., JGR, 2008). To determine pore pressures at the slip surface under locally elastic-plastic response, we must consider pore pressure discontinuities about that surface that arise in an undrained treatment of off-fault material and their amelioration within resulting thin diffusive boundary layers, such that pore pressure and fluid mass flux in the normal direction are continuous at the slip surface. Our approach builds on previous work considering the effect of contrasts in poroelastic properties on rupture propagation (Rudnicki and Rice, JGR, 2006; Dunham and Rice, JGR, 2008). Here we find expressions for the undrained pore pressure

  18. Study of the fluid flow characteristics in a porous medium for CO2 geological storage using MRI.

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    Song, Yongchen; Jiang, Lanlan; Liu, Yu; Yang, Mingjun; Zhou, Xinhuan; Zhao, Yuechao; Dou, Binlin; Abudula, Abuliti; Xue, Ziqiu

    2014-06-01

    The objective of this study was to understand fluid flow in porous media. Understanding of fluid flow process in porous media is important for the geological storage of CO2. The high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique was used to measure fluid flow in a porous medium (glass beads BZ-02). First, the permeability was obtained from velocity images. Next, CO2-water immiscible displacement experiments using different flow rates were investigated. Three stages were obtained from the MR intensity plot. With increasing CO2 flow rate, a relatively uniform CO2 distribution and a uniform CO2 front were observed. Subsequently, the final water saturation decreased. Using core analysis methods, the CO2 velocities were obtained during the CO2-water immiscible displacement process, which were applied to evaluate the capillary dispersion rate, viscous dominated fractional flow, and gravity flow function. The capillary dispersion rate dominated the effects of capillary, which was largest at water saturations of 0.5 and 0.6. The viscous-dominant fractional flow function varied with the saturation of water. The gravity fractional flow reached peak values at the saturation of 0.6. The gravity forces played a positive role in the downward displacements because they thus tended to stabilize the displacement process, thereby producing increased breakthrough times and correspondingly high recoveries. Finally, the relative permeability was also reconstructed. The study provides useful data regarding the transport processes in the geological storage of CO2.

  19. Rayleigh-Benard convection subject to time dependent wall temperature/gravity in a fluid-saturated anisotropic porous medium

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    Malashetty, M. S.; Basavaraja, D.

    The effect of time-periodic temperature/gravity modulation at the onset of convection in a Boussinesq fluid-saturated anisotropic porous medium is investigated by making a linear stability analysis. Brinkman flow model with effective viscosity larger than the viscosity of the fluid is considered to give a more general theoretical result. The perturbation method is applied for computing the critical Rayleigh and wave numbers for small amplitude temperature/gravity modulation. The shift in the critical Rayleigh number is calculated as a function of frequency of the modulation, viscosity ratio, anisotropy parameter and porous parameter. We have shown that it is possible to advance or delay the onset of convection by time-periodic modulation of the wall temperature and to advance convection by gravity modulation. It is also shown that the small anisotropy parameter has a strong influence on the stability of the system. The effect of viscosity ratio, anisotropy parameter, the porous parameter and the Prandtl number is discussed.

  20. Hydrophobic liquid-infused porous polymer surfaces for antibacterial applications.

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    Li, Junsheng; Kleintschek, Tanja; Rieder, Annika; Cheng, Yin; Baumbach, Tilo; Obst, Ursula; Schwartz, Thomas; Levkin, Pavel A

    2013-07-24

    Biofilms represent a fundamental problem in environmental biology, water technology, food hygiene as well as in medical and technical systems. Recently introduced slippery liquid-infused porous surface (SLIPS) showed great promise for preventing biofilm formation owing to the low surface energy of such surface in combination with its self-cleaning properties. In this study we demonstrated a novel hydrophobic liquid-infused porous poly(butyl methacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) surface (slippery BMA-EDMA) with bacteria-resistance in BM2 mineral medium and long-term stability in aqueous environments. We showed that the slippery BMA-EDMA surface prevents biofilm formation of different strains of opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa for at least up to 7 days in low nutrient medium. Only ∼1.8% of the slippery surface was covered by the environmental P. aeruginosa PA49 strain under investigation. In uncoated glass controls the coverage of surfaces reached ∼55% under the same conditions. However, in high nutrient medium, more relevant to physiological conditions, the biofilm formation on the slippery surface turned out to be highly dependent on the bacterial strain. Although the slippery surface could prevent biofilm formation of most of the P. aeruginosa strains tested (∼1% surface coverage), the multiresistant P. aeruginosa strain isolated from wastewater was able to cover up to 12% of the surface during 7 days of incubation. RAPD-PCR analysis of the used P. aeruginosa strains demonstrated their high genome variability, which might be responsible for their difference in biofilm formation on the slippery BMA-EDMA surface. The results show that although the slippery BMA-EDMA surface has a great potential against biofilm formation, the generality of its bacteria resistant properties is still to be improved.

  1. Selection of Bacteria with Favorable Transport Properties Through Porous Rock for the Application of Microbial-Enhanced Oil Recovery

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    Jang, Long-Kuan; Chang, Philip W.; Findley, John E.; Yen, Teh Fu

    1983-01-01

    This paper presents a bench-scale study on the transport in highly permeable porous rock of three bacterial species—Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas putida, and Clostridium acetobutylicum—potentially applicable in microbial-enhanced oil recovery processes. The transport of cells during the injection of bacterial suspension and nutrient medium was simulated by a deep bed filtration model. Deep bed filtration coefficients and the maximum capacity of cells in porous rock were measured. Low to intermediate (∼106/ml) injection concentrations of cellular suspensions are recommended because plugging of inlet surface is less likely to occur. In addition to their resistance to adverse environments, spores of clostridia are strongly recommended for use in microbial-enhanced oil recovery processes since they are easiest among the species tested to push through porous rock. After injection, further transport of bacteria during incubation can occur by growth and mobility through the stagnant nutrient medium which fills the porous rock. We have developed an apparatus to study the migration of bacteria through a Berea sandstone core containing nutrient medium. PMID:16346414

  2. Nonlinear Stress/Strain Behavior of a Synthetic Porous Medium at Seismic Frequencies

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    Roberts, P. M.; Ibrahim, R. H.

    2008-12-01

    Laboratory experiments on porous core samples have shown that seismic-band (100 Hz or less) mechanical, axial stress/strain cycling of the porous matrix can influence the transport behavior of fluids and suspended particles during steady-state fluid flow through the cores. In conjunction with these stimulated transport experiments, measurements of the applied dynamic axial stress/strain were made to investigate the nonlinear mechanical response of porous media for a poorly explored range of frequencies from 1 to 40 Hz. A unique core-holder apparatus that applies low-frequency mechanical stress/strain to 2.54-cm-diameter porous samples during constant-rate fluid flow was used for these experiments. Applied stress was measured with a load cell in series with the source and porous sample, and the resulting strain was measured with an LVDT attached to the core face. A synthetic porous system consisting of packed 1-mm-diameter glass beads was used to investigate both stress/strain and stimulated mass-transport behavior under idealized conditions. The bead pack was placed in a rubber sleeve and static confining stresses of 2.4 MPa radial and 1.7 MPa axial were applied to the sample. Sinusoidal stress oscillations were applied to the sample at 1 to 40 Hz over a range of RMS stress amplitude from 37 to 275 kPa. Dynamic stress/strain was measured before and after the core was saturated with deionized water. The slope of the linear portion of each stress/strain hysteresis loop was used to estimate Young's modulus as a function of frequency and amplitude for both the dry and wet sample. The modulus was observed to increase after the dry sample was saturated. For both dry and wet cases, the modulus decreased with increasing dynamic RMS stress amplitude at a constant frequency of 23 Hz. At constant RMS stress amplitude, the modulus increased with increasing frequency for the wet sample but remained constant for the dry sample. The observed nonlinear behavior of Young's modulus

  3. Interaction of reactive fronts during transport in a homogeneous porous medium with initial small non-uniformity.

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    Chen, Jui-Sheng; Liu, Chen-Wuing

    2004-08-01

    A reactive fluid circulating within a porous medium can dissolve minerals with which it is out of equilibrium and modify the porosity and permeability. The positive feedback between fluid transport and mineral dissolution causes complex reaction front morphologies such as fingers or wormholes. This study presents a numerical model to investigate reaction front instability, temporal aquifer porosity, and species concentration evolution during reactive transport in a homogeneous porous medium with two small, initially local non-uniformities. Simulation results indicate that a stable planar front develops for a small upstream pressure gradient while the growth of two non-uniformities becomes unstable for a large upstream pressure gradient. Moreover, the unstable reaction front may be either double- or single-finger in shape. Reaction front shape selection depends on the spacing of the two local non-uniformities and the upstream pressure gradients. A behavior diagram is constructed to identify a planar, single- or double-front morphology. The critical non-uniformities spacing at which a reaction front begins to merge into a single-finger decreases with increasing upstream pressure gradient.

  4. Fabrication, properties, and applications of porous metals with directional pores.

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    Nakajima, Hideo

    2010-01-01

    Lotus-type porous metals with aligned long cylindrical pores are fabricated by unidirectional solidification from the melt with a dissolved gas such as hydrogen, nitrogen, or oxygen. The gas atoms can be dissolved into the melt via a pressurized gas atmosphere or thermal decomposition of gaseous compounds. Three types of solidification techniques have been developed: mold casting, continuous zone melting, and continuous casting techniques. The last method is superior from the viewpoint of mass production of lotus metals. The observed anisotropic behaviors of the mechanical properties, sound absorption, and thermal conductivity are inherent to the anisotropic porous structure. In particular, the remarkable anisotropy in the mechanical strength is attributed to the stress concentration around the pores aligned perpendicular to the loading direction. Heat sinks are a promising application of lotus metals due to the high cooling performance with a large heat transfer.

  5. Fabrication, properties, and applications of porous metals with directional pores

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    NAKAJIMA, Hideo

    2010-01-01

    Lotus-type porous metals with aligned long cylindrical pores are fabricated by unidirectional solidification from the melt with a dissolved gas such as hydrogen, nitrogen, or oxygen. The gas atoms can be dissolved into the melt via a pressurized gas atmosphere or thermal decomposition of gaseous compounds. Three types of solidification techniques have been developed: mold casting, continuous zone melting, and continuous casting techniques. The last method is superior from the viewpoint of mass production of lotus metals. The observed anisotropic behaviors of the mechanical properties, sound absorption, and thermal conductivity are inherent to the anisotropic porous structure. In particular, the remarkable anisotropy in the mechanical strength is attributed to the stress concentration around the pores aligned perpendicular to the loading direction. Heat sinks are a promising application of lotus metals due to the high cooling performance with a large heat transfer. PMID:21084772

  6. Porous Nanocomposites with Integrated Internal Domains: Application to Separation Membranes

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    Li, Wenle; Walz, John Y.

    2014-01-01

    Asymmetric membranes with layered structure have made significant achievements due to their balanced properties and multi-functionalities that come from a combination of multiple layers. However, issues such as delamination and substructure resistance are generated by the intrinsic layered structure. Here, we present a strategy to integrate the traditional layered structure into an asymmetric but continuous porous network. Through infiltrations of microparticles and nanoparticles to targeted regions, active domains are created inside the porous scaffold versus having them applied externally. The fabricated internal active domains are highly adjustable in terms of its dimensions, pore size, and materials. We demonstrate that it is a general method that can be applicable to a wide variety of particles regardless of their material, dimensions, or geometry. By eliminating the external layered structure, problems such as those mentioned above can be eliminated. This integration technique can be extended to other devices required a layered structure, such as solid oxide fuel cells and lithium ion battery. PMID:24646923

  7. Multicomponent effective medium-correlated random walk theory for the diffusion of fluid mixtures through porous media.

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    Bonilla, Mauricio R; Bhatia, Suresh K

    2012-01-10

    Molecular transport in nanoconfined spaces plays a key role in many emerging technologies for gas separation and storage, as well as in nanofluidics. The infiltration of fluid mixtures into the voids of porous frameworks having complex topologies is common place to these technologies, and optimizing their performance entails developing a deeper understanding of how the flow of these mixtures is affected by the morphology of the pore space, particularly its pore size distribution and pore connectivity. Although several techniques have been developed for the estimation of the effective diffusivity characterizing the transport of single fluids through porous materials, this is not the case for fluid mixtures, where the only alternatives rely on a time-consuming solution of the pore network equations or adaptations of the single fluid theories which are useful for a limited type of systems. In this paper, a hybrid multicomponent effective medium-correlated random walk theory for the calculation of the effective transport coefficients matrix of fluid mixtures diffusing through porous materials is developed. The theory is suitable for those systems in which component fluxes at the single pore level can be related to the potential gradients of the different species through linear flux laws and corresponds to a generalization of the classical single fluid effective medium theory for the analysis of random resistor networks. Comparison with simulation of the diffusion of binary CO(2)/H(2)S and ternary CO(2)/H(2)S/C(3)H(8) gas mixtures in membranes modeled as large networks of randomly oriented pores with both continuous and discrete pore size distributions demonstrates the power of the theory, which was tested using the well-known generalized Maxwell-Stefan model for surface diffusion at the single pore level.

  8. Chemistry and application of flexible porous coordination polymers*

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    Bureekaew, Sareeya; Shimomura, Satoru; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2008-01-01

    Porous coordination polymers (PCPs), which are microporous materials, have been given much attention from both scientific and commercial aspects regarding their application to gas storage, gas separation and catalytic reaction because of the regularity of their pore shape and pore size, accompanied with the functionality. Moreover, in recent years, flexible PCPs, which are structurally transformable depending upon external stimuli, have been attractive because they provide unique properties, dissimilar to those of zeolites. In this review, the chemistry and application of flexible crystalline PCPs are summarized and discussed. PMID:27877934

  9. 27 CFR 19.675 - Medium plant permit applications.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Medium plant permit... BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS DISTILLED SPIRITS PLANTS Distilled Spirits for Fuel Use Obtaining A Permit § 19.675 Medium plant permit applications. (a) General. Any person wishing to establish...

  10. 27 CFR 19.675 - Medium plant permit applications.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Medium plant permit... BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ALCOHOL DISTILLED SPIRITS PLANTS Distilled Spirits for Fuel Use Obtaining A Permit § 19.675 Medium plant permit applications. (a) General. Any person wishing to establish...

  11. Study of acoustic radiation during air stream filtration through a porous medium

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    Zaslavskii, Yu. M.; Zaslavskii, V. Yu.

    2012-11-01

    The paper presents results of laboratory experiments on studying the characteristics of acoustic emission generated by a flow of compressed air, which is filtered by porous pumice samples with and without partial fluid saturation. The construction features of the laboratory setup and details of the experiments are described. Porous samples with dry and partially fluid-filled pores are used. The visual patterns of the acoustic emission spectrum, which occurs under stationary filtration of the compressed air, are presented, and its amplitude-frequency distribution characteristic for different sample porosities and different degrees of their fluid saturation is shown. It is demonstrated that the relaxation times of the emission noise level differ. This is revealed during the sharp elimination of the drop in pressure from such samples, i.e., in the nonstationary filtration mode.

  12. Modeling of shape memory alloys and application to porous materials

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    Panico, Michele

    In the last two decades the number of innovative applications for advanced materials has been rapidly increasing. Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are an exciting class of these materials which exhibit large reversible stresses and strains due to a thermoelastic phase transformation. SMAs have been employed in the biomedical field for producing cardiovascular stents, shape memory foams have been successfully tested as bone implant material, and SMAs are being used as deployable switches in aerospace applications. The behavior of shape memory alloys is intrinsically complex due to the coupling of phase transformation with thermomechanical loading, so it is critical for constitutive models to correctly simulate their response over a wide range of stress and temperature. In the first part of this dissertation, we propose a macroscopic phenomenological model for SMAs that is based on the classical framework of thermodynamics of irreversible processes and accounts for the effect of multiaxial stress states and non-proportional loading histories. The model is able to account for the evolution of both self-accommodated and oriented martensite. Moreover, reorientation of the product phase according to loading direction is specifically accounted for. Computational tests demonstrate the ability of the model to simulate the main aspects of the shape memory response in a one-dimensional setting and some of the features that have been experimentally found in the case of multi-axial non-proportional loading histories. In the second part of this dissertation, this constitutive model has been used to study the mesoscopic behavior of porous shape memory alloys with particular attention to the mechanical response under cyclic loading conditions. In order to perform numerical simulations, the model was implemented into the commercial finite element code ABAQUS. Due to stress concentrations in a porous microstructure, the constitutive law was enhanced to account for the development of

  13. Facile synthesis of PdSx/C porous nanospheres and their applications for ethanol oxidation reaction

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    Zhang, Qiang; Zhang, Fuhua; Ma, Xuemei; Zheng, Yiqun; Hou, Shifeng

    2016-12-01

    We report a facile approach for the synthesis of carbon-supported palladium polysulphide porous nanospheres (PdSx/C) and their applications for ethanol oxidation reaction. Typical synthesis started with generation of palladium/poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)(Pd/PEDOT) nanospheres, followed by a calcination process at an optimized temperature to form PdSx/C, with an average size of 2.47 ± 0.60 and 50 nm of PdSx nanoparticles and carbon porous nanospheres, respectively. Various techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and electrochemical techniques were performed to characterize their morphologies, compositions and structures. In contrary to most Pd-based electrochemical catalysts that could be easily poised with trace sulfur during the catalytic oxidation process, the as-prepared PdSx/C porous nanospheres exhibited high electrocatalytic activities and stabilities for the electrochemical catalytic oxidation of ethanol in alkaline medium. In particular, the forward peak current intensity achieved 162.1 mA mg-1 and still maintained at 46.7 mA mg-1 even after 1000 cycles. This current work not only offers a novel type of fuel-cell catalyst for ethanol oxidation reaction, but also provides a possible route for solving the sulfur-poisoning problem in catalysis.

  14. Numerical investigation on laminar round-jet impinging on a surface at uniform heat flux in a channel partially filled with a porous medium

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    Buonomo, B.; Diana, A.; Manca, O.; Nardini, S.

    2017-01-01

    Horizontal channel partially filled with porous media and a single round jet impinging on the porous medium are numerically investigated. The wall facing the round jet is partially heated at uniform heat flux. A two-dimensional axial symmetric flow in the channel is assumed to evaluate the thermal behavior within the channel. The analysis in the porous medium is accomplished in local thermal equilibrium conditions and under the Brinkman–Forchheimer-extended Darcy law assumption. The problem is solved employing the Ansys-Fluent code. Results are given in terms of stream function and temperature fields of fluid and solid matrix, wall temperature profiles, air velocity and temperature profiles along the transversal section of channel. The Peclet number ranges from 1 to 1000 and Rayleigh number values are 10, 50, 100 and 1000. Reynolds jet number, solid wall distance and wall heat flux effects on thermal and fluid dynamic behaviors are investigated. Results indicate that Nusselt number has the highest value for the channel with a porous medium of thickness equal to the channel gap, whereas it presents very small changes increasing the porous medium length on the heated wall. Correlations among average Nusselt, Peclet and Rayleigh numbers are proposed.

  15. Vapour-liquid phase diagram for an ionic fluid in a random porous medium.

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    Holovko, M F; Patsahan, O; Patsahan, T

    2016-10-19

    We study the vapour-liquid phase behaviour of an ionic fluid confined in a random porous matrix formed by uncharged hard sphere particles. The ionic fluid is modelled as an equimolar binary mixture of oppositely charged equisized hard spheres, the so-called restricted primitive model (RPM). Considering the matrix-fluid system as a partly-quenched model, we develop a theoretical approach which combines the method of collective variables with the extension of the scaled-particle theory (SPT) for a hard-sphere fluid confined in a disordered hard-sphere matrix. The approach allows us to formulate the perturbation theory using the SPT for the description of the thermodynamics of the reference system. The phase diagrams of the RPM in matrices of different porosities and for different size ratios of matrix and fluid particles are calculated in the random-phase approximation and also when the effects of higher-order correlations between ions are taken into account. Both approximations correctly reproduce the basic effects of porous media on the vapour-liquid phase diagram, i.e. with a decrease of porosity the critical point shifts towards lower fluid densities and lower temperatures and the coexistence region gets narrower. For the fixed matrix porosity, both the critical temperature and the critical density increase with an increase of size of matrix particles and tend to the critical values of the bulk RPM.

  16. Vapour-liquid phase diagram for an ionic fluid in a random porous medium

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    Holovko, M. F.; Patsahan, O.; Patsahan, T.

    2016-10-01

    We study the vapour-liquid phase behaviour of an ionic fluid confined in a random porous matrix formed by uncharged hard sphere particles. The ionic fluid is modelled as an equimolar binary mixture of oppositely charged equisized hard spheres, the so-called restricted primitive model (RPM). Considering the matrix-fluid system as a partly-quenched model, we develop a theoretical approach which combines the method of collective variables with the extension of the scaled-particle theory (SPT) for a hard-sphere fluid confined in a disordered hard-sphere matrix. The approach allows us to formulate the perturbation theory using the SPT for the description of the thermodynamics of the reference system. The phase diagrams of the RPM in matrices of different porosities and for different size ratios of matrix and fluid particles are calculated in the random-phase approximation and also when the effects of higher-order correlations between ions are taken into account. Both approximations correctly reproduce the basic effects of porous media on the vapour-liquid phase diagram, i.e. with a decrease of porosity the critical point shifts towards lower fluid densities and lower temperatures and the coexistence region gets narrower. For the fixed matrix porosity, both the critical temperature and the critical density increase with an increase of size of matrix particles and tend to the critical values of the bulk RPM.

  17. Porous silicon nanoparticles for nanomedicine: preparation and biomedical applications.

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    Santos, Hélder A; Mäkilä, Ermei; Airaksinen, Anu J; Bimbo, Luis M; Hirvonen, Jouni

    2014-04-01

    The research on porous silicon (PSi) materials for biomedical applications has expanded greatly since the early studies of Leigh Canham more than 25 years ago. Currently, PSi nanoparticles are receiving growing attention from the scientific biomedical community. These nanostructured materials have emerged as promising multifunctional and versatile platforms for nanomedicine in drug delivery, diagnostics and therapy. The outstanding properties of PSi, including excellent in vivo biocompatibility and biodegradability, have led to many applications of PSi for delivery of therapeutic agents. In this review, we highlight current advances and recent efforts on PSi nanoparticles regarding the production properties, efficient drug delivery, multidrug delivery, permeation across biological barriers, biosafety and in vivo tracking for biomedical applications. The constant boost on successful preclinical in vivo data reported so far makes this the 'golden age' for PSi, which is expected to finally be translated into the clinic in the near future.

  18. Magnetohydrodynamic peristaltic transport of couple stress fluid through porous medium in an inclined asymmetric channel with heat transfer

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    Ramesh, K.; Devakar, M.

    2015-11-01

    In the present paper, the effects of magnetic field and heat transfer on the peristaltic flow of an incompressible couple stress fluid through porous medium in an inclined asymmetric channel have been studied under the long wavelength approximation. The exact solutions of the resultant governing equations have been obtained for the stream function, pressure gradient, temperature and heat transfer coefficients. The pressure difference and frictional forces have been computed numerically. The effects of Hartmann number, Darcy number, Grashof number, couple stress parameter, heat generation parameter and inclination angle on the heat characteristics, velocity characteristics, pumping characteristics and trapping phenomena are discussed in detail. It is found that the pressure gradient increases from horizontal channel to vertical channel. The best pumping can be seen at higher Hartmann number. The size of trapped bolus decreases with the increase of couple stress parameter and the strength of the magnetic flied. Increase of heat generation parameter increases the pressure gradient, temperature and the size of the bolus.

  19. Analytic Approximate Solutions of Mixed Convection about an Inclined Flat Plate Embedded in a Porous Medium Filled with Nanofluids

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    Rasekh, A.; Ganji, D. D.

    2013-08-01

    This work is focused on the study of the mixed convection heat transfer over an inclined flat plate in a porous medium saturated with nanofluids. The governed partial differential equations are transformed into ordinary differential equations, which are obtained by similarity solution. A Padé technique is introduced and combined with differential transform method (DTM) with the aim of extending the convergence area of the series solutions. Comparisons are made between the results of the proposed method and the numerical method (fourth-order Rung-Kutta), as well as available results from the literature in solving this problem, and excellent agreement has been observed. The effects of the pertinent parameters, namely wall suction/injection parameter, mixed convection parameter, prescribed constant, nanoparticles volume fraction factor, and different nanoparticles, on the temperature distribution along with local Nusselt number are presented graphically and the physical aspects of the problem are highlighted and discussed.

  20. Stability Analysis and Internal Heating Effect on Oscillatory Convection in a Viscoelastic Fluid Saturated Porous Medium Under Gravity Modulation

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    Bhadauria, B. S.; Singh, M. K.; Singh, A.; Singh, B. K.; Kiran, P.

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we investigate the combined effect of internal heating and time periodic gravity modulation in a viscoelastic fluid saturated porous medium by reducing the problem into a complex non-autonomous Ginzgburg-Landau equation. Weak nonlinear stability analysis has been performed by using power series expansion in terms of the amplitude of gravity modulation, which is assumed to be small. The Nusselt number is obtained in terms of the amplitude for oscillatory mode of convection. The influence of viscoelastic parameters on heat transfer has been discussed. Gravity modulation is found to have a destabilizing effect at low frequencies and a stabilizing effect at high frequencies. Finally, it is found that overstability advances the onset of convection, more with internal heating. The conditions for which the complex Ginzgburg-Landau equation undergoes Hopf bifurcation and the amplitude equation undergoes supercritical pitchfork bifurcation are studied.

  1. Numerical Simulation of MHD Hiemenz Flow of a Micropolar Fluid towards a Nonlinear Stretching Surface through a Porous Medium

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    Sharma, Rajesh; Bhargava, Rama

    2015-07-01

    In this article, the two-dimensional boundary layer problem of Hiemenz flow (two-dimensional flow of a fluid near a stagnation point) of an incompressible micropolar fluid towards a nonlinear stretching surface placed in a porous medium in the presence of transverse magnetic field is examined. The resulting nonlinear differential equations governing the problem have been transformed by a similarity transformation into a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations which are solved numerically by the Element Free Galerkin method. The influence of various parameters on the velocity, microrotation, temperature, and concentration is shown. Some of the results are compared with the Finite Element Method. Finally, validation of the numerical results is demonstrated for local skin friction ? for hydrodynamic micropolar fluid flow on a linearly stretching surface.

  2. Multiple Solutions of an Unsteady Stagnation-Point Flow with Melting Heat Transfer in a Darcy-Brinkman Porous Medium

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    Khalid Aurangzaib, M.; Bhattacharyya, Krishnendu; Shafie, Sharidan

    2016-06-01

    The characteristics of the unsteady boundary layer flow with melting heat transfer near a stagnation-point towards a flat plate embedded in a DarcyBrinkman porous medium with thermal radiation are investigated. The governing partial differential equations are transformed into self-similar ordinary differential equations by similarity transformations. The transformed self-similar equations are solved numerically using bvp4c from Matlab for several values of the flow parameters. The study reveals that the multiple solutions exist for the decelerating (A < 0) flow, whereas for the accelerating (A ≥ 0) flow, the solution is unique. The results also indicate that the melting phenomenon increases the rate of heat transfer and delays the boundary layer separation. To validate the current numerical results, comparison with available results is made and found to be in a good agreement.

  3. Effects of mechanical dispersion on the morphological evolution of a chemical dissolution front in a fluid-saturated porous medium

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    Chen, Jui-Sheng; Liu, Chen-Wuing; Lai, Geng-Xin; Ni, Chuen-Fa

    2009-06-01

    SummaryThe dissolution-induced finger or wormhole patterns in porous medium or fracture rock play a crucial role in a variety of scientific, industrial, and engineering practices. Although previous studies have extensively presented a number of numerical models which couples a system of nonlinear governing equations of porosity change due to mineral dissolution, the conservations of groundwater flow and transport of chemical species to investigate the morphological pattern of a chemical dissolution front within a fluid-saturated porous medium, whereas the mechanical dispersion effect has generally been neglected in the model development. This study addresses the effects of mechanical dispersion on the morphological evolution of a chemical dissolution front for a variety of cases. Mechanical dispersion processes is incorporated with the coupled nonlinear governing equation system so as to rebuild a newly numerical model. The results of numerical simulations demonstrate that mechanical dispersion has pronounced impacts on the morphological pattern of the chemical dissolution front. For single local non-uniformity case, mechanical dispersion reduces the finger length of an unstable single-fingering front or retains the shape of a stable planar front while speeding up the front advancement. In the case of two local non-uniformities, adding mechanical dispersion with different flow conditions can yield one of the following results: (1) the shape of the stable planar front is maintained but its advancement is accelerated; (2) the shape of the unstable single-fingering front is maintained but its length is reduced; (3) the unstable double-fingering front is merged into an unstable single-fingering front; and (4) the shape of the unstable double-fingering front is preserved but its fingering length is reduced. A comparison between the behavior diagrams of dissolution front morphology (with and without considering mechanical dispersion) shows that the double-fingering front

  4. The effects of buoyancy on shear-induced melt bands in a compacting porous medium

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    Butler, S. L.

    2009-03-01

    It has recently been shown [Holtzman, B., Groebner, N., Zimmerman, M., Ginsberg, S., Kohlstedt, D., 2003. Stress-driven melt segregation in partially molten rocks. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 4, Art. No. 8607; Holtzman, B.K., Kohlstedt, D.L., 2007. Stress-driven melt segregation and strain partitioning in partially molten rocks: effects of stress and strain. J. Petrol. 48, 2379-2406] that when partially molten rock is subjected to simple shear, bands of high and low porosity are formed at a particular angle to the direction of instantaneous maximum extension. These have been modeled numerically and it has been speculated that high porosity bands may form an interconnected network with a bulk, effective permeability that is enhanced in a direction parallel to the bands. As a result, the bands may act to focus mantle melt towards the axis of mid-ocean ridges [Katz, R.F., Spiegelman, M., Holtzman, B., 2006. The dynamics of melt and shear localization in partially molten aggregates. Nature 442, 676-679]. In this contribution, we examine the combined effects of buoyancy and matrix shear on a deforming porous layer. The linear theory of Spiegelman [Spiegelman, M., 1993. Flow in deformable porous media. Part 1. Simple analysis. J. Fluid Mech. 247, 17-38; Spiegelman, M., 2003. Linear analysis of melt band formation by simple shear. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 4, doi:10.1029/2002GC000499, Article 8615] and Katz et al. [Katz, R.F., Spiegelman, M., Holtzman, B., 2006. The dynamics of melt and shear localization in partially molten aggregates. Nature 442, 676-679] is generalized to include both the effects of buoyancy and matrix shear on a deformable porous layer with strain-rate dependent rheology. The predictions of linear theory are compared with the early time evolution of our 2D numerical model and they are found to be in excellent agreement. For conditions similar to the upper mantle, buoyancy forces can be similar to or much greater than matrix shear-induced forces. The

  5. Hypercrosslinked porous polymer materials: design, synthesis, and applications.

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    Tan, Liangxiao; Tan, Bien

    2017-02-22

    Hypercrosslinked polymers (HCPs) are a series of permanent microporous polymer materials initially reported by Davankov, and have received an increasing level of research interest. In recent years, HCPs have experienced rapid growth due to their remarkable advantages such as diverse synthetic methods, easy functionalization, high surface area, low cost reagents and mild operating conditions. Judicious selection of monomers, appropriate length crosslinkers and optimized reaction conditions yielded a well-developed polymer framework with an adjusted porous topology. Post fabrication of the as developed network facilitates the incorporation of various chemical functionalities that may lead to interesting properties and enhance the selection toward a specific application. To date, numerous HCPs have been prepared by post-crosslinking polystyrene-based precursors, one-step self-polycondensation or external crosslinking strategies. The advent of these methodologies has prompted researchers to construct well-defined porous polymer networks with customized micromorphology and functionalities. In this review, we describe not only the basic synthetic principles and strategies of HCPs, but also the advancements in the structural and morphological study as well as the frontiers of potential applications in energy and environmental fields such as gas storage, carbon capture, removal of pollutants, molecular separation, catalysis, drug delivery, sensing etc.

  6. Experiment and theory for heterogeneous nucleation of protein crystals in a porous medium.

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    Chayen, Naomi E; Saridakis, Emmanuel; Sear, Richard P

    2006-01-17

    The determination of high-resolution structures of proteins requires crystals of suitable quality. Because of the new impetus given to structural biology by structural genomics/proteomics, the problem of crystallizing proteins is becoming increasingly acute. There is therefore an urgent requirement for the development of new efficient methods to aid crystal growth. Nucleation is the crucial step that determines the entire crystallization process. Hence, the holy grail is to design a "universal nucleant," a substrate that induces the nucleation of crystals of any protein. We report a theory for nucleation on disordered porous media and its experimental testing and validation using a mesoporous bioactive gel-glass. This material induced the crystallization of the largest number of proteins ever crystallized using a single nucleant. The combination of the model and the experimental results opens up the scope for the rational design of nucleants, leading to alternative means of controlling crystallization.

  7. Onset of centrifugal convection in a magnetic-fluid-saturated porous medium

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    Saravanan, S.; Yamaguchi, H.

    2005-08-01

    This paper concerns the influence of magnetic field on the onset of centrifugal convection in a magnetic-fluid-filled differentially heated porous layer placed in zero-gravity environment by linear stability theory. The axis of rotation of the layer is placed anywhere within its boundaries, which leads to an alternating direction of the centrifugal body force. The critical centrifugal Rayleigh number, the critical wave number, and the eigenfunctions corresponding to two-dimensional flow pattern at the threshold are calculated using a combination of analytical and numerical methods. Results show significant effects even for low magnetic-field strength when the axis location is located near the cold boundary. It is found that the magnetic field has a destabilizing effect and can be suitably adjusted depending on the axis location and particle magnetization to induce more developed convection currents.

  8. Numerical and experimental analysis of the porous medium reservoir at Pittsfield, Illinois

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    Wiles, L.E.; Erikson, R.L.; Allen, R.D.; Doherty, T.J.

    1981-08-01

    Numerical and experimental predictions of the St. Peter sandstone reservoir behavior at Pittsfield, Illinois, are being conducted. These analyses are based upon field and laboratory determinations of structural dimensions and physical properties and upon operating CAES design conditions. Numerical modeling addresses bubble development, water coning, thermal development and reservoir dehydration. Air injection rate is calculated as a function of time. The advance of the 50% saturation front during bubble development is depicted in depth versus radius curves for time periods up to 60 days. Experimental analysis embraces ground water chemistry, permeability and dehydration. Permeability of the St. Peter is highly variable due to vertical changes in lithology and variable friability. The new CAES porous media flow facility simulates field conditions of air flow rate, confining pressure, desaturation profile and dynamic stress.

  9. Conditional stability for thermal convection in a rotating couple-stress fluid saturating a porous medium with temperature and pressure dependent viscosity

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    Sunil; Choudhary, Shalu; Mahajan, Amit

    2013-08-01

    A nonlinear stability threshold for rotation in a couple-stress fluid heated from below saturating a porous medium with temperature and pressure dependent viscosity is exactly the same as the linear instability boundary. This optimal result is important because it shows that linearized instability theory has captured completely the physics of the onset of convection. The effects of couple-stress parameter, variable dependent viscosity, medium permeability, Taylor number and Darcy-Brinkman number on the onset of convection are also analysed.

  10. A comparison of numerical and semi-analytical methods for the case of heat transfer equations arising in porous medium

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    Parand, K.; Rad, J. A.; Ahmadi, M.

    2016-09-01

    Natural convective heat transfer in porous media which is of importance in the design of canisters for nuclear waste disposal has received considerable attention during the past few decades. This paper presents a comparison between two different analytical and numerical methods, i.e. pseudospectral and Adomian decomposition methods. The pseudospectral approach makes use of the orthogonal rational Jacobi functions; this method reduces the solution of the problem to a solution of a system of algebraic equations. Numerical results are compared with each other, showing that the pseudospectral method leads to more accurate results and is applicable on similar problems.

  11. Dual-function growth medium and structural soil for use as porous pavement.

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    Sloan, John J; Hegemann, Mary Ann; George, Steve A

    2008-01-01

    Permeable grass-covered surfaces can reduce the quantity of storm water runoff and filter out potentially harmful chemicals. The objective of this study was to develop permeable structural soils that sustained healthy turf growth and filtered heavy metals from contaminated pavement runoff. The basic soil medium was a 50:50 mixture (v/v) of expanded shale (ExSh) and quartz sand (QS). The ExSh component consisted of (i) large-diameter particles (3-6 mm), (ii) small-diameter particles (1-3 mm), or (iii) a 50:50 mixture (v/v) of the two. The basic blends were mixed with 0, 10, and 20% sphagnum peat moss (v/v) and 0, 10, and 20% natural zeolites (v/v) and placed in 15-cm-diameter pots in a greenhouse. Bermudagrass plugs were planted in each pot. The addition of sphagnum peat moss to the basic ExSh/QS blend increased bermudagrass growth and improved plant response to added fertilizer. Zeolites had no significant effect on plant growth in the absence of sphagnum peat moss. Growing mediums that contained 10 to 20% sphagnum peat moss and 10 to 20% zeolites consistently produced more bermudagrass biomass than the unamended ExSh/QS mixture. Changing the ratio of small- to large-diameter ExSh in the basic medium did not affect bermudagrass yield. Very low amounts of Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn were recovered in leachate after the addition of 10 mg metal per pot, suggesting that most heavy metals (>99%) were retained in the growing mediums. Zeolites reduced the amount of Cd and Pb in leachate water, but not Cu or Zn.

  12. The effect of spatially varying velocity field on the transport of radioactivity in a porous medium.

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    Sen, Soubhadra; Srinivas, C V; Baskaran, R; Venkatraman, B

    2016-10-01

    In the event of an accidental leak of the immobilized nuclear waste from an underground repository, it may come in contact of the flow of underground water and start migrating. Depending on the nature of the geological medium, the flow velocity of water may vary spatially. Here, we report a numerical study on the migration of radioactivity due to a space dependent flow field. For a detailed analysis, seven different types of velocity profiles are considered and the corresponding concentrations are compared.

  13. A numerical study of convection in a layered porous medium heated from below

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    Hickox, C.E.; Chu, Tze Yao.

    1990-01-01

    As part of the Magma Energy Project being pursued at Sandia National Laboratories, a drilling program has been initiated within the Long Valley caldera near Mammoth Lakes, California. Seismological evidence obtained in this region suggests the presence of a relatively shallow magma body. We have performed a numerical simulation for a simplified model of the Long Valley geothermal system in order to elucidate the nature of the large-scale thermal structure within the system and to assess implications for the drilling program. The two-dimensional model consists of three horizontal layers, the upper two of which are porous and saturated with a single phase fluid. The system is limited in horizontal extent and heated uniformly from below. An associated planar, natural convective flow is thus produced. The results of our simulation indicate the possibility of wide variations in vertical temperature profiles for the model system, depending on the location of the drilling operation. Thus it can be inferred that, during the early stages of drilling, the vertical temperature distribution is not a reliable indicator of the presence or absence of a magma body at depth. 14 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.

  14. Model of fluid flow and internal erosion of a porous fragile medium

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    Kudrolli, Arshad; Clotet, Xavier

    2016-11-01

    We discuss the internal erosion and transport of particles leading to heterogeneity and channelization of a porous granular bed driven by fluid flow by introducing a model experimental system which enables direct visualization of the evolution of porosity from the single particle up to the system scale. Further, we develop a hybrid hydrodynamic-statistical model to understand the main ingredients needed to simulate our observations. A uniqueness of our study is the close coupling of the experiments and simulations with control parameters used in the simulations derived from the experiments. Understanding this system is of fundamental importance to a number of geophysical processes, and in the extraction of hydrocarbons in the subsurface including the deposition of proppants used in hydraulic fracturing. We provide clear evidence for the importance of curvature of the interface between high and low porosity regions in determining the flux rate needed for erosion and the spatial locations where channels grow. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences program under DE-SC0010274.

  15. Combustion in porous media and its applications--a comprehensive survey.

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    Mujeebu, M Abdul; Abdullah, M Z; Bakar, M Z Abu; Mohamad, A A; Muhad, R M N; Abdullah, M K

    2009-06-01

    The rapid advances in technology and improved living standard of the society necessitate abundant use of fossil fuels which poses two major challenges to any nation. One is fast depletion of fossil fuel resources; the other is environmental pollution. The porous medium combustion (PMC) has proved to be one of the technically and economically feasible options to tackle the aforesaid problems to a remarkable extent. PMC has interesting advantages compared with free flame combustion due to the higher burning rates, the increased power dynamic range, the extension of the lean flammability limits, and the low emissions of pollutants. This article provides a comprehensive picture of the global scenario of research and developments in PMC and its applications that enable a researcher to decide the direction of further investigation. The works published so far in this area are reviewed, classified according to their objectives and presented in an organized manner with general conclusions. A separate section is devoted for the numerical modeling of PMC.

  16. Impact of kinetic mass transfer on free convection in a porous medium

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    Lu, Chunhui; Shi, Liangsheng; Chen, Yiming; Xie, Yueqing; Simmons, Craig T.

    2016-05-01

    We investigate kinetic mass transfer effects on unstable density-driven flow and transport processes by numerical simulations of a modified Elder problem. The first-order dual-domain mass transfer model coupled with a variable-density-flow model is employed to describe transport behavior in porous media. Results show that in comparison to the no-mass-transfer case, a higher degree of instability and more unstable system is developed in the mass transfer case due to the reduced effective porosity and correspondingly a larger Rayleigh number (assuming permeability is independent on the mobile porosity). Given a constant total porosity, the magnitude of capacity ratio (i.e., immobile porosity/mobile porosity) controls the macroscopic plume profile in the mobile domain, while the magnitude of mass transfer timescale (i.e., the reciprocal of the mass transfer rate coefficient) dominates its evolution rate. The magnitude of capacity ratio plays an important role on the mechanism driving the mass flux into the aquifer system. Specifically, for a small capacity ratio, solute loading is dominated by the density-driven transport, while with increasing capacity ratio local mass transfer dominated solute loading may occur at later times. At significantly large times, however, both mechanisms contribute comparably to solute loading. Sherwood Number could be a nonmonotonic function of mass transfer timescale due to complicated interactions of solute between source zone, mobile zone and immobile zone in the top boundary layer, resulting in accordingly a similar behavior of the total mass. The initial assessment provides important insights into unstable density-driven flow and transport in the presence of kinetic mass transfer.

  17. Effect of nonionic surfactant partitioning on the dissolution kinetics of residual perchloroethylene in a model porous medium

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    Sharmin, Rumana; Ioannidis, Marios A.; Legge, Raymond L.

    2006-01-01

    At concentrations above the critical micelle concentration, surfactants can significantly enhance the solubilization of residual nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPL) and, for this reason, are the focus of research on surfactant-enhanced aquifer remediation (SEAR). As a consequence of their amphiphilic nature, surfactants may also partition to various extents between the organic and aqueous phases, thereby affecting SEAR performance. We report here on the observation and analysis of the effect of surfactant partitioning on the dissolution kinetics of residual perchloroethylene (PCE) by aqueous solutions (1000 mg/L) of the non-ionic surfactant Triton X-100 in a model porous medium. For this fluid system, batch equilibration experiments showed that the surfactant partitions strongly into the NAPL (NAPL-water partition coefficient equal to 12.5). Dynamic interfacial tension (IFT) measurements were employed to study surfactant diffusion and interfacial adsorption. The dynamic IFT measurements were consistent with partitioning of the surfactant between the two liquid phases. PCE dissolution experiments, conducted in a transparent glass micromodel using an aqueous surfactant solution, were contrasted to experiments using clean water. Surfactant partitioning was observed to delay significantly the onset of micellar solubilization of PCE, an observation reproduced by a numerical model. This effect is attributed to the reduction of surfactant concentration in the immediate vicinity of the NAPL-water interface, which accompanies transport of the surfactant into the NAPL. Accordingly, it is suggested that both the rate and the extent of diffusion of the surfactant into the NAPL affect the onset of and the driving force for micellar solubilization. While many surfactants do not readily partition in NAPL, this possibility must be considered when selecting non-ionic surfactants for the enhanced solubilization of residual chlorinated solvents in porous media.

  18. Numerical simulation of heat transfer and fluid flow of Water-CuO Nanofluid in a sinusoidal channel with a porous medium

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    Nazari, Saman; Toghraie, Davood

    2017-03-01

    This study has compared the convection heat transfer of Water-based fluid flow with that of Water-Copper oxide (CuO) nanofluid in a sinusoidal channel with a porous medium. The heat flux in the lower and upper walls has been assumed constant, and the flow has been assumed to be two-dimensional, steady, laminar, and incompressible. The governing equations include equations of continuity, momentum, and energy. The assumption of thermal equilibrium has been considered between the porous medium and the fluid. The effects of the parameters, Reynolds number and Darcy number on the thermal performance of the channel, have been investigated. The results of this study show that the presence of a porous medium in a channel, as well as adding nanoparticles to the base fluid, increases the Nusselt number and the convection heat transfer coefficient. Also the results show that As the Reynolds number increases, the temperature gradient increases. In addition, changes in this parameter are greater in the throat of the flow than in convex regions due to changes in the channel geometry. In addition, porous regions reduce the temperature difference, which in turn increases the convective heat transfer coefficient.

  19. MHD Natural Convection Flow of Casson Nanofluid over Nonlinearly Stretching Sheet Through Porous Medium with Chemical Reaction and Thermal Radiation.

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    Ullah, Imran; Khan, Ilyas; Shafie, Sharidan

    2016-12-01

    In the present work, the effects of chemical reaction on hydromagnetic natural convection flow of Casson nanofluid induced due to nonlinearly stretching sheet immersed in a porous medium under the influence of thermal radiation and convective boundary condition are performed numerically. Moreover, the effects of velocity slip at stretching sheet wall are also examined in this study. The highly nonlinear-coupled governing equations are converted to nonlinear ordinary differential equations via similarity transformations. The transformed governing equations are then solved numerically using the Keller box method and graphical results for velocity, temperature, and nanoparticle concentration as well as wall shear stress, heat, and mass transfer rate are achieved through MATLAB software. Numerical results for the wall shear stress and heat transfer rate are presented in tabular form and compared with previously published work. Comparison reveals that the results are in good agreement. Findings of this work demonstrate that Casson fluids are better to control the temperature and nanoparticle concentration as compared to Newtonian fluid when the sheet is stretched in a nonlinear way. Also, the presence of suspended nanoparticles effectively promotes the heat transfer mechanism in the base fluid.

  20. Aligned magnetic field and cross-diffusion effects of a nanofluid over an exponentially stretching surface in porous medium

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    Sulochana, C.; Sandeep, N.; Sugunamma, V.; Rushi Kumar, B.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we investigated the effects of aligned magnetic field, thermal radiation, heat generation/absorption, cross-diffusion, viscous dissipation, heat source and chemical reaction on the flow of a nanofluid past an exponentially stretching sheet in porous medium. The governing partial differential equations are transformed to set of ordinary differential equations using self-similarity transformation, which are then solved numerically using bvp4c Matlab package. Finally the effects of various non-dimensional parameters on velocity, temperature, concentration, skin friction, local Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are thoroughly investigated and presented through graphs and tables. We observed that an increase in the aligned angle strengthens the applied magnetic field and decreases the velocity profiles of the flow. Soret and Dufour numbers are helpful to enhance the heat transfer rate. An increase in the heat source parameter, radiation parameter and Eckert number increases the mass transfer rate. Mixed convection parameter has tendency to enhance the friction factor along with the heat and mass transfer rate.

  1. Analysis of heat transfer for unsteady MHD free convection flow of rotating Jeffrey nanofluid saturated in a porous medium

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    Mohd Zin, Nor Athirah; Khan, Ilyas; Shafie, Sharidan; Alshomrani, Ali Saleh

    In this article, the influence of thermal radiation on unsteady magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) free convection flow of rotating Jeffrey nanofluid passing through a porous medium is studied. The silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are dispersed in the Kerosene Oil (KO) which is chosen as conventional base fluid. Appropriate dimensionless variables are used and the system of equations is transformed into dimensionless form. The resulting problem is solved using the Laplace transform technique. The impact of pertinent parameters including volume fraction φ , material parameters of Jeffrey fluid λ1 , λ , rotation parameter r , Hartmann number Ha , permeability parameter K , Grashof number Gr , Prandtl number Pr , radiation parameter Rd and dimensionless time t on velocity and temperature profiles are presented graphically with comprehensive discussions. It is observed that, the rotation parameter, due to the Coriolis force, tends to decrease the primary velocity but reverse effect is observed in the secondary velocity. It is also observed that, the Lorentz force retards the fluid flow for both primary and secondary velocities. The expressions for skin friction and Nusselt number are also evaluated for different values of emerging parameters. A comparative study with the existing published work is provided in order to verify the present results. An excellent agreement is found.

  2. Flow and heat transfer in a Maxwell liquid film over an unsteady stretching sheet in a porous medium with radiation.

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    Waheed, Shimaa E

    2016-01-01

    A problem of flow and heat transfer in a non-Newtonian Maxwell liquid film over an unsteady stretching sheet embedded in a porous medium in the presence of a thermal radiation is investigated. The unsteady boundary layer equations describing the problem are transformed to a system of non-linear ordinary differential equations which is solved numerically using the shooting method. The effects of various parameters like the Darcy parameter, the radiation parameter, the Deborah number and the Prandtl number on the flow and temperature profiles as well as on the local skin-friction coefficient and the local Nusselt number are presented and discussed. It is observed that increasing values of the Darcy parameter and the Deborah number cause an increase of the local skin-friction coefficient values and decrease in the values of the local Nusselt number. Also, it is noticed that the local Nusselt number increases as the Prandtl number increases and it decreases with increasing the radiation parameter. However, it is found that the free surface temperature increases by increasing the Darcy parameter, the radiation parameter and the Deborah number whereas it decreases by increasing the Prandtl number.

  3. MHD Natural Convection Flow of Casson Nanofluid over Nonlinearly Stretching Sheet Through Porous Medium with Chemical Reaction and Thermal Radiation

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    Ullah, Imran; Khan, Ilyas; Shafie, Sharidan

    2016-11-01

    In the present work, the effects of chemical reaction on hydromagnetic natural convection flow of Casson nanofluid induced due to nonlinearly stretching sheet immersed in a porous medium under the influence of thermal radiation and convective boundary condition are performed numerically. Moreover, the effects of velocity slip at stretching sheet wall are also examined in this study. The highly nonlinear-coupled governing equations are converted to nonlinear ordinary differential equations via similarity transformations. The transformed governing equations are then solved numerically using the Keller box method and graphical results for velocity, temperature, and nanoparticle concentration as well as wall shear stress, heat, and mass transfer rate are achieved through MATLAB software. Numerical results for the wall shear stress and heat transfer rate are presented in tabular form and compared with previously published work. Comparison reveals that the results are in good agreement. Findings of this work demonstrate that Casson fluids are better to control the temperature and nanoparticle concentration as compared to Newtonian fluid when the sheet is stretched in a nonlinear way. Also, the presence of suspended nanoparticles effectively promotes the heat transfer mechanism in the base fluid.

  4. Natural convection in square cavity filled with ferrofluid saturated porous medium in the presence of uniform magnetic field

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    Javed, Tariq; Mehmood, Z.; Abbas, Z.

    2017-02-01

    This article contains numerical results for free convection through square enclosure enclosing ferrofluid saturated porous medium when uniform magnetic field is applied upon the flow along x-axis. Heat is provided through bottom wall and a square blockage placed near left or right bottom corner of enclosure as a heat source. Left and right vertical boundaries of the cavity are considered insulated while upper wall is taken cold. The problem is modelled in terms of system of nonlinear partial differential equations. Finite element method has been adopted to compute numerical simulations of mathematical problem for wide range of pertinent flow parameters including Rayleigh number, Hartman number, Darcy number and Prandtl number. Analysis of results reveals that the strength of streamline circulation is an increasing function of Darcy and Prandtl number where convection heat transfer is dominant for large values of these parameters whereas increase in Hartman number has opposite effects on isotherms and streamline circulations. Thermal conductivity and hence local heat transfer rate of fluid gets increased when ferroparticles are introduced in the fluid. Average Nusselt number increases with increase in Darcy and Rayleigh numbers while it is decreases when Hartman number is increased.

  5. An endothelial cultured condition medium embedded porous PLGA scaffold for the enhancement of mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation.

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    Li, Ching-Wen; Pan, Wei-Ting; Ju, Jyh-Cherng; Wang, Gou-Jen

    2016-04-12

    In this study, we have developed a microporous poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffold that combines a continuous release property and a three-dimensional (3D) scaffolding technique for the precise and efficient formation of endothelial cell lineage from embryonic stem cells (ESCs). Eight PLGA scaffolds (14.29%, 16.67%, 20% and 25% concentrations of PLGA solutions) mixed with two crystal sizes of sodium chloride (NaCl) were fabricated by leaching. Then, vascular endothelial cell conditioned medium (ECCM) mixed with gelatin was embedded into the scaffold for culturing of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs). The 14.29% PLGA scaffolds fabricated using non-ground NaCl particles (NG-PLGA) and the 25% PLGA containing scaffolds fabricated using ground NaCl particles (G-PLGA) possessed minimum and maximum moisture content and bovine serum albumin (BSA) content properties, respectively. These two groups of scaffolds were used for future experiments in this study. Cell culture results demonstrated that the proposed porous scaffolds without growth factors were sufficient to induce mouse ESCs to differentiate into endothelial-like cells in the early culture stages, and combined with embedded ECCM could provide a long-term inducing system for ESC differentiation.

  6. Miscible gravitational instability of initially stable horizontal interface in a porous medium: Non-monotonic density profiles

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    Kim, Min Chan

    2014-11-01

    To simulate a CO2 sequestration process, some researchers employed a water/propylene glycol (PPG) system which shows a non-monotonic density profile. Motivated by this fact, the stability of the diffusion layer of two miscible fluids saturated in a porous medium is analyzed. For a non-monotonic density profile system, linear stability equations are derived in a global domain, and then transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations in an infinite domain. Initial growth rate analysis is conducted without the quasi-steady state approximation (QSSA) and shows that initially the system is unconditionally stable for the least stable disturbance. For the time evolving case, the ordinary differential equations are solved applying the eigen-analysis and numerical shooting scheme with and without the QSSA. To support these theoretical results, direct numerical simulations are conducted using the Fourier spectral method. The results of theoretical linear stability analyses and numerical simulations validate one another. The present linear and nonlinear analyses show that the water/PPG system is more unstable than the CO2/brine one, and the flow characteristics of these two systems are quite different from each other.

  7. On the infiltration of a liquid front in an unsaturated, fractured porous medium

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    Nitao, J.; Buscheck, T.

    1989-08-01

    The unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is currently under scientific investigation as a proposed site for the permanent storage of high-level nuclear waste. A deeper understanding of fracture-matrix interaction needed for the prediction of water movement around an in the repository. We show that the liquid front movement can be classified into physically interpretable, distinctive flow regimes. Asymptotic solutions for the front movement are given for each flow period and comparisons with numerical solutions are made. In addition to applications in nuclear waste storage, the results of our study is relevant to hazardous waste disposal, petroleum recovery, and flow in soil macropores. 17 refs., 13 figs., 6 tabs.

  8. The Effect of Porous Medium Storage on Unstable Density-Driven Solute Transport.

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    Xie, Yueqing; Graf, Thomas; Simmons, Craig T; Diersch, Hans-Jörg G

    2015-01-01

    Unstable density-driven groundwater flow and solute transport (i.e., free convection) leads to spatiotemporal variations in pressure. Specific storage (So ) indicates the capability of a confined aquifer to release or store groundwater associated with a pressure change. Although So is known to dampen pressure propagation, So has been implicitly assumed to have a negligible impact on the unstable free convective process in prior studies. This work explores the effect of So on both the classic onset criterion and the fingering process using numerical models. Results show that the classic onset criterion is applicable when So is smaller than 10(-1) m(-1) . Results also demonstrate that So does not play a significant role in the free convective fingering process unless it is greater than 10(-3) m(-1) . For most practical purposes in hydrogeology (large Rayleigh number and small So ), the implicit assumption of small or zero So is appropriate.

  9. Mathematical Analysis of Hall Effect on Transient Hartman Flow about a Rotating Horizontal Permeable Surface in a Porous Medium under Inclined Magnetic Field.

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    Suresh, M; Manglik, A

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes the exact solution for unsteady flow of a viscous incompressible electrically conducting fluid past a impulsively started infinite horizontal surface which is rotating with an angular velocity embedded in a saturated porous medium under the influence of strong magnetic field with hall effect. Our study focuses on the change of direction of the external magnetic field on the flow system which leads to change in the flow behavior and skin frictional forces at the boundary. Systems of flow equations are solved using Laplace transform technique. The impacts of control parameters Hartman number, rotation of the system, hall effect, inclination of the magnetic field, and Darcy number on primary and secondary velocities are shown graphically, skin friction at horizontal boundary in tabular form. For validating our results, in the absence of permeability of the porous medium and inclination of the magnetic field the results are in good agreement with the published results.

  10. Mathematical Analysis of Hall Effect on Transient Hartman Flow about a Rotating Horizontal Permeable Surface in a Porous Medium under Inclined Magnetic Field

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    Suresh, M.; Manglik, A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes the exact solution for unsteady flow of a viscous incompressible electrically conducting fluid past a impulsively started infinite horizontal surface which is rotating with an angular velocity embedded in a saturated porous medium under the influence of strong magnetic field with hall effect. Our study focuses on the change of direction of the external magnetic field on the flow system which leads to change in the flow behavior and skin frictional forces at the boundary. Systems of flow equations are solved using Laplace transform technique. The impacts of control parameters Hartman number, rotation of the system, hall effect, inclination of the magnetic field, and Darcy number on primary and secondary velocities are shown graphically, skin friction at horizontal boundary in tabular form. For validating our results, in the absence of permeability of the porous medium and inclination of the magnetic field the results are in good agreement with the published results. PMID:27433540

  11. Ferrocyanide Safety Program: Waste tank sludge rheology within a hot spot or during draining. Homogeneous flow versus flow through a porous medium

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    Fauske, H.K.; Cash, R.J.

    1993-11-01

    The conditions under which ferrocyanide waste sludge flows as a homogeneous non-Newtonian two-phase (solid precipitate-liquid) mixture rather than as a liquid through a porous medium (of stationary precipitate) are examined theoretically, based on the notion that the preferred rheological behavior of the sludge is the one which imposes the least resistance to the sludge flow. The homogeneous two-phase mixture is modeled as a power-law fluid and simple criteria are derived that show that the homogeneous power-law sludge-flow is a much more likely flow situation than the porous medium model of sludge flow. The implication of this finding is that the formation of a hot spot or the drainage of sludge from a waste tank are not likely to result in the uncovering (drying) and subsequent potential overheating of the reactive-solid component of the sludge.

  12. Porous silicon ring resonator for compact, high sensitivity biosensing applications

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    Rodriguez, Gilberto A.; Hu, Shuren; Weiss, Sharon M.

    2015-01-01

    A ring resonator is patterned on a porous silicon slab waveguide to produce a compact, high quality factor biosensor with a large internal surface area available for enhanced recognition of biological and chemical molecules. The porous nature of the ring resonator allows molecules to directly interact with the guided mode. Quality factors near 10,000 were measured for porous silicon ring resonators with a radius of 25 μm. A bulk detection sensitivity of 380 nm/RIU was measured upon exposure to salt water solutions. Specific detection of nucleic acid molecules was demonstrated with a surface detection sensitivity of 4 pm/nM.

  13. Porous NiTi surfaces for biomedical applications

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    Huan, Z.; Fratila-Apachitei, L. E.; Apachitei, I.; Duszczyk, J.

    2012-04-01

    In this study, the NiTi shape memory alloy was surface modified by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in Na3PO4 with the aim to produce porous NiTi surfaces for biomedical applications. The oxidation was performed potentiostatically and the characteristics of the resultant surfaces were compared with those obtained in NaAlO2/NaPO2H2 under similar conditions. Surfaces with sub-micron sized pores could be produced in Na3PO4 electrolyte at 300 V. The process was accompanied by intense gas evolution and enhanced thermal effects relative to the NaAlO2/NaPO2H2 electrolyte. The EDS analyses revealed the presence of O, Ti, P, Ni, and a Ni/Ti atomic ratio of 0.4 suggesting preferential oxidation of titanium during the process and depletion of Ni from the surface. No crystalline oxide phases were detected by X-ray diffraction (XRD). By comparison, the layers formed in NaAlO2/NaPO2H2 consisted of crystalline Al2O3 and the Ni/Ti atomic ratio was 0.74. Following oxidation, the wettability and surface free energy of NiTi increased significantly. The findings of this study indicate that the PEO process shows potential for expanding the biofunctionality of NiTi.

  14. Hierarchical Porous Zeolite Structures for Pressure Swing Adsorption Applications.

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    Besser, Benjamin; Tajiri, Henrique Akira; Mikolajczyk, Gerd; Möllmer, Jens; Schumacher, Thomas C; Odenbach, Stefan; Gläser, Roger; Kroll, Stephen; Rezwan, Kurosch

    2016-02-10

    Porous adsorbents with hierarchical structured macropores ranging from 1 to 100 μm are prepared using a combination of freeze casting and additional sacrificial templating of polyurethane foams, with a zeolite 13X powder serving as adsorbent. The pore system of the prepared monoliths features micropores assigned to the zeolite 13X particle framework, interparticular pores of ∼1-2 μm, lamellar pores derived from freeze casting of ∼10 μm, and an interconnected pore network obtained from the sacrificial templates ranging from around 100 to 200 μm with a total porosity of 71%. Gas permeation measurements show an increase in intrinsic permeability by a factor of 14 for monoliths prepared with an additional sacrificial templated foam compared to monoliths solely providing freeze casting pores. Cyclic CO2 adsorption and desorption tests where pressure swings between 8 and 140 kPa reveal constant working capacities over multiple cycles. Furthermore, the monoliths feature a high volumetric working capacity of ∼1.34 mmol/cm(3) which is competitive to packed beds made of commercially available zeolite 13X beads (∼1.28 mmol/cm(3)). Combined with the faster CO2 uptake showing an adsorption of 50% within 5-8 s (beads ∼10 s), the monoliths show great potential for pressure swing adsorption applications, where high volumetric working capacities, fast uptakes, and low pressure drops are needed for a high system performance.

  15. Slip Analysis at Fluid-Solid Interface in MHD Squeezing Flow of Casson Fluid through Porous Medium

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    Qayyum, Mubashir; Khan, Hamid; Khan, Omar

    An unsteady squeezing flow of Casson fluid having Magneto Hydro Dynamic effect and passing through porous medium channel with slip at the boundaries has been modelled and analyzed. Similarity transformations are applied to the governing partial differential equations of the Casson model to get a highly non-linear fourth order ordinary differential equation. The obtained equation is then solved analytically using the Homotopy Perturbation Method (HPM) for uniform and non-uniform slip at the boundaries. Five cases of boundary conditions, representing slip at upper wall only, uniform slip at both walls, non-uniform slip where slip at upper wall is greater than that of lower wall, non-uniform slip where slip at lower wall is greater than that of upper wall, and slip at lower wall only are considered and thoroughly investigated. Validation is performed by solving the equation numerically using fourth order explicit Runge Kutta method (ERK4). Both analytical and numerical results show good agreement. Lastly, the effects of various fluid parameters on the velocity profile are investigated for each case graphically. Analysis of these plots show that the positive and negative squeeze numbers have opposite effect on the velocity profile throughout all the cases. It is also observed that various fluid parameters like Casson, MHD, and Permeability have similar effects on the velocity profile in the cases when slip is occurring at the upper wall only, and non-uniform slip at both the boundaries with slip at lower wall is greater than upper wall. Furthermore, similar effects have been observed when slip is uniform at both the boundaries, and in case of non-uniform slip with slip at lower wall is less than the upper wall.

  16. Porous wall hollow glass microspheres as a medium or substrate for storage and formation of novel materials

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    Wicks, George G; Serkiz, Steven M.; Zidan, Ragaiy; Heung, Leung K.

    2014-06-24

    Porous wall hollow glass microspheres are provided as a template for formation of nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes, In addition, the carbon nanotubes in combination with the porous wall hollow glass microsphere provides an additional reaction template with respect to carbon nanotubes.

  17. Lab-on-chip methodologies for the study of transport in porous media: energy applications.

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    Berejnov, Viatcheslav; Djilali, Ned; Sinton, David

    2008-05-01

    We present a lab-on-chip approach to the study of multiphase transport in porous media. The applicability of microfluidics to biological and chemical analysis has motivated much development in lab-on-chip methodologies. Several of these methodologies are also well suited to the study of transport in porous media. We demonstrate the application of rapid prototyping of microfluidic networks with approximately 5000 channels, controllable wettability, and fluorescence-based analysis to the study of multiphase transport phenomena in porous media. The method is applied to measure the influence of wettability relative to network regularity, and to differentiate initial percolation patterns from active flow paths. Transport phenomena in porous media are of critical importance to many fields and particularly in many energy-related applications including liquid water transport in fuel cells, oil recovery, and CO(2) sequestration.

  18. Development and Applications of Porous Tantalum Trabecular Metal Enhanced Titanium Dental Implants

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    Bencharit, Sompop; Byrd, Warren C.; Altarawneh, Sandra; Hosseini, Bashir; Leong, Austin; Reside, Glenn; Morelli, Thiago; Offenbacher, Steven

    2013-01-01

    Statement of Problem Porous tantalum trabecular metal has recently been incorporated in titanium dental implants as a new form of implant surface enhancement. However, there is little information on the applications of this material in implant dentistry. Methods We, therefore review the current literature on the basic science and clinical uses of this material. Results Porous tantalum metal is used to improve the contact between osseous structure and dental implants; and therefore presumably facilitate osseointegration. Success of porous tantalum metal in orthopedic implants led to the incorporation of porous tantalum metal in the design of root-from endosseous titanium implants. The porous tantalum three-dimensional enhancement of titanium dental implant surface allows for combining bone ongrowth together with bone ingrowth, or osseoincorporation. While little is known about the biological aspect of the porous tantalum in the oral cavity, there seems to be several possible advantages of this implant design. This article reviews the biological aspects of porous tantalum enhanced titanium dental implants, in particular the effects of anatomical consideration and oral environment to implant designs. Conclusions We propose here possible clinical situations and applications for this type of dental implant. Advantages and disadvantages of the implants as well as needed future clinical studies are discussed. PMID:23527899

  19. The processing and potential applications of porous silicon

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    Syyuan Shieh

    1992-07-01

    Stability of a cylindrical pore under the influence of surface energy is important for porous silicon (PS) processing in the integrated circuit industry. Once the zig-zag cylindrical pores of porous silicon or oxidized porous silicon (OPS) are unstable and breakup into rows of isolated spherical pores, oxidation of PS and densification/nitridation of OPS become difficult. Swing to difficulty transport of reactant gas (O{sub 2}, NH{sub 3}) or the trapped gas (for densification of OPS). A first order analysis of the stability of a cylindrical pore or cylinder is considered first. Growth of small sinusoidal perturbations by viscous flow or evaporation/condensation result in dependence of perturbation growth rate on perturbation wavelength. Rapid thermal oxidation (RTO) of porous silicon is proposed as an alternative for the tedious two-step 300 and 800C oxidation process. Transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy ESCA are used for quality control. Also, rapid thermal nitridation of oxidized porous silicon in ammonia is proposed to enhance OPS resistance to HF solution. Pores breakup of OPS results in a trapped gas problem during densification. Wet helium is proposed as OPS densification ambient gas to shorten densification time. Finally, PS is proposed to be an extrinsic gettering center in silicon wafers. The suppression of oxidation-induced stacking faults is used to demonstrate the gettering ability. Possible mechanism is discussed.

  20. Influence of phase connectivity on the relationship among capillary pressure, fluid saturation, and interfacial area in two-fluid-phase porous medium systems

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    McClure, James E.; Berrill, Mark A.; Gray, William G.; ...

    2016-09-02

    Here, multiphase flow in porous medium systems is typically modeled using continuum mechanical representations at the macroscale in terms of averaged quantities. These models require closure relations to produce solvable forms. One of these required closure relations is an expression relating fluid pressures, fluid saturations, and, in some cases, the interfacial area between the fluid phases, and the Euler characteristic. An unresolved question is whether the inclusion of these additional morphological and topological measures can lead to a non-hysteretic closure relation compared to the hysteretic forms that are used in traditional models, which typically do not include interfacial areas, ormore » the Euler characteristic. We develop a lattice-Boltzmann (LB) simulation approach to investigate the equilibrium states of a two-fluid-phase porous medium system, which include disconnected now- wetting phase features. The proposed approach is applied to a synthetic medium consisting of 1,964 spheres arranged in a random, non-overlapping, close-packed manner, yielding a total of 42,908 different equilibrium points. This information is evaluated using a generalized additive modeling approach to determine if a unique function from this family exists, which can explain the data. The variance of various model estimates is computed, and we conclude that, except for the limiting behavior close to a single fluid regime, capillary pressure can be expressed as a deterministic and non-hysteretic function of fluid saturation, interfacial area between the fluid phases, and the Euler characteristic. This work is unique in the methods employed, the size of the data set, the resolution in space and time, the true equilibrium nature of the data, the parameterizations investigated, and the broad set of functions examined. The conclusion of essentially non-hysteretic behavior provides support for an evolving class of two-fluid-phase flow in porous medium systems models.« less

  1. Influence of phase connectivity on the relationship among capillary pressure, fluid saturation, and interfacial area in two-fluid-phase porous medium systems

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    McClure, James E.; Berrill, Mark A.; Gray, William G.; Miller, Cass T.

    2016-09-02

    Here, multiphase flow in porous medium systems is typically modeled using continuum mechanical representations at the macroscale in terms of averaged quantities. These models require closure relations to produce solvable forms. One of these required closure relations is an expression relating fluid pressures, fluid saturations, and, in some cases, the interfacial area between the fluid phases, and the Euler characteristic. An unresolved question is whether the inclusion of these additional morphological and topological measures can lead to a non-hysteretic closure relation compared to the hysteretic forms that are used in traditional models, which typically do not include interfacial areas, or the Euler characteristic. We develop a lattice-Boltzmann (LB) simulation approach to investigate the equilibrium states of a two-fluid-phase porous medium system, which include disconnected now- wetting phase features. The proposed approach is applied to a synthetic medium consisting of 1,964 spheres arranged in a random, non-overlapping, close-packed manner, yielding a total of 42,908 different equilibrium points. This information is evaluated using a generalized additive modeling approach to determine if a unique function from this family exists, which can explain the data. The variance of various model estimates is computed, and we conclude that, except for the limiting behavior close to a single fluid regime, capillary pressure can be expressed as a deterministic and non-hysteretic function of fluid saturation, interfacial area between the fluid phases, and the Euler characteristic. This work is unique in the methods employed, the size of the data set, the resolution in space and time, the true equilibrium nature of the data, the parameterizations investigated, and the broad set of functions examined. The conclusion of essentially non-hysteretic behavior provides support for an evolving class of two-fluid-phase flow in porous medium systems models.

  2. Modeling relative permeability of water in soil: Application of effective-medium approximation and percolation theory

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    Ghanbarian, Behzad; Sahimi, Muhammad; Daigle, Hugh

    2016-07-01

    Accurate prediction of the relative permeability to water under partially saturated condition has broad applications and has been studied intensively since the 1940s by petroleum, chemical, and civil engineers, as well as hydrologists and soil scientists. Many models have been developed for this purpose, ranging from those that represent the pore space as a bundle of capillary tubes, to those that utilize complex networks of interconnected pore bodies and pore throats with various cross-section shapes. In this paper, we propose an approach based on the effective-medium approximation (EMA) and percolation theory in order to predict the water relative permeability. The approach is general and applicable to any type of porous media. We use the method to compute the water relative permeability in porous media whose pore-size distribution follows a power law. The EMA is invoked to predict the relative permeability from the fully saturated pore space to some intermediate water saturation that represents a crossover from the EMA to what we refer to as the "critical region." In the critical region below the crossover water saturation Swx, but still above the critical water saturation Swc (the residual saturation or the percolation threshold of the water phase), the universal power law predicted by percolation theory is used to compute the relative permeability. To evaluate the accuracy of the approach, data for 21 sets of undisturbed laboratory samples were selected from the UNSODA database. For 14 cases, the predicted relative permeabilities are in good agreement with the data. For the remaining seven samples, however, the theory underestimates the relative permeabilities. Some plausible sources of the discrepancy are discussed.

  3. 4-Nitrobenzene Grafted in Porous Silicon: Application to Optical Lithography.

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    Tiddia, Mariavitalia; Mula, Guido; Sechi, Elisa; Vacca, Annalisa; Cara, Eleonora; De Leo, Natascia; Fretto, Matteo; Boarino, Luca

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we report a method to process porous silicon to improve its chemical resistance to alkaline solution attacks based on the functionalization of the pore surface by the electrochemical reduction of 4-nitrobenzendiazonium salt. This method provides porous silicon with strong resistance to the etching solutions used in optical lithography and allows the fabrication of tailored metallic contacts on its surface. The samples were studied by chemical, electrochemical, and morphological methods. We demonstrate that the grafted samples show a resistance to harsh alkaline solution more than three orders of magnitude larger than that of pristine porous silicon, being mostly unmodified after about 40 min. The samples maintained open pores after the grafting, making them suitable for further treatments like filling by polymers. Optical lithography was performed on the functionalized samples, and electrochemical characterization results are shown.

  4. On the propagation of a quasi-static disturbance in a heterogeneous, deformable, and porous medium with pressure-dependent properties

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    Vasco, D.W.

    2011-10-01

    Using an asymptotic technique, valid when the medium properties are smoothly-varying, I derive a semi-analytic expression for the propagation velocity of a quasi-static disturbance traveling within a nonlinear-elastic porous medium. The phase, a function related to the propagation time, depends upon the properties of the medium, including the pressure-sensitivities of the medium parameters, and on pressure and displacement amplitude changes. Thus, the propagation velocity of a disturbance depends upon its amplitude, as might be expected for a nonlinear process. As a check, the expression for the phase function is evaluated for a poroelastic medium, when the material properties do not depend upon the fluid pressure. In that case, the travel time estimates agree with conventional analytic estimates, and with values calculated using a numerical simulator. For a medium with pressure-dependent permeability I find general agreement between the semi-analytic estimates and estimates from a numerical simulation. In this case the pressure amplitude changes are obtained from the numerical simulator.

  5. Transient nonlinear optically-thick radiative-convective double-diffusive boundary layers in a Darcian porous medium adjacent to an impulsively started surface: Network simulation solutions

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    Anwar Bég, O.; Zueco, J.; Takhar, H. S.; Bég, T. A.; Sajid, A.

    2009-11-01

    A boundary-layer model is described for the two-dimensional nonlinear transient thermal convection heat and mass transfer in an optically-thick fluid in a Darcian porous medium adjacent to an impulsively started vertical surface, in the presence of significant thermal radiation and buoyancy forces in an (X∗,Y∗,t∗) coordinate system. An algebraic approximation is employed to simplify the integro-differential equation of radiative transfer for unidirectional flux normal to the plate into the boundary-layer regime, by incorporating this flux term in the energy conservation equation. The conservation equations are non-dimensionalized into an (X,Y,T) coordinate system and solved using the Network Simulation Method (NSM), a robust numerical technique which demonstrates high efficiency and accuracy. The transient variation of non-dimensional streamwise velocity component (u) and temperature (T) and concentration (C) functions is computed for various selected values of Stark number (radiation-conduction interaction parameter) and Darcy number. Transient velocity (u) and steady-state local skin friction (τX) are also studied for various thermal Grashof number (Gr), species Grashof number (Gm), Schmidt number (Sc) and Stark number (N) values. These computations for the infinite permeability case (Da → ∞) are compared with previous finite difference solutions [Prasad et al. Int J Therm Sci 2007;46(12):1251-8] and shown to be in excellent agreement. An increase in Darcy number is seen to accelerate the flow and boost velocity. A decrease in Stark number (corresponding to an increase in thermal radiation heat transfer contribution) is shown to increase the velocity values. Temperature function is observed to fall in value with a rise in Da and increase with decrease in N (corresponding to an increase in thermal radiation heat transfer contribution). Applications of the study include rocket combustion chambers, astrophysical flows, spacecraft thermal fluid dynamics in

  6. Application of porous materials for laminar flow control

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    Pearce, W. E.

    1978-01-01

    Fairly smooth porous materials were elected for study Doweave; Fibermetal; Dynapore; and perforated titanium sheet. Factors examined include: surface smoothness; suction characteristics; porosity; surface impact resistance; and strain compatibility. A laminar flow control suction glove arrangement was identified with material combinations compatible with thermal expansion and structural strain.

  7. Gas sensing using porous materials for automotive applications.

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    Wales, Dominic J; Grand, Julien; Ting, Valeska P; Burke, Richard D; Edler, Karen J; Bowen, Chris R; Mintova, Svetlana; Burrows, Andrew D

    2015-07-07

    Improvements in the efficiency of combustion within a vehicle can lead to reductions in the emission of harmful pollutants and increased fuel efficiency. Gas sensors have a role to play in this process, since they can provide real time feedback to vehicular fuel and emissions management systems as well as reducing the discrepancy between emissions observed in factory tests and 'real world' scenarios. In this review we survey the current state-of-the-art in using porous materials for sensing the gases relevant to automotive emissions. Two broad classes of porous material - zeolites and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) - are introduced, and their potential for gas sensing is discussed. The adsorptive, spectroscopic and electronic techniques for sensing gases using porous materials are summarised. Examples of the use of zeolites and MOFs in the sensing of water vapour, oxygen, NOx, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide and hydrogen are then detailed. Both types of porous material (zeolites and MOFs) reveal great promise for the fabrication of sensors for exhaust gases and vapours due to high selectivity and sensitivity. The size and shape selectivity of the zeolite and MOF materials are controlled by variation of pore dimensions, chemical composition (hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity), crystal size and orientation, thus enabling detection and differentiation between different gases and vapours.

  8. Porous One-Dimensional Nanomaterials: Design, Fabrication and Applications in Electrochemical Energy Storage.

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    Wei, Qiulong; Xiong, Fangyu; Tan, Shuangshuang; Huang, Lei; Lan, Esther H; Dunn, Bruce; Mai, Liqiang

    2017-01-20

    Electrochemical energy storage technology is of critical importance for portable electronics, transportation and large-scale energy storage systems. There is a growing demand for energy storage devices with high energy and high power densities, long-term stability, safety and low cost. To achieve these requirements, novel design structures and high performance electrode materials are needed. Porous 1D nanomaterials which combine the advantages of 1D nanoarchitectures and porous structures have had a significant impact in the field of electrochemical energy storage. This review presents an overview of porous 1D nanostructure research, from the synthesis by bottom-up and top-down approaches with rational and controllable structures, to several important electrochemical energy storage applications including lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, lithium-oxygen batteries and supercapacitors. Highlights of porous 1D nanostructures are described throughout the review and directions for future research in the field are discussed at the end.

  9. Application of acoustic bessel beams for handling of hollow porous spheres.

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    Azarpeyvand, Mahdi; Azarpeyvand, Mohammad

    2014-02-01

    Acoustic manipulation of porous spherical shells, widely used as drug delivery carriers and magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents, is investigated analytically. The technique used for this purpose is based on the application of high-order Bessel beams as a single-beam acoustic manipulation device, by which particles lying on the axis of the beam can be pulled toward the beam source. The exerted acoustic radiation force is calculated using the standard partial-wave series method, and the wave propagation within the porous media is modeled using Biot's theory of poro-elasticity. Numerical simulations are performed for porous aluminum and silica shells of different thickness and porosity. Results indicate that manipulation of low-porosity shells is possible using Bessel beams with large conical angles, over a number of broadband frequency ranges, whereas manipulation of highly porous shells can occur over both narrowband and broadband frequency domains.

  10. Double-diffusive mixed convection boundary layer flow from a vertical flat plate embedded in a porous medium filled by a nanofluid

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    Yasin, Mohd Hafizi Mat; Ishak, Anuar

    2016-11-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of mass suction on double diffusive mixed convection boundary layer flow from a vertical flat plate embedded in a porous medium filled by a nanofluid using Buongiorno's model. The appropriate similarity transformation is used to reduce the partial differential equations into a system of ordinary differential equation, which is then solved numerically using a shooting method. The effects of mass suction parameter on the flow field and heat transfer characteristics are presented and discussed.

  11. Lie symmetry analysis of a double-diffusive free convective slip flow with a convective boundary condition past a radiating vertical surface embedded in a porous medium

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    Afify, A. A.; Uddin, Md. J.

    2016-09-01

    A numerical study of a steady two-dimensional double-diffusive free convection boundary layer flow over a vertical surface embedded in a porous medium with slip flow and convective boundary conditions, heat generation/absorption, and solar radiation effects is performed. A scaling group of transformations is used to obtain the governing boundary layer equations and the boundary conditions. The transformed equations are then solved by the fourth- and fifth-order Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg numerical method with Maple 13. The results for the velocity, temperature, and concentration profiles, as well as the skin friction coefficient, the Nusselt number, and the Sherwood number are presented and discussed.

  12. An Effective Continuum Model for the Liquid-to-Gas Phase Change in a Porous Medium Driven by Solute Diffusion: II. Constant Liquid Withdrawal Rates

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    Tsimpanogiannis, Ioannis N.; Yortsos, Yanis C.

    2001-08-15

    This report describes the development of an effective continuum model to describe the nucleation and subsequent growth of a gas phase from a supersaturated, slightly compressible binary liquid in a porous medium, driven by solute diffusion.This report also focuses on the processes resulting from the withdrawal of the liquid at a constant rate. As before, the model addresses two stages before the onset of bulk gas flow, nucleation and gas phase growth. Because of negligible gradients due to gravity or viscous forces, the critical gas saturation, is only a function of the nucleation fraction.

  13. Exact analysis of MHD flow of a Walters'-B fluid over an isothermal oscillating plate embedded in a porous medium

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    Ali, Farhad; Saqib, Muhammad; Khan, Ilyas; Sheikh, Nadeem Ahmad; Jan, Syed Aftab Alam

    2017-02-01

    This paper carries out an exact analysis of the MHD free convection flow of a Walters'-B fluid over an oscillating isothermal vertical plate embedded in a porous medium. Exact solutions are produced for velocity, temperature and concentration with the aid of the Laplace transform technique. Similarly, at the wall, the corresponding shear stress is also calculated from the velocity expression. The obtained results confirm an excellent agreement with previously published work. The influence of various pertinent parameters is plotted and illustrated graphically. Finally, the numerical results for the skin friction are exhibited in tabular form.

  14. Biophotonic applications of eigenchannels in a scattering medium (Conference Presentation)

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    Kim, Moonseok; Choi, Wonjun; Choi, Youngwoon; Yoon, Changhyeong; Choi, Wonshik

    2016-03-01

    When waves travel through disordered media such as ground glass and skin tissues, they are scattered multiple times. Most of the incoming energy bounces back at the superficial layers and only a small fraction can penetrate deep inside. This has been a limiting factor for the working depth of various optical techniques. We present a systematic method to enhance wave penetration to the scattering media. Specifically, we measured the reflection matrix of a disordered medium with wide angular coverage for each orthogonal polarization states. From the reflection matrix, we identified reflection eigenchannels of the medium, and shaped the incident wave into the reflection eigenchannel with smallest eigenvalue, which we call anti-reflection mode. This makes reflectance reduced and wave penetration increased as a result of the energy conservation. We demonstrated transmission enhancement by more than a factor of 3 by the coupling of the incident waves to the anti-reflection modes. Based on the uneven distribution of eigenvalues of reflection eigenchannels, we further developed an iterative feedback control method for finding and coupling light to anti-reflection modes. Since this adaptive control method can keep up with sample perturbation, it promotes the applicability of exploiting reflection eigenchannels. Our approach of delivering light deep into the scattering media will contribute to enhancing the sensitivity of detecting objects hidden under scattering layers, which is universal problem ranging from geology to life science.

  15. Medium Range Ensembles Flood Forecasts for Community Level Applications

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    Fakhruddin, S.; Kawasaki, A.; Babel, M. S.; AIT

    2013-05-01

    Early warning is a key element for disaster risk reduction. In recent decades, there has been a major advancement in medium range and seasonal forecasting. These could provide a great opportunity to improve early warning systems and advisories for early action for strategic and long term planning. This could result in increasing emphasis on proactive rather than reactive management of adverse consequences of flood events. This can be also very helpful for the agricultural sector by providing a diversity of options to farmers (e.g. changing cropping pattern, planting timing, etc.). An experimental medium range (1-10 days) flood forecasting model has been developed for Bangladesh which provides 51 set of discharge ensembles forecasts of one to ten days with significant persistence and high certainty. This could help communities (i.e. farmer) for gain/lost estimation as well as crop savings. This paper describe the application of ensembles probabilistic flood forecast at the community level for differential decision making focused on agriculture. The framework allows users to interactively specify the objectives and criteria that are germane to a particular situation, and obtain the management options that are possible, and the exogenous influences that should be taken into account before planning and decision making. risk and vulnerability assessment was conducted through community consultation. The forecast lead time requirement, users' needs, impact and management options for crops, livestock and fisheries sectors were identified through focus group discussions, informal interviews and questionnaire survey.

  16. Highly efficient forward osmosis based on porous membranes--applications and implications.

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    Qi, Saren; Li, Ye; Zhao, Yang; Li, Weiyi; Tang, Chuyang Y

    2015-04-07

    For the first time, forward osmosis (FO) was performed using a porous membrane with an ultrafiltration (UF)-like rejection layer and its feasibility for high performance FO filtration was demonstrated. Compared to traditional FO membranes with dense rejection layers, the UF-like FO membrane was 2 orders of magnitude more permeable. This gave rise to respectable FO water flux even at ultralow osmotic driving force, for example, 7.6 L/m(2).h at an osmotic pressure of merely 0.11 bar (achieved by using a 0.1% poly(sodium 4-styrene-sulfonate) draw solution). The membrane was applied to oil/water separation, and a highly stable FO water flux was achieved. The adoption of porous FO membranes opens a door to many new opportunities, with potential applications ranging from wastewater treatment, valuable product recovery, and biomedical applications. The potential applications and implications of porous FO membranes are addressed in this paper.

  17. Macromolecular coatings on porous silicon: Applications in drug delivery, biosensing, and composites

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    Perelman, Loren Avery

    Two classes of macromolecules, proteins and polymers, are coated onto porous Si films in a variety of geometries in order to study fundamental behaviors of these coatings and their potential device applications. The unique preparation control that porous Si allows in both nano-morphology and surface functionalization provides the means for the coatings. In chapter two, a drug delivery platform using bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein as a stimuli-responsive capping layer on porous Si is described and characterized. It was found that the surface chemistry of the porous Si film has a profound influence on both drug loading capacity and drug release kinetics, providing for control over these drug release variables. The BSA is observed to act as a pH-responsive trigger for the release of vancomycin from the porous Si film. The drug is safely stored in the porous matrix at pH 4 and is released after triggering with pH 7.4 phosphate buffered saline. Chapter three discusses a porous SiO2-based biosensor that is prepared by oxidizing a porous Si film, adsorbing BSA to the surface as a coating, and functionalizing the protein with specific target probes for vancomycin. The BSA was observed to adsorb strongly to the surface, resisting desoprtion in both phosphate buffered saline and triton-X buffer solutions. Quantitative binding information for the tripeptide Ac-L-Lysine-D-Alanine-D-Alanine and vancomycin is determined using the optical properties of the porous Si as a transduction methodology. Chapters four and five describe the fabrication of thermoresponsive and multifunctional nanohybrids, respectively, using stimuli-responsive hydrogels to infiltrate and coat oxidized porous Si films. The optical properties of the porous Si films are used to study the response of the hydrogel phase of the hybrids to a variety of stimuli. The optical changes correspond to previously-described physical changes in the hydrogel phase, and it was determined that this platform provides a

  18. A Diffuse Interface Model for solid-liquid-air dissolution problems based on a porous medium theory

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    Luo, H.; Quintard, M.; Debenest, G.; Laouafa, F.

    2011-12-01

    The underground cavities may be dissolved by the flows of groundwater where the dissolution mainly happens at the liquid-solid interface. In many real cases, the cavities are not occupied only by the water, but also the gas phase, e.g., air, or other gases. In this case, there are solid-liquid-gas three phases. Normally, the air does not participate the dissolution. However, it may influence the dissolution as the position of the solid-liquid interface may gradually lower down with the dissolution process. Simulating the dissolution problems with multi- moving interfaces is a difficult task but rather interesting to study the evolution of the underground cavities. In this paper, we propose a diffuse interface model (DIM) to simulate the three-phase dissolution problem, based on a porous medium theory and a volume averaging theory te{Whitaker1999,Golfier2002,Quintard1994}. The interface is regarded as a continuous layer where the phase indicator (mainly for solid-liquid interface) and phase saturation (mainly for liquid-gas interface) vary rapidly but smoothly. The DIM equations enable us to simulate the moving interface under a fixed mesh system, instead of a deformed or moving mesh. Suppose we have three phases, solid, liquid and gas. The solid phase contains only species A. The gas phase contains only the air. The volume averaging theory is used to upscale the balance equations. The final DIM equations are presented below. The balance equation of solid phase can be written as {partialrho_{s}(1-\\varepsilon_{f})}/{partial t}=-K_{sl} where \\varepsilonf represents the volume fraction of the fluids (liquid+gas) and Ksl refers to the mass exchange between the solid phase and the liquid phase. Ksl cam be expressed as K_{sl}=rho_{l}alpha(omega_{eq}-Omega_{Al}). The balance equations of liquid phase can be written as {partialrho_{l}\\varepsilon_{f}S_{l}}/{partial t}+nabla\\cdot(rho_{l}{V}_{l})= K_{sl}. The balance equation of liquid phase can be written as {partialrho

  19. Preferential water and solute fluxes in a model macropored porous medium as a function of flow rate

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    batany, stephane; Peyneau, Pierre-Emmanuel; Lassabatere, Laurent; Bechet, Beatrice; Faure, Pamela; Dangla, Patrick

    2016-04-01

    Macropores in soils can induce preferential flow and increase solute transport. Close to water saturation, most of the water flows through macropores at a much higher rate than it would in the same soil without any macropore. Preferential flow and water infiltration in soils with macropores have been investigated with different modeling approaches. Most of these are based on dual porosity or dual permeability approaches. These approaches consider that macropored soils are constituted by the association of two regions exchanging water, a matrix and a macropore domain, both of them obeying Darcy's law. Nevertheless, these approaches restrict preferential flow to the macropore domain and cannot simulate any enhancement of flow in the matrix surrounding the macropores. However, this hypothesis has been strongly questioned by several studies that had investigated solute transfer in macropored soils for which solute breakthrough curves (BTCs) were in complete disagreement with the flow restriction to the macropore domain. Thus, the understanding of water infiltration in soils requires more investigations regarding the effect of macropore and cracks in soils. The proposed paper aims at investigating water flow and tracer transport in a water saturated model macropored system as a function of the flow rate. Various solutes were injected in a 5 cm diameter, 14.5 cm high column filled with 425-800 μm diameter glass beads glued together. A 3 mm diameter Teflon rod inserted along the axis of the column during the preparation of the system was removed after the consolidation of the porous medium to create a macropore. Several flow rates - always ensuring a laminar flow - were tested, from values for which the diffusion transport rate is similar to the advective transport rate to values several orders of magnitude higher for which advection dominates. For all flow rates, solute BTCs were analyzed using the moment method and MIM model to quantify the volume of water visited by

  20. Hydrodispersive characterization of a sandy porous medium by tracer tests carried out in laboratory on undisturbed soil samples

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    Ferrante, Aldo Pedro; Fallico, Carmine; Rios, Ana C.; Fernanda Rivera, Maria; Santillan, Patricio; Salazar, Mario

    2013-04-01

    The contamination of large areas and correspondent aquifers often imposes to implement some recovery operations which are generally complex and very expensive. Anyway, these interventions necessarily require the preventive characterization of the aquifers to be reclaimed and in particular the knowledge of the relevant hydrodispersive parameters. The determination of these parameters requires the implementation tracer tests for the specific site (Sauty JP, 1978). To reduce cost and time that such test requires tracer tests on undisturbed soil samples, representative of the whole aquifer, can be performed. These laboratory tests are much less expensive and require less time, but the results are certainly less reliable than those obtained by field tests for several reasons, including the particular scale of investigation. In any case the hydrodispersive parameters values, obtained by tests carried out in laboratory, can provide useful information on the considered aquifer, allowing to carry out initial verifications on the transmission and propagation of the pollutants in the aquifer considered. For this purpose, tracer tests with inlet of short time were carried out in the Soil Physics Laboratory of the Department of Soil Protection (University of Calabria), on a series of sandy soil samples with six different lengths, repeating each test with three different water flow velocities (5 m/d; 10 m/s and 15 m/d) (J. Feyen et al., 1998). The lengths of the samples taken into account are respectively 15 cm, 24 cm, 30 cm, 45 cm, 60 cm and 75 cm, while the solution used for each test was made of 100 ml of water and NaCl with a concentration of this substance corresponding to 10 g/L. For the porous medium taken into consideration a particle size analysis was carried out, resulting primarily made of sand, with total porosity equal to 0.33. Each soil sample was placed in a flow cell in which was inlet the tracer from the bottom upwards, measuring by a conductivimeter the

  1. Oscillatory MHD Convective Flow of Second Order Fluid Through Porous Medium in a Vertical Rotating Channel in Slip-Flow Regime with Heat Radiation

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    Garg, B. P.; Singh, K. D.; Bansal, A. K.

    2015-02-01

    An analysis of an oscillatory magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) convective flow of a second order (viscoelastic), incompressible, and electrically conducting fluid through a porous medium bounded by two infinite vertical parallel porous plates is presented. The two porous plates with slip-flow condition and the no-slip condition are subjected respectively to a constant injection and suction velocity. The pressure gradient in the channel varies periodically with time. A magnetic field of uniform strength is applied in the direction perpendicular to the planes of the plates. The induced magnetic field is neglected due to the assumption of a small magnetic Reynolds number. The temperature of the plate with no-slip condition is non-uniform and oscillates periodically with time and the temperature difference of the two plates is assumed high enough to induce heat radiation. The entire system rotates in unison about the axis perpendicular to the planes of the plates. Adopting complex variable notations, a closed form solution of the problem is obtained. The analytical results are evaluated numerically and then presented graphically to discuss in detail the effects of different parameters of the problem. The velocity, temperature and the skin-friction in terms of its amplitude and phase angle have been shown graphically to observe the effects of the viscoelastic parameter γ, rotation parameter Ω, suction parameter λ , Grashof number Gr, Hartmann number M, the pressure A, Prandtl number Pr, radiation parameter N and the frequency of oscillation ω .

  2. Fabrication, pore structure and compressive behavior of anisotropic porous titanium for human trabecular bone implant applications.

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    Li, Fuping; Li, Jinshan; Xu, Guangsheng; Liu, Gejun; Kou, Hongchao; Zhou, Lian

    2015-06-01

    Porous titanium with average pore size of 100-650 μm and porosity of 30-70% was fabricated by diffusion bonding of titanium meshes. Pore structure was characterized by Micro-CT scan and SEM. Compressive behavior of porous titanium in the out-of-plane direction was studied. The effect of porosity and pore size on the compressive properties was also discussed based on the deformation mode. The results reveal that the fabrication process can control the porosity precisely. The average pore size of porous titanium can be tailored by adjusting the pore size of titanium meshes. The fabricated porous titanium possesses an anisotropic structure with square pores in the in-plane direction and elongated pores in the out-of-plane direction. The compressive Young's modulus and yield stress are in the range of 1-7.5 GPa and 10-110 MPa, respectively. The dominant compressive deformation mode is buckling of mesh wires, but some uncoordinated buckling is present in porous titanium with lower porosity. Relationship between compressive properties and porosity conforms well to the Gibson-Ashby model. The effect of pore size on compressive properties is fundamentally ascribed to the aspect ratio of titanium meshes. Porous titanium with 60-70% porosity has potential for trabecular bone implant applications.

  3. Shear dispersion in a capillary tube with a porous wall.

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    Dejam, Morteza; Hassanzadeh, Hassan; Chen, Zhangxin

    2016-01-01

    An analytical expression is presented for the shear dispersion during solute transport in a coupled system comprised of a capillary tube and a porous medium. The dispersion coefficient is derived in a capillary tube with a porous wall by considering an accurate boundary condition, which is the continuity of concentration and mass flux, at the interface between the capillary tube and porous medium. A comparison of the obtained results with that in a non-coupled system identifies three regimes including: diffusion-dominated, transition, and advection-dominated. The results reveal that it is essential to include the exchange of solute between the capillary tube and porous medium in development of the shear dispersion coefficient for the last two regimes. The resulting equivalent transport equation revealed that due to mass transfer between the capillary tube and the porous medium, the dispersion coefficient is decreased while the effective velocity in the capillary tube increases. However, a larger effective advection term leads to faster breakthrough of a solute and enhances mass delivery to the porous medium as compared with the classical double-porosity model with a non-coupled dispersion coefficient. The obtained results also indicate that the finite porous medium gives faster breakthrough of a solute as compared with the infinite one. These results find applications in solute transport in porous capillaries and membranes.

  4. 3D Imaging of Porous Media Using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy with Application to Microscale Transport Processes

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    Fredrich, J.T.

    1999-02-10

    We present advances in the application of laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) to image, reconstruct, and characterize statistically the microgeometry of porous geologic and engineering materials. We discuss technical and practical aspects of this imaging technique, including both its advantages and limitations. Confocal imaging can be used to optically section a material, with sub-micron resolution possible in the lateral and axial planes. The resultant volumetric image data, consisting of fluorescence intensities for typically {approximately}50 million voxels in XYZ space, can be used to reconstruct the three-dimensional structure of the two-phase medium. We present several examples of this application, including studying pore geometry in sandstone, characterizing brittle failure processes in low-porosity rock deformed under triaxial loading conditions in the laboratory, and analyzing the microstructure of porous ceramic insulations. We then describe approaches to extract statistical microgeometric descriptions from volumetric image data, and present results derived from confocal volumetric data sets. Finally, we develop the use of confocal image data to automatically generate a three-dimensional mesh for numerical pore-scale flow simulations.

  5. Thermodynamically Constrained Averaging Theory Approach for Modeling Flow and Transport Phenomena in Porous Medium Systems: 8. Interface and Common Curve Dynamics

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    Gray, William G.; Miller, Cass T.

    2010-01-01

    This work is the eighth in a series that develops the fundamental aspects of the thermodynamically constrained averaging theory (TCAT) that allows for a systematic increase in the scale at which multiphase transport phenomena is modeled in porous medium systems. In these systems, the explicit locations of interfaces between phases and common curves, where three or more interfaces meet, are not considered at scales above the microscale. Rather, the densities of these quantities arise as areas per volume or length per volume. Modeling of the dynamics of these measures is an important challenge for robust models of flow and transport phenomena in porous medium systems, as the extent of these regions can have important implications for mass, momentum, and energy transport between and among phases, and formulation of a capillary pressure relation with minimal hysteresis. These densities do not exist at the microscale, where the interfaces and common curves correspond to particular locations. Therefore, it is necessary for a well-developed macroscale theory to provide evolution equations that describe the dynamics of interface and common curve densities. Here we point out the challenges and pitfalls in producing such evolution equations, develop a set of such equations based on averaging theorems, and identify the terms that require particular attention in experimental and computational efforts to parameterize the equations. We use the evolution equations developed to specify a closed two-fluid-phase flow model. PMID:21197134

  6. Thermodynamically Constrained Averaging Theory Approach for Modeling Flow and Transport Phenomena in Porous Medium Systems: 8. Interface and Common Curve Dynamics.

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    Gray, William G; Miller, Cass T

    2010-12-01

    This work is the eighth in a series that develops the fundamental aspects of the thermodynamically constrained averaging theory (TCAT) that allows for a systematic increase in the scale at which multiphase transport phenomena is modeled in porous medium systems. In these systems, the explicit locations of interfaces between phases and common curves, where three or more interfaces meet, are not considered at scales above the microscale. Rather, the densities of these quantities arise as areas per volume or length per volume. Modeling of the dynamics of these measures is an important challenge for robust models of flow and transport phenomena in porous medium systems, as the extent of these regions can have important implications for mass, momentum, and energy transport between and among phases, and formulation of a capillary pressure relation with minimal hysteresis. These densities do not exist at the microscale, where the interfaces and common curves correspond to particular locations. Therefore, it is necessary for a well-developed macroscale theory to provide evolution equations that describe the dynamics of interface and common curve densities. Here we point out the challenges and pitfalls in producing such evolution equations, develop a set of such equations based on averaging theorems, and identify the terms that require particular attention in experimental and computational efforts to parameterize the equations. We use the evolution equations developed to specify a closed two-fluid-phase flow model.

  7. Gas storage in porous metal-organic frameworks for clean energy applications.

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    Ma, Shengqian; Zhou, Hong-Cai

    2010-01-07

    Depletion of fossil oil deposits and the escalating threat of global warming have put clean energy research, which includes the search for clean energy carriers such as hydrogen and methane as well as the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, on the urgent agenda. A significant technical challenge has been recognized as the development of a viable method to efficiently trap hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide gas molecules in a confined space for various applications. This issue can be addressed by employing highly porous materials as storage media, and porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) which have exceptionally high surface areas as well as chemically-tunable structures are playing an unusual role in this respect. In this feature article we provide an overview of the current status of clean energy applications of porous MOFs, including hydrogen storage, methane storage and carbon dioxide capture.

  8. Porous System for Super Dense Memories and Sensor Applications

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    2013-10-21

    development of biosensors. Porous materials, Nano structures, Nano magnetism, Bio sensors UU UU UU SAR 5 IVAN K. SCHULLER 858-534-2540 To: technicalreports...All these limitations are solved in the new software which will be supplied free of charge to the community. b) Nano Magnetic Arrays In order to...in the Onion-to-Vortex Transition in Dense Ferromagnetic Nano -ring Arrays, E. Tadmor, Y.J. Rosen, I.K. Schuller and S. Bar- Ad, J. Appl. Phys., 112

  9. Double-diffusive natural convection in a fluid saturated porous cavity with a freely convecting wall

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    Nithiarasu, P.; Sundararajan, T.; Seetharamu, K.N.

    1997-12-01

    Double-diffusive natural convection in fluid saturated porous medium has been investigated using a generalized porous medium model. One of the vertical walls of the porous cavity considered is subjected to convective heat and mass transfer conditions. The results show that the flow, heat and mass transfer become sensitive to applied mass transfer coefficient in both the Darcy and non-Darcy flow regimes. It is also observed that the Sherwood number approaches a constant value as the solutal Biot number increases. Double-diffusive natural convection in fluid saturated porous medium is encountered in applications such as food processing, contaminant transport in ground water, and others.

  10. Electroplated porous polypyrrole nanostructures patterned by colloidal lithography for drug-delivery applications

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    Pokki, J.; Ergeneman, O.; Sivaraman, K. M.; Özkale, B.; Zeeshan, M. A.; Lühmann, T.; Nelson, B. J.; Pané, S.

    2012-05-01

    Porous nanostructures of polypyrrole (Ppy) were fabricated using colloidal lithography and electrochemical techniques for potential applications in drug delivery. A sequential fabrication method was developed and optimized to maximize the coverage of the Ppy nanostructures and to obtain a homogeneous layer over the substrate. This was realized by masking with electrophoretically-assembled polystyrene (PS) nanospheres and then electroplating. Drug/biomolecule adsorption and the release characteristics for the porous nanostructures of Ppy were investigated using rhodamine B (Rh-B). Rh-B is an easily detectable small hydrophobic molecule that is used as a model for many drugs or biological substances. The porous Ppy nanostructures with an enhanced surface area exhibited higher Rh-B loading capacity than bulk planar films of Ppy. Moreover, tunability of surface morphology for further applications (e.g., sensing, cell adhesion) was demonstrated.Porous nanostructures of polypyrrole (Ppy) were fabricated using colloidal lithography and electrochemical techniques for potential applications in drug delivery. A sequential fabrication method was developed and optimized to maximize the coverage of the Ppy nanostructures and to obtain a homogeneous layer over the substrate. This was realized by masking with electrophoretically-assembled polystyrene (PS) nanospheres and then electroplating. Drug/biomolecule adsorption and the release characteristics for the porous nanostructures of Ppy were investigated using rhodamine B (Rh-B). Rh-B is an easily detectable small hydrophobic molecule that is used as a model for many drugs or biological substances. The porous Ppy nanostructures with an enhanced surface area exhibited higher Rh-B loading capacity than bulk planar films of Ppy. Moreover, tunability of surface morphology for further applications (e.g., sensing, cell adhesion) was demonstrated. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr30192j

  11. Evaluation and Optimization of Porous and Hierarchically Porous Materials for Applications in Energy Storage and Conversion

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    Petkovich, Nicholas Daniel

    Materials with nm- and mum-scale pores are important in the design of efficient, safe, and versatile energy conversion and storage systems. In the research detailed in this thesis, the synthesis and testing of porous materials for lithium-ion battery anodes and for thermochemical fuel production are explored. The preparation, modification, and performance of various carbon and transition metal oxide composite materials for lithium-ion battery electrodes are discussed in the first part of this work. Of particular interest are TiO 2/carbon composites that possess a three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) structure, and, in some instances, additional mesoporosity. By changing the chelating agent used to stabilize the precursor for TiO2, crystallites of TiO2 can either be localized on the surface of the 3DOM structure or buried within the carbon matrix. This positioning has important ramifications for the electrochemical properties of the materials. In addition, the content of carbon in the composite materials can be altered. For carbon-rich composites, improved Li+ insertion/extraction capacities are attained by changing the voltage window used for cycling. Carbon can also be removed altogether, allowing for the formation 3DOM TiO¬2 with good electrochemical properties Conversion of the 3DOM TiO2 to sodium titanate is demonstrated via the ambient pressure treatment of the 3DOM material in sodium hydroxide. Subsequent ion-exchange with H+ results in the formation of hydrogen titanate materials with extremely high surface areas. A remnant of the 3DOM structure remains in these materials. Cerium oxide, praseodymium oxide and perovskite oxide-based catalysts for the thermochemical conversion of solar energy and abundant feedstocks (H2O and CO2) into useable fuels (H2 and CO) are investigated in the second part of this work. All of these materials possess a 3DOM structure and have moderate surface areas intended to improve reaction kinetics. Mixed oxides containing

  12. Applications of hierarchically structured porous materials from energy storage and conversion, catalysis, photocatalysis, adsorption, separation, and sensing to biomedicine.

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    Sun, Ming-Hui; Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Chen, Li-Hua; Li, Yu; Yang, Xiao-Yu; Yuan, Zhong-Yong; Su, Bao-Lian

    2016-06-13

    Over the last decade, significant effort has been devoted to the applications of hierarchically structured porous materials owing to their outstanding properties such as high surface area, excellent accessibility to active sites, and enhanced mass transport and diffusion. The hierarchy of porosity, structural, morphological and component levels in these materials is key for their high performance in all kinds of applications. The introduction of hierarchical porosity into materials has led to a significant improvement in the performance of materials. Herein, recent progress in the applications of hierarchically structured porous materials from energy conversion and storage, catalysis, photocatalysis, adsorption, separation, and sensing to biomedicine is reviewed. Their potential future applications are also highlighted. We particularly dwell on the relationship between hierarchically porous structures and properties, with examples of each type of hierarchically structured porous material according to its chemical composition and physical characteristics. The present review aims to open up a new avenue to guide the readers to quickly obtain in-depth knowledge of applications of hierarchically porous materials and to have a good idea about selecting and designing suitable hierarchically porous materials for a specific application. In addition to focusing on the applications of hierarchically porous materials, this comprehensive review could stimulate researchers to synthesize new advanced hierarchically porous solids.

  13. Geopolymer Porous Nanoceramics for Structural Smart and Thermal Shock Resistant Applications

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    2011-02-02

    1 FINAL REPORT for GEOPOLYMER POROUS NANOCERAMICS FOR STRUCTURAL, FOR SMART AND THERMAL SHOCK RESISTANT APPLICATIONS AFOSR - Grant No. (FA9550...Potential applications were explored in the area of refractory adhesives between metal, corrosion resistant coatings on steel, glass and ceramics...THERMAL SHOCK RESISTANT APPLICATIONS 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Waltraud Kriven 5d. PROJECT NUMBER

  14. Geopolymer Porous Nanoceramics for Structural, for Smart and Thermal Shock Resistant Applications

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    2011-02-02

    1 FINAL REPORT for GEOPOLYMER POROUS NANOCERAMICS FOR STRUCTURAL, FOR SMART AND THERMAL SHOCK RESISTANT APPLICATIONS AFOSR - Grant No. (FA9550...Potential applications were explored in the area of refractory adhesives between metal, corrosion resistant coatings on steel, glass and ceramics...STRUCTURAL, FOR SMART AND THERMAL SHOCK RESISTANT APPLICATIONS 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA9550-06-1-0221 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6

  15. Facile preparation of hierarchically porous carbons from metal-organic gels and their application in energy storage

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    Xia, Wei; Qiu, Bin; Xia, Dingguo; Zou, Ruqiang

    2013-01-01

    Porous carbon materials have numerous applications due to their thermal and chemical stability, high surface area and low densities. However, conventional preparing porous carbon through zeolite or silica templates casting has been criticized by the costly and/or toxic procedure. Creating three-dimensional (3D) carbon products is another challenge. Here, we report a facile way to prepare porous carbons from metal-organic gel (MOG) template, an extended metal-organic framework (MOF) structure. We surprisingly found that the carbon products inherit the highly porous nature of MOF and combine with gel's integrated character, which results in hierarchical porous architectures with ultrahigh surface areas and quite large pore volumes. They exhibit considerable hydrogen uptake and excellent electrochemical performance as cathode material for lithium-sulfur battery. This work provides a general method to fast and clean synthesis of porous carbon materials and opens new avenues for the application of metal-organic gel in energy storage. PMID:23728472

  16. Presentation of a complex permittivity-meter with applications for sensing the moisture and salinity of a porous media.

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    Chavanne, Xavier; Frangi, Jean-Pierre

    2014-08-26

    This paper describes a sensor dedicated to measuring the vertical profile of the complex permittivity and the temperature of any medium in which sensor electrodes are inserted. Potential applications are the estimate of the humidity and salinity in a porous medium, such as a soil. It consists of vertically-stacked capacitors along two conductive parallel cylinders of 5 cm in diameter and at a 10-cm distance to scan a significant volume of the medium (~1 L). It measures their admittances owing to a self-balanced impedance bridge operating at a frequency in the range of 1-20 MHz, possibly 30 MHz. Thanks to accurate design and electronic circuit theory-based modeling, the determination of the admittances takes into account all distortions due to lead and bridge electromagnetic effects inside the sensor when working at high frequencies. Calibration procedures and uncertainties are presented. The article also describes developments to make the present sensor autonomous on digital acquisition, basic data treatment and energy, as well as able to transfer stored data by a radio link. These steps in progress are prerequisites for a wireless network of sensors.

  17. Presentation of a Complex Permittivity-Meter with Applications for Sensing the Moisture and Salinity of a Porous Media

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    Chavanne, Xavier; Frangi, Jean-Pierre

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes a sensor dedicated to measuring the vertical profile of the complex permittivity and the temperature of any medium in which sensor electrodes are inserted. Potential applications are the estimate of the humidity and salinity in a porous medium, such as a soil. It consists of vertically-stacked capacitors along two conductive parallel cylinders of 5 cm in diameter and at a 10-cm distance to scan a significant volume of the medium (∼1 L). It measures their admittances owing to a self-balanced impedance bridge operating at a frequency in the range of 1–20 MHz, possibly 30 MHz. Thanks to accurate design and electronic circuit theory-based modeling, the determination of the admittances takes into account all distortions due to lead and bridge electromagnetic effects inside the sensor when working at high frequencies. Calibration procedures and uncertainties are presented. The article also describes developments to make the present sensor autonomous on digital acquisition, basic data treatment and energy, as well as able to transfer stored data by a radio link. These steps in progress are prerequisites for a wireless network of sensors. PMID:25162233

  18. Novel Highly Porous Metal Technology in Artificial Hip and Knee Replacement: Processing Methodologies and Clinical Applications

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    Muth, John; Poggie, Matthew; Kulesha, Gene; Michael Meneghini, R.

    2013-02-01

    Hip and knee replacement can dramatically improve a patient's quality of life through pain relief and restored function. Fixation of hip and knee replacement implants to bone is critical to the success of the procedure. A variety of roughened surfaces and three-dimensional porous surfaces have been used to enhance biological fixation on orthopedic implants. Recently, highly porous metals have emerged as versatile biomaterials that may enhance fixation to bone and are suitable to a number of applications in hip and knee replacement surgery. This article provides an overview of several processes used to create these implant surfaces.

  19. Saffman-Taylor fingering: why it is not a proper upscaled model of viscous fingering in a (even two-dimensional) random porous medium

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    Meheust, Y.; Toussaint, R.; Lovoll, G.; Maloy, K. J.

    2015-12-01

    P.G. Saffman & G. Taylor (1958) studied the stability of the interface between two immiscible fluids of different densities and viscosities when one displaces the other inside a Hele-Shaw (HS) cell. They showed that with a horizontal cell and if the displaced fluid is the more viscous, the interface is unstable and leads to a viscous fingering which they nearly fully modeled [1]. The HS geometry was introduced as a geometry imposing the same flow behavior as the Darcy-scale flow in a two-dimensional (2D) porous medium, and therefore allowing an analogy between the two configurations. This is however not obvious, since capillary forces act at very different scales in the two. Later, researchers performing unstable displacement experiments in HS cells containing random 2D porous media also observed viscous fingering at large viscosity ratios, but with invasion patterns very different from those of Saffman and Taylor (ST) [2-3]. It was however considered that the two processes were both Laplacian growth processes, i.e., processes in which the invasion probability density is proportional to the pressure gradient. Ten years ago, we investigated viscously-unstable drainage in 2D porous media experimentally and measured the growth activity as well as occupation probability maps for the invasion process [4-5]. We concluded that in viscous fingering in 2D porous media, the activity was rather proportional to the square of the pressure gradient magnitude (a so-called DBM model of exponent 2), so that the universality class of the growth/invasion process was different from that of ST viscous fingering. We now strengthen our claim with new results based on the comparison of (i) pressure measurements with the pressure field around a finger such as described by the ST analytical model, and (ii) branching angles in the invasion patterns with those expected for DBMs of various exponents. [1] Saffman, P. G. and Taylor, G. Proc. Soc. London 1958(Ser A 245), 312-329. [2] Lenormand, R

  20. Enhancement of a dynamic porous model considering compression-release hysteresis behavior: application to graphite

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    Jodar, B.; Seisson, G.; Hébert, D.; Bertron, I.; Boustie, M.; Berthe, L.

    2016-08-01

    Because of their shock wave attenuation properties, porous materials and foams are increasingly used for various applications such as graphite in the aerospace industry and polyurethane (PU) foams in biomedical engineering. For these two materials, the absence of residual compaction after compression and release cycles limits the efficiency of the usual numerical dynamic porous models such as P-α and POREQST. In this paper, we suggest a simple enhancement of the latter in order to take into account the compression-release hysteresis behavior experimentally observed for the considered materials. The new model, named H-POREQST, was implemented into a Lagrangian hydrocode and tested for simulating plate impact experiments at moderate pressure onto a commercial grade of porous graphite (EDM3). It proved to be in far better agreement with experimental data than the original model which encourages us to pursue numerical tests and developments.

  1. Review of porous silicon preparation and its application for lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Ge, M; Fang, X; Rong, J; Zhou, C

    2013-10-25

    Silicon is of great interest for use as the anode material in lithium-ion batteries due to its high capacity. However, certain properties of silicon, such as a large volume expansion during the lithiation process and the low diffusion rate of lithium in silicon, result in fast capacity degradation in limited charge/discharge cycles, especially at high current rate. Therefore, the use of silicon in real battery applications is limited. The idea of using porous silicon, to a large extent, addresses the above-mentioned issues simultaneously. In this review, we discuss the merits of using porous silicon for anodes through both theoretical and experimental study. Recent progress in the preparation of porous silicon through the template-assisted approach and the non-template approach have been highlighted. The battery performance in terms of capacity and cyclability of each structure is evaluated.

  2. Porous Ti6Al4V alloys with enhanced normalized fatigue strength for biomedical applications.

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    Li, Fuping; Li, Jinshan; Kou, Hongchao; Zhou, Lian

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, porous Ti6Al4V alloys for biomedical applications were fabricated by diffusion bonding of alloy meshes. The compression-compression fatigue behavior was studied. It results that porous Ti6Al4V alloys show enhanced normalized fatigue strength which is in the range of 0.5-0.55 at 10(6)cycles. The porosity has some effect on the absolute S-N curves but minor effect on the normalized S-N curves. The relationship between strain per cycle and number of cycles shows three distinct stages and the value of strain per cycle is constant in stage II. The reasons for the higher normalized fatigue strength of porous Ti6Al4V alloys are discussed based on the fatigue crack initiation and propagation.

  3. Multilayer porous structures of HVPE and MOCVD grown GaN for photonic applications

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    Braniste, T.; Ciers, Joachim; Monaico, Ed.; Martin, D.; Carlin, J.-F.; Ursaki, V. V.; Sergentu, V. V.; Tiginyanu, I. M.; Grandjean, N.

    2017-02-01

    In this paper we report on a comparative study of electrochemical processes for the preparation of multilayer porous structures in hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) and metal organic chemical vapor phase deposition (MOCVD) grown GaN. It was found that in HVPE-grown GaN, multilayer porous structures are obtained due to self-organization processes leading to a fine modulation of doping during the crystal growth. However, these processes are not totally under control. Multilayer porous structures with a controlled design have been produced by optimizing the technological process of electrochemical etching in MOCVD-grown samples, consisting of five pairs of thin layers with alternating-doping profiles. The samples have been characterized by SEM imaging, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and micro-reflectivity measurements, accompanied by transfer matrix analysis and simulations by a method developed for the calculation of optical reflection spectra. We demonstrate the applicability of the produced structures for the design of Bragg reflectors.

  4. Hierarchically Porous Electrocatalyst with Vertically Aligned Defect-Rich CoMoS Nanosheets for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction in an Alkaline Medium.

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    Wu, Zexing; Guo, Junpo; Wang, Jie; Liu, Rong; Xiao, Weiping; Xuan, Cuijuan; Xia, Kedong; Wang, Deli

    2017-02-15

    Effective electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline electrolytes can be developed via a simple solvothermal process. In this work, first, the prepared CoMoS nanomaterials through solvothermal treatment have a porous, defect-rich, and vertically aligned nanostructure, which is beneficial for the HER in an alkaline medium. Second, electron transfer from cobalt to MoS2 that reduces the unoccupied d orbitals of molybdenum can also enhance the HER kinetics in an alkaline medium. This has been demonstrated via a comparison of the catalytic performances of CoMoS, CoS, and MoS2. Third, the solvothermal treatment time evidently impacts the electrocatalytic activity. As a result, after 24 h of solvothermal treatment, the prepared CoMoS nanomaterials exhibit the lowest onset potential (42 mV) and overpotential (98 mV) for delivering a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) in a 1 M KOH solution. Thus, this study provides a simple method to prepare efficient electrocatalysts for the HER in an alkaline medium.

  5. Application of lattice Boltzmann method to a micro-scale flow simulation in the porous electrode of a PEM fuel cell

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    Park, J.; Matsubara, M.; Li, X.

    The electrode of a PEM fuel cell is a porous medium generally made of carbon cloth or paper. Such a porous electrode has been widely modeled as a homogeneous porous medium with a constant permeability in the literature of PEM fuel cell. In fact, most of gas diffusion media are not homogeneous having non-isotropic permeability. In case of carbon cloth, the porous structure consists of carbon fiber tows, the bundles of carbon fiber, and void spaces among tows. The combinational effect of the void space and tow permeability results in the effective permeability of the porous electrode. In this work, the lattice Boltzmann method is applied to the simulation of the flow in the electrode of a PEM fuel cell. The electrode is modeled as void space and porous region which has certain permeability and the Stokes and Brinkman equations are solved in the flow field using the lattice Boltzmann model. The effective permeability of the porous medium is calculated and compared to an analytical calculation showing a good agreement. It has been shown that the permeability of porous medium is strongly dependant on the fiber tow orientation in three-dimensional simulations. The lattice Boltzmann method is an efficient and effective numerical scheme to analyze the flow in a complicated geometry such as the porous medium.

  6. Influences of Flow Transients and Porous Medium Heterogeneity on Colloid-Associated Contaminant Transport in the Vadose Zone

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    James Saiers; Joseph Ryan

    2006-07-02

    Radionuclides, metals, and dense non-aqueous phase liquids have contaminated about six billion cubic meters of soil at Department of Energy (DOE) sites. The subsurface transport of many of these contaminants is facilitated by colloids (i.e., microscopic, waterborne particles). The first step in the transport of contaminants from their sources to off-site surface water and groundwater is migration through the vadose zone. Developing our understanding of the migration of colloids and colloid-associated contaminants through the vadose zone is critical to assessing and controlling the release of contaminants from DOE sites. In this study, we examined the mobilization, transport, and filtration (retention) of mineral colloids and colloidassociated radionuclides within unsaturated porous media. This investigation involved laboratory column experiments designed to identify properties that affect colloid mobilization and retention and pore-scale visualization experiments designed to elucidate mechanisms that govern these colloid-mass transfer processes. The experiments on colloid mobilization and retention were supplemented with experiments on radionuclide transport through porous media and on radionuclide adsorption to mineral colloids. Observations from all of these experiments – the column and visualization experiments with colloids and the experiments with radionuclides – were used to guide the development of mathematical models appropriate for describing colloids and colloid-facilitated radionuclide transport through the vadose zone.

  7. A time-asymptotic one equation non-equilibrium model for reactive transport in a two phase porous medium

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    Yohan, D.; Gerald, D.; Magali, G.; Michel, Q.

    2008-12-01

    The general problem of transport and reaction in multiphase porous media has been a subject of extensive studies during the last decades. For example, biologically mediated porous media have seen a long history of research from the environmental engineering point of view. Biofilms (aggregate of microorganisms coated in a polymer matrix generated by bacteria) have been particularly examined within the context of bioremediation in the subsurface zone. Five types of models may be used to describe these kinds of physical system: 1) one-equation local mass equilibrium models when the assumption of local mass equilibrium is valid 2) two equations models when the assumption of local mass equilibrium is not valid 3) one equation non-equilibrium models 4) mixed models coupling equations solved at two different scales 5) one equation time-asymptotic models. In this presentation, we use the method of volume averaging with closure to extend the time- asymptotic model at the Darcy scale to the reactive case. Closure problems are solved for simple unit cells, and the macro-scale model is validated against pore-scale simulations.

  8. Effect of low-concentration rhamnolipid on transport of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 9027 in an ideal porous medium with hydrophilic or hydrophobic surfaces.

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    Zhong, Hua; Liu, Guansheng; Jiang, Yongbing; Brusseau, Mark L; Liu, Zhifeng; Liu, Yang; Zeng, Guangming

    2016-03-01

    The success of effective bioaugmentation processes for remediation of soil and groundwater contamination requires effective transport of the injected microorganisms in the subsurface environment. In this study, the effect of low concentrations of monorhamnolipid biosurfactant solutions on transport of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in an ideal porous medium (glass beads) with hydrophilic or hydrophobic surfaces was investigated by conducting miscible-displacement experiments. Transport behavior was examined for both glucose-grown and hexadecane-grown cells, with low and high surface hydrophobicity, respectively. A clean-bed colloid deposition model was used for determination of deposition rate coefficients. Results show that cells with high surface hydrophobicity exhibit greater retention than cells with low surface hydrophobicity. Rhamnolipid affects cell transport primarily by changing cell surface hydrophobicity, with an additional minor effect by increasing solution ionic strength. There is a good linear relation between k and rhamnolipid-regulated cell surface hydrophobicity presented as bacterial-adhesion-to-hydrocarbon (BATH) rate of cells (R(2)=0.71). The results of this study show the importance of hydrophobic interaction for transport of bacterial cells in silica-based porous media, and the potential of using low-concentration rhamnolipid solutions for facilitating bacterial transport in bioaugmentation efforts.

  9. Effect of low-concentration rhamnolipid on transport of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 9027 in ideal porous medium with hydrophilic or hydrophobic surfaces

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    Zhong, Hua; Liu, Guansheng; Jiang, Yongbing; Brusseau, Mark L.; Liu, Zhifeng; Liu, Yang; Zeng, Guangming

    2016-01-01

    The success of effective bioaugmentation processes for remediation of soil and groundwater contamination requires effective transport of the injected microorganisms in the subsurface environment. In this study, the effect of low concentrations of monorhamnolipid biosurfactant solutions on transport of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in an ideal porous medium (glass beads) with hydrophilic or hydrophobic surfaces was investigated by conducting miscible-displacement experiments. Transport behavior was examined for both glucose-grown and hexadecane-grown cells, with low or high surface hydrophobicity, respectively. A clean-bed colloid deposition model was used for determination of deposition rate coefficients. Results show that cells with high surface hydrophobicity exhibit greater retention than cells with low surface hydrophobicity. Rhamnolipid affects cell transport primarily by changing cell surface hydrophobicity, with an additional minor effect by increasing solution ionic strength. There is a good linear relation between k rhamnolipid-regulated cell surface hydrophobicity presented as bacterial-adhesion-to-hydrocarbon (BATH) rate of cells (R2 = 0.71). The results of this study show the importance of hydrophobic interaction for transport of bacterial cells in silica-based porous media, and the potential of using low-concentration rhamnolipid solutions for facilitating bacterial transport in bioaugmentation efforts. PMID:26722821

  10. Conjugate effects of heat and mass transfer on MHD free convection flow over an inclined plate embedded in a porous medium.

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    Ali, Farhad; Khan, Ilyas; Samiulhaq; Shafie, Sharidan

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to present an exact analysis of combined effects of radiation and chemical reaction on the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) free convection flow of an electrically conducting incompressible viscous fluid over an inclined plate embedded in a porous medium. The impulsively started plate with variable temperature and mass diffusion is considered. The dimensionless momentum equation coupled with the energy and mass diffusion equations are analytically solved using the Laplace transform method. Expressions for velocity, temperature and concentration fields are obtained. They satisfy all imposed initial and boundary conditions and can be reduced, as special cases, to some known solutions from the literature. Expressions for skin friction, Nusselt number and Sherwood number are also obtained. Finally, the effects of pertinent parameters on velocity, temperature and concentration profiles are graphically displayed whereas the variations in skin friction, Nusselt number and Sherwood number are shown through tables.

  11. Conjugate Effects of Heat and Mass Transfer on MHD Free Convection Flow over an Inclined Plate Embedded in a Porous Medium

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    Ali, Farhad; Khan, Ilyas; Samiulhaq; Shafie, Sharidan

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to present an exact analysis of combined effects of radiation and chemical reaction on the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) free convection flow of an electrically conducting incompressible viscous fluid over an inclined plate embedded in a porous medium. The impulsively started plate with variable temperature and mass diffusion is considered. The dimensionless momentum equation coupled with the energy and mass diffusion equations are analytically solved using the Laplace transform method. Expressions for velocity, temperature and concentration fields are obtained. They satisfy all imposed initial and boundary conditions and can be reduced, as special cases, to some known solutions from the literature. Expressions for skin friction, Nusselt number and Sherwood number are also obtained. Finally, the effects of pertinent parameters on velocity, temperature and concentration profiles are graphically displayed whereas the variations in skin friction, Nusselt number and Sherwood number are shown through tables. PMID:23840321

  12. MHD Marangoni boundary layer flow and heat transfer of pseudo-plastic nanofluids over a porous medium with a modified model

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    Lin, Yanhai; Zheng, Liancun; Zhang, Xinxin

    2015-11-01

    We present a research for the MHD Marangoni boundary layer flow and heat transfer in pseudo-plastic power law nanofluids over a porous medium driven by temperature gradient. A variable magnetic field is considered. Four different types of nanoparticles, copper, aluminum oxide, copper oxide, and titanium oxide are considered with pseudo-plastic power-law carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC)-water used as base fluids. A generalized Fourier law proposed by Zheng for varying thermal conductivity of nanofluids is taken into account, and the surface tension is assumed a quadratic function of the temperature. The governing partial differential equations (PDEs) are formulated, and similarity solutions are obtained numerically using shooting technique combined with Runge-Kutta iteration program and Newton's scheme. The effects of various physical parameters on horizontal velocity component and temperature curves are discussed and graphically illustrated in details.

  13. Analysis of the Laminar Newtonian Fluid Flow Through a Thin Fracture Modelled as a Fluid-Saturated Sparsely Packed Porous Medium

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    Pažanin, Igor; Siddheshwar, Pradeep G.

    2017-03-01

    In this article we investigate the fluid flow through a thin fracture modelled as a fluid-saturated porous medium. We assume that the fracture has constrictions and that the flow is governed by the prescribed pressure drop between the edges of the fracture. The problem is described by the Darcy-Lapwood-Brinkman model acknowledging the Brinkman extension of the Darcy law as well as the flow inertia. Using asymptotic analysis with respect to the thickness of the fracture, we derive the explicit higher-order approximation for the velocity distribution. We make an error analysis to comment on the order of accuracy of the method used and also to provide rigorous justification for the model.

  14. Thermal-diffusion and MHD for Soret and Dufour’s effects on Hiemenz flow and mass transfer of fluid flow through porous medium onto a stretching surface

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    Abdel-Rahman, Gamal M.

    2010-06-01

    In this paper, the thermal-diffusion and magnetic field effects on a stagnation point flowing over a flat stretching surface have been obtained and studied numerically with the variation of the viscosity under the Soret and Dufour's effects. The governing continuity, momentum, energy and concentration equations are converted into a system of non-linear ordinary differential equations by means of similarity transformation. The resulting system of coupled non-linear ordinary differential equations is solved numerically. Numerical results were presented for velocity, temperature and concentration profiles for different parameters of the problem as radiation parameter, magnetic field parameter, porous medium parameter, endothermic chemical reaction, heat source parameter, stretching parameter, the Soret and Dufour number and other. Also the effects of the pertinent parameters on the skin friction, the rate of heat and mass transfer are obtained and discussed numerically and illustrated graphically.

  15. Mixed convective boundary layer flow over a vertical wedge embedded in a porous medium saturated with a nanofluid: Natural Convection Dominated Regime

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    2011-01-01

    A boundary layer analysis is presented for the mixed convection past a vertical wedge in a porous medium saturated with a nano fluid. The governing partial differential equations are transformed into a set of non-similar equations and solved numerically by an efficient, implicit, iterative, finite-difference method. A parametric study illustrating the influence of various physical parameters is performed. Numerical results for the velocity, temperature, and nanoparticles volume fraction profiles, as well as the friction factor, surface heat and mass transfer rates have been presented for parametric variations of the buoyancy ratio parameter Nr, Brownian motion parameter Nb, thermophoresis parameter Nt, and Lewis number Le. The dependency of the friction factor, surface heat transfer rate (Nusselt number), and mass transfer rate (Sherwood number) on these parameters has been discussed. PMID:21711715

  16. The effect of transpiration on coupled heat and mass transfer in mixed convection over a vertical plate embedded in a saturated porous medium

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    Yih, K.A.

    1997-03-01

    Effect of transpiration velocity on the heat and mass transfer characteristics of mixed convection about a permeable vertical plate embedded in a saturated porous medium under the coupled effects of thermal and mass diffusion is numerically analyzed. The plate is maintained at a uniform temperature and species concentration with constant transpiration velocity. The transformed governing equations are solved by Keller box method. Numerical results for the local Nusselt number and local Sherwood number are presented. In general, it has been found for thermally assisted flow that the local surface heat and mass transfer rates increase owing to suction of fluid. This trend reversed for blowing of fluid. It is apparent that the Lewis number has a pronounced effect on the local Sherwood number than it does on the local Nusselt number. Increasing the Lewis number decreases (increases) the local heat (mass) transfer rate.

  17. Unsteady magnetohydrodynamic flow of a fourth grade fluid caused by an impulsively moving plate in a Darcy porous medium ߞ A group-theoretical analysis

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    Carrim, A. H.; Aziz, Taha; Mahomed, F. M.; Khalique, Chaudry Masood

    2016-06-01

    The effects of non-Newtonian fluids are investigated by means of an appropriate model studying the flow of a fourth grade fluid. The geometry of this model is described by the unsteady unidirectional flow of an incompressible fluid over an infinite flat plate within a porous medium. The fluid is electrically conducting in the presence of a uniform applied magnetic field. The classical Lie symmetry approach is utilized in order to construct group invariant solutions to the governing higher-order nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE). The conditional symmetry approach has also been utilized to solve the governing model. Some new classes of conditional symmetry solutions have been obtained for the model equation in the form of closed-form exponential functions. The invariant solution corresponding to the nontraveling wave type is considered to be the most significant solution for the fluid flow model under investigation since it directly incorporates the physical behavior of the flow model.

  18. Upscaling of CO 2 vertical migration through a periodic layered porous medium: The capillary-free and capillary-dominant cases

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    Mouche, Emmanuel; Hayek, Mohamed; Mügler, Claude

    2010-09-01

    We present an upscaled model for the vertical migration of a CO 2 plume through a vertical column filled with a periodic layered porous medium. This model may describe the vertical migration of a CO 2 plume in a perfectly layered horizontal aquifer. Capillarity and buoyancy are taken into account and semi-explicit upscaled flux functions are proposed in the two following cases: (i) capillarity is the main driving force and (ii) buoyancy is the only driving force. In both cases, we show that the upscaled buoyant flux is a bell-shaped function of the saturation, as in the case of a homogeneous porous medium. In the capillary-dominant case, we show that the upscaled buoyant flux is the harmonic mean of the buoyant fluxes in each layer. The upscaled saturation is governed by the continuity of the capillary pressure at the interface between layers. In the capillary-free case, the upscaled buoyant flux and upscaled saturation are determined by the flux continuity condition at the interface. As the flux is not continuous over the entire range of saturation, the upscaled saturation is only defined where continuity is verified, i.e. in two saturation domains. As a consequence, the upscaled buoyant flux is described by a piecewise continuous function. Two analytical approximations of this flux are proposed and this capillary-free upscaled model is validated for two cases of heterogeneity. Upscaled and cell averaged saturations are in good agreement. Furthermore, the proposed analytical upscaled fluxes provide satisfactory approximations as long as the saturation set at the inlet of the column is in a range where analytical and numerical upscaled fluxes are close.

  19. Silver oxide nanostructure prepared on porous silicon for optoelectronic application

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    Hassan, Marwa Abdul Muhsien; Agool, Ibrahim Ramdan; Raoof, Lamyaa Mohammed

    2014-04-01

    The thermal evaporation system type (Edwards) has been used to evaporate high purity (99.9 %) silver on glass, n- and p-type silicon and porous silicon substrates at room temperature under low pressure (about 10-6 torr) for different thickness (50, 75, 100, 125 and 150 nm). Using a rapid thermal oxidation of Ag film at oxidation temperature 350 °C and different oxidation times, Ag2O thin film was prepared. The structural properties of Ag2O film were investigated and compared with other published results. The structural investigation showed that the films formed at thickness 100 nm showed (111) strong reflection along with weak reflections of (101) corresponding to the growth of single phase Ag2O with cubic structure. Dark and illuminated I-V of p-Ag2O/ p-Si, p-Ag2O/ n-Si, Al/ p-PSi/Al, Al/ n-PSi/Al, p-Ag2O/ p-PSi/c-Si and p-Ag2O/ n-PSi/c-Si heterojunction were investigated, discussed and prepared at optimum condition (oxidation temperature 350 °C and 90 s oxidation time with thickness 100 nm). Ohmic contacts were fabricated by evaporating 99.999 purity silver wires for back and aluminum wires for front contact, respectively.

  20. Silver oxide nanostructure prepared on porous silicon for optoelectronic application

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    Hassan, Marwa Abdul Muhsien; Agool, Ibrahim Ramdan; Raoof, Lamyaa Mohammed

    2013-04-01

    The thermal evaporation system type (Edwards) has been used to evaporate high purity (99.9 %) silver on glass, n- and p-type silicon and porous silicon substrates at room temperature under low pressure (about 10-6 torr) for different thickness (50, 75, 100, 125 and 150 nm). Using a rapid thermal oxidation of Ag film at oxidation temperature 350 °C and different oxidation times, Ag2O thin film was prepared. The structural properties of Ag2O film were investigated and compared with other published results. The structural investigation showed that the films formed at thickness 100 nm showed (111) strong reflection along with weak reflections of (101) corresponding to the growth of single phase Ag2O with cubic structure. Dark and illuminated I-V of p-Ag2O/p-Si, p-Ag2O/n-Si, Al/p-PSi/Al, Al/n-PSi/Al, p-Ag2O/p-PSi/c-Si and p-Ag2O/n-PSi/c-Si heterojunction were investigated, discussed and prepared at optimum condition (oxidation temperature 350 °C and 90 s oxidation time with thickness 100 nm). Ohmic contacts were fabricated by evaporating 99.999 purity silver wires for back and aluminum wires for front contact, respectively.

  1. The Effect of Fuel Types on Porous Alumina Produced via Soft Combustion Reaction for Implant Applications

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    Jamil, Radin Shafinaz; Abdul Razak, Khairunisak; Ahmad, Nurfateen Fakhariah; Mohamad, Hasmaliza

    2012-03-01

    This article describes the effects of fuel types on the porous structure of alumina produced using a soft combustion reaction. There are several combustion parameters that could affect the porous structure of the alumina produced such as fuel-to-oxidizer ratios, ignition temperature, and type of fuels. In this study, the effect of fuel types on alumina properties was studied. Citric acid, glycine, and urea were used as fuels along with aluminum nitrate as an oxidizer. The properties of porous alumina produced using three different fuels were compared to determine the optimum fuel that could produce the best properties for implant applications. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that single-phase alumina powder was obtained in all samples. Morphology observation using scanning electron microscope (SEM) on sintered bodies showed open pores which had potential to be used in implant applications. Porous alumina produced using glycine as fuel (AG) showed the best properties; high surface area of 8.7 m2/g, porosity of 70% and sintered density 1.37 g/cm3.

  2. Role of Desorption Kinetics and Porous Medium Heterogeneity in Colloid-Facilitated Transport of Cesium and Strontium: Preliminary Results

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    Dittrich, T. M.; Ryan, J. N.

    2008-12-01

    The presence of mobile colloids (particles between 1 nm and 1 μm in size) in natural soil and groundwater systems has been well established. Colloids generally have a high sorptive capacity resulting from their high surface area to mass ratio, which makes them effective sorbents of low solubility, strongly sorbing contaminants. Mobile colloids that sorb contaminants can increase the apparent solubility and rate of transport of the contaminants when desorption from the colloids is slow relative to the rate of flow. This process is known as colloid-facilitated transport (CFT). The additional transport of contaminants associated with mobile colloids should be accounted for to accurately predict transport rates of strongly-sorbing contaminants in the environment. Some examples of contaminants that have the potential for CFT are hydrophobic pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), actinide cations (e.g., Th, U, Pu, Am), and many metals (e.g, Pb, Cu, Hg). Many low solubility contaminants that have the potential for CFT are also harmful or toxic to humans, underscoring the importance of accurate modeling techniques to protect water sources from contamination. Contaminated Department of Energy (DOE) sites have been particularly valuable research opportunities for studying the transport of radionuclides in the natural environment. The DOE has conducted energy and weapons research and development in thirty-one states and Puerto Rico and has introduced many toxic and radioactive chemicals into surface waters, soils, and groundwater. Field experiments on DOE sites including the Nevada Test Site, the Hanford 200 Area tank farm, Rocky Flats CO, and Oak Ridge TN, have confirmed that metals and radionuclides have moved further than expected due to colloid-facilitated transport. The major goal of this research project is to identify and quantify the effects of sorption kinetics on colloid- facilitated transport in unsaturated porous media. This information will be used

  3. Acoustic emission in a fluid saturated heterogeneous porous layer with application to hydraulic fracture

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    Nelson, J.T. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA )

    1988-11-01

    A theoretical model for acoustic emission in a vertically heterogeneous porous layer bounded by semi-infinite solid regions is developed using linearized equations of motion for a fluid/solid mixture and a reflectivity method. Green's functions are derived for both point loads and moments. Numerically integrated propagators represent solutions for intermediate heterogeneous layers in the porous region. These are substituted into a global matrix for solution by Gaussian elimination and back-substitution. Fluid partial stress and seismic responses to dislocations associated with fracturing of a layer of rock with a hydraulically conductive fracture network are computed with the model. A constitutive model is developed for representing the fractured rock layer as a porous material, using commonly accepted relationships for moduli. Derivations of density, tortuosity, and sinuosity are provided. The main results of the model application are the prediction of a substantial fluid partial stress response related to a second mode wave for the porous material. The response is observable for relatively large distances, on the order of several tens of meters. The visco-dynamic transition frequency associated with parabolic versus planar fluid velocity distributions across micro-crack apertures is in the low audio or seismic range, in contrast to materials with small pore size, such as porous rocks, for which the transition frequency is ultrasonic. Seismic responses are predicted for receiver locations both in the layer and in the outlying solid regions. In the porous region, the seismic response includes both shear and dilatational wave arrivals and a second-mode arrival. The second-mode arrival is not observable outside of the layer because of its low velocity relative to the dilatational and shear wave propagation velocities of the solid region.

  4. Applications of porous electrodes to metal-ion removal and the design of battery systems

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    Trost, G.G.

    1983-09-01

    This dissertation treats the use of porous electrodes as electrochemical reactors for the removal of dilute metal ions. A methodology for the scale-up of porous electrodes used in battery applications is given. Removal of 4 ..mu..g Pb/cc in 1 M sulfuric acid was investigated in atmospheric and high-pressure, flow-through porous reactors. The atmospheric reactor used a reticulated vitreous carbon porous bed coated in situ with a mercury film. Best results show 98% removal of lead from the feed stream. Results are summarized in a dimensionless plot of Sherwood number vs Peclet number. High-pressure, porous-electrode experiments were performed to investigate the effect of pressure on the current efficiency. Pressures were varied up to 120 bar on electrode beds of copper or lead-coated spheres. The copper spheres showed high hydrogen evolution rates which inhibited lead deposition, even at high cathodic overpotentials. Use of lead spheres inhibited hydrogen evolution but often resulted in the formation of lead sulfate layers; these layers were difficult to reduce back to lead. Experimental data of one-dimensional porous battery electrodes are combined with a model for the current collector and cell connectors to predict ultimate specific energy and maximum specific power for complete battery systems. Discharge behavior of the plate as a whole is first presented as a function of depth of discharge. These results are combined with the voltage and weight penalties of the interconnecting bus and post, positive and negative active material, cell container, etc. to give specific results for the lithium-aluminum/iron sulfide high-temperature battery. Subject to variation is the number of positive electrodes, grid conductivity, minimum current-collector weight, and total delivered capacity. The battery can be optimized for maximum energy or power, or a compromise design may be selected.

  5. Evolution and persistence of cross-directional statistical dependence during finite-Péclet transport through a real porous medium

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    Most, Sebastian; Bijeljic, Branko; Nowak, Wolfgang

    2016-11-01

    Transport of passive, dissolved compounds in fully-saturated complex porous media frequently exhibits non-Fickian characteristics. One of the most interesting questions is to ascertain the time scales at which it is possible to describe transport as a statistically independent process. Therefore, we study the mechanisms for evolution and then the decrease of non-Fickianity as a function of increasing time. Adopting the Lagrangian perspective, we provide a nonlinear copula analysis of advective-diffusive processes by analyzing particle trajectories in a real porous media, as provided by direct numerical simulations on the three-dimensional image of Doddington sandstone. First, we analyze the memory effects between time-consecutive particle position increments and cross dependence between longitudinal and transversal particle position increments as a function of given time increments and time lags between consecutive time increments. Second, we investigate the influence of the Péclet regime on the temporal evolution of dependence. Our main findings are: (a) Cross dependence between longitudinal and transversal particle position increments is persistent over the investigated range of time increments, even though this aspect has been neglected up to date. (b) Lower Péclet numbers lead to a weaker dependence that is, however, more persistent over time than in higher-Péclet transport regimes. We confirm that non-Fickianity comes from spatial coherence associated with heterogeneities of the velocity field that introduce cross dependence and memory into the transport process. Overall, we show that memory and cross dependence are persistent in and among all directions, that the dependence is highly-nonlinear, occurs at different temporal scales, and is dependent on the Péclet number.

  6. Two-Phase Flow Within Porous Media Analogies: Application Towards CO2 Sequestration

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    Crandall, D.M. Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY); Ahmadi, G.; Smith, D.H.

    2007-04-20

    Geologic carbon dioxide sequestration (GCO2S) involves the capture of large quantities of CO2 from point-source emitters and pumping this greenhouse gas to subsurface reservoirs (USDOE, 2006). The mechanisms of two-phase fluid displacement in GCO2S, where a less viscous fluid displaces a more viscous fluid in a heterogeneous porous domain is similar to enhanced oil recovery activities. Direct observation of gas-liquid interface movement in geologic reservoirs is difficult due to location and opacity. Over the past decades, complex, interconnected pore-throat models have been developed and used to study multiphase flow interactions in porous media, both experimentally (Buckley, 1994) and numerically (Blunt, 2001). This work expands upon previous experimental research with the use of a new type of heterogeneous flowcell, created with stereolithography (SL). Numerical solutions using the Volume-of-Fluid (VOF) model with the same flowcell geometry, are shown to be in good agreement with the drainage experiments, where the defending fluid wets the surface. This computational model is then used to model imbibition, the case of the invading fluid preferentially wetting the surface. Low capillary flows and imbibition conditions are shown to increase the storage volume of the invading fluid in the porous medium.

  7. Study of porous silicon, silicon carbide and DLC coated field emitters for pressure sensor application

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    Kleps, Irina; Angelescu, Anca; Samfirescu, Narcis; Gil, Adriana; Correia, Antonio

    2001-06-01

    This paper is a revue of our experimental data regarding field emitter array fabrication, various field emission materials and application in pressure sensors domain. Silicon emitter's arrays of different sizes and geometrical shapes were realised using micromachining technologies. Some important aspects as control in etch rate, emitter profile, selectivity and surface morphology were investigated. The emitter surface was modified or was covered by different materials in order to improve the emission properties. The most usual materials investigated for FED applications were: Si, diamond-like carbon layers, silicon carbide, and porous silicon. The main application which is present in our attention is the field emission pressure sensor.

  8. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and its applications for multiphase flow and reactive transport in porous media

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    Tartakovsky, Alexandre M.; Trask, Nathaniel; Pan, K.; Jones, Bruce D.; Pan, Wenxiao; Williams, John R.

    2016-03-11

    Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) is a Lagrangian method based on a meshless discretization of partial differential equations. In this review, we present SPH discretization of the Navier-Stokes and Advection-Diffusion-Reaction equations, implementation of various boundary conditions, and time integration of the SPH equations, and we discuss applications of the SPH method for modeling pore-scale multiphase flows and reactive transport in porous and fractured media.

  9. Synthesis of ceramic-based porous gradient structures for applications in energy conversion and related fields

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    Graule, Thomas; Ozog, Paulina; Durif, Caroline; Wilkens-Heinecke, Judit; Kata, Dariusz

    2016-06-01

    Porous, graded ceramic structures are of high relevance in the field of energy conversion as well as in catalysis, and additionally in filtration technology and in biomedical applications. Among different technologies for the tailored design for such structures we demonstrate here a new environmental friendly UV curing-based concept to prepare laminated structures with pore sizes ranging from a few microns up to 50 microns in diameter and with porosities ranging from 10% up to 75 vol.% porosity.

  10. Interplay of carbon-silica sources on the formation of hierarchical porous composite materials for biological applications such as lipase immobilization.

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    Higuita, Mario; Bernal, Claudia; Mesa, Monica

    2014-10-01

    The porous inorganic materials, with hierarchical structures, find application in many processes where the chemical stability and pore connectivity are key points, such as separation, adsorption and catalysis. Here, we synthesized carbon-silica composite materials, which combine hydrolytic stability of the carbon with the surface chemical reactivity of silica in aqueous media. The polycondensation of carbonaceous and siliceous species from sucrose, Triton X-100 surfactant and tetraethylortosilicate during the hydrothermal synthesis led to the formation of hydrochar composite materials. The subsequent carbonization process of these composite hydrochars gave carbon-silica hierarchical porous materials. The study of the micellar reaction system and the characterization of the derivate materials (carbon-silica composite, carbon and silica) were carried out. The results indicate that synthesis conditions allowed the formation of a silica network interpenetrated with a carbon one, which is produced from the incorporated organic matter. The control of the acidity of the reaction medium and hydrothermal conditions modulated the reaction yield and porous characteristics of the materials. The composite nature in conjunction with the hierarchical porosity increases the interest of these materials for future biological applications, such as lipase immobilization.

  11. Direct synthesis of porous NiO nanowall arrays on conductive substrates for supercapacitor application

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    Zhu, Jianhui; Jiang, Jian; Liu, Jingping; Ding, Ruimin; Ding, Hao; Feng, Yamin; Wei, Guangming; Huang, Xintang

    2011-03-15

    Porous NiO nanowall arrays (NWAs) grown on flexible Fe-Co-Ni alloy have been successfully synthesized by using nullaginite (Ni{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}CO{sub 3}) as precursor and investigated as supercapacitor electrodes. In details, we adopted a simple hydrothermal method to realize Ni{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}CO{sub 3} NWAs and examined their robust mechanical adhesion to substrate via a long-time ultrasonication test. Porous NiO NWAs were then obtained by a post-calcination towards precursors at 500 {sup o}C in nitrogen atmosphere. Electrochemical properties of as-synthesized NiO NWAs were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge; porous NiO NWAs electrode delivered a specific capacitance of 270 F/g (0.67 A/g); even at high current densities, the electrode could still deliver a high capacitance up to 236 F/g (13.35 A/g). Meanwhile, it exhibited excellent cycle lifetime with {approx}93% specific capacitance kept after 4000 cycles. These results suggest that as-made porous NiO NWAs electrode is a promising candidate for future thin-film supercapacitors and other microelectronic systems. -- Graphical abstract: Porous NiO nanowall arrays (NWAs) grown on alloy substrate have been made using nullaginite as precursor and studied as supercapacitor electrodes. Porous nanowalls interconnected with each other resulting in the formation of extended-network architectures and exhibited excellent capacitor properties. NiO NWAs electrode delivered a capacitance of 270 F/g (0.67 A/g); even at high current density, the electrode could still deliver a high capacitance up to 236 F/g (13.35 A/g). Besides, it exhibited excellent cycle lifetime with {approx}93% capacitance kept after 4000 cycles. These remarkable results made it possible for mass production of NiO NWAs and future thin-film microelectronic applications. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} Large-scale nullaginite (Ni{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}CO{sub 3}) nanowall arrays (NWAs) have been synthesized on

  12. The influence of buoyancy contrasts on miscible source sink flows in a porous medium with thermal inertia

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    Nigam, Mats S.; Woods, Andrew W.

    We investigate the displacement of one fluid through an inclined porous sheet by the injection of a second fluid of different density. Using numerical simulation we explore the role of the density contrast between the injected and the reservoir fluid on the displacement process, in the cases where the density contrast originates from either compositional contrasts and/or temperature contrasts between the fluids. In the case where the density contrast originates from compositional differences between the fluids, the density front moves with the fluid fluid front, and gravity may accelerate or decelerate the time for the injected liquid to reach the sink. In the case where the density contrast originates from a temperature contrast between the injected fluid and the reservoir fluid, then the density front follows the thermal front. Therefore, owing to thermal inertia, it lags behind the fluid fluid front. This has a quantitative impact on the time required for the injected liquid to reach the sink. If there are both thermal and compositional contrasts between the injected and reservoir fluid, then the thermal and compositional fronts become decoupled in space. The two fronts may lead to complementary or opposing density changes; the different cases lead to vastly different patterns of displacement and time at which the injected liquid reaches the sink, even if the net change in density between reservoir and the injected fluid is the same. We discuss the implications of these phenomena for water injection in sub-surface hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. In an Appendix, we note how a viscosity across both the thermal front and the fluid fluid front can also lead to a rich spectrum of flow patterns, especially if one front is stable and the other unstable to viscous instability.

  13. Porous polymer media

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    Shepodd, Timothy J.

    2002-01-01

    Highly crosslinked monolithic porous polymer materials for chromatographic applications. By using solvent compositions that provide not only for polymerization of acrylate monomers in such a fashion that a porous polymer network is formed prior to phase separation but also for exchanging the polymerization solvent for a running buffer using electroosmotic flow, the need for high pressure purging is eliminated. The polymer materials have been shown to be an effective capillary electrochromatographic separations medium at lower field strengths than conventional polymer media. Further, because of their highly crosslinked nature these polymer materials are structurally stable in a wide range of organic and aqueous solvents and over a pH range of 2-12.

  14. Targeted delivery by smart capsules for controlling two-phase flow in porous media

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    Fan, Jing; Abbaspourrad, Alireza; Weitz, David; Harvard Weitzgroup Team

    2015-11-01

    Two-phase flow in porous media is significantly influenced by the physical properties of the fluids and the geometry of the medium. We develop a variety of smart microcapsules that can deliver and release specific substances to the target location in the porous medium, and therefore change the fluid property or medium geometry at certain locations. In this talk, I will present two types of smart capsules for targeted surfactant delivery to the vicinity of oil-water interface and targeted microgel delivery for improving the homogeneity of the porous medium, respectively. We further prove the concept by monitoring the capsule location and the fluid structure in the porous media by micro-CT and confocal microscopy. This technique not only is of particular importance to the relevant industry applications especially in the oil industry but also opens a new window to study the mechanism of two-phase flow in porous media. Advanced Energy Consortium BEG08-027.

  15. Dynamic compression of highly compressible porous media with application to snow compaction

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    Wu, Q.; Andreopoulos, Y.; Xanthos, S.; Weinbaum, S.

    2005-10-01

    A new experimental and theoretical approach is presented to examine the dynamic lift forces that are generated in the compression of both fresh powder snow and wind-packed snow. At typical skiing velocities of 10 to 30ms^{-1} the duration of contact of a ski or snowboard with the snow will vary from 0.05 to 0.2s depending on the length of the planing surface and its speed. No one, to our knowledge, has previously measured the dynamic behaviour of snow on such a short time scale and, thus, there are no existing measurements of the excess pore pressure that can build-up in snow on this time scale. Using a novel porous cylinder piston apparatus, we have measured the excess pore pressure that would build-up beneath the piston surface and have also measured its subsequent decay due to the venting of the air from the snow at the porous wall of the cylinder. In further experiments, in which the air is slowly and deliberately drained to avoid a build-up in pore pressure, we have been able to separate out the force exerted by the ice crystal phase as a function of its instantaneous deformation. A theoretical model for the pore pressure relaxation in the porous cylinder is then developed using consolidation theory. Dramatically different dynamic behaviour is observed for two different snow types, one (wind-packed) giving a steady continuous relaxation of the excess pore pressure and the other (fresh powder) leading to a piston rebound with negative pore pressure. A feature of the rebound is the apparent debonding of sintered ice crystals after maximum compression. This behaviour is described well by introducing a debonding coefficient where the debonding force is proportional to the expansion velocity of the medium. The experimental and theoretical approach presented herein and the previous generalized lubrication theory for compressible porous media, have laid the foundation for understanding the detailed dynamic response of soft porous layers to rapid deformation.

  16. Multi-particle assembled porous nanostructured MgO: its application in fluoride removal

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    Gangaiah, Vijayakumar; Siddaramanna, Ashoka; Thimanna Chandrappa, Gujjarahalli

    2014-12-01

    In this article, a simple and economical route based on ethylene glycol mediated process was developed to synthesize one-dimensional (1D) multiparticle assembled nanostructured MgO using magnesium acetate and urea as reactants. Porous multiparticle chain-like MgO has been synthesized by the calcination of a solvothermally derived single nanostructured precursor. The prepared products were characterized by an x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, thermogravimetry, scanning/transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) and N2 adsorption (BET). As a proof of concept, the porous multiparticle chain-like MgO has been applied in a water treatment for isolated and rural communities, and it has exhibited an excellent adsorption capability to remove fluoride in waste water. In addition, this method could be generalized to prepare other 1D nanostructures with great potential for various attractive applications.

  17. Lowering of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles for sonodynamic therapy applications

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    Sviridov, A. P. Osminkina, L. A.; Nikolaev, A. L.; Kudryavtsev, A. A.; Vasiliev, A. N.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.

    2015-09-21

    A significant decrease of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) with sizes about 100 nm as compared with pure water was observed for ultrasound irradiation (USI) with therapeutic frequency (0.88 MHz) and intensities (about 1 W/cm{sup 2}). This effect is explained by porous morphology of PSi NPs, which promotes the nucleation of cavitation bubbles. In vitro experiments revealed a suppression of the proliferation of cancer cells with the introduced PSi NPs after exposure to USI related to the enhanced cavitation processes, which led to the cell destruction. The obtained results demonstrate that PSi NPs are prospective for applications as sonosensitizers in mild cancer therapy.

  18. Measurements of Acoustic Properties of Porous and Granular Materials and Application to Vibration Control

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    Park, Junhong; Palumbo, Daniel L.

    2004-01-01

    For application of porous and granular materials to vibro-acoustic controls, a finite dynamic strength of the solid component (frame) is an important design factor. The primary goal of this study was to investigate structural vibration damping through this frame wave propagation for various poroelastic materials. A measurement method to investigate the vibration characteristics of the frame was proposed. The measured properties were found to follow closely the characteristics of the viscoelastic materials - the dynamic modulus increased with frequency and the degree of the frequency dependence was determined by its loss factor. The dynamic stiffness of hollow cylindrical beams containing porous and granular materials as damping treatment was measured also. The data were used to extract the damping materials characteristics using the Rayleigh-Ritz method. The results suggested that the acoustic structure interaction between the frame and the structure enhances the dissipation of the vibration energy significantly.

  19. Computational rock physics: Transport properties in porous media and applications

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    Keehm, Youngseuk

    Earth sciences is undergoing a gradual but massive shift from descriptions of the earth and earth systems, toward process modeling, simulation, and process visualization. This shift is very challenging because the underlying physical and chemical processes are often nonlinear and coupled, and take place in strongly heterogeneous systems. An example is two-phase fluid flow in rocks: a nonlinear, coupled, and time-dependent problem in complex microgeometry. To understand these complex processes, the knowledge of the underlying pore-scale processes is essential. This work focuses on building transport process simulators in realistic pore microstructures. These pore-scale simulators will be modules of a computational rock physics framework with future acoustic, elastic, electrical and NMR property simulators. This computational environment can significantly complement the physical laboratory, with several distinct advantages: rigorous prediction of physical properties, interrelations among the physical properties, and simulation of dynamic problems with multiple physical responses. This dissertation is initiative for the computational rock physics framework---a quantitative model for coupled, nonlinear, transient and complex behavior of earth systems. A rigorous pore-scale simulation requires three important traits: reliability, efficiency, and the ability to handle complex microgeometry. We implemented single-phase and two-phase flow simulators using the Lattice-Boltzmann algorithm, since it handles very complex pore geometries without idealization of the pore space. The single-phase flow simulator successfully replicates fluid flow in a digital representation of real sandstone, and predicts permeability very accurately. Furthermore, two applications using the single-phase flow simulator are proposed: a permeability estimation technique from thin sections, and diagenesis modeling with fluid flow. These two applications show the potential applicability of this robust

  20. Soret effect due to opposing flow in square porous annulus

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    Al-Rashed, Abdullah A. A. A.; Athani, Abdulgaphur; Khaleed, H. M. T.

    2016-06-01

    The present work is undertaken to investigate the behavior of opposing flow in porous medium under the influence of Soret effect in a square porous annulus. The boundary conditions are such that the outer walls of annulus are maintained at higher temperature and concentration as compared to inner walls. This heat and mass transfer phenomenon is governed by three partial differential equations. The differential equations are converted into a matrix form of equations by the application of finite element method and then solved using iterative algorithm. The results are presented in terms of isotherms, iso-concentration and streamlines indicating the thermal energy, concentration and fluid velocity inside the porous medium under applied boundary conditions. It found that the maximum value of stream function in porous medium decreases with decrease in buoyancy ratio.

  1. Creating porous tubes by centrifugal forces for soft tissue application.

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    Dalto, P D; Shoichet, M S

    2001-10-01

    Chemically crosslinked poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) tubes were synthesized by applying centrifugal forces to propagating polymer chains in solution. Initiated monomer solutions, with a composition typical for PHEMA sponges, were placed into a cylindrical mold that was rotated about its long axis. As polymerization proceeded, phase separated PHEMA formed a sediment at the periphery under centrifugal action. The solvent remained in the center of the mold while the PHEMA phase gelled, resulting in a tube. By controlling the rotational speed and the formulation chemistry (i.e., monomer, initiator and crosslinking agent concentrations), the tube dimensions and wall morphology were manipulated. Tube manufacture was limited by a critical casting concentration [M]c, above which only rods formed. All tubes had an outer diameter of 2.4 mm, reflecting the internal diameter of the mold and a wall thickness of approximately 40-400 microm. Wall morphologies varied from interconnecting polymer and water phases to a closed cell, gel-like, structure. Concentric tubes were successfully prepared by using formulations that enhanced phase separation over gelation/network formation. This was achieved by using formulations with lower concentrations of monomer and crosslinking agent and higher concentrations of initiator. This technique offers a new approach to the synthesis of polymeric tubes for use in soft tissue applications, such as nerve guidance channels.

  2. Unsteady MHD convective flow of Second grade fluid through a porous medium in a Rotating parallel plate channel with temperature dependent source

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    VeeraKrishna, M.; Subba Reddy, G.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we make an initial vale investigation of hydromagnetic convective flow of a viscous electrically conducting second grade fluid through a porous medium in a rotating parallel plate channel in the presence of a temperature dependent heat source. The perturbations in the flow are created by a constant pressure gradient along the plates in addition to non-torsional oscillations of the lower plate. The exact solutions of the velocity and the temperature fields consist of the steady state and the transient components using Laplace transform technique. The time required for the transient effects to decay is discussed in detail and the ultimate steady state consists of boundary layers on the plates and an interior. Attention is focused on the physical nature of the solutions, and the structure of the various kinds of boundary layers formed on the plates. The final steady state velocity and temperature fields are numerically discussed for different values of the governing parameters. The shear stresses and the Nusselt number are tabulated. Particular case when both the plates are at rest has also been computed and analyzed.

  3. Mixed convection flow over a horizontal circular cylinder with constant heat flux embedded in a porous medium filled by a nanofluid: Buongiorno-Darcy model

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    Tham, Leony; Nazar, Roslinda; Pop, Ioan

    2016-09-01

    The steady laminar mixed convection boundary layer flow from a horizontal circular cylinder in a nanofluid embedded in a porous medium, which is maintained at a constant surface heat flux, has been studied by using the Buongiorno-Darcy nanofluid model for both cases of a heated and cooled cylinder. The resulting system of nonlinear partial differential equations is solved numerically using an implicit finite-difference scheme known as the Keller box method. The solutions for the flow and heat transfer characteristics are evaluated numerically and studied for various values of the governing parameters, namely the Lewis number, Brownian number, mixed convection parameter, buoyancy ratio parameter and thermophoresis parameter. It is also found that the boundary layer separation occurs at the opposing fluid flow, that is when the mixed convection parameter is negative. It is also observed that increasing the mixed convection parameter delays the boundary layer separation and the separation can be completely suppressed for sufficiently large values of the mixed convection parameter. The Brownian and buoyancy ratio parameters appear to affect the fluid flow and heat transfer profiles.

  4. Influence of organic matter on the transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts in a ferric oxyhydroxide-coated quartz sand saturated porous medium

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    Abudalo, R.A.; Ryan, J.N.; Harvey, R.W.; Metge, D.W.; Landkamer, L.

    2010-01-01

    To assess the effect of organic matter on the transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts in a geochemically heterogeneous saturated porous medium, we measured the breakthrough and collision efficiencies of oocysts as a function of dissolved organic matter concentration in a flow-through column containing ferric oxyhydroxide-coated sand. We characterized the surface properties of the oocysts and ferric oxyhydroxide-coated sand using microelectrophoresis and streaming potential, respectively, and the amount of organic matter adsorbed on the ferric oxyhydroxide-coated sand as a function of the concentration of dissolved organic matter (a fulvic acid isolated from Florida Everglades water). The dissolved organic matter had no significant effect on the zeta potential of the oocysts. Low concentrations of dissolved organic matter were responsible for reversing the charge of the ferric oxyhydroxide-coated sand surface from positive to negative. The charge reversal and accumulation of negative charge on the ferric oxyhydroxide-coated sand led to increases in oocyst breakthrough and decreases in oocyst collision efficiency with increasing dissolved organic matter concentration. The increase in dissolved organic matter concentration from 0 to 20 mg L-1 resulted in a two-fold decrease in the collision efficiency. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Fabrication of alumina porous scaffolds with aligned oriented pores for bone tissue engineering applications

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    Sarhadi, Fatemeh; Shafiee Afarani, Mahdi; Mohebbi-Kalhori, Davod; Shayesteh, Masoud

    2016-04-01

    In the present study, porous alumina scaffolds with specific orientation and anisotropic properties are fabricated for application in bone tissue repair. The scaffolds with double shape pores, tubular oriented and isotropic rounded pores, were prepared using alumina and silica as starting materials by the slip casting route. Milled polyurethane foam and silk fibers were applied as replica materials as well. The effect of fiber types and diameter and number of fibers on the microstructure and pore size was studied. Moreover, different characteristics such as porosity, density, orientation, flexural strength and compressive strength of the samples were investigated. Results showed that various fibers with different diameters and numbers led to forming the pores with different pore sizes, microstructure and consequently changes in the physical and mechanical properties. In addition, the simultaneous presence of fibers and particles led to more porous scaffolds. The oriented tiny micro-tube and rounded pores were observed in all porous ceramic scaffolds. Mechanical testing showed an anisotropy in the mechanical behaviors such that higher strengths were observed in the oriented pore direction than that of transverse. With increasing the number and diameter of silk fibers, the scaffolds with a high porosity up to 68 vol% and proper flexural strength were obtained.

  6. A simple method for the synthesis of porous polymeric vesicles and their application as MR contrast agents

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    Yan, Lesan; Higbee, Elizabeth; Tsourkas, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Because of their low membrane permeability the use of polymeric vesicles in certain drug delivery and molecular imaging applications and as bioreactors is less than ideal. Here, we report a simple method to prepare porous polymeric vesicles that possess high membrane permeability. Specifically, porous vesicles were produced from the aqueous assembly of the diblock copolymer PEG-PBD, and the triblock copolymer PEG-PPO-PEG. It was found that PEG-PPO-PEG-doped polymersomes exhibited improved membrane permeability to molecules less than 5 kDa. Further, these porous vesicles retained molecules ≥10 kDa within their aqueous interiors with no significant leakage. To demonstrate its application, highly efficient magnetic resonance contrast agents were produced from porous polymersomes by encapsulating macromolecules labeled with gadolinium. Due to a fast water exchange rate with surrounding bulk water, these paramagnetic porous polymersomes exhibited higher r1 relaxivity compared with Gd-encapsulated vesicles with no pores. Due to their simplicity, the porous polymersomes prepared with this method are expected to have additional useful applications. PMID:26693022

  7. Is strategic asset management applicable to small and medium utilities?

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    Alegre, Helena

    2010-01-01

    Urban water infrastructures provide essential services to modern societies and represent a major portion of the value of municipal physical assets. Managing these assets rationally is therefore fundamental for the sustainability of the services and to the economy of societies. "Asset Management" (AM) is a modern term for an old practice--assets have always been managed. In recent years, significant evolution occurred in terms of the AM formal approaches, of the monitoring and decision support tools and of the implementation success cases. However, most tools developed are too sophisticated and data seek for small utilities. The European R&D network COST Action C18 ( E-mail: www.costc18.org) identified key research problems related to the management of urban water infrastructures, currently not covered by on-going projects of the European Framework Program. The top 1 topic is "Efficient management of small community". This paper addresses challenges and opportunities for small and medium utilities with regard to infrastructure AM (IAM). To put this into context, the first sections discuss the need for IAM, highlight key recent developments, and present IAM drivers, as well as research and development gaps, priorities and products needed.

  8. Eco-friendly porous concrete using bottom ash aggregate for marine ranch application.

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    Lee, Byung Jae; Prabhu, G Ganesh; Lee, Bong Chun; Kim, Yun Yong

    2016-03-01

    This article presents the test results of an investigation carried out on the reuse of coal bottom ash aggregate as a substitute material for coarse aggregate in porous concrete production for marine ranch applications. The experimental parameters were the rate of bottom ash aggregate substitution (30%, 50% and 100%) and the target void ratio (15%, 20% and 25%). The cement-coated granular fertiliser was substituted into a bottom ash aggregate concrete mixture to improve marine ranch applications. The results of leaching tests revealed that the bottom ash aggregate has only a negligible amount of the ten deleterious substances specified in the Ministry of Environment - Enforcement Regulation of the Waste Management Act of Republic Korea. The large amount of bubbles/air gaps in the bottom ash aggregate increased the voids of the concrete mixtures in all target void ratios, and decreased the compressive strength of the porous concrete mixture; however, the mixture substituted with 30% and 10% of bottom ash aggregate and granular fertiliser, respectively, showed an equal strength to the control mixture. The sea water resistibility of the bottom ash aggregate substituted mixture was relatively equal to that of the control mixture, and also showed a great deal of improvement in the degree of marine organism adhesion compared with the control mixture. No fatality of fish was observed in the fish toxicity test, which suggested that bottom ash aggregate was a harmless material and that the combination of bottom ash aggregate and granular fertiliser with substitution rates of 30% and 10%, respectively, can be effectively used in porous concrete production for marine ranch application.

  9. Review of pore network modelling of porous media: Experimental characterisations, network constructions and applications to reactive transport

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    Xiong, Qingrong; Baychev, Todor G.; Jivkov, Andrey P.

    2016-09-01

    Pore network models have been applied widely for simulating a variety of different physical and chemical processes, including phase exchange, non-Newtonian displacement, non-Darcy flow, reactive transport and thermodynamically consistent oil layers. The realism of such modelling, i.e. the credibility of their predictions, depends to a large extent on the quality of the correspondence between the pore space of a given medium and the pore network constructed as its representation. The main experimental techniques for pore space characterisation, including direct imaging, mercury intrusion porosimetry and gas adsorption, are firstly summarised. A review of the main pore network construction techniques is then presented. Particular focus is given on how such constructions are adapted to the data from experimentally characterised pore systems. Current applications of pore network models are considered, with special emphasis on the effects of adsorption, dissolution and precipitation, as well as biomass growth, on transport coefficients. Pore network models are found to be a valuable tool for understanding and predicting meso-scale phenomena, linking single pore processes, where other techniques are more accurate, and the homogenised continuum porous media, used by engineering community.

  10. Limits of applicability of the Richards equation from scaling capillary, gravity and viscous forces in unsaturated porous media

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    Or, D.

    2006-12-01

    Interplay between capillary, gravity and viscous forces in unsaturated porous media gives rise to a range of complex flow phenomena that affect wetting front morphology, stability and dynamics (intermittency) of drainage. Different fluid distributions for similar average phase content may affect macroscopic transport properties of the unsaturated medium. Several unifying concepts emerge from scaling behavior in which gravitational force in excess of capillary pinning force scales linearly with the viscous force. The result is recast as a dimensionless generalized Bond number (difference between capillary and Bond number) that provides excellent predictive capabilities of wetting and drying front morphology. Evidence supports the generality of such scaling relationships for a wide range of flow regimes and drainage front morphologies. Based on limited experimental observations, the scaling relationships may define conditions for onset of unstable flows leading to enhanced liquid and gas entrapment, and provide a basis for delineation of the limits of applicability of the Richards equation for a certain range of generalized Bond number where capillary, gravity and viscous forces exert similar influences.

  11. Supporting data intensive applications with medium grained parallelism

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    Pfaltz, J.L.; French, J.C.; Grimshaw, A.S.; Son, S.H.

    1992-04-01

    ADAMS is an ambitious effort to provide new database access paradigms for the kinds of scientific applications that require massively parallel access to very large data sets in order to be effective. Many of the Grand Challenge Problems fall into this category, as well as those kinds of scientific research which depend on widely distributed shared sets of disparate data. The essence of the ADAMS approach is to view data purely in functional terms, rather than the more traditional structural view in which multiple data items are aggregated into records or tuples of flat files. Further, ADAMS has been implemented as an embedded interface so that scientists can develop applications in the host programming language of their choice, often Fortran, Pascal, or C, and still access shared data generated in other environments. The syntax and semantics of ADAMS is essentially complete. The functional nature of the ADAMS data interface paradigm simplifies its implementation in a distributed environment, e.g., the Mentat run-time system, because one must only distribute functional servers, not pieces of data structures. However, this only opens up the possibility of effective parallel database processing; to realize this potential far more work must be done in the areas of data dependence, intra-statement parallelism, parallel query optimization, and maintaining consistency and reliability in concurrent systems. Discovering how to make effective parallel data access an actually in real scientific applications is the point of this research.

  12. Effect of Pore Structure Regulation on the Properties of Porous TiNbZr Shape Memory Alloys for Biomedical Application

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    Lai, Ming; Gao, Yan; Yuan, Bin; Zhu, Min

    2015-01-01

    Recently, porous Ti-Nb-based shape memory alloys have been considered as promising implants for biomedical application, because of their non-toxic elements, low elastic modulus, and stable superelasticity. However, the inverse relationship between pore characteristics and superelasticity of porous SMAs will strongly affect their clinical application. Until now, there have been few works specifically focusing on the effect of pore structure on the mechanical properties and superelasticity of porous Ti-Nb-based SMAs. In this study, the pore structure, including porosity and pore size, of porous Ti-22Nb-6Zr alloys was successfully regulated by adjusting the amount and size of space-holder particles. XRD and SEM investigation showed that all these porous alloys had homogeneous composition. Compression tests indicated that porosity played an important role in the mechanical properties and superelasticity of these porous alloys. Those alloys with porosity in the range of 38.5%-49.7% exhibited mechanical properties approaching to cortical bones, with elastic modulus, compressive strength, and recoverable strain in the range of 7.2-11.4 GPa, 188-422 MPa, and 2.4%-2.6%, respectively. Under the same porosity, the alloys with larger pores exhibited lower elastic modulus, while the alloys with smaller pores presented higher compressive strength.

  13. A bioactive metallurgical grade porous silicon-polytetrafluoroethylene sheet for guided bone regeneration applications.

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    Chadwick, E G; Clarkin, O M; Raghavendra, R; Tanner, D A

    2014-01-01

    The properties of porous silicon make it a promising material for a host of applications including drug delivery, molecular and cell-based biosensing, and tissue engineering. Porous silicon has previously shown its potential for the controlled release of pharmacological agents and in assisting bone healing. Hydroxyapatite, the principle constituent of bone, allows osteointegration in vivo, due to its chemical and physical similarities to bone. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is currently applied as a surface coating to medical devices and prosthetics, encouraging bone in-growth at their surface and improving osseointegration. This paper examines the potential for the use of an economically produced porous silicon particulate-polytetrafluoroethylene sheet for use as a guided bone regeneration device in periodontal and orthopaedic applications. The particulate sheet is comprised of a series of microparticles in a polytetrafluoroethylene matrix and is shown to produce a stable hydroxyapatite on its surface under simulated physiological conditions. The microstructure of the material is examined both before and after simulated body fluid experiments for a period of 1, 7, 14 and 30 days using Scanning Electron Microscopy. The composition is examined using a combination of Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Thin film X-ray diffraction, Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and the uptake/release of constituents at the fluid-solid interface is explored using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy. Microstructural and compositional analysis reveals progressive growth of crystalline, 'bone-like' apatite on the surface of the material, indicating the likelihood of close bony apposition in vivo.

  14. A new porous material to enhance the kinetics of clathrate process: application to precombustion carbon dioxide capture.

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    Babu, Ponnivalavan; Kumar, Rajnish; Linga, Praveen

    2013-11-19

    In this work, the performance of a new porous medium, polyurethane (PU) foam in a fixed bed reactor for carbon dioxide separation from fuel gas mixture using the hydrate based gas separation process is evaluated. The kinetics of hydrate formation in the presence of 2.5 mol % propane as thermodynamic promoter was investigated at 4.5, 5.5, and 6.0 MPa and 274.2 K. Significantly higher gas consumption and water conversion to hydrate was achieved when PU foam was employed. PU foam as a porous medium can help convert 54% of water to hydrate in two hours of hydrate formation. In addition the induction times were very low (<3.67 min at 6.0 MPa). A normalized rate of hydrate formation of 64.48 (±3.82) mol x min(-1) x m(-3) was obtained at 6.0 MPa and 274.2 K. Based on a morphological study, the mechanism of hydrate formation from water dispersed in interstitial pore space of the porous medium is presented. Finally, we propose a four step operation of the hydrate based gas separation process to scale up.

  15. Effects of mechanical dispersion on the morphological evolution of the reaction front during transport in a homogeneous porous medium with initial small non-uniformities

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    Chen, J.-S.; Lai, G.-X.

    2009-04-01

    The morphological evolution of a chemical dissolution front is an important topic in geological processes and engineering practices. Although previous studies have extensively presented a number of numerical models which couples a system of nonlinear governing equations of porosity change due to mineral dissolution, the conservations of groundwater flow and transport of chemical species to investigate the morphological pattern of a chemical dissolution front within a fluid-saturated porous medium, whereas the mechanical dispersion effect has generally been neglected in the model development. This study addresses the effects of mechanical dispersion on the morphological evolution of a chemical dissolution front for a variety of cases. Mechanical dispersion processes is incorporated with the coupled nonlinear governing equation system so as to rebuild a newly numerical model. The results of numerical simulations demonstrate that mechanical dispersion has pronounced impacts on the morphological pattern of the chemical dissolution front. For single local non-uniformity case, mechanical dispersion reduces the finger length of an unstable single-fingering front or retains the shape of a stable planar front while speeding up the front advancement. In the case of two local non-uniformities, adding mechanical dispersion with different flow conditions can yield one of the following results: (1) the shape of the stable planar front is maintained but its advancement is accelerated; (2) the shape of the unstable single-fingering front is maintained but its length is reduced; (3) the unstable double-fingering front is merged into an unstable single-fingering front; and (4) the shape of the unstable double-fingering front is preserved but its fingering length is reduced.. A comparison between the behavior diagrams of dissolution front morphology (with and without considering mechanical dispersion) shows that the double-fingering front occurs under condition where the upstream

  16. Subsurface Transport Over Reactive Multiphases (STORM): A general, coupled, nonisothermal multiphase flow, reactive transport, and porous medium alteration simulator, Version 2 user's guide

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    DH Bacon; MD White; BP McGrail

    2000-03-07

    The Hanford Site, in southeastern Washington State, has been used extensively to produce nuclear materials for the US strategic defense arsenal by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessors, the US Atomic Energy Commission and the US Energy Research and Development Administration. A large inventory of radioactive and mixed waste has accumulated in 177 buried single- and double shell tanks. Liquid waste recovered from the tanks will be pretreated to separate the low-activity fraction from the high-level and transuranic wastes. Vitrification is the leading option for immobilization of these wastes, expected to produce approximately 550,000 metric tons of Low Activity Waste (LAW) glass. This total tonnage, based on nominal Na{sub 2}O oxide loading of 20% by weight, is destined for disposal in a near-surface facility. Before disposal of the immobilized waste can proceed, the DOE must approve a performance assessment, a document that described the impacts, if any, of the disposal facility on public health and environmental resources. Studies have shown that release rates of radionuclides from the glass waste form by reaction with water determine the impacts of the disposal action more than any other independent parameter. This report describes the latest accomplishments in the development of a computational tool, Subsurface Transport Over Reactive Multiphases (STORM), Version 2, a general, coupled non-isothermal multiphase flow and reactive transport simulator. The underlying mathematics in STORM describe the rate of change of the solute concentrations of pore water in a variably saturated, non-isothermal porous medium, and the alteration of waste forms, packaging materials, backfill, and host rocks.

  17. Simulation of a field scale tritium tracer experiment in a fractured, weathered shale using discrete-fracture/matrix-diffusion and equivalent porous medium models

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    Stafford, Paige L.

    1996-05-01

    Simulations of a tritium tracer experiment in fractured shale saprolite, conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, were performed using 1D and 2D equivalent porous medium (EPM) and discrete-fracture/matrix-diffusion (DFMD) models. The models successfully reproduced the general shape of the breakthrough curves in down-gradient monitoring wells which are characterized by rapid first arrival, a slow-moving center of mass, and a persistent ``tail`` of low concentration. In plan view, the plume shows a large degree of transverse spreading with the width almost as great as the length. EPM models were sensitive to dispersivity coefficient values which had to be large (relative to the 3.7m distance between the injection and monitoring wells) to fit the tail and transverse spreading. For example, to fit the tail a longitudinal dispersivity coefficient, αL, of 0.8 meters for the 2D simulations was used. To fit the transverse spreading, a transverse dispersivity coefficient, αT, of 0.8 to 0.08 meters was used indicating an αLT ratio between 10 and 1. Transverse spreading trends were also simulated using a 2D DFMD model using a few larger aperture fractures superimposed onto an EPM. Of the fracture networks studied, only those with truncated fractures caused transverse spreading. Simulated tritium levels in all of the cases were larger than observed values by a factor of approximately 100. Although this is partly due to input of too much tritium mass by the models it appears that dilution in the wells, which were not purged prior to sampling, is also a significant factor. The 1D and 2D EPM models were fitted to monitoring data from the first five years of the experiment and then used to predict future tritium concentrations.

  18. Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres as novel potential nanocarriers for biomedical applications

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    Li, Shuyi; Nguyen, Lynsa; Xiong, Hairong; Wang, Meiyao; Hu, Tom C.-C.; She, Jin-Xiong; Serkiz, Steven M.; Wicks, George G.; Dynan, William S.

    2011-01-01

    Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres (PW-HGMs) are a novel form of glass material consisting of a 10 to 100 micron-diameter hollow central cavity surrounded by a 1 micron-thick silica shell. A tortuous network of nanometer-scale channels completely penetrates the shell. We show here that these channels promote size-dependent uptake and controlled release of biological molecules in the 3–8 nm range, including antibodies and a modified single-chain antibody variable fragment (scFv). In addition, a 6 nm (70 kDa) dextran can be used to gate the porous walls, facilitating controlled release of an internalized small interfering RNA. PW-HGMs remained in place after mouse intratumoral injection, suggesting a possible application for the delivery of anti-cancer drugs. The combination of a hollow central cavity that can carry soluble therapeutic agents with mesoporous walls for controlled release is a unique characteristic that distinguishes PW-HGMs from other glass materials for biomedical applications. PMID:19616128

  19. Agarose particle-templated porous bacterial cellulose and its application in cartilage growth in vitro.

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    Yin, Na; Stilwell, Matthew D; Santos, Thiago M A; Wang, Huaping; Weibel, Douglas B

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial cellulose (BC) is a biocompatible hydrogel with a three-dimensional (3-D) structure formed by a dense network of cellulose nanofibers. A limitation of using BC for applications in tissue engineering is that the pore size of the material (∼0.02-10μm) is smaller than the dimensions of mammalian cells and prevents cells from penetrating into the material and growing into 3-D structures that mimic tissues. This paper describes a new route to porous bacterial cellulose (pBC) scaffolds by cultivating Acetobacter xylinum in the presence of agarose microparticles deposited on the surface of a growing BC pellicle. Monodisperse agarose microparticles with a diameter of 300-500μm were created using a microfluidic technique, layered on growing BC pellicles and incorporated into the polymer as A. xylinum cells moved upward through the growing pellicle. Removing the agarose microparticles by autoclaving produced BC gels containing a continuous, interconnected network of pores with diameters ranging from 300 to 500μm. Human P1 chondrocytes seeded on the scaffolds, replicated, invaded the 3-D porous network and distributed evenly throughout the substrate. Chondrocytes grown on pBC substrates displayed a higher viability compared to growth on the surface of unmodified BC substrates. The approach described in this paper introduces a new method for creating pBC substrates with user-defined control over the physical dimensions of the pore network, and demonstrates the application of these materials for tissue engineering.

  20. Electron beam-induced immobilization of laccase on porous supports for waste water treatment applications.

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    Jahangiri, Elham; Reichelt, Senta; Thomas, Isabell; Hausmann, Kristin; Schlosser, Dietmar; Schulze, Agnes

    2014-08-08

    The versatile oxidase enzyme laccase was immobilized on porous supports such as polymer membranes and cryogels with a view of using such biocatalysts in bioreactors aiming at the degradation of environmental pollutants in wastewater. Besides a large surface area for supporting the biocatalyst, the aforementioned porous systems also offer the possibility for simultaneous filtration applications in wastewater treatment. Herein a "green" water-based, initiator-free, and straightforward route to highly reactive membrane and cryogel-based bioreactors is presented, where laccase was immobilized onto the porous polymer supports using a water-based electron beam-initiated grafting reaction. In a second approach, the laccase redox mediators 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS) and syringaldehyde were cross-linked instead of the enzyme via electron irradiation in a frozen aqueous poly(acrylate) mixture in a one pot set-up, yielding a mechanical stable macroporous cryogel with interconnected pores ranging from 10 to 50 µm in size. The membranes as well as the cryogels were characterized regarding their morphology, chemical composition, and catalytic activity. The reactivity towards waste- water pollutants was demonstrated by the degradation of the model compound bisphenol A (BPA). Both membrane- and cryogel-immobilized laccase remained highly active after electron beam irradiation. Apparent specific BPA removal rates were higher for cryogel- than for membrane-immobilized and free laccase, whereas membrane-immobilized laccase was more stable with respect to maintenance of enzymatic activity and prevention of enzyme leakage from the carrier than cryogel-immobilized laccase. Cryogel-immobilized redox mediators remained functional in accelerating the laccase-catalyzed BPA degradation, and especially ABTS was found to act more efficiently in immobilized than in freely dissolved state.

  1. Wet Chemical Synthesis and Screening of Thick Porous Oxide Films for Resistive Gas Sensing Applications

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    Frenzer, Gerald; Frantzen, Andreas; Sanders, Daniel; Simon, Ulrich; Maier, Wilhelm F.

    2006-01-01

    A method of wet chemical synthesis suitable for high throughput and combinatorial applications has been developed for the synthesis of porous resistive thick-film gas sensors. This method is based on the robot-controlled application of unstable metal oxide suspensions on an array of 64 inter-digital electrodes positioned on an Al2O3 substrate. SnO2, WO3, ZrO2, TiO2, CeO2, In2O3 and Bi2O3 were chosen as base oxides, and were optimised by doping or mixed oxide formation. The parallel synthesis of mixed oxide sensors is illustrated by representative examples. The electrical characteristics and the sensor performance of the films were measured by high-throughput impedance spectroscopy while supplying various test gases (H2, CO, NO, NO2, propene). Data collection, data mining techniques applied and the best potential sensor materials discovered are presented.

  2. Reinforced Portland cement porous scaffolds for load-bearing bone tissue engineering applications.

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    Higuita-Castro, Natalia; Gallego-Perez, Daniel; Pelaez-Vargas, Alejandro; García Quiroz, Felipe; Posada, Olga M; López, Luis E; Sarassa, Carlos A; Agudelo-Florez, Piedad; Monteiro, Fernando J; Litsky, Alan S; Hansford, Derek J

    2012-02-01

    Modified Portland cement porous scaffolds with suitable characteristics for load-bearing bone tissue engineering applications were manufactured by combining the particulate leaching and foaming methods. Non-crosslinked polydimethylsiloxane was evaluated as a potential reinforcing material. The scaffolds presented average porosities between 70 and 80% with mean pore sizes ranging from 300 μm up to 5.0 mm. Non-reinforced scaffolds presented compressive strengths and elastic modulus values of 2.6 and 245 MPa, respectively, whereas reinforced scaffolds exhibited 4.2 and 443 MPa, respectively, an increase of ∼62 and 80%. Portland cement scaffolds supported human osteoblast-like cell adhesion, spreading, and propagation (t = 1-28 days). Cell metabolism and alkaline phosphatase activity were found to be enhanced at longer culture intervals (t ≥ 14 days). These results suggest the possibility of obtaining strong and biocompatible scaffolds for bone repair applications from inexpensive, yet technologically advanced materials such as Portland cement.

  3. Porous silicon with embedded tritium as a stand-alone prime power source for optoelectronic applications

    DOEpatents

    Tam, Shiu-Wing

    1998-01-01

    An illumination source comprising a porous silicon having a source of electrons on the surface and/or interticies thereof having a total porosity in the range of from about 50 v/o to about 90 v/o. Also disclosed are a tritiated porous silicon and a photovoltaic device and an illumination source of tritiated porous silicon.

  4. Porous silicon with embedded tritium as a stand-alone prime power source for optoelectronic applications

    DOEpatents

    Tam, Shiu-Wing

    1997-01-01

    An illumination source comprising a porous silicon having a source of electrons on the surface and/or interticies thereof having a total porosity in the range of from about 50 v/o to about 90 v/o. Also disclosed are a tritiated porous silicon and a photovoltaic device and an illumination source of tritiated porous silicon.

  5. Porous silicon with embedded tritium as a stand-alone prime power source for optoelectronic applications

    DOEpatents

    Tam, S.W.

    1998-06-16

    An illumination source is disclosed comprising a porous silicon having a source of electrons on the surface and/or interstices thereof having a total porosity in the range of from about 50 v/o to about 90 v/o. Also disclosed are a tritiated porous silicon and a photovoltaic device and an illumination source of tritiated porous silicon. 1 fig.

  6. Porous silicon with embedded tritium as a stand-alone prime power source for optoelectronic applications

    DOEpatents

    Tam, S.W.

    1997-02-25

    Disclosed is an illumination source comprising a porous silicon having a source of electrons on the surface and/or interstices thereof having a total porosity in the range of from about 50 v/o to about 90 v/o. Also disclosed are a tritiated porous silicon and a photovoltaic device and an illumination source of tritiated porous silicon. 1 fig.

  7. Porous Polyimide Membranes Prepared by Wet Phase Inversion for Use in Low Dielectric Applications

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    Kim, Soohyun; Jang, Keon-Soo; Choi, Hee-Dok; Choi, Seung-Hoon; Kwon, Seong-Ji; Kim, Il-Doo; Lim, Jung Ah; Hong, Jae-Min

    2013-01-01

    A wet phase inversion process of polyamic acid (PAA) allowed fabrication of a porous membrane of polyimide (PI) with the combination of a low dielectric constant (1.7) and reasonable mechanical properties (Tensile strain: 8.04%, toughness: 3.4 MJ/m3, tensile stress: 39.17 MPa, and young modulus: 1.13 GPa), with further thermal imidization process of PAA. PAA was simply synthesized from purified pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and 4,4-oxydianiline (ODA) in two different reaction solvents such as γ-butyrolactone (GBL) and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP), which produce Mw/PDI of 630,000/1.45 and 280,000/2.0, respectively. The porous PAA membrane was fabricated by the wet phase inversion process based on a solvent/non-solvent system via tailored composition between GBL and NMP. The porosity of PI, indicative of a low electric constant, decreased with increasing concentration of GBL, which was caused by sponge-like formation. However, due to interplay between the low electric constant (structural formation) and the mechanical properties, GBL was employed for further exploration, using toluene and acetone vs. DI-water as a coagulation media. Non-solvents influenced determination of the PAA membrane size and porosity. With this approach, insight into the interplay between dielectric properties and mechanical properties will inform a wide range of potential low-k material applications. PMID:23615465

  8. Porous polyimide membranes prepared by wet phase inversion for use in low dielectric applications.

    PubMed

    Kim, Soohyun; Jang, Keon-Soo; Choi, Hee-Dok; Choi, Seung-Hoon; Kwon, Seong-Ji; Kim, Il-Doo; Lim, Jung Ah; Hong, Jae-Min

    2013-04-24

    A wet phase inversion process of polyamic acid (PAA) allowed fabrication of a porous membrane of polyimide (PI) with the combination of a low dielectric constant (1.7) and reasonable mechanical properties (Tensile strain: 8.04%, toughness: 3.4 MJ/m3, tensile stress: 39.17 MPa, and young modulus: 1.13 GPa), with further thermal imidization process of PAA. PAA was simply synthesized from purified pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and 4,4-oxydianiline (ODA) in two different reaction solvents such as γ-butyrolactone (GBL) and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP), which produce Mw/PDI of 630,000/1.45 and 280,000/2.0, respectively. The porous PAA membrane was fabricated by the wet phase inversion process based on a solvent/non-solvent system via tailored composition between GBL and NMP. The porosity of PI, indicative of a low electric constant, decreased with increasing concentration of GBL, which was caused by sponge-like formation. However, due to interplay between the low electric constant (structural formation) and the mechanical properties, GBL was employed for further exploration, using toluene and acetone vs. DI-water as a coagulation media. Non-solvents influenced determination of the PAA membrane size and porosity. With this approach, insight into the interplay between dielectric properties and mechanical properties will inform a wide range of potential low-k material applications.

  9. Forchheimer flow in gently sloping layers: Application to drainage of porous asphalt

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    Eck, B. J.; Barrett, M. E.; Charbeneau, R. J.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents analytical solutions for the problem of steady one-dimensional Forchheimer flow in an unconfined layer. The study's motivation is the drainage behavior of a highway pavement called permeable friction course. Permeable friction course is a layer of porous asphalt placed on top of impermeable pavement. Porous overlays are growing in popularity because they reduce noise, mitigate the hazards of wet weather driving, and produce cleaner runoff. Several of these benefits occur because water drains within the pavement rather than on the road surface. Drainage from the friction course is essentially that of an unconfined aquifer and has been successfully modeled using Darcy's law and the Dupuit-Forchheimer assumptions. Under certain cases, drainage may occur outside of the range where Darcy's law applies. The purpose of this paper is to identify cases where the assumption of Darcy flow is violated, develop analytical solutions based on Forchheimer's equation, and compare the solutions with those obtained for the Darcy case. The principle assumptions used in this analysis are that the relationship between hydraulic gradient and specific discharge is quadratic in nature (Forchheimer's equation) and that the Dupuit-Forchheimer assumptions apply. Comparing the Darcy and Forchheimer solutions leads to a new criterion for assessing the applicability of Darcy's law termed the discharge ratio.

  10. Targeted Delivery by Smart Capsules for Controlling Two-phase Flow in Porous Media

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    Fan, J.; Weitz, D.

    2015-12-01

    Understanding and controlling two-phase flow in porous media are of particular importance to the relevant industry applications, such as enhanced oil recovery, CO2 sequestration, and groundwater remediation. We develop a variety of smart microcapsules that can deliver and release specific substances to the target location in the porous medium, and therefore change the fluid property or medium geometry at certain locations. In this talk, I will present two types of smart capsules for (a) delivering surfactant to the vicinity of oil-water interface and (b) delivering microgels to the high permeability region and therefore blocking the pore space there, respectively. We also show that flooding these two capsules into porous media effectively reduces the trapped oil and improves the homogeneity of the medium, respectively. Besides of its industrial applications, this technique also opens a new window to study the mechanism of two-phase flow in porous media.

  11. Study of optical absorbance in porous silicon nanowires for photovoltaic applications

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    Charrier, Joël; Najar, Adel; Pirasteh, Parastesh

    2013-10-01

    Porous silicon nanowires (PSiNWs) layers fabrication was reported. Reflectance spectra were measured as a function of the nanowire length and were inferior to 0.1% and a strong photoluminescence (PL) signal was measured from samples. Models based on cone shape of nanowires located in circular and rectangular bases were used to calculate the reflectance using the transfer matrix formalism (TMF) of PSiNWs layer. The modeling of the reflectance permits to explain this value by taking account into the shape of the nanowires and its porosity. Optical absorbance and transmission were also theoretically studied. The absorbance was superior to that obtained with silicon nanowires and the ultimate efficiency was about equal to 25% for normal incidence angle. These results could be applied to the potential application in low-cost and high efficiency PSiNWs based solar cells.

  12. Ultra low-loss hybrid core porous fiber for broadband applications.

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    Islam, Md Saiful; Sultana, Jakeya; Atai, Javid; Abbott, Derek; Rana, Sohel; Islam, Mohammad Rakibul

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we present the design and analysis of a novel hybrid porous core octagonal lattice photonic crystal fiber for terahertz (THz) wave guidance. The numerical analysis is performed using a full-vector finite element method (FEM) that shows that 80% of bulk absorption material loss of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), commercially known as TOPAS can be reduced at a core diameter of 350 μm. The obtained effective material loss (EML) is as low as 0.04  cm-1 at an operating frequency of 1 THz with a core porosity of 81%. Moreover, the proposed photonic crystal fiber also exhibits comparatively higher core power fraction, lower confinement loss, higher effective mode area, and an ultra-flattened dispersion profile with single mode propagation. This fiber can be readily fabricated using capillary stacking and sol-gel techniques, and it can be used for broadband terahertz applications.

  13. Porous Polymer Networks: Synthesis, Porosity, and Applications in Gas Storage/Separation

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    Lu, Weigang; Yuan, Daqiang; Zhao, Dan; Schilling, Christine Inge; Plietzsch, Oliver; Muller, Thierry; Braese, Stefano; Guenther, Johannes; Blumel, Janet; Krishna, Rajamani; Li, Zhen; Zhou, Hong-Cai

    2010-11-09

    Three porous polymer networks (PPNs) have been synthesized by the homocoupling of tetrahedral monomers. Like other hyper-cross-linked polymer networks, these materials are insoluble in conventional solvents and exhibit high thermal and chemical stability. Their porosity was confirmed by N₂ sorption isotherms at 77 K. One of these materials, PPN-3, has a Langmuir surface area of 5323 m² g-1. Their clean energy applications, especially in H₂, CH₄, and CO₂ storage, as well as CO₂/CH₄ separation, have been carefully investigated. Although PPN-1 has the highest gas affinity because of its smaller pore size, the maximal gas uptake capacity is directly proportional to their surface area. PPN-3 has the highest H₂ uptake capacity among these three (4.28 wt %, 77 K). Although possessing the lowest surface area, PPN-1 shows the best CO₂/CH₄ selectivity among them.

  14. Biomimetic interconnected porous keratin-fibrin-gelatin 3D sponge for tissue engineering application.

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    Singaravelu, Sivakumar; Ramanathan, Giriprasath; Raja, M D; Nagiah, Naveen; Padmapriya, P; Kaveri, Krishnasamy; Sivagnanam, Uma Tiruchirapalli

    2016-05-01

    The medicated wound dressing material with highly interconnected pores, mimicking the function of the extracellular matrix was fabricated for the promotion of cell growth. In this study, keratin (K), fibrin (F) and gelatin (G) composite scaffold (KFG-SPG) was fabricated by freeze drying technique and the mupirocin (D) drug was successfully incorporated with KFG-SPG (KFG-SPG-D) intended for tissue engineering applications. The fabrication of scaffold was performed without the use of any strong chemical solvents, and the solid sponge scaffold was obtained with well interconnected pores. The porous morphology of the scaffold was confirmed by SEM analysis and exhibited competent mechanical properties. KFG-SPG and KFG-SPG-D possess high level of biocompatibility, cell proliferation and cell adhesion of NIH 3T3 fibroblast and human keratinocytes (HaCaT) cell lines thereby indicating the scaffolds potential as a suitable medicated dressing for wound healing.

  15. Porous Shape Memory Polymers.

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    Hearon, Keith; Singhal, Pooja; Horn, John; Small, Ward; Olsovsky, Cory; Maitland, Kristen C; Wilson, Thomas S; Maitland, Duncan J

    2013-02-04

    Porous shape memory polymers (SMPs) include foams, scaffolds, meshes, and other polymeric substrates that possess porous three-dimensional macrostructures. Porous SMPs exhibit active structural and volumetric transformations and have driven investigations in fields ranging from biomedical engineering to aerospace engineering to the clothing industry. The present review article examines recent developments in porous SMPs, with focus given to structural and chemical classification, methods of characterization, and applications. We conclude that the current body of literature presents porous SMPs as highly interesting smart materials with potential for industrial use.

  16. Porous Shape Memory Polymers

    PubMed Central

    Hearon, Keith; Singhal, Pooja; Horn, John; Small, Ward; Olsovsky, Cory; Maitland, Kristen C.; Wilson, Thomas S.; Maitland, Duncan J.

    2013-01-01

    Porous shape memory polymers (SMPs) include foams, scaffolds, meshes, and other polymeric substrates that possess porous three-dimensional macrostructures. Porous SMPs exhibit active structural and volumetric transformations and have driven investigations in fields ranging from biomedical engineering to aerospace engineering to the clothing industry. The present review article examines recent developments in porous SMPs, with focus given to structural and chemical classification, methods of characterization, and applications. We conclude that the current body of literature presents porous SMPs as highly interesting smart materials with potential for industrial use. PMID:23646038

  17. 40 CFR 428.60 - Applicability; description of the medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber plants subcategory. 428.60 Section 428.60... RUBBER MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Medium-Sized General Molded, Extruded, and Fabricated Rubber Plants Subcategory § 428.60 Applicability; description of the medium-sized general molded, extruded,...

  18. 40 CFR 428.60 - Applicability; description of the medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber plants subcategory. 428.60 Section 428.60... (CONTINUED) RUBBER MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Medium-Sized General Molded, Extruded, and Fabricated Rubber Plants Subcategory § 428.60 Applicability; description of the medium-sized general...

  19. 40 CFR 428.60 - Applicability; description of the medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber plants subcategory. 428.60 Section 428.60... (CONTINUED) RUBBER MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Medium-Sized General Molded, Extruded, and Fabricated Rubber Plants Subcategory § 428.60 Applicability; description of the medium-sized general...

  20. 40 CFR 428.60 - Applicability; description of the medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber plants subcategory. 428.60 Section 428.60... (CONTINUED) RUBBER MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Medium-Sized General Molded, Extruded, and Fabricated Rubber Plants Subcategory § 428.60 Applicability; description of the medium-sized general...

  1. Surface-area-controlled synthesis of porous TiO2 thin films for gas-sensing applications.

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    Park, Jae Young; Kim, Ho-Hyoung; Rana, Dolly; Jamwal, Deepika; Katoch, Akash

    2017-03-03

    Surface-area-controlled porous TiO2 thin films were prepared via a simple sol-gel chemical route, and their gas-sensing properties were thoroughly investigated in the presence of typical oxidizing NO2 gas. The surface area of TiO2 thin films was controlled by developing porous TiO2 networked by means of controlling the TiO2-to-TTIP (titanium isopropoxide, C12H28O4Ti) molar ratio, where TiO2 nanoparticles of size ∼20 nm were used. The sensor's response was found to depend on the surface area of the TiO2 thin films. The porous TiO2 thin-film sensor with greater surface area was more sensitive than those of TiO2 thin films with lesser surface area. The improved sensing ability was ascribed to the porous network formed within the thin films by TiO2 sol. Our results show that surface area is a key parameter for obtaining superior gas-sensing performance; this provides important guidelines for preparing and using porous thin films for gas-sensing applications.

  2. Porous coordination polymers of diverse topologies based on a twisted tetrapyridylbiaryl: application as nucleophilic catalysts for acetylation of phenols.

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    Seth, Saona; Venugopalan, Paloth; Moorthy, Jarugu Narasimha

    2015-01-26

    Porous coordination polymers (CPs) with partially uncoordinated pyridyl rings based on rationally designed polypyridyl linkers are appealing from the point of view of their application as nucleophilic catalysts. A D2d -symmetric tetradentate organic linker L, that is, 2,2',6,6'-tetramethoxy-3,3',5,5'-tetrakis(4-pyridyl)biphenyl, was designed and synthesized for metal-assisted self-assembly aimed at porous CPs. Depending on the nature of the metal ion and the counter anion, the ligand L is found to function as a 3- or 4-connecting building block leading to porous CPs of diverse topologies. The reaction of L with Zn(NO3 )2 and Cd(NO3 )2 yields porous 2 D CPs of "fes" topology, in which the tetrapyridyl linker L serves as a 3-connecting unit with its free pyridyl rings well exposed into the pores. The functional utility of these porous CPs containing uncoordinated pyridyl rings is demonstrated by employing them as efficient heterogeneous nucleophilic catalysts for acetylation of a number of phenols with varying electronic properties and reactivities.

  3. Surface-area-controlled synthesis of porous TiO2 thin films for gas-sensing applications

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    Park, Jae Young; Kim, Ho-hyoung; Rana, Dolly; Jamwal, Deepika; Katoch, Akash

    2017-03-01

    Surface-area-controlled porous TiO2 thin films were prepared via a simple sol–gel chemical route, and their gas-sensing properties were thoroughly investigated in the presence of typical oxidizing NO2 gas. The surface area of TiO2 thin films was controlled by developing porous TiO2 networked by means of controlling the TiO2-to-TTIP (titanium isopropoxide, C12H28O4Ti) molar ratio, where TiO2 nanoparticles of size ∼20 nm were used. The sensor’s response was found to depend on the surface area of the TiO2 thin films. The porous TiO2 thin-film sensor with greater surface area was more sensitive than those of TiO2 thin films with lesser surface area. The improved sensing ability was ascribed to the porous network formed within the thin films by TiO2 sol. Our results show that surface area is a key parameter for obtaining superior gas-sensing performance; this provides important guidelines for preparing and using porous thin films for gas-sensing applications.

  4. Facile synthesis of fluorescent porous zinc sulfide nanospheres and their application for potential drug delivery and live cell imaging

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    Xing, Ruimin; Liu, Shanhu

    2012-05-01

    Fabrication of intrinsically fluorescent porous nanocarriers that are simultaneously stable in aqueous solutions and photostable is critical for their application in drug delivery and optical imaging but remains a challenge. In this study, fluorescent porous zinc sulfide nanospheres were synthesized by a facile gum arabic-assisted hydrothermal procedure. The morphology, composition and properties of the nanospheres have been characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, thermal gravimetric analysis, fourier transform infrared spectrograph, optical measurement, dynamic light scattering, and cytotoxicity assay. They exhibit larger surface area, excellent colloidal stability, photostable fluorescent signals, and good biocompatibility, which makes them promising hosts for drug delivery and cellular imaging. The fluorescent dye safranine-T was employed as a drug model and loaded into the porous nanospheres, which were delivered to human cervical cancer HeLa cells in vitro for live cell imaging.Fabrication of intrinsically fluorescent porous nanocarriers that are simultaneously stable in aqueous solutions and photostable is critical for their application in drug delivery and optical imaging but remains a challenge. In this study, fluorescent porous zinc sulfide nanospheres were synthesized by a facile gum arabic-assisted hydrothermal procedure. The morphology, composition and properties of the nanospheres have been characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, thermal gravimetric analysis, fourier transform infrared spectrograph, optical measurement, dynamic light scattering, and cytotoxicity assay. They exhibit larger surface area, excellent colloidal stability, photostable fluorescent signals, and good biocompatibility, which makes them promising

  5. Electrodeposition of bismuth:tellurium nanowire arrays into porous alumina templates for thermoelectric applications

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    Trahey, Lynn

    Bismuth telluride is a well-known thermoelectric material for refrigeration applications. Thermoelectrics possess several advantages over conventional refrigeration and power generation devices, yet are not widely-used due to low efficiencies. It has been predicted and shown experimentally that the efficiency of thermoelectric devices increases when the semiconducting materials have reduced dimensions. Therefore, the aim of this research was to show enhanced thermoelectric efficiency in one-dimensional nanowires. The nanowires were synthesized via electrochemical deposition into porous alumina templates. Electrodeposition is a versatile technique that ensures electrical continuity in the deposited material. The nanowire templates, porous alumina, were made by the double anodization of high-purity aluminum foil in oxalic acid solutions. This technique produces parallel, hexagonally packed, and nanometer-range diameter pores that can reach high aspect ratios (greater than 2000:1). The main anodization variables (electrolyte concentration, applied potential, 2nd anodization time, and temperature) were studied systematically in order to deconvolute their effects on the resulting pores and to obtain high aspect ratio pores. The porous alumina is of great importance because the pore dimensions determine the dimensions of the electrodeposited nanowires, which influence the thermoelectric performance of the nanowire arrays. Nanowire arrays were characterized in several ways. Powder X-ray diffraction was used to assess crystallinity and preferred orientation of the nanowires, revealing that the nanowires are highly crystalline and grow with strong preferred orientation such that the material is suited for optimal thermoelectric performance. Scanning electron microscopy was used to evaluate the nanowire nucleation percentage and growth-front uniformity, both of which were enhanced by pulsed-potential electrodeposition. Compositional analysis via electron microprobe indicates

  6. Applications of percolation theory to porous media with distributed local conductances

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    Hunt, A. G.

    Critical path analysis and percolation theory are known to predict accurately dc and low frequency ac electrical conductivity in strongly heterogeneous solids, and have some applications in statistics. Much of this work is dedicated to review the current state of these theories. Application to heterogeneous porous media has been slower, though the concept of percolation was invented in that context. The definition of the critical path is that path which traverses an infinitely large system, with no breaks, which has the lowest possible value of the largest resistance on the path. This resistance is called the rate-limiting, or critical, element, Rc. Mathematical schemes are known for calculating Rc in many cases, but this application is not the focus here. The condition under which critical path analysis and percolation theory are superior to other theories is when heterogeneities are so strong, that transport is largely controlled by a few rate-limiting transitions, and the entire potential field governing the transport is influenced by these individual processes. This is the limit of heterogeneous, deterministic transport, characterized by reproducibility (repeatability). This work goes on to show the issues in which progress with this theoretical approach has been slow (in particular, the relationship between a critical rate, or conductance, and the characteristic conductivity), and what progress is being made towards solving them. It describes applications to saturated and unsaturated flows, some of which are new. The state of knowledge regarding application of cluster statistics of percolation theory to find spatial variability and correlations in the hydraulic conductivity is summarized. Relationships between electrical and hydraulic conductivities are explored. Here, as for the relationship between saturated and unsaturated flows, the approach described includes new applications of existing concepts. The specific case of power-law distributions of pore sizes

  7. Spark plasma sintering synthesis of porous nanocrystalline titanium alloys for biomedical applications.

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    Nicula, R; Lüthen, F; Stir, M; Nebe, B; Burkel, E

    2007-11-01

    The reason for the extended use of titanium and its alloys as implant biomaterials stems from their lower elastic modulus, their superior biocompatibility and improved corrosion resistance compared to the more conventional stainless steel and cobalt-based alloys [Niinomi, M., Hattori, T., Niwa, S., 2004. Material characteristics and biocompatibility of low rigidity titanium alloys for biomedical applications. In: Jaszemski, M.J., Trantolo, D.J., Lewandrowski, K.U., Hasirci, V., Altobelli, D.E., Wise, D.L. (Eds.), Biomaterials in Orthopedics. Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, pp. 41-62]. Nanostructured titanium-based biomaterials with tailored porosity are important for cell-adhesion, viability, differentiation and growth. Newer technologies like foaming or low-density core processing were recently used for the surface modification of titanium alloy implant bodies to stimulate bone in-growth and improve osseointegration and cell-adhesion, which in turn play a key role in the acceptance of the implants. We here report preliminary results concerning the synthesis of mesoporous titanium alloy bodies by spark plasma sintering. Nanocrystalline cp Ti, Ti-6Al-4V, Ti-Al-V-Cr and Ti-Mn-V-Cr-Al alloy powders were prepared by high-energy wet-milling and sintered to either full-density (cp Ti, Ti-Al-V) or uniform porous (Ti-Al-V-Cr, Ti-Mn-V-Cr-Al) bulk specimens by field-assisted spark plasma sintering (FAST/SPS). Cellular interactions with the porous titanium alloy surfaces were tested with osteoblast-like human MG-63 cells. Cell morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM analysis results were correlated with the alloy chemistry and the topographic features of the surface, namely porosity and roughness.

  8. Applicability of Washburn capillary rise for determining contact angles of powders/porous materials.

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    Kirdponpattara, Suchata; Phisalaphong, Muenduen; Newby, Bi-min Zhang

    2013-05-01

    The Washburn capillary rise (WCR) technique has been widely utilized for determining contact angles of powders or porous materials; however, there are concerns regarding powder size and powder packing, especially for materials that exhibit large contact angle hysteresis. In this paper, some of these concerns were addressed. Due to the large water contact angle hysteresis on flat nylon 6/6 films, these films were ground into powders of different sizes and then used as model packing materials. The powders were packed in glass tubes to result in various packing structures that affected the penetration (i.e. advancing) rate of the test liquids. While all advancing contact angles obtained from WCR were found to be overestimated, more reasonable values were resulted when relatively large powders (e.g. 500-2000 μm) were used to pack the tubes. With larger powders, the packing contained bigger voids and consequently lead to slower penetration rates of the liquids, hence a relatively smaller advancing contact angle. The smaller advancing contact angle obtained from the slower advancing rate was also observed by using the sessile drop method. To verify the applicability of using large powders (500-2000 μm) for contact angle determination by using WCR, the advancing water contact angles of a bacterial cellulose/alginate composite sponge (BCA) with and without UV/ozone treatment were measured. The results showed that by using relatively large powders, WCR could be applied to obtain a reasonable advancing contact angle and assess the wettability change of complex porous materials.

  9. Modeling multi-phase transport in deformable, hygroscopic porous media: Applications to convective drying of lumber

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    Asensio, C.M.; Seyed-Yagoobi, J.

    1999-07-01

    A fundamental model of multi-phase flow in deformable, hygroscopic porous media has been developed through application of macroscopic energy and mass conservation equations. Microscopic effects are included via volume-averaging techniques for the three phases present in the porous media: liquid, gas, and solid. The model includes convective and capillary transport of free water, convective and diffusive transport of water vapor and air, and diffusive transport of bound water. Porosity variations in deformable media have been included during development of the governing equations. The model is applied to convective drying of lumber via appropriate boundary conditions and transport parameters which are available in the literature. The governing coupled, non-linear equations are rewritten and solved in terms of three governing variables: moisture content, temperature, and gas phase pressure. The conservation equations presented in vector notation have been simplified to one spatial dimension for solution here. Control-volume formulations are used to discretize the governing partial differential equations and boundary conditions with a power-law scheme used to proportion the diffusive and convective flux contributions across the control volume interfaces. An uncoupled solution strategy is employed although each conservation equation is solved implicitly. Presented model results include predictions of moisture, temperature, and gas phase pressure during drying both as averages over time for convective drying at two different ambient conditions and as distributions within the board at any time for high temperature air drying. Flows of individual moisture species (liquid/free water, water vapor, and bound water) within the board are also presented.

  10. Medium factors on anaerobic production of rhamnolipids by Pseudomonas aeruginosa SG and a simplifying medium for in situ microbial enhanced oil recovery applications.

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    Zhao, Feng; Zhou, Jidong; Han, Siqin; Ma, Fang; Zhang, Ying; Zhang, Jie

    2016-04-01

    Aerobic production of rhamnolipid by Pseudomonas aeruginosa was extensively studied. But effect of medium composition on anaerobic production of rhamnolipid by P. aeruginosa was unknown. A simplifying medium facilitating anaerobic production of rhamnolipid is urgently needed for in situ microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR). Medium factors affecting anaerobic production of rhamnolipid were investigated using P. aeruginosa SG (Genbank accession number KJ995745). Medium composition for anaerobic production of rhamnolipid by P. aeruginosa is different from that for aerobic production of rhamnolipid. Both hydrophobic substrate and organic nitrogen inhibited rhamnolipid production under anaerobic conditions. Glycerol and nitrate were the best carbon and nitrogen source. The commonly used N limitation under aerobic conditions was not conducive to rhamnolipid production under anaerobic conditions because the initial cell growth demanded enough nitrate for anaerobic respiration. But rhamnolipid was also fast accumulated under nitrogen starvation conditions. Sufficient phosphate was needed for anaerobic production of rhamnolipid. SO4(2-) and Mg(2+) are required for anaerobic production of rhamnolipid. Results will contribute to isolation bacteria strains which can anaerobically produce rhamnolipid and medium optimization for anaerobic production of rhamnolipid. Based on medium optimization by response surface methodology and ions composition of reservoir formation water, a simplifying medium containing 70.3 g/l glycerol, 5.25 g/l NaNO3, 5.49 g/l KH2PO4, 6.9 g/l K2HPO4·3H2O and 0.40 g/l MgSO4 was designed. Using the simplifying medium, 630 mg/l of rhamnolipid was produced by SG, and the anaerobic culture emulsified crude oil to EI24 = 82.5 %. The simplifying medium was promising for in situ MEOR applications.

  11. One-step fabrication of porous GaN crystal membrane and its application in energy storage

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Shouzhi; Shao, Yongliang; Wu, Yongzhong; Sun, Changlong; Huo, Qin; Zhang, Baoguo; Hu, Haixiao; Hao, Xiaopeng

    2017-03-01

    Single-crystal gallium nitride (GaN) membranes have great potential for a variety of applications. However, fabrication of single-crystalline GaN membranes remains a challenge owing to its chemical inertness and mechanical hardness. This study prepares large-area, free-standing, and single-crystalline porous GaN membranes using a one-step high-temperature annealing technique for the first time. A promising separation model is proposed through a comprehensive study that combines thermodynamic theories analysis and experiments. Porous GaN crystal membrane is processed into supercapacitors, which exhibit stable cycling life, high-rate capability, and ultrahigh power density, to complete proof-of-concept demonstration of new energy storage application. Our results contribute to the study of GaN crystal membranes into a new stage related to the elelctrochemical energy storage application.

  12. Recent advance in fabricating monolithic 3D porous graphene and their applications in biosensing and biofuel cells.

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    Qiu, Hua-Jun; Guan, Yongxin; Luo, Pan; Wang, Yu

    2017-03-15

    Graphene shows great potential in biosensing and bioelectronics. To facilitate graphene's applications and enhance its performance, recently, three-dimensional (3D) graphene-based materials especially free-standing porous graphene with tunable pore size and void space, have attracted increasing attention for bio-related applications owing to their special features. 3D graphene usually shows the following merits such as an interconnected porous network, a high electronic conductivity, a large active surface area, good chemical/thermal stability and can be more easily handled compared with dispersed graphene sheets. With modified surface properties, graphene can also be bio-friendly. These properties make 3D graphene a perfect candidate as high-performance electrode materials in bioelectronics devices. In this review, we discuss recent advance in fabricating monolithic 3D graphene and their applications in biosensing and biofuel cells.

  13. One-step fabrication of porous GaN crystal membrane and its application in energy storage

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Shouzhi; Shao, Yongliang; Wu, Yongzhong; Sun, Changlong; Huo, Qin; Zhang, Baoguo; Hu, Haixiao; Hao, Xiaopeng

    2017-01-01

    Single-crystal gallium nitride (GaN) membranes have great potential for a variety of applications. However, fabrication of single-crystalline GaN membranes remains a challenge owing to its chemical inertness and mechanical hardness. This study prepares large-area, free-standing, and single-crystalline porous GaN membranes using a one-step high-temperature annealing technique for the first time. A promising separation model is proposed through a comprehensive study that combines thermodynamic theories analysis and experiments. Porous GaN crystal membrane is processed into supercapacitors, which exhibit stable cycling life, high-rate capability, and ultrahigh power density, to complete proof-of-concept demonstration of new energy storage application. Our results contribute to the study of GaN crystal membranes into a new stage related to the elelctrochemical energy storage application. PMID:28281562

  14. One-step fabrication of porous GaN crystal membrane and its application in energy storage.

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Shouzhi; Shao, Yongliang; Wu, Yongzhong; Sun, Changlong; Huo, Qin; Zhang, Baoguo; Hu, Haixiao; Hao, Xiaopeng

    2017-03-10

    Single-crystal gallium nitride (GaN) membranes have great potential for a variety of applications. However, fabrication of single-crystalline GaN membranes remains a challenge owing to its chemical inertness and mechanical hardness. This study prepares large-area, free-standing, and single-crystalline porous GaN membranes using a one-step high-temperature annealing technique for the first time. A promising separation model is proposed through a comprehensive study that combines thermodynamic theories analysis and experiments. Porous GaN crystal membrane is processed into supercapacitors, which exhibit stable cycling life, high-rate capability, and ultrahigh power density, to complete proof-of-concept demonstration of new energy storage application. Our results contribute to the study of GaN crystal membranes into a new stage related to the elelctrochemical energy storage application.

  15. Measuring adsorption, diffusion and flow in chemical engineering: applications of magnetic resonance to porous media

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    Gladden, Lynn F.; Mitchell, Jonathan

    2011-03-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) techniques are increasingly used to improve our understanding of the multi-component, multi-phase processes encountered in chemical engineering. This review brings together many of the MR techniques used, and often developed specifically, to study chemical engineering systems and, in particular, processes occurring within porous media. Pulse sequences for relaxometry, pulsed field gradient measurements of diffusion, imaging and velocimetry measurements are described. Recent applications of these MR pulse sequences to microporous, mesoporous and macroporous structures are then reviewed. Considering the microporous and mesoporous systems, we focus attention on studies of rock cores, manufactured materials such as cement and gypsum plaster, and catalysts. When considering macroporous structures, the transport through packed beds of particles typical of fixed-bed catalytic reactors is reviewed; a brief overview of the increasing research interest in gas-solid fluidized beds is also presented. We highlight the field of sparse k-space sampling as an area that is in its infancy and suggest that, combined with Bayesian methods, it will offer new opportunities in both extending the application of high-field MR techniques to chemical engineering and increasing the range of measurements that can be carried out using low-field hardware.

  16. A Highly Ion-Selective Zeolite Flake Layer on Porous Membranes for Flow Battery Applications.

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    Yuan, Zhizhang; Zhu, Xiangxue; Li, Mingrun; Lu, Wenjing; Li, Xianfeng; Zhang, Huamin

    2016-02-24

    Zeolites are crystalline microporous aluminosilicates with periodic arrangements of cages and well-defined channels, which make them very suitable for separating ions of different sizes, and thus also for use in battery applications. Herein, an ultra-thin ZSM-35 zeolite flake was introduced onto a poly(ether sulfone) based porous membrane. The pore size of the zeolite (ca. 0.5 nm) is intermediary between that of hydrated vanadium ions (>0.6 nm) and protons (<0.24 nm). The resultant membrane can thus be used to perfectly separate vanadium ions and protons, making this technology useful in vanadium flow batteries (VFB). A VFB with a zeolite-coated membrane exhibits a columbic efficiency of >99 % and an energy efficiency of >81 % at 200 mA cm(-2), which is by far the highest value ever reported. These convincing results indicate that zeolite-coated membranes are promising in battery applications.

  17. Fabrication of ordered uniform porous carbon networks and their application to a catalyst supporter.

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    Yu, Jong-Sung; Kang, Soonki; Yoon, Suk Bon; Chai, Geunseok

    2002-08-14

    Ordered uniform porous carbon frameworks showing interesting morphology variations were synthesized against removable colloidal silica crystalline templates through simply altering acid catalyst sites for acid-catalyzed polymerization. These highly ordered uniform porous carbons as a catalyst supporter resulted in much improved catalytic activity for methanol oxidation in a fuel cell.

  18. Porous 'Ouzo-effect' silica-ceria composite colloids and their application to aluminium corrosion protection.

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    Hollamby, Martin J; Borisova, Dimitriya; Möhwald, Helmuth; Shchukin, Dmitry

    2012-01-04

    By exploiting spontaneous emulsification to prepare porous SiO(2) particles, we report the formation of porous CeO(2)@SiO(2) hybrid colloids and their incorporation into a silica-zirconia coating to improve the corrosion protection of aluminium.

  19. Comparison of synthetic medium and wastewater used as dilution medium to design scalable microbial anodes: Application to food waste treatment.

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    Blanchet, Elise; Desmond, Elie; Erable, Benjamin; Bridier, Arnaud; Bouchez, Théodore; Bergel, Alain

    2015-06-01

    The objective was to replace synthetic medium by wastewater as a strategy to design low-cost scalable bioanodes. The addition of activated sludge was necessary to form primary bioanodes that were then used as the inoculum to form the secondary bioanodes. Bioanodes formed in synthetic medium with acetate 10mM provided current densities of 21.9±2.1A/m(2), while bioanodes formed in wastewater gave 10.3±0.1A/m(2). The difference was explained in terms of biofilm structure, electrochemical kinetics and redox charge content of the biofilms. In both media, current densities were straightforwardly correlated with the biofilm enrichment in Geobacteraceae but, inside this family, Geobacter sulfurreducens and an uncultured Geobacter sp. were dominant in the synthetic medium, while growth of another Geobacter sp. was favoured in wastewater. Finally, the primary/secondary procedure succeeded in designing bioanodes to treat food wastes by using wastewater as dilution medium, with current densities of 7±1.1A/m(2).

  20. Solvent-free fabrication of porous polymer for tissue engineering applications

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    Wang, Xiaoxi

    Tissue engineering scaffold is one of the basic components of all tissue engineering approaches. Most of the existing fabrication techniques for tissue engineering scaffolds require the use of organic solvents that may never be fully removed, even after long processing hours. The residuals of these organic solvents reduce the ability of cells to form new tissues in vivo. In this research, a solvent-free approach to fabricating porous polymers was developed for potential tissue engineering applications. The method includes solid-state foaming and ultrasound treatment. PLA (Polylactic acid), one of the most popular materials in tissue engineering applications, was investigated. The PLA-CO2 system was characterized in this study for the solid-state foaming process with a particular goal of producing low density foams. The results show that low relative density foams (lower than 10%) could be achieved in a wide processing window. To better control the solid-state foaming process and tailor the material properties, a systematic study was carried out on the crystallization behavior of PLA at different stages of the solid-state foaming process. It is found that crystallinity increased linearly with the square root of the area strain of the porous structures. Ultrasound of 20 and 40 kHz was applied to the solid-state foams. Both dye diffusion tests and permeability measurements show that ultrasound could enhance the interconnectivity of solid-state foams. Effects of ultrasound processing time, ultrasound frequency, ultrasound power, bath temperature, and pore size were investigated. For PLA and PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) foams, interconnected microstructures were obtained, with permeability on the level of 10-12 m2 or higher for the pore sizes ranging from 230 mum to 430 mum. Ultrasound heating in the specimen was studied. The maximum temperature induced by the ultrasound heating was found to be below the Tg of PLA. It is proposed that ultrasound cavitation

  1. High order mode beam waveguide for technological medium power millimeter wave applications

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    Rio, C. del; Gonzalo, R.; Marin, M.; Sorolla, M.; Moebius, A.; Thumm, M.

    1995-12-31

    The use of medium power millimeter CW gyrotrons (10-30 kW and 30-100 GHz) has several potential applications in advanced materials processing. Since a stochastic field distribution in the applicator is desirable no pencil beam is necessary. Then the possibility to couple the circular symmetric gyrotron output to a higher order free space mode can be considered. Beam waveguides based on iterative reflection of such high order beams on properly disigned mirrors opens the possibility to increase the efficiency and to reduce costs of present compact transmission lines in gyrotron technological systems.

  2. Nano-Bio Interactions of Porous and Nonporous Silica Nanoparticles of Varied Surface Chemistry: A Structural, Kinetic, and Thermodynamic Study of Protein Adsorption from RPMI Culture Medium.

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    Lehman, Sean E; Mudunkotuwa, Imali A; Grassian, Vicki H; Larsen, Sarah C

    2016-01-26

    Understanding complex chemical changes that take place at nano-bio interfaces is of great concern for being able to sustainably implement nanomaterials in key applications such as drug delivery, imaging, and environmental remediation. Typical in vitro assays use cell viability as a proxy to understanding nanotoxicity but often neglect how the nanomaterial surface can be altered by adsorption of solution-phase components in the medium. Protein coronas form on the nanomaterial surface when incubated in proteinaceous solutions. Herein, we apply a broad array of techniques to characterize and quantify protein corona formation on silica nanoparticle surfaces. The porosity and surface chemistry of the silica nanoparticles have been systematically varied. Using spectroscopic tools such as FTIR and circular dichroism, structural changes and kinetic processes involved in protein adsorption were evaluated. Additionally, by implementing thermogravimetric analysis, quantitative protein adsorption measurements allowed for the direct comparison between samples. Taken together, these measurements enabled the extraction of useful chemical information on protein binding onto nanoparticles in solution. Overall, we demonstrate that small alkylamines can increase protein adsorption and that even large polymeric molecules such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) cannot prevent protein adsorption in these systems. The implications of these results as they relate to further understanding nano-bio interactions are discussed.

  3. Fabrication of chitosan-silver nanoparticle hybrid 3D porous structure as a SERS substrate for biomedical applications

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    Jung, Gyeong-Bok; Kim, Ji-Hye; Burm, Jin Sik; Park, Hun-Kuk

    2013-05-01

    We propose a simple, low-cost, large-area, and functional surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for biomedical applications. The SERS substrate with chitosan-silver nanoparticles (chitosan-Ag NPs) hybrid 3D porous structure was fabricated simply by a one-step method. The chitosan was used as a template for the Ag NPs deposition. SERS enhancement by the chitosan-Ag NPs substrate was experimentally verified using rhodamine B as an analyte. Thiolated single stranded DNA was also measured for atopic dermatitis genetic markers (chemokines CCL17) at a low concentration of 5 pM. We successfully designed a novel SERS substrate with silver nanoparticle hybridized 3D porous chitosan that has the potential to become a highly sensitive and selective tool for biomedical applications.

  4. Porous media heat transfer for injection molding

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    Beer, Neil Reginald

    2016-05-31

    The cooling of injection molded plastic is targeted. Coolant flows into a porous medium disposed within an injection molding component via a porous medium inlet. The porous medium is thermally coupled to a mold cavity configured to receive injected liquid plastic. The porous medium beneficially allows for an increased rate of heat transfer from the injected liquid plastic to the coolant and provides additional structural support over a hollow cooling well. When the temperature of the injected liquid plastic falls below a solidifying temperature threshold, the molded component is ejected and collected.

  5. Tailor-made biopolymers porous scaffold fabrication for tissue engineering: application of radiant energy in the form of microwave under vacuum.

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    Jaya, S; Durance, T D

    2008-01-01

    Many methods are available for developing three-dimensional porous scaffolds using various polymeric materials for tissue-engineering applications. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some of the available methods and their limitations were discussed briefly. This paper focuses on the scope of novel technology called radiant energy application under vacuum for the fabrication of three-dimensional porous scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. Radiant energy application in the form of microwave under vacuum has been shown to develop and maintain the porous structure in fruits and vegetables after dehydration, which produced the microstructure similar to the freeze dried materials. Same principle of applying radiant energy under vacuum was used on the biopolymeric gels to create tailor-made, porous scaffolds for biomedical purposes. It has many advantages over the other existing methods of scaffold fabrication. This paper also reviews the scaffolds design recently fabricated by the authors using radiant energy under vacuum.

  6. Preparation and characterization of cross-linked carboxymethyl chitin porous membrane scaffold for biomedical applications.

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    Zhao, Liqing; Wu, Yiguang; Chen, Shu; Xing, Tao

    2015-08-01

    Porous dermal scaffold membrane (PDSM) was successfully prepared by using a so-called sol-gel freeze-drying method. In this method, the carboxymethyl chitin (CMC) hydrosol was first cross-linked by 1-ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl] carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS), and then lyophilized to form the PDSM. For the first time, this research focused on the cross-linked CMC as the only component for three-dimensional PDSM. The effects of cross-linking conditions on the performance of the PDSM were investigated. And PDSM with optimal performance was obtained through 4-h cross-linking at 4 wt% of CMC concentration in the hydrosol, where the mass ratio of EDC to NHS to CMC was 5:3:10. The porosity of the optimized PDSM was more than 90% and the water swelling rate was above 4000%. The pore size was well distributed and was between 100 μm and 200 μm. And the tensile strength was above 0.09 MPa. The as-made PDSM could be degraded above 80% in 12 days in the presence of a 0.2mg/mL lysozyme solution. Very importantly, the PDSM had no cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility from MTT assays. Our results showed the application possibility of the as-prepared PDSM as dermal scaffold for skin tissue engineering.

  7. Field Portable Low Temperature Porous Layer Open Tubular Cryoadsorption Headspace Sampling and Analysis Part II: Applications*

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    Harries, Megan; Bukovsky-Reyes, Santiago; Bruno, Thomas J.

    2016-01-01

    This paper details the sampling methods used with the field portable porous layer open tubular cryoadsorption (PLOT-cryo) approach, described in Part I of this two-part series, applied to several analytes of interest. We conducted tests with coumarin and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (two solutes that were used in initial development of PLOT-cryo technology), naphthalene, aviation turbine kerosene, and diesel fuel, on a variety of matrices and test beds. We demonstrated that these analytes can be easily detected and reliably identified using the portable unit for analyte collection. By leveraging efficiency-boosting temperature control and the high flow rate multiple capillary wafer, very short collection times (as low as 3 s) yielded accurate detection. For diesel fuel spiked on glass beads, we determined a method detection limit below 1 ppm. We observed greater variability among separate samples analyzed with the portable unit than previously documented in work using the laboratory-based PLOT-cryo technology. We identify three likely sources that may help explain the additional variation: the use of a compressed air source to generate suction, matrix geometry, and variability in the local vapor concentration around the sampling probe as solute depletion occurs both locally around the probe and in the test bed as a whole. This field-portable adaptation of the PLOT-cryo approach has numerous and diverse potential applications. PMID:26726934

  8. Porous magnetic manganese oxide nanostructures: synthesis and their application in water treatment.

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    Chen, Hongmin; Chu, Paul K; He, Junhui; Hu, Tao; Yang, Mingqing

    2011-07-01

    Magnetic manganese oxide nanostructures are fabricated at room temperature by mixing a KMnO(4) solution and oleic acid capped Fe(3)O(4) particles. Oleic acid molecules capped Fe(3)O(4) particles are oxidized by potassium permanganate (KMnO(4)) in an aqueous solution to produce porous magnetic manganese oxide nanostructures. The synthesis technique can be extended to other MnO(x) structures with composition of different nanocrystals, such as quantum dots, noble metal crystals which may have important applications as catalysts, adsorbents, electrodes and advanced materials in many scientific disciplines. Transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements are employed to characterize the structures. As an adsorbent in water treatment, the nanostructures possess a large adsorption capability and high organic pollutant removal rates due to the large surface area and pore volume. The nanostructures are recyclable as their adsorption capability can be recovered by combustion. Furthermore, the strong magnetism exhibited by the structures provides an easy and efficient separation means in wastewater treatment under an external magnetic field.

  9. A Simplified Model of Moisture Transport in Hydrophilic Porous Media With Applications to Pharmaceutical Tablets.

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    Klinzing, Gerard R; Zavaliangos, Antonios

    2016-08-01

    This work establishes a predictive model that explicitly recognizes microstructural parameters in the description of the overall mass uptake and local gradients of moisture into tablets. Model equations were formulated based on local tablet geometry to describe the transient uptake of moisture. An analytical solution to a simplified set of model equations was solved to predict the overall mass uptake and moisture gradients with the tablets. The analytical solution takes into account individual diffusion mechanisms in different scales of porosity and diffusion into the solid phase. The time constant of mass uptake was found to be a function of several key material properties, such as tablet relative density, pore tortuosity, and equilibrium moisture content of the material. The predictions of the model are in excellent agreement with experimental results for microcrystalline cellulose tablets without the need for parameter fitting. The model presented provides a new method to analyze the transient uptake of moisture into hydrophilic materials with the knowledge of only a few fundamental material and microstructural parameters. In addition, the model allows for quick and insightful predictions of moisture diffusion for a variety of practical applications including pharmaceutical tablets, porous polymer systems, or cementitious materials.

  10. Platelet Lysate-Modified Porous Silicon Microparticles for Enhanced Cell Proliferation in Wound Healing Applications.

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    Fontana, Flavia; Mori, Michela; Riva, Federica; Mäkilä, Ermei; Liu, Dongfei; Salonen, Jarno; Nicoletti, Giovanni; Hirvonen, Jouni; Caramella, Carla; Santos, Hélder A

    2016-01-13

    The new frontier in the treatment of chronic nonhealing wounds is the use of micro- and nanoparticles to deliver drugs or growth factors into the wound. Here, we used platelet lysate (PL), a hemoderivative of platelets, consisting of a multifactorial cocktail of growth factors, to modify porous silicon (PSi) microparticles and assessed both in vitro and ex vivo the properties of the developed microsystem. PL-modified PSi was assessed for its potential to induce proliferation of fibroblasts. The wound closure-promoting properties of the microsystem were then assessed in an in vitro wound healing assay. Finally, the PL-modified PSi microparticles were evaluated in an ex vivo experiment over human skin. It was shown that PL-modified PSi microparticles were cytocompatible and enhanced the cell proliferation in different experimental settings. In addition, this microsystem promoted the closure of the gap between the fibroblast cells in the wound healing assay, in periods of time comparable with the positive control, and induced a proliferation and regeneration process onto the human skin in an ex vivo experiment. Overall, our results show that PL-modified PSi microparticles are suitable microsystems for further development toward applications in the treatment of chronic nonhealing wounds.

  11. Development of bone-like zirconium oxide nanoceramic modified chitosan based porous nanocomposites for biomedical application.

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    Bhowmick, Arundhati; Pramanik, Nilkamal; Jana, Piyali; Mitra, Tapas; Gnanamani, Arumugam; Das, Manas; Kundu, Patit Paban

    2017-02-01

    Here, zirconium oxide nanoparticles (ZrO2 NPs) were incorporated for the first time in organic-inorganic hybrid composites containing chitosan, poly(ethylene glycol) and nano-hydroxypatite (CS-PEG-HA) to develop bone-like nanocomposites for bone tissue engineering application. These nanocomposites were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, TEM combined with SAED. SEM images and porosity measurements revealed highly porous structure having pore size of less than 1μm to 10μm. Enhanced water absorption capacity and mechanical strengths were obtained compared to previously reported CS-PEG-HA composite after addition of 0.1-0.3wt% of ZrO2 NPs into these nanocomposites. The mechanical strengths and porosities were similar to that of human spongy bone. Strong antimicrobial effects against gram-negative and gram-positive bacterial strains were also observed. Along with getting low alkalinity pH (7.4) values, similar to the pH of human plasma, hemocompatibility and cytocompatibility with osteoblastic MG-63 cells were also established for these nanocomposites. Addition of 15wt% HA-ZrO2 (having 0.3wt% ZrO2 NPs) into CS-PEG (55:30wt%) composite resulted in greatest mechanical strength, porosity, antimicrobial property and cytocompatibility along with suitable water absorption capacity and compatibility with human pH and blood. Thus, this nanocomposite could serve as a potential candidate to be used for bone tissue engineering.

  12. Specific behaviour of thermosolutal convection induced in a vertical porous medium in the case of a separation coefficient identical to the ratio of buoyancy forces

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    Er-Raki, Mohammed; Hasnaoui, Mohammed; Amahmid, Abdelkhalk; El Ganaoui, Mohammed

    2008-03-01

    Thermosolutal natural convection induced in a vertical porous layer heated and salted with uniform fluxes is studied analytically and numerically. The study is focused on a specific case where the separation coefficient is identical to the ratio of buoyancy forces. Analytical results, describing both pseudo-conductive and boundary layer regimes, are discussed. Specific behaviour, corresponding to this particular situation, is presented. To cite this article: M. Er-Raki et al., C. R. Mecanique 336 (2008).

  13. Application of Medium and Seasonal Flood Forecasts for Agriculture Damage Assessment

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    Fakhruddin, Shamsul; Ballio, Francesco; Menoni, Scira

    2015-04-01

    Early warning is a key element for disaster risk reduction. In recent decades, major advancements have been made in medium range and seasonal flood forecasting. This progress provides a great opportunity to reduce agriculture damage and improve advisories for early action and planning for flood hazards. This approach can facilitate proactive rather than reactive management of the adverse consequences of floods. In the agricultural sector, for instance, farmers can take a diversity of options such as changing cropping patterns, applying fertilizer, irrigating and changing planting timing. An experimental medium range (1-10 day) and seasonal (20-25 days) flood forecasting model has been developed for Thailand and Bangladesh. It provides 51 sets of discharge ensemble forecasts of 1-10 days with significant persistence and high certainty and qualitative outlooks for 20-25 days. This type of forecast could assist farmers and other stakeholders for differential preparedness activities. These ensembles probabilistic flood forecasts have been customized based on user-needs for community-level application focused on agriculture system. The vulnerabilities of agriculture system were calculated based on exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. Indicators for risk and vulnerability assessment were conducted through community consultations. The forecast lead time requirement, user-needs, impacts and management options for crops were identified through focus group discussions, informal interviews and community surveys. This paper illustrates potential applications of such ensembles for probabilistic medium range and seasonal flood forecasts in a way that is not commonly practiced globally today.

  14. Application of the heterogeneous complex networks model to porous structure of soils

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    Benito, R. M.; Santiago, A.; Cárdenas, J. P.

    2009-04-01

    We present a general formalism for models to study the evolution dynamics of complex networks [1]. It is an extension of the preferential attachment model to heterogeneous networks (HPA), which we define as those where nodes have intrinsic properties that bias their attachment probabilities to other nodes. We would like to emphasize that the proposed class of models is quite general and contains most of the previous heterogeneous network models available in the literature, including the fitness model, as particular cases. Also it should be mentioned that although there are some previous models that incorporate an internal property to nodes (e.g. hidden variables), none of them focuses on growing networks with such heterogeneity. An analytical expression of the degree distribution has been derived for the general class of heterogeneous models presented [2]. It has been shown analytically that all the models in this class present power laws in the degree distribution with different exponents. We have also carried out a numerical simulation of the degree distribution and clustering in the threshold model [1]. This is a particular case in the class of models proposed, where the attachment affinity is inversely related to the distance between node states as given by a space metric. This particular model is introduced in order to provide a benchmark for numerical simulation of heterogeneous networks, while loosing as little generality as possible in the choice. We think that the hypothesis of an inverse relationship between affinity and intrinsic distance (as given by a relevant metric) may be a reasonable proxy for many real networks where preferential attachment can be considered as the most relevant linking mechanism. Finally we present an application of the HPA to quantify the structure of porous soils [3]. Under this perspective pores are represented by nodes and the space for the flow of fluids between them are represented by links. Pore properties such as position

  15. Porous hydrogels with well-defined pore structure for biomaterials applications

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    Marshall, Andrew J.

    When any medical device is implanted inside the body, the natural inflammatory response causes the device to be encapsulated with a thin layer of dense, relatively avascular fibrous tissue, effectively sealing off the device from the surrounding tissue and isolating it from the rest of the body. For medical devices such as electrodes and glucose sensors, where functionality depends on the ability of the device to interact with the surrounding biochemistry, the "foreign body response" poses a formidable obstacle. Previous studies have demonstrated that porous materials with pore dimensions on the order of cell dimensions can induce a modified foreign body response, resulting in more vascularized capsule tissue. However, the utility of these studies is limited because the materials used had broad pore size distributions and poorly defined pore geometries. This thesis is motivated by the unavailability of biomaterials with well-defined and controlled pore size, and by the lack of understanding of the relationships between pore dimensions and the foreign body response. Our sphere templating technology permits the fabrication of open-pore structures with precisely controlled pore dimensions. We can produce these sphere-templated pore structures out of a variety of polymeric materials, including poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (polyHEMA), silicone rubber, and degradable copolymers of polyHEMA and poly(epsilon-caprolactone). We applied our precision-engineered pore structures in vivo to investigate the role of pore size in the foreign body response. We implanted porous polyHEMA with various pore geometries under the skin of mice and found that the level of intra-pore vascularization increases with decreasing pore size, with vascular density directly proportional to the specific surface area of the implant, and that the threshold pore throat diameter for rapid tissue in-growth is approximately 8 mum. Based on our empirical results coupled with first principles, we

  16. Application of 3d-ptv To Track Particle Moving Inside Heterogeneous Porous Media

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    Cenedese, A.; Cushman, J. H.; Moroni, M.

    There exist a number of imaging-based measurement techniques for determining 3D velocity fields in an observation volume. Among these are: a) scanning techniques (Guezennec et al. 1994, Moroni and Cushman, 2001); b) holographic techniques (Hin- sch and Hinrichs 1996); c) defocusing techniques (Willert and Gharib 1992); d) stereo- scopic techniques (Maas et al. 1993, Kasagi and Nishino 1990). We have focused our attention on 3D-PTV which is an experimental technique based on reconstructing 3D trajectories of reflecting tracer particles through a stereoscopic recording of image se- quences. Coordinates are determined first and then trajectories are defined. 3D-PTV requires the operator to light a volume of the test section as opposed to 2D techniques that require a light sheet. Stereoscopic methods share the following basic steps (Pa- pantoniou, 1990): a) stereoscopic calibrated imaging and recording of a suitably illu- minated particle flow; b) subsequent photogrammetric analysis of the resulting images to derive the instantaneous 3-D particle positions and c) tracking of the 3-D coordinate sets in time to derive the tracer trajectories. The ideal setup for obtaining highly accu- rate trajectories requires the cameras to be mounted with the distance between them equal to the distance to the center of the measurement volume (with three cameras this requires a hexagonal cell). But the camera arrangement is usually a compromise between ideal geometrical conditions for a homogeneous distribution of accuracies in the measuring volume and practical restrictions associated with the experiment. The position of the cameras in object space (exterior orientation) and the parameters of each camera (interior orientation) are needed to reconstruct the 3D objects. These pa- rameters can be calculated simultaneously in a so-called "bundle adjustment" or by pre-calibration. A matched index (of refraction) porous medium heterogeneous at the bench scale has been constructed by filling

  17. Facile Synthesis of Porous Silicon Nanofibers by Magnesium Reduction for Application in Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Cho, Daehwan; Kim, Moonkyoung; Hwang, Jeonghyun; Park, Jay Hoon; Joo, Yong Lak; Jeong, Youngjin

    2015-10-01

    We report a facile fabrication of porous silicon nanofibers by a simple three-stage procedure. Polymer/silicon precursor composite nanofibers are first fabricated by electrospinning, a water-based spinning dope, which undergoes subsequent heat treatment and then reduction using magnesium to be converted into porous silicon nanofibers. The porous silicon nanofibers are coated with a graphene by using a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition for use as an anode material of lithium ion batteries. The porous silicon nanofibers can be mass-produced by a simple and solvent-free method, which uses an environmental-friendly polymer solution. The graphene-coated silicon nanofibers show an improved cycling performance of a capacity retention than the pure silicon nanofibers due to the suppression of the volume change and the increase of electric conductivity by the graphene.

  18. Spin Coating Film Transfer and Hot-Pressing System for Uniform Dielectric Formation and Its Application to Porous Low-k Film Formation

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    Kawagoe, Masafumi; Adachi, Hideki; Yanagida, Takaaki; Komura, Tomoyuki; Saito, Hidenori; Sato, Norio; Kudou, Kazuhisa; Machida, Katsuyuki

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a transfer system that enables to form uniform dielectrics using spin coating film transfer and hot-pressing (STP) technology, and the applicability of a porous low-k material. The STP technology transfers a dielectric from a base film to a wafer by hot pressing in vacuum. We propose a processing unit that enables the handling of both the wafer and the base film. In the transfer unit, we also propose a scheme for transferring a dielectric to wafer uniformly. In the experiments, an organic porous low-k material, porous nanoporous polybenzoxazole dielectric (OxD) is used. The results on the film characteristics show no difference from those obtained by conventional spin coating. STP also enables planarization and sealing for patterned wafers with the porous OxD. It is confirmed that the STP process using porous OxD will be a candidate integration process.

  19. In vitro assessment of biopolymer-modified porous silicon microparticles for wound healing applications.

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    Mori, Michela; Almeida, Patrick V; Cola, Michela; Anselmi, Giulia; Mäkilä, Ermei; Correia, Alexandra; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Caramella, Carla; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-11-01

    The wound healing stands as very complex and dynamic process, aiming the re-establishment of the damaged tissue's integrity and functionality. Thus, there is an emerging need for developing biopolymer-based composites capable of actively promoting cellular proliferation and reconstituting the extracellular matrix. The aims of the present work were to prepare and characterize biopolymer-functionalized porous silicon (PSi) microparticles, resulting in the development of drug delivery microsystems for future applications in wound healing. Thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (THCPSi) microparticles were coated with both chitosan and a mixture of chondroitin sulfate/hyaluronic acid, and subsequently loaded with two antibacterial model drugs, vancomycin and resveratrol. The biopolymer coating, drug loading degree and drug release behavior of the modified PSi microparticles were evaluated in vitro. The results showed that both the biopolymer coating and drug loading of the THCPSi microparticles were successfully achieved. In addition, a sustained release was observed for both the drugs tested. The viability and proliferation profiles of a fibroblast cell line exposed to the modified THCPSi microparticles and the subsequent reactive oxygen species (ROS) production were also evaluated. The cytotoxicity and proliferation results demonstrated less toxicity for the biopolymer-coated THCPSi microparticles at different concentrations and time points comparatively to the uncoated counterparts. The ROS production by the fibroblasts exposed to both uncoated and biopolymer-coated PSi microparticles showed that the modified PSi microparticles did not induce significant ROS production at the concentrations tested. Overall, the biopolymer-based PSi microparticles developed in this study are promising platforms for wound healing applications.

  20. Porous silicon-based two-dimensional photonic crystal for biochemical sensing applications

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    Mo, Jiaqing; Lv, Xiaoyi; Jia, Zhenhong

    2016-11-01

    Various porous silicon-based photonic device structures has attracted more attention for use as biochemical optical sensors. In this study, we have designed and characterized porous silicon-based two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide structure as an optical biosensor. Field intensity distribution of two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide was simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics. When the refractive index changes, the field strength changes greatly. This study lays the theoretical foundation for further work.

  1. Hierarchical Porous Structures

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    Grote, Christopher John

    2016-06-07

    Materials Design is often at the forefront of technological innovation. While there has always been a push to generate increasingly low density materials, such as aero or hydrogels, more recently the idea of bicontinuous structures has gone more into play. This review will cover some of the methods and applications for generating both porous, and hierarchically porous structures.

  2. Preparation of porous Cu 2O octahedron and its application as L-Tyrosine sensors

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    Zhang, Xiaojun; Wang, Guangfeng; Gu, Aixia; Wu, Huaqiang; Fang, Bin

    2008-12-01

    Highly uniform porous cuprous oxide (Cu 2O) octahedra with an average size of 1 μm were first successfully prepared with high yield by a facile one-step seed-mediated approach, employing cupreous acetate and sodium sulfite as the reactants, and citric acid as the assistant vesicant. The crucial influence of citric acid and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) on the morphology of porous octahedron in the synthesis has also been discussed. Electrochemical impendance spectrum (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) shows that the porous cuprous oxide octahedra have a stronger ability to promote electron transfer than both the Cu 2O octahedral and the Cu 2O nanoparticles resulting from such porous nanostructures, which potentially not only have high surface area but also can supply more efficient transport passage for the probe molecules to get to the active sites. The porous Cu 2O octahedra were successfully used to modify the gold electrode to detect L-Tyrosine (Tyr) with differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The result shows that the porous cuprous oxide octahedra may be of great potential as L-Tyrosine electrochemical sensor.

  3. 40 CFR 428.60 - Applicability; description of the medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... medium-sized general molded, extruded, and fabricated rubber plants subcategory. 428.60 Section 428.60... RUBBER MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Medium-Sized General Molded, Extruded, and Fabricated Rubber... fabricated rubber plants subcategory. The following provisions of this subpart are applicable to...

  4. AC magnetic field-assisted method to develop porous carbon nanotube/conducting polymer composites for application in thermoelectric materials

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    Chuang, Chun-Yu; Yang, Shu-Chian; Chang, Su-Hua; Yang, Ta-I.

    2015-04-01

    Thermoelectric materials are very effective in converting waste heat sources into useful electricity. Researchers are continuing to develop new polymeric thermoelectric materials. The segregated-network carbon nanotube (CNT)- polymer composites are most promising. Thus, the goal of this study is to develop novel porous CNT -polymer composites with improved thermoelectric properties. The research efforts focused on modifying the surface of the CNT with magnetic nanoparticles so that heat was released when subjecting to an AC magnetic field. Subsequently, polymers covered on the surface of the CNT were crosslinked. The porous CNT -polymer composites can be obtained by removing the un-crosslinked polymers. Polydimethylsiloxane polymer was utilized to investigate the effect of porosity and electrical conductivity on the thermoelectric properties of the composites. This AC magnetic field-assisted method to develop porous carbon nanotube/polymer composites for application in thermoelectric materials is introduced for the first time. The advantage of this method is that the electrical conductivity of the composites was high since we can easily to manipulate the CNT to form a conducting path. Another advantage is that the high porosity significantly reduced the thermal conductivity of the composites. These two advantages enable us to realize the polymer composites for thermoelectric applications. We are confident that this research will open a new avenue for developing polymer thermoelectric materials.

  5. On the application of NiO nanoparticles to mitigate in situ asphaltene deposition in carbonate porous matrix

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    Hashemi, Seyed Iman; Fazelabdolabadi, Babak; Moradi, Siyamak; Rashidi, Ali Morad; Shahrabadi, Abbas; Bagherzadeh, Hadi

    2016-01-01

    Prevention of asphaltene formation in reservoir rocks can result in resolving a severe long-lasting issue in petroleum production. The present research addresses the issue in the context of exploring the potential effect of nickel oxide (NiO) nanoparticles in destabilizing asphaltene deposition in porous media, in the presence of carbon dioxide. To ensure proper distribution within the system and to retain future field-scale applicability, the NiO nanoparticles were exposed to the in situ oil via injection gas stream, in which they had been uniformly dispersed using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The experimental results, established under miscible CO2 state, indicate a considerable improvement in permeability/porosity reduction of core, as well as less asphaltene accumulation in porous media and increased oil recovery factor after applying NiO nanoparticles.

  6. The magnetic flux linkage of a moving medium - A theorem and geophysical applications

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    Hide, R.

    1981-12-01

    A survey is provided of recent theoretical work on the electrodynamics of a moving medium and its application to various geophysical problems, taking into account a theorem reported by Hide (1979). A definition of self-exciting dynamo action in a connected body of fluid is presented and the feasibility of an occurrence of dynamo action in a perfectly conducting fluid is investigated. Attention is given to the decay of axisymmetric magnetic fields, a conjecture regarding the topology of C lines in case of an occurrence of dynamo action, thermoelectric effects, and a method for finding the size of the core of a planet.

  7. Applicability of the Effective-Medium Approximation to Heterogeneous Aerosol Particles.

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    Mishchenko, Michael I.; Dlugach, Janna M.; Liu, Li

    2016-01-01

    The effective-medium approximation (EMA) is based on the assumption that a heterogeneous particle can have a homogeneous counterpart possessing similar scattering and absorption properties. We analyze the numerical accuracy of the EMA by comparing superposition T-matrix computations for spherical aerosol particles filled with numerous randomly distributed small inclusions and Lorenz-Mie computations based on the Maxwell-Garnett mixing rule. We verify numerically that the EMA can indeed be realized for inclusion size parameters smaller than a threshold value. The threshold size parameter depends on the refractive-index contrast between the host and inclusion materials and quite often does not exceed several tenths, especially in calculations of the scattering matrix and the absorption cross section. As the inclusion size parameter approaches the threshold value, the scattering-matrix errors of the EMA start to grow with increasing the host size parameter and or the number of inclusions. We confirm, in particular, the existence of the effective-medium regime in the important case of dust aerosols with hematite or air-bubble inclusions, but then the large refractive-index contrast necessitates inclusion size parameters of the order of a few tenths. Irrespective of the highly restricted conditions of applicability of the EMA, our results provide further evidence that the effective-medium regime must be a direct corollary of the macroscopic Maxwell equations under specific assumptions.

  8. Applicability of the effective-medium approximation to heterogeneous aerosol particles

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    Mishchenko, Michael I.; Dlugach, Janna M.; Liu, Li

    2016-07-01

    The effective-medium approximation (EMA) is based on the assumption that a heterogeneous particle can have a homogeneous counterpart possessing similar scattering and absorption properties. We analyze the numerical accuracy of the EMA by comparing superposition T-matrix computations for spherical aerosol particles filled with numerous randomly distributed small inclusions and Lorenz-Mie computations based on the Maxwell-Garnett mixing rule. We verify numerically that the EMA can indeed be realized for inclusion size parameters smaller than a threshold value. The threshold size parameter depends on the refractive-index contrast between the host and inclusion materials and quite often does not exceed several tenths, especially in calculations of the scattering matrix and the absorption cross section. As the inclusion size parameter approaches the threshold value, the scattering-matrix errors of the EMA start to grow with increasing the host size parameter and/or the number of inclusions. We confirm, in particular, the existence of the effective-medium regime in the important case of dust aerosols with hematite or air-bubble inclusions, but then the large refractive-index contrast necessitates inclusion size parameters of the order of a few tenths. Irrespective of the highly restricted conditions of applicability of the EMA, our results provide further evidence that the effective-medium regime must be a direct corollary of the macroscopic Maxwell equations under specific assumptions.

  9. SCATTERING OF LIGHT PULSES: Optical heterodyning study of the propagation dynamics of IR femtosecond laser pulses in a strongly scattering porous medium

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    Bestem'yanov, K. P.; Gordienko, Vyacheslav M.; Ivanov, Anatoliy A.; Konovalov, Aleksei N.; Podshivalov, Alexey A.

    2004-07-01

    A system is devised for optical heterodyning based on a femtosecond Cr:forsterite laser using a balance scheme for the laser noise compensation. The dependence of a heterodyne signal on the time delay is measured by detecting backscattered laser radiation from a strongly scattering porous object (a sheet of paper). It is found that the backscattered signal contains 'a long tail' with an exponential decay caused by multiple scattering. The exponent of the exponential is determined by the lifetime of photons in a scattering layer. The absorption and scattering coefficients for different types of paper are measured by the photon lifetime.

  10. Gentamicin-Based Medium for the Isolation of Group D Streptococci and Application of the Medium to Water Analysis †

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    Donnelly, L. Scott; Hartman, Paul A.

    1978-01-01

    Gentamicin-thallous-carbonate (GTC) medium contained (per liter): 40.0 g of Trypticase soy agar, 5.0 g of KH2PO4, 2.0 g of NaHCO2, 1.0 g of glucose, 1.0 g of esculin, 0.5 g of thallous acetate (TA), 0.5 g of ferric citrate, 0.75 ml of Tween 80, and 2.5 mg of gentamicin sulfate. The NaHCO3 (20 ml of a 10% solution that had been heated to boiling) was added after sterilization of the basal medium. The spread plate technique was used to compare GTC agar with Pfizer selective enterococcus, TA, and KF agars by using sewage as well as bovine and swine fecal samples. Significantly greater numbers of group D streptococci were recovered on GTC agar than on Pfizer selective enterococcus or KF agars, within and over all samples. Higher counts also were obtained on GTC than on TA agar, but the differences were not statistically significant. The percentage of false positives was about the same for all four media. Samples of riverwater also were plated on GTC, TA, and KF agars, and significantly higher recoveries were obtained with GTC agar. GTC agar was superior to the other media examined primarily because of increased recoveries of Streptococcus bovis and S. equinus; other advantages of GTC agar were large colony size and short (24-h) incubation period. The percentage of false positives from riverwater was 13% for GTC agar and 0% for TA and KF agars; therefore, confirmation would be necessary when GTC agar is used with some types of environmental samples. PMID:416754

  11. Water Calibration Measurements for Neutron Radiography: Application to Water Content Quantification in Porous Media

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    Kang, Misun; Bilheux, Hassina Z; Voisin, Sophie; Cheng, Chu-lin; Perfect, Edmund; Horita, Juske; Warren, Jeffrey

    2013-04-01

    Using neutron radiography, the measurement of water thickness was performed using aluminum (Al) water calibration cells at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Cold-Guide (CG) 1D neutron imaging facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA. Calibration of water thickness is an important step to accurately measure water contents in samples of interest. Neutron attenuation by water does not vary linearly with thickness mainly due to beam hardening and scattering effects. Transmission measurements for known water thicknesses in water calibration cells allow proper correction of the underestimation of water content due to these effects. As anticipated, strong scattering effects were observed for water thicknesses greater than 2 mm when the water calibration cells were positioned close to the face of the detector / scintillator (0 and 2.4 cm away, respectively). The water calibration cells were also positioned 24 cm away from the detector face. These measurements resulted in less scattering and this position (designated as the sample position) was used for the subsequent experimental determination of the neutron attenuation coefficient for water. Neutron radiographic images of moist Flint sand in rectangular and cylindrical containers acquired at the sample position were used to demonstrate the applicability of the water calibration. Cumulative changes in the water volumes within the sand columns during monotonic drainage determined by neutron radiography were compared with those recorded by direct reading from a burette connected to a hanging water column. In general, the neutron radiography data showed very good agreement with those obtained volumetrically using the hanging water-column method. These results allow extension of the calibration equation to the quantification of unknown water contents within other samples of porous media.

  12. Water calibration measurements for neutron radiography: Application to water content quantification in porous media

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    Kang, M.; Bilheux, H. Z.; Voisin, S.; Cheng, C. L.; Perfect, E.; Horita, J.; Warren, J. M.

    2013-04-01

    Using neutron radiography, the measurement of water thickness was performed using aluminum (Al) water calibration cells at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Cold-Guide (CG) 1D neutron imaging facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA. Calibration of water thickness is an important step to accurately measure water contents in samples of interest. Neutron attenuation by water does not vary linearly with thickness mainly due to beam hardening and scattering effects. Transmission measurements for known water thicknesses in water calibration cells allow proper correction of the underestimation of water content due to these effects. As anticipated, strong scattering effects were observed for water thicknesses greater than 0.2 cm when the water calibration cells were positioned close to the face of the detector/scintillator (0 and 2.4 cm away, respectively). The water calibration cells were also positioned 24 cm away from the detector face. These measurements resulted in less scattering and this position (designated as the sample position) was used for the subsequent experimental determination of the neutron attenuation coefficient for water. Neutron radiographic images of moist Flint sand in rectangular and cylindrical containers acquired at the sample position were used to demonstrate the applicability of the water calibration. Cumulative changes in the water volumes within the sand columns during monotonic drainage determined by neutron radiography were compared with those recorded by direct reading from a burette connected to a hanging water column. In general, the neutron radiography data showed very good agreement with those obtained volumetrically using the hanging water-column method. These results allow extension of the calibration equation to the quantification of unknown water contents within other samples of porous media.

  13. 40 CFR 141.81 - Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Applicability of corrosion control... WATER REGULATIONS Control of Lead and Copper § 141.81 Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems. (a) Systems shall complete the applicable...

  14. 40 CFR 141.81 - Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 22 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Applicability of corrosion control... WATER REGULATIONS Control of Lead and Copper § 141.81 Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems. (a) Systems shall complete the applicable...

  15. Peristaltic propulsion of generalized Burgers' fluids through a non-uniform porous medium: a study of chyme dynamics through the diseased intestine.

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    Tripathi, D; Anwar Bég, O

    2014-02-01

    A mathematical study of the peristaltic flow of complex rheological viscoelastic fluids using the generalized fractional Burgers' model through a non-uniform channel is presented. This model is designed to study the movement of chyme and undigested chyme (biophysical waste materials) through the small intestine to the large intestine. To simulate blockages and impedance of debris generated by cell shedding, infections, adhesions on the wall and undigested material, a drag force porous media model is utilized. This effectively mimicks resistance to chyme percolation generated by solid matrix particles in the regime. The conduit geometry is mathematically simulated as a sinusoidal propagation with linear increment in shape of the bolus along the length of channel. A modified Darcy-Brinkman model is employed to simulate the generalized flows through isotropic, homogenous porous media, a simplified but physically robust approximation to actual clinical situations. To model the rheological properties of chyme, a viscoelastic Burgers' fluid formulation is adopted. The governing equations are simplified by assuming long wavelength and low Reynolds number approximations. Numerical and approximate analytical solutions are obtained with two semi-numerical techniques, namely the homotopy perturbation method and the variational iteration method. Visualization of the results is achieved with Mathematica software. The influence of the dominant hydromechanical and geometric parameters such as fractional viscoelastic parameters, wave number, non-uniformity constant, permeability parameter, and material constants on the peristaltic flow characteristics are depicted graphically.

  16. A novel strategy for the preparation of porous microspheres and its application in peptide drug loading.

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    Wei, Yi; Wang, Yuxia; Zhang, Huixia; Zhou, Weiqing; Ma, Guanghui

    2016-09-15

    A new strategy is developed to prepare porous microspheres with narrow size distribution for peptides controlled release, involving a fabrication of porous microspheres without any porogens followed by a pore closing process. Amphiphilic polymers with different hydrophobic segments (poly(monomethoxypolyethylene glycol-co-d,l-lactide) (mPEG-PLA), poly(monomethoxypolyethylene glycol-co-d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (mPEG-PLGA)) are employed as microspheres matrix to prepare porous microspheres based on a double emulsion-premix membrane emulsification technique combined with a solvent evaporation method. Both microspheres possess narrow size distribution and porous surface, which are mainly caused by (a) hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) segments absorbing water molecules followed by a water evaporation process and (b) local explosion of microspheres due to fast evaporation of dichloromethane (MC). Importantly, mPEG-PLGA microspheres have a honeycomb like structure while mPEG-PLA microspheres have a solid structure internally, illustrating that the different hydrophobic segments could modulate the affinity between solvent and matrix polymer and influence the phase separation rate of microspheres matrix. Long term release patterns are demonstrated with pore-closed microspheres, which are prepared from mPEG-PLGA microspheres loading salmon calcitonin (SCT). These results suggest that it is potential to construct porous microspheres for drug sustained release using permanent geometric templates as new porogens.

  17. Thermoforming techniques for manufacturing porous scaffolds for application in 3D cell cultivation.

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    Borowiec, Justyna; Hampl, Jörg; Gebinoga, Michael; Elsarnagawy, Tarek; Elnakady, Yasser A; Fouad, Hassan; Almajhadi, Fahd; Fernekorn, Uta; Weise, Frank; Singh, Sukhdeep; Elsarnagawy, Dief; Schober, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    Within the scientific community, there is an increasing demand to apply advanced cell cultivation substrates with increased physiological functionalities for studying spatially defined cellular interactions. Porous polymeric scaffolds are utilized for mimicking an organ-like structure or engineering complex tissues and have become a key element for three-dimensional (3D) cell cultivation in the meantime. As a consequence, efficient 3D scaffold fabrication methods play an important role in modern biotechnology. Here, we present a novel thermoforming procedure for manufacturing porous 3D scaffolds from permeable materials. We address the issue of precise thermoforming of porous polymer foils by using multilayer polymer thermoforming technology. This technology offers a new method for structuring porous polymer foils that are otherwise available for non-porous polymers only. We successfully manufactured 3D scaffolds from solvent casted and phase separated polylactic acid (PLA) foils and investigated their biocompatibility and basic cellular performance. The HepG2 cell culture in PLA scaffold has shown enhanced albumin secretion rate in comparison to a previously reported polycarbonate based scaffold with similar geometry.

  18. An experimental evaluation of slots versus porous strips for laminar-flow applications

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    Cornelius, Kenneth C.

    1987-01-01

    Detailed mean velocity and disturbance amplitude measurements were conducted in a Blasius boundary-layer flow with wall suction applied at three downstream locations. The main emphasis was a direct comparison of the growth rate of the instability wave with discrete spanwise slots versus wide porous strips. The results demonstrate that the local effects of suction through slots or very narrow porous strips have a greater beneficial effect on the stability of the boundary-layer flow relative to the suction influence of a wide porous strip. Codes which use continuous suction for the growth rates of the instability waves to determine the suction quantities for a multiple series of slots will be quite conservative in the estimation of the suction quantity. Guidelines were provided for suction-chamber design and flow rates to minimize internal oscillations which propagate into the boundary-layer flow.

  19. On Enhancement of Fluid Flow in Porous Media by Application of Low-Frequency Sonic Vibrations

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    Iassonov, P. P.; Beresnev, I. A.

    2001-05-01

    Numerous observations and laboratory experiments show that application of vibrations at different frequencies may significantly enhance transport of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) in porous media. However, the physical mechanisms governing the coupling between stress (seismic) waves and multiphase fluid flow are poorly understood. There are many mechanisms thought to be responsible for the observed fluid-sound interaction. Among these are the reduction in the effect of capillary forces, destruction of films adsorbed on pore boundaries, fluid resonance, coalescence of NAPL ganglia, and peristaltic transport. The high-frequency sonic waves as an aid in the stimulation of NAPL flow are extremely limited in distance range due to high attenuation. Only low-frequency waves can reach regions of the reservoirs or aquifers that are far from boreholes. Our analyses suggest that, in the low-frequency range, non-linear rheology of the fluid and capillary forces may be the predominant mechanisms of stimulation. Our theoretical model thus incorporates these mechanisms for a case of a flow through a circular tube. It was shown in earlier studies that crude oil demonstrates yield-stress behavior; the yield-stress rheology was thus assumed in our model. The exact rheological parameters of higher-grade oils in the near-zero stress range are unknown; however, these parameters can be indirectly estimated from field data. The model shows that low-frequency waves of relatively low intensity can significantly enhance the flow rate of a yield-stress fluid under small external-pressure gradients. We estimated the parameters of the sonic field for a possible field implementation and the range of its applicability. As opposed to rheological properties, the capillary effects on the flow are well known, but only the resonance effects have been previously studied in connection with the effect of vibrations. We have demonstrated that, due to the effect of "pinning" of NAPL menisci on the

  20. Application of a portable nuclear magnetic resonance surface probe to porous media.

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    Marko, Andriy; Wolter, Bernd; Arnold, Walter

    2007-03-01

    A portable nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) surface probe was used to determine the time-dependent self-diffusion coefficient D(t) of water molecules in two fluid-filled porous media. The measuring equipment and the inhomogeneous magnetic fields in the sensitive volume of the probe are described. It is discussed how to evaluate D(t) using a surface probe from the primary and stimulated echoes generated in three-pulse experiments. Furthermore, the evaluation of D(t) allows one to determine the geometrical structure of porous materials.

  1. Characterization of 430L porous supports obtained by powder extrusion moulding for their application in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Sotomayor, María Eugenia Ospina, Liliana María Levenfeld, Belén Várez, Alejandro

    2013-12-15

    The characterization of 430L stainless steel planar porous supports obtained by powder extrusion moulding was performed in this work. A thermoplastic multicomponent binder based on high density polyethylene and paraffin wax was selected for the process. Green supports were shaped by extrusion moulding, and subsequently the binder was removed by a thermal cycle previously optimized. Sintering was carried out at different temperatures in low vacuum. Density of sintered parts was measured by Archimedes' method and porosity was also evaluated through a microstructural analysis by optical microscopy. The porosity degree of samples sintered at low temperature was close to 35% which is a very suitable value for their application in SOFCs. Tensile tests were carried out in order to determine mechanical strength as a function of porosity degree. Based on these results, the best feedstock composition and processing parameters were selected. The oxidation behaviour in static air at high temperature was studied, and formed oxides were characterized in a scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive analysis of X-rays. X-ray diffraction experiments were performed in order to identify the formed oxides based on formula Fe{sub 2−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3}. The results of these studies showed that this kind of ferritic stainless steel would be more suitable to be used as anodic supports where a rich hydrogen atmosphere is employed. Preliminary deposition tests allowed obtaining a homogeneous Ni–YSZ anode layer with a thickness of 10 μm on the porous metallic substrates. - Highlights: • 430L stainless steel porous supports were obtained by powder extrusion moulding. • Porosity degree was controlled sintering at different temperatures in low vacuum. • Tensile tests allowed determining mechanical strength of porous supports. • A study about its oxidation behaviour in static air at high temperature was realized. • After oxidation, formed oxides were

  2. Phenolic resin-based porous carbons for adsorption and energy storage applications

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    Wickramaratne, Nilantha P.

    The main objective of this dissertation research is to develop phenolic resin based carbon materials for range of applications by soft-templating and Stober-like synthesis strategies. Applications Studied in this dissertation are adsorption of CO2, bio-molecular and heavy metal ions, and energy storage devices. Based on that, our goal is to design carbon materials with desired pore structure, high surface area, graphitic domains, incorporated metal nanoparticles, and specific organic groups and heteroatoms. In this dissertation the organic-organic self-assembly of phenolic resins and triblock copolymers under acidic conditions will be used to obtain mesoporous carbons/carbon composites and Stober-like synthesis involving phenolic resins under basic condition will be used to prepare polymer/carbon particles and their composites. The structure of this dissertation consists of an introductory chapter (Chapter 1) discussing the general synthesis of carbon materials, particularly the soft-templating strategy and Stober-like carbon synthesis. Also, Chapter 1 includes a brief outline of applications namely adsorption of CO2, biomolecule and heavy metal ions, and supercapacitors. Chapter 2 discusses the techniques used for characterization of the carbon materials studied. This chapter starts with nitrogen adsorption analysis, which is used to measure the specific surface area, pore volume, distribution of pore sizes, and pore width. In addition to nitrogen adsorption, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution thermogravimetric analysis (HR-TGA), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and CHNS elemental analysis (EA) are mentioned too. Chapter 3 is focused on carbon materials for CO2 adsorption. There are different types of porous solid materials such as silicate, MOFs, carbons, and zeolites studied for CO2 adsorption. However, the carbon based materials are considered to be the best candidates for CO 2 adsorption to the industrial point of

  3. Application of X-ray CT investigation of CO2-brine flow in porous media

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    Jiang, Lanlan; Liu, Yu; Song, Yongchen; Yang, Mingjun; Xue, Ziqiu; Zhao, Yuechao; Zhao, Jiafei; Zhang, Yi; Suekane, Tetsuya; Shen, Zijian

    2015-05-01

    A clear understanding of two-phase flows in porous media is important for investigating CO2 geological storage. In this study, we conducted an experiment of CO2/brine flow process in porous media under sequestration conditions using X-ray CT technique. The flow properties of relative permeability, porosity heterogeneity, and CO2 saturation were observed in this experiment. The porous media was packed with glass beads having a diameter of 0.2 mm. The porosity distribution along the flow direction is heterogeneous owing to the diameter and shape of glass beads along the flow direction. There is a relationship between CO2 saturation and porosity distribution, which changes with different flow rates and fractional flows. The heterogeneity of the porous media influences the distribution of CO2; moreover, gravity, fractional flows, and flow rates influence CO2 distribution and saturation. The relative permeability curve was constructed using the steady-state method. The results agreed well with the relative permeability curve simulated using pore-network model.

  4. Sessile drops imbibition over nano porous substrates : application for art painting restoration

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    Léang, Marguerite; Pauchard, Ludovic; Lee, Lay-Theng; Ott, Frédéric; Giorgiutti-Dauphiné, Frédérique

    2016-11-01

    Art painting restoration aims to restore and preserve the integrity of a painting. Most of the techniques consist of depositing solvents on the surface of the painting to dissolve the varnish layer. However the sublayers can be damaged by the penetration of the solvent, possibly resulting in swelling or cracking processes. Due to the physical and chemical complexity of the pictorial layer, we propose to study solvent penetration in model nano porous media obtained by controlled drying of aqueous dispersions of silica nanoparticles. We present the dynamics of imbibition of sessile solvent drops on porous media with different pore sizes. Three different regimes in the evolution of the drop size with time are identified. Our experimental set-up provides a precise direct quantification of the different flows outside and through the porous media. Different experimental techniques are used to characterize the porous media : neutron imaging to determine the permeability and microindentation testing to estimate the mechanical properties of the media after the imbibition process. Supported by PALM LabEx Grant.

  5. Novel porous graphene oxide and hydroxyapatite nanosheets-reinforced sodium alginate hybrid nanocomposites for medical applications

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    Xiong, Guangyao; Luo, Honglin; Zuo, Guifu; Ren, Kaijing; Wan, Yizao

    2015-09-15

    Graphene oxide (GO) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) are frequently used as reinforcements in polymers to improve mechanical and biological properties. In this work, novel porous hybrid nanocomposites consisting of GO, HAp, and sodium alginate (SA) have been prepared by facile solution mixing and freeze drying in an attempt to obtain a scaffold with desirable mechanical and biological properties. The as-prepared porous GO/HAp/SA hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by SEM, XRD, FTIR, TGA, and mechanical testing. In addition, preliminary cell behavior was assessed by CCK8 assay. It is found that the GO/HAp/SA nanocomposites show improved compressive strength and modulus over neat SA and HAp/SA nanocomposites. CCK8 results reveal that the GO/HAp/SA nanocomposites show enhanced cell proliferation over neat SA and GO/SA nanocomposite. It has been demonstrated that GO/HAp20/SA holds promise in bone tissue engineering. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Graphene oxide (GO), hydroxyapatite (HAp), and alginate (SA) nanocomposites were fabricated. • The novel porous composites were prepared by solution mixture and freeze drying. • The GO/HAp/SA had porous structure with porosity > 85% and pore size > 150 μm. • The GO/HAp/SA exhibited improved mechanical properties over HAp/SA counterparts. • The GO/HAp/SA showed enhanced cell proliferation over GO/SA counterparts.

  6. Shape Memory Alloy Modeling and Applications to Porous and Composite Structures

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    Zhu, Pingping

    underlying mechanism of pore interactions in the SMA foams. Additionally, the influence of geometric features including the number, size and locations of pores are studied to guide the design and optimization of porous SMAs. Thirdly, modeling and simulation are performed on a series of cracked self-healing SMA composite systems. These composites are to be applied in aeronautic structures where fatigue crack initiation and propagation is a significant safety and economic concern, based on a liquid-assisted SMA self-healing technology. We develop a modeling approach in Abaqus to create composite models with the as-is or pre-strained SMA wires. The modeling approach is validated by two simulation cases following the experiment setups. The amount of crack closure in the SMA-reinforced MMC is then focused, especially on the role of the SMA reinforcement, the softening property of the matrix, and the effect of pre-strain in the SMA. Composites with various geometric configurations of SMA are also created to study how the number, location, length and orientation of the SMA wires would affect the crack closure and self-healing behavior. These studies, from three aspects, provide deep insights to SMA and its related applications from the modeling and simulation point of view, which can further guide the development and application of this unique material.

  7. Novel synthesis of highly porous spinel cobaltite (NiCo2O4) electrode material for supercapacitor applications

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    Naveen, A. Nirmalesh; Selladurai, S.

    2014-04-01

    High performing porous nickel cobaltite (NiCo2O4) nanomaterial is prepared using novel cost effective auto combustion technique. Physical characterization reveals the formation of nickel rich spinel cobaltitie with average crystallite size of 17 nm. Electrochemical evaluation of the sample is carried using cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP) and AC impedance techniques. The Pseudocapacitive nature of the material is observed from CV and CP studies exhibiting a high specific capacitance of 772 Fg-1 at a current density of 1 Ag-1. The low resistive behavior of the material is seen from the impedance spectra, projecting nickel cobaltite as promising material for supercapcitor applications.

  8. Market Assessment of Biomass Gasification and Combustion Technology for Small- and Medium-Scale Applications

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    Peterson, D.; Haase, S.

    2009-07-01

    This report provides a market assessment of gasification and direct combustion technologies that use wood and agricultural resources to generate heat, power, or combined heat and power (CHP) for small- to medium-scale applications. It contains a brief overview of wood and agricultural resources in the U.S.; a description and discussion of gasification and combustion conversion technologies that utilize solid biomass to generate heat, power, and CHP; an assessment of the commercial status of gasification and combustion technologies; a summary of gasification and combustion system economics; a discussion of the market potential for small- to medium-scale gasification and combustion systems; and an inventory of direct combustion system suppliers and gasification technology companies. The report indicates that while direct combustion and close-coupled gasification boiler systems used to generate heat, power, or CHP are commercially available from a number of manufacturers, two-stage gasification systems are largely in development, with a number of technologies currently in demonstration. The report also cites the need for a searchable, comprehensive database of operating combustion and gasification systems that generate heat, power, or CHP built in the U.S., as well as a national assessment of the market potential for the systems.

  9. Bilateral Renal Fornix Rupture Following Intraarterial Contrast Medium Application for Infrarenal Aortic Stent Placement

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    Niggemann, Pascal Brehmer, Bernhard; Schuermann, Karl

    2006-02-15

    A 74-year-old male claudicant who had a significant abdominal aortic stenosis was hydrated before aortic stent placement because of an elevated creatinine level. During the intervention the patient experienced acute abdominal pain with vomiting. No vascular cause was detected. Due to persistant pain, plain radiography and an abdominal CT scan were performed a few hours after the procedure. Images revealed a bilateral renal fornix rupture with a large retroperitoneal fluid collection. The patient was treated conservatively with ureteral double-J placement and percutaneous nephrostomy. The further course was uneventful and the patient was discharged 2 weeks later free of symptoms. Renal fornix rupture is a very rare complication after contrast medium application that can be treated without surgery.

  10. MHD flow and heat transfer of a viscous fluid over a radially stretching power-law sheet with suction/injection in a porous medium

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    Khan, M.; Munir, A.; Shahzad, A.; Shah, A.

    2015-03-01

    A steady boundary layer flow and heat transfer over a radially stretching isothermal porous sheet is analyzed. Stretching is assumed to follow a radial power law, and the fluid is electrically conducting in the presence of a transverse magnetic field with a very small magnetic Reynolds number. The governing nonlinear partial differential equations are reduced to a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations by using appropriate similarity transformations, which are solved analytically by the homotopy analysis method (HAM) and numerically by employing the shooting method with the adaptive Runge-Kutta method and Broyden's method in the domain [0,∞). Analytical expressions for the velocity and temperature fields are derived. The influence of pertinent parameters on the velocity and temperature profiles is discussed in detail. The skin friction coefficient and the local Nusselt number are calculated as functions of several influential parameters. The results predicted by both methods are demonstrated to be in excellent agreement. Moreover, HAM results for a particular problem are also compared with exact solutions.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of Fe3O4: Porous carbon nanocomposites for biosensor application

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    Arora, Manju; Zargar, R. A.

    2015-08-01

    Fe3O4:Porous carbon (Fe3O4:PC) nano-magnetic composites were prepared by using different weight fractions of acid treated PC by the chemical co-precipitation route and annealed at 573 K, 773 K and 973 K temperatures in inert N2 gas atmosphere for 2 hrs to obtain desired stoichiometry of nanocomposites. The structural, morphological and magnetic properties of these composites were characterized by powder XRD, TEM, EPR and VSM analytical techniques. The crystallinity of the composites, g-value and spin concentration increases with increasing annealing temperature. TEM images confirmed the formation of nanosized ferrite nanoprticles whose size increases from 23 nm to 54 nm on increasing annealing temperature. Porous carbon increases porosity, coercivity and reduces saturation magnetization of these prepared nanocomposites.

  12. Efficient Fabrication of Hierarchically Porous Graphene-Derived Aerogel and Its Application in Lithium Sulfur Battery.

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    Zhang, Kai; Qin, Furong; Lai, Yanqing; Li, Jie; Lei, Xiaoke; Wang, Mengran; Lu, Hai; Fang, Jing

    2016-03-09

    Hierarchically porous carbon/graphene aerogel (CGA) with relatively high surface area and pore volume is synthesized through an efficient fabrication strategy, which involves forming hydrothermal carbon layer on the pore wall as upholder and directly carbonizing the wet hydrogel from hydrothermal reaction, without using any special drying techniques. Cassava powder is used as carbon precursor which enables sustainable synthesis. Carbonizing the wet hydrothermal product is found to be a self-activation process, through which abundant pores are generated. The aerogel is used as host to encapsulate sulfur for lithium sulfur battery. Graphene, served as highly conductive scaffold, accelerates the transport of the electrons. The hierarchically porous structure is in favor of improving the electrochemical performance of lithium sulfur battery. Therefore, the cathode with high sulfur loading and high sulfur content can deliver very good performance.

  13. Laser surface treatment of porous ceramic substrate for application in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Mahmod, D. S. A.; Khan, A. A.; Munot, M. A.; Glandut, N.; Labbe, J. C.

    2016-08-01

    Laser has offered a large number of benefits for surface treatment of ceramics due to possibility of localized heating, very high heating/cooling rates and possibility of growth of structural configurations only produced under non-equilibrium high temperature conditions. The present work investigates oxidation of porous ZrB2-SiC sintered ceramic substrates through treatment by a 1072 ± 10 nm ytterbium fiber laser. A multi-layer structure is hence produced showing successively oxygen rich distinct layers. The porous bulk beneath these layers remained unaffected as this laser-formed oxide scale and protected the substrate from oxidation. A glassy SiO2 structure thus obtained on the surface of the substrate becomes subject of interest for further research, specifically for its utilization as solid protonic conductor in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs).

  14. Cobalt monoxide-doped porous graphitic carbon microspheres for supercapacitor application

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    Yang, Zheng-Chun; Tang, Chun-Hua; Zhang, Yu; Gong, Hao; Li, Xu; Wang, John

    2013-01-01

    A novel design and facile synthesis process for carbon based hybrid materials, i.e., cobalt monoxide (CoO)-doped graphitic porous carbon microspheres (Co-GPCMs), have been developed. With the synthesis strategy, the mixture of cobalt gluconate, α-cyclodextrin and poly (ethylene oxide)106-poly (propylene oxide)70-poly (ethylene oxide)106 is treated hydrothermally, followed by pyrolysis in argon. The resultant Co-GPCMs exhibits a porous carbon matrix with localized graphitic structure while CoO nanodots are embedded in the carbon frame. Thus, the Co-GPCMs effectively combine the electric double-layer capacitance and pseudo-capacitance when used as the electrode in supercapacitor, which lead to a higher operation voltage (1.6 V) and give rise to a significantly higher energy density. This study provides a new research strategy for electrode materials in high energy density supercapacitors. PMID:24113335

  15. Porous silicon-based scaffolds for tissue engineering and other biomedical applications

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    Coffer, Jeffery L.; Whitehead, Melanie A.; Nagesha, Dattatri K.; Mukherjee, Priyabrata; Akkaraju, Giridhar; Totolici, Mihaela; Saffie, Roghieh S.; Canham, Leigh T.

    2005-06-01

    This work describes the formation of porous composite materials based on a combination of bioactive mesoporous silicon and bioerodible polymers such as poly-caprolactone (PCL). The fabrication of a range of composites prepared by both salt leaching and microemulsion techniques are discussed. Particular attention to the influence of Si content in the composite on in vitro calcification assays are assessed. For each system, cytotoxicity and cellular proliferation are explicitly evaluated through fibroblast cell culture assays.

  16. Core-shell designs of photoluminescent nanodiamonds with porous silica coatings for bioimaging and drug delivery II: application.

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    Prabhakar, Neeraj; Näreoja, Tuomas; von Haartman, Eva; Karaman, Didem Şen; Jiang, Hua; Koho, Sami; Dolenko, Tatiana A; Hänninen, Pekka E; Vlasov, Denis I; Ralchenko, Victor G; Hosomi, Satoru; Vlasov, Igor I; Sahlgren, Cecilia; Rosenholm, Jessica M

    2013-05-07

    Recent advances within materials science and its interdisciplinary applications in biomedicine have emphasized the potential of using a single multifunctional composite material for concurrent drug delivery and biomedical imaging. Here we present a novel composite material consisting of a photoluminescent nanodiamond (ND) core with a porous silica (SiO2) shell. This novel multifunctional probe serves as an alternative nanomaterial to address the existing problems with delivery and subsequent tracing of the particles. Whereas the unique optical properties of ND allows for long-term live cell imaging and tracking of cellular processes, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have proven to be efficient drug carriers. The advantages of both ND and MSNs were hereby integrated in the new composite material, ND@MSN. The optical properties provided by the ND core rendered the nanocomposite suitable for microscopy imaging in fluorescence and reflectance mode, as well as super-resolution microscopy as a STED label; whereas the porous silica coating provided efficient intracellular delivery capacity, especially in surface-functionalized form. This study serves as a demonstration how this novel nanomaterial can be exploited for both bioimaging and drug delivery for future theranostic applications.

  17. Method of dispensing droplets to penetration-resistive mediums. [Patent application

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    Fowler, V.L.; Ryon, A.D.; Haas, P.A.

    1982-06-10

    Uniform, monosized microspheroids are produced in a gelation medium characterized by a high resistance to surface penetration by reducing the effect of impact on entry of the droplets into the medium by contacting the droplet with a stream of medium and by introducing the resulting stream into a gelation column.

  18. Facile synthesis of porous graphene as binder-free electrode for supercapacitor application

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    Luo, Guangsheng; Huang, Haifu; Lei, Chenglong; Cheng, Zhenzhi; Wu, Xiaoshan; Tang, Shaolong; Du, Youwei

    2016-03-01

    Here, porous grapheme oxide (GO) gel deposited on nickel foam was prepared by using polystyrene (PS) colloidal particles as spacers for use as electrodes in high rate supercapacitors, then reduced by Vitamin C aqueous solution in ambient condition. The PS particles were surrounded by reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets, forming crinkles and rough textures. When PS particles were selectively removed, rGO gel coated on the skeleton of Ni foam can formed an open porous structure, which prevents elf-aggregation and restacking of graphene sheets. The porous rGO-based supercapacitors exhibit excellent electrochemical performances such as a specific capacitance of 152 F g-1 at 1 A g-1, high rate capability of 53% capacitance retention upon a current increase to 100 A g-1 and good cycle stability, due to effective rapid and short pathways for ionic and electronic transport provided by the sub-micrometer structure of rGO gel and 3D interconnected network of Ni foam.

  19. Biogenic Cracks in Porous Rock

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    Hemmerle, A.; Hartung, J.; Hallatschek, O.; Goehring, L.; Herminghaus, S.

    2014-12-01

    Microorganisms growing on and inside porous rock may fracture it by various processes. Some of the mechanisms of biofouling and bioweathering are today identified and partially understood but most emphasis is on chemical weathering, while mechanical contributions have been neglected. However, as demonstrated by the perseverance of a seed germinating and cracking up a concrete block, the turgor pressure of living organisms can be very significant. Here, we present results of a systematic study of the effects of the mechanical forces of growing microbial populations on the weathering of porous media. We designed a model porous medium made of glass beads held together by polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a curable polymer. The rheological properties of the porous medium, whose shape and size are tunable, can be controlled by the ratio of crosslinker to base used in the PDMS (see Fig. 1). Glass and PDMS being inert to most chemicals, we are able to focus on the mechanical processes of biodeterioration, excluding any chemical weathering. Inspired by recent measurements of the high pressure (~0.5 Mpa) exerted by a growing population of yeasts trapped in a microfluidic device, we show that yeast cells can be cultured homogeneously within porous medium until saturation of the porous space. We investigate then the effects of such an inner pressure on the mechanical properties of the sample. Using the same model system, we study also the complex interplay between biofilms and porous media. We focus in particular on the effects of pore size on the penetration of the biofilm within the porous sample, and on the resulting deformations of the matrix, opening new perspectives into the understanding of life in complex geometry. Figure 1. Left : cell culture growing in a model porous medium. The white spheres represent the grains, bonds are displayed in grey, and microbes in green. Right: microscopy picture of glass beads linked by PDMS bridges, scale bar: 100 μm.

  20. Storage of hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide in highly porous covalent organic frameworks for clean energy applications.

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    Furukawa, Hiroyasu; Yaghi, Omar M

    2009-07-01

    Dihydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide isotherm measurements were performed at 1-85 bar and 77-298 K on the evacuated forms of seven porous covalent organic frameworks (COFs). The uptake behavior and capacity of the COFs is best described by classifying them into three groups based on their structural dimensions and corresponding pore sizes. Group 1 consists of 2D structures with 1D small pores (9 A for each of COF-1 and COF-6), group 2 includes 2D structures with large 1D pores (27, 16, and 32 A for COF-5, COF-8, and COF-10, respectively), and group 3 is comprised of 3D structures with 3D medium-sized pores (12 A for each of COF-102 and COF-103). Group 3 COFs outperform group 1 and 2 COFs, and rival the best metal-organic frameworks and other porous materials in their uptake capacities. This is exemplified by the excess gas uptake of COF-102 at 35 bar (72 mg g(-1) at 77 K for hydrogen, 187 mg g(-1) at 298 K for methane, and 1180 mg g(-1) at 298 K for carbon dioxide), which is similar to the performance of COF-103 but higher than those observed for COF-1, COF-5, COF-6, COF-8, and COF-10 (hydrogen at 77 K, 15 mg g(-1) for COF-1, 36 mg g(-1) for COF-5, 23 mg g(-1) for COF-6, 35 mg g(-1) for COF-8, and 39 mg g(-1) for COF-10; methane at 298 K, 40 mg g(-1) for COF-1, 89 mg g(-1) for COF-5, 65 mg g(-1) for COF-6, 87 mg g(-1) for COF-8, and 80 mg g(-1) for COF-10; carbon dioxide at 298 K, 210 mg g(-1) for COF-1, 779 mg g(-1) for COF-5, 298 mg g(-1) for COF-6, 598 mg g(-1) for COF-8, and 759 mg g(-1) for COF-10). These findings place COFs among the most porous and the best adsorbents for hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide.

  1. Enhancing nZVI mobility in porous media using humate

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    Schmid, Doris; Micic Batka, Vesna; Gondikas, Andreas; Velimirovic, Milica; von der Kammer, Frank; Hofmann, Thilo

    2016-04-01

    The limited transport of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles in porous media is a major drawback for its use in groundwater remediation. Among other factors, transport of nZVI particles might be negatively affected by mineralogical and physical heterogeneities of the aquifer matrix. Carbonate minerals and iron oxides, for instance, provide positively charged patches which would further increase particle attachment to the sand grains. This study does assess the potential of sodium humate, a salt of humic acids, to enhance the mobility of nZVI particles. Humate is a non-toxic, inexpensive material extracted from natural oxidized lignite and obtained in commercial grade, which makes it advantageous for field applications. Humate is expected to shield the positively charged patches of the sand grains and consequently enhance nZVI mobility in porous media. In this study the humate was injected into an aquifer prior to injection of the nZVI particles. The potential of humate for enhancing the mobility of nZVI particles was tested in an array of columns packed with heterogeneous natural porous media of different mineralogical composition and sediment texture. The results demonstrated that without pre-injection of humates only limited mobility of nZVI particles can be obtained in all tested porous media. After the pre-injection of low concentration of humate (10 mg/L) the mobility of nZVI particles (1 g/L) was enhanced in all tested porous media. The magnitude of this enhancement was depended on the properties of the porous media. The largest improvement of nZVI mobility was observed for homogeneous quartz. This material had also the highest porosity (~ 40%), good sorting, and therefore a higher permeability compared to the other porous media tested. It is assumed that the higher permeability of this porous medium allowed an optimal distribution of humate, resulting in an approximately 6-fold enhancement of nZVI mobility. In carbonate-rich porous medium with a

  2. Green Synthesis of Porous Three-Dimensional Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Foam for Electrochemical Applications.

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    Yu, Hua; Ye, Delai; Butburee, Teera; Wang, Lianzhou; Dargusch, Matthew

    2016-02-03

    A facile and green approach was developed for the production of porous three-dimensional (3D) nitrogen-doped graphene with a foam structure. In comparison with conventional methods, this green approach uses environmental precursors in the preparation of graphene products. The resulting crystalline graphene foam product exhibited a uniform structure with large surface area. These appealing features render the prepared graphene foam product a prospective backbone for producing 3D charge-transport networks. The 3D graphene foam products were employed as the skeleton with an interconnected network for lithium-ion batteries. The lithium-ion batteries with the 3D porous foam structure exhibit superior cycling stability and good rate capability. There is no capacity loss after 800 cycles because the capacity stabilized for the first few cycles, and the lithium-ion batteries with 3D graphene foam showed a discharge capacity of 180 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 1000 mA g(-1). This superior cycling stability and good rate capability was ascribed to the 3D structure with an interconnected porous network and the nitrogen-doping strategy for improved conductive properties of graphene foam, which produces an efficient 3D charge-transport network. The configuration of this 3D transport network in lithium-ion cells not only can improve the electron-transport efficiency but also can suppress the volume effect during charge/discharge cycling. Besides, nitrogen doping could enhance the formation of chemical bonding between carbon and the nearby nitrogen atoms, which could accelerate the diffusion of lithium ions through the whole graphene network.

  3. Evaluation of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Porous Polymer Networks for CO2 -Capture Applications.

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    Verdegaal, Wolfgang M; Wang, Kecheng; Sculley, Julian P; Wriedt, Mario; Zhou, Hong-Cai

    2016-03-21

    This manuscript presents experimental data for 20 adsorption materials (metal-organic frameworks, porous polymer networks, and Zeolite-5A), including CO2 and N2 isotherms and heat capacities. With input from only experimental data, working capacities per energy for each material were calculated. Furthermore, by running seven different carbon-capture scenarios in which the initial flue-gas composition and process temperature was systematically changed, we present a range of performances for each material and quantify how sensitive each is to these varying parameters. The presented calculations provide researchers with a tool to investigate promising carbon-capture materials more easily and completely.

  4. Processing Methods Established To Fabricate Porous Oxide Ceramic Spheres for Thermal Barrier Coating Applications

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    Dynys, Frederick W.

    2003-01-01

    As gas turbine technology advances, the demand for efficient engines and emission reduction requires a further increase in operating temperatures, but combustion temperatures are currently limited by the temperature capability of the engine components. The existing thermal barrier coating (TBC) technology does not provide sufficient thermal load reduction at a 3000 F (1649 C) operating condition. Advancement in thermal barrier coating technology is needed to meet this aggressive goal. One concept for improving thermal barrier coating effectiveness is to design coating systems that incorporate a layer that reflects or scatters photon radiation. This can be achieved by using porous structures. The refractive index mismatch between the solid and pore, the pore size, and the pore density can be engineered to efficiently scatter photon radiation. Under NASA s Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology (UEET) Program, processing methods to fabricate porous ceramic spheres suitable for scattering photon radiation at elevated temperatures have been established. A straightforward templating process was developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center that requires no special processing equipment. The template was used to define particle shape, particle size, and pore size. Spherical organic cation exchange resins were used as a structure-directing template. The cation exchange resins have dual template capabilities that can produce different pore architectures. This process can be used to fabricate both metal oxide and metal carbide spheres.

  5. Preparation and characterization of hierarchical porous carbons derived from solid leather waste for supercapacitor applications.

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    Konikkara, Niketha; Kennedy, L John; Vijaya, J Judith

    2016-11-15

    Utilization of crust leather waste (CLW) as precursors for the preparation of hierarchical porous carbons (HPC) were investigated. HPCs were prepared from CLW by pre-carbonization followed by chemical activation using KOH at relatively high temperatures. Textural properties of HPC's showed an extent of micro-and mesoporosity with maximum BET surface area of 716m(2)/g. Inducements of graphitic planes in leather waste derived carbons were observed from X-ray diffraction and HR-TEM analysis. Microstructure, thermal behavior and surface functional groups were identified using FT-Raman, thermo gravimetric analysis and FT-IR techniques. HPCs were evaluated for electrochemical properties by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge (GCD) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) by three electrode system. CLC9 sample showed a maximum capacitance of 1960F/g in 1M KCl electrolyte. Results achieved from rectangular curves of CV, GCD symmetric curves and Nyquist plots show that the leather waste carbon is suitable to fabricate supercapacitors as it possess high specific capacitance and electrochemical cycle stability. The present study proposes an effective method for solid waste management in leather industry by the way of converting toxic leather waste to new graphitic porous carbonaceous materials as a potential candidate for energy storage devices.

  6. Fabrication, characterization, and application in nanoenergetic materials of uncracked nano porous silicon thick films

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    Wang, Shouxu; Shen, Ruiqi; Yang, Cheng; Ye, Yinghua; Hu, Yan; Li, Chuangxin

    2013-01-01

    The porous silicon (PS) film has gained increasing attention in recent years as advanced nanoenergetic materials (nEMs). A simple fabrication method to prepare uncracked PS thick films was successfully realized with precisely controlled electrochemical etching, and the relationship between the current density and the concentration of electrolytes was found in its fabrication. Additionally, the capillary stresses resulted from the liquids in nanopores of PS films was another factor resulted in its crack. The nanopores composed of uncracked PS thick films distributed regularly and their diameters ranged from 2 nm to 6 nm. Its Sa (average roughness) of PS film surface was 6.53 nm, and its thickness ranged from 102.41 μm to 205.75 μm. The specific surface area was 587 m2/g and the average diameter of nanopores was 4.3 nm. The PS film was found to be monocrystal and it was same as the substrate. The crack mechanism of PS films was discussed: the porous structure reduced the strength of PS films comparing the silicon bulk and the capillary effect hastened the crack of PS films. PS films filling with sodium percholorate in nanopores were ignited by laser and the stable combustion showed that they were advantageous to be applied as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) compatible devices, such as silicon-based chips of mircothruster and microigniter.

  7. Hierarchical porous carbon with ultrahigh surface area from corn leaf for high-performance supercapacitors application

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    Yang, Xiaoqing; Li, Chengfei; Chen, Yue

    2017-02-01

    A new class of hierarchical porous carbon (HPC) with ultrahigh surface area is successfully fabricated by carefully selecting biomass carbon precursors and activation reagent, through which corn leaf (CL) with natural well-defined macropore channels is used as the carbon precursor, and H3PO4 is used as the active agent by virtue of its pore-widening effect. The as-prepared CL-based HPC (CLHPC) with a H3PO4/semi-carbonized CL mass ratio of 2 (CLHPC-2) demonstrates the highest specific surface area of 2507 m2 g-1 donated by 28.3% of micropore and 71.6% of mesopore, while maintaining the channel-like macroporous structure derived from the well-defined natural structure in CL. The combination of the hierarchical porous structure and ultrahigh surface area enables rapid electrolyte diffusion and sufficient active sites for charge accumulation. As a result, CLHPC-2 exhibits excellent electrochemical performance, such as high specific capacitance of 230 F g-1 at the current density of 0.1 A g-1, excellent high-rate capability (retention of 91% from 0.1 to 5 A g-1), and good cycling stability (99% capacitance retention after 10 000 cycles).

  8. Synthesis and characterization of porous silicon as hydroxyapatite host matrix of biomedical applications

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    Dussan, A.; Bertel, S. D.; Melo, S. F.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, porous-silicon samples were prepared by electrochemical etching on p-type (B-doped) Silicon (Si) wafers. Hydrofluoric acid (HF)-ethanol (C2H5OH) [HF:Et] and Hydrofluoric acid (HF)-dimethylformamide (DMF-C3H7NO) [HF:DMF] solution concentrations were varied between [1:2]—[1:3] and [1:7]—[1:9], respectively. Effects of synthesis parameters, like current density, solution concentrations, reaction time, on morphological properties were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. Pore sizes varying from 20 nm to micrometers were obtained for long reaction times and [HF:Et] [1:2] concentrations; while pore sizes in the same order were observed for [HF:DMF] [1:7], but for shorter reaction time. Greater surface uniformity and pore distribution was obtained for a current density of around 8 mA/cm2 using solutions with DMF. A correlation between reflectance measurements and pore size is presented. The porous-silicon samples were used as substrate for hydroxyapatite growth by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and SEM were used to characterize the layers grown. It was found that the layer topography obtained on PS samples was characterized by the evidence of Hydroxyapatite in the inter-pore regions and over the surface. PMID:28291792

  9. Properties of open-cell porous metals and alloys for orthopaedic applications.

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    Lewis, Gladius

    2013-10-01

    One shortcoming of metals and alloys used to fabricate various components of orthopaedic systems, such as the femoral stem of a total hip joint replacement and the tibial plate of a total knee joint replacement, is well-recognized. This is that the material modulus of elasticity (E') is substantially larger than that of the contiguous cancellous bone, a consequence of which is stress shielding which, in turn, has been postulated to be implicated in a cascade of events that culminates in the principal life-limiting phenomenon of these systems, namely, aseptic loosening. Thus, over the years, a host of research programs have focused on the synthesis of metallic biomaterials whose E' can be tailored to match that of cancellous bone. The present work is a review of the extant large volume of literature on these materials, which are called open-cell porous metals/alloys (or, sometimes, metal foams or cellular materials). As such, its range is wide, covering myriad aspects such as production methods, characterization studies, in vitro evaluations, and in vivo performance. The review also includes discussion of seven areas for future research, such as parametric studies of the influence of an assortment of process variables (such as the space holder material and the laser power in the space holder method and the laser-engineered net-shaping process, respectively) on various properties (notably, permeability, fatigue strength, and corrosion resistance) of a given porous metal/alloy, innovative methods of determining fatigue strength, and modeling of corrosion behavior.

  10. Recent developments in neutron imaging with applications for porous media research

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    Kaestner, Anders P.; Trtik, Pavel; Zarebanadkouki, Mohsen; Kazantsev, Daniil; Snehota, Michal; Dobson, Katherine J.; Lehmann, Eberhard H.

    2016-09-01

    Computed tomography has become a routine method for probing processes in porous media, and the use of neutron imaging is especially suited to the study of the dynamics of hydrogenous fluids, and of fluids in a high-density matrix. In this paper we give an overview of recent developments in both instrumentation and methodology at the neutron imaging facilities NEUTRA and ICON at the Paul Scherrer Institut. Increased acquisition rates coupled to new reconstruction techniques improve the information output for fewer projection data, which leads to higher volume acquisition rates. Together, these developments yield significantly higher spatial and temporal resolutions, making it possible to capture finer details in the spatial distribution of the fluid, and to increase the acquisition rate of 3-D CT volumes. The ability to add a second imaging modality, e.g., X-ray tomography, further enhances the feature and process information that can be collected, and these features are ideal for dynamic experiments of fluid distribution in porous media. We demonstrate the performance for a selection of experiments carried out at our neutron imaging instruments.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of porous silicon as hydroxyapatite host matrix of biomedical applications.

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    Dussan, A; Bertel, S D; Melo, S F; Mesa, F

    2017-01-01

    In this work, porous-silicon samples were prepared by electrochemical etching on p-type (B-doped) Silicon (Si) wafers. Hydrofluoric acid (HF)-ethanol (C2H5OH) [HF:Et] and Hydrofluoric acid (HF)-dimethylformamide (DMF-C3H7NO) [HF:DMF] solution concentrations were varied between [1:2]-[1:3] and [1:7]-[1:9], respectively. Effects of synthesis parameters, like current density, solution concentrations, reaction time, on morphological properties were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. Pore sizes varying from 20 nm to micrometers were obtained for long reaction times and [HF:Et] [1:2] concentrations; while pore sizes in the same order were observed for [HF:DMF] [1:7], but for shorter reaction time. Greater surface uniformity and pore distribution was obtained for a current density of around 8 mA/cm2 using solutions with DMF. A correlation between reflectance measurements and pore size is presented. The porous-silicon samples were used as substrate for hydroxyapatite growth by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and SEM were used to characterize the layers grown. It was found that the layer topography obtained on PS samples was characterized by the evidence of Hydroxyapatite in the inter-pore regions and over the surface.

  12. Towards smart energy systems: application of kernel machine regression for medium term electricity load forecasting.

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    Alamaniotis, Miltiadis; Bargiotas, Dimitrios; Tsoukalas, Lefteri H

    2016-01-01

    Integration of energy systems with information technologies has facilitated the realization of smart energy systems that utilize information to optimize system operation. To that end, crucial in optimizing energy system operation is the accurate, ahead-of-time forecasting of load demand. In particular, load forecasting allows planning of system expansion, and decision making for enhancing system safety and reliability. In this paper, the application of two types of kernel machines for medium term load forecasting (MTLF) is presented and their performance is recorded based on a set of historical electricity load demand data. The two kernel machine models and more specifically Gaussian process regression (GPR) and relevance vector regression (RVR) are utilized for making predictions over future load demand. Both models, i.e., GPR and RVR, are equipped with a Gaussian kernel and are tested on daily predictions for a 30-day-ahead horizon taken from the New England Area. Furthermore, their performance is compared to the ARMA(2,2) model with respect to mean average percentage error and squared correlation coefficient. Results demonstrate the superiority of RVR over the other forecasting models in performing MTLF.

  13. 40 CFR 141.81 - Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems.

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    2014-07-01

    ... treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems. 141.81 Section 141.81 Protection of... WATER REGULATIONS Control of Lead and Copper § 141.81 Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps... review and approve the addition of a new source or long-term change in water treatment before it...

  14. 40 CFR 141.81 - Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems.

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    2013-07-01

    ... treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems. 141.81 Section 141.81 Protection of... WATER REGULATIONS Control of Lead and Copper § 141.81 Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps... review and approve the addition of a new source or long-term change in water treatment before it...

  15. 40 CFR 141.81 - Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems.

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    2012-07-01

    ... treatment steps to small, medium-size and large water systems. 141.81 Section 141.81 Protection of... WATER REGULATIONS Control of Lead and Copper § 141.81 Applicability of corrosion control treatment steps... review and approve the addition of a new source or long-term change in water treatment before it...

  16. Unsteady MHD Mixed Convection Slip Flow of Casson Fluid over Nonlinearly Stretching Sheet Embedded in a Porous Medium with Chemical Reaction, Thermal Radiation, Heat Generation/Absorption and Convective Boundary Conditions.

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    Ullah, Imran; Bhattacharyya, Krishnendu; Shafie, Sharidan; Khan, Ilyas

    2016-01-01

    Numerical results are presented for the effect of first order chemical reaction and thermal radiation on mixed convection flow of Casson fluid in the presence of magnetic field. The flow is generated due to unsteady nonlinearly stretching sheet placed inside a porous medium. Convective conditions on wall temperature and wall concentration are also employed in the investigation. The governing partial differential equations are converted to ordinary differential equations using suitable transformations and then solved numerically via Keller-box method. It is noticed that fluid velocity rises with increase in radiation parameter in the case of assisting flow and is opposite in the case of opposing fluid while radiation parameter has no effect on fluid velocity in the forced convection. It is also seen that fluid velocity and concentration enhances in the case of generative chemical reaction whereas both profiles reduces in the case of destructive chemical reaction. Further, increase in local unsteadiness parameter reduces fluid velocity, temperature and concentration. Over all the effects of physical parameters on fluid velocity, temperature and concentration distribution as well as on the wall shear stress, heat and mass transfer rates are discussed in detail.

  17. Unsteady MHD Mixed Convection Slip Flow of Casson Fluid over Nonlinearly Stretching Sheet Embedded in a Porous Medium with Chemical Reaction, Thermal Radiation, Heat Generation/Absorption and Convective Boundary Conditions

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    Ullah, Imran; Bhattacharyya, Krishnendu; Shafie, Sharidan; Khan, Ilyas

    2016-01-01

    Numerical results are presented for the effect of first order chemical reaction and thermal radiation on mixed convection flow of Casson fluid in the presence of magnetic field. The flow is generated due to unsteady nonlinearly stretching sheet placed inside a porous medium. Convective conditions on wall temperature and wall concentration are also employed in the investigation. The governing partial differential equations are converted to ordinary differential equations using suitable transformations and then solved numerically via Keller-box method. It is noticed that fluid velocity rises with increase in radiation parameter in the case of assisting flow and is opposite in the case of opposing fluid while radiation parameter has no effect on fluid velocity in the forced convection. It is also seen that fluid velocity and concentration enhances in the case of generative chemical reaction whereas both profiles reduces in the case of destructive chemical reaction. Further, increase in local unsteadiness parameter reduces fluid velocity, temperature and concentration. Over all the effects of physical parameters on fluid velocity, temperature and concentration distribution as well as on the wall shear stress, heat and mass transfer rates are discussed in detail. PMID:27776174

  18. The effects of porosity and permeability on fluid flow and heat transfer of multi walled carbon nano-tubes suspended in oil (MWCNT/Oil nano-fluid) in a microchannel filled with a porous medium

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    Nojoomizadeh, Mehdi; Karimipour, Arash

    2016-10-01

    The forced convection heat transfer and laminar flow in a two-dimensional microchannel filled with a porous medium is numerically investigated. The nano-particles which have been used are multi walled carbon nano-tubes (MWCNT) suspended in oil as the based fluid. The assumption of no-slip condition between the base fluid and nano-particles as well as the thermal equilibrium between them allows us to study the nanofluid in a single phase. The nanofluid flow through the microchannel has been modeled using the Darcy-Forchheimer equation. It is also assumed that there is a thermal equilibrium between the solid phase and the nanofluid for energy transfer. The walls of the microchannel are under the influence of a fluctuating heat flux. Also, the slip velocity boundary condition has been assumed along the walls. The effects of Darcy number, porosity and slip coefficients and Reynolds number on the velocity and temperature profiles and Nusselt number will be studied in this research.

  19. Influence of thermophoresis on heat and mass transfer under non-Darcy MHD mixed convection along a vertical flat plate embedded in a porous medium in the presence of radiation

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    Kishan, N.; Jagadha, S.

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents an investigation of the influence of thermophoresis on MHD mixed convective heat and mass transfer of a viscous, incompressible and electrically conducting fluid along a vertical flat plate with radiation effects. The plate is permeable and embedded in a porous medium. To describe the deviation from the Darcy model the Forchheimer flow model is used. The Rosseland approximation is used to describe the radiative heat flux in the energy equation. The governing partial differential equations are transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations using similarity transformation. The nonlinear ordinary differential equations are linearized by using quasilinearization technique and then solved numerically by using implicit finite difference scheme. The numerical results are analyzed for the effects of various physical parameters such as magnetic parameter Ha, mixed convection parameter Ra d /Pe d , Reynolds number Red, radiation parameter R, thermophoretic parameter τ, Prandtl number Pr, and Schmidt number Sc. The heat transfer coefficient is also tabulated for different values of physical parameters.

  20. Thermal radiation and Hall effects on boundary layer flow past a non-isothermal stretching surface embedded in porous medium with non-uniform heat source/sink and fluid-particle suspension

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    Gireesha, B. J.; Mahanthesh, B.; Gorla, Rama Subba Reddy; Manjunatha, P. T.

    2016-04-01

    Theoretical study on hydromagnetic heat transfer in dusty viscous fluid on continuously stretching non-isothermal surface, with linear variation of surface temperature or heat flux has been carried out. Effects of Hall current, Darcy porous medium, thermal radiation and non-uniform heat source/sink are taken into the account. The sheet is considered to be permeable to allow fluid suction or blowing, and stretching with a surface velocity varied according to a linear. Two cases of the temperature boundary conditions were considered at the surface namely, PST and PHF cases. The governing partial differential equations are transferred to a system of non-linear ordinary differential equations by employing suitable similarity transformations and then they are solved numerically. Effects of various pertinent parameters on flow and heat transfer for both phases is analyzed and discussed through graphs in detail. The values of skin friction and Nusselt number for different governing parameters are also tabulated. Comparison of the present results with known numerical results is presented and an excellent agreement is found.

  1. Fractional and fractal dynamics approach to anomalous diffusion in porous media: application to landslide behavior

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    Martelloni, Gianluca; Bagnoli, Franco

    2016-04-01

    shallow landslides triggered by intense rainfall, Natural Hazards and System Sciences 3: 81-93, 2003. [40] A. Patra, A. Bauer, C. Nichita, E. Pitman, M. Sheridan, M. Bursik, et al., Parallel adaptive numerical simulation of dry avalanches over natural terrain, J Volcanol Geotherm Res, 1-21, 2005. [41] E. Massaro, G. Martelloni, F. Bagnoli, Particle based method for shallow landslides: modeling sliding surface lubrification by rainfall, CMSIM International Journal of Nonlinear Scienze ISSN 2241-0503, 147-158, 2011. [42] G. Martelloni, E. Massaro, F. Bagnoli, A computational toy model for shallow landslides: Molecular Dynamics approach, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 18(9), 2479-2492, 2013. [43] G. Martelloni, E. Massaro, F. Bagnoli, Computational modelling for landslide: molecular dynamic 2D application to shallow and deep landslides, In: EGU General Assembly 2012, Vienna (AT), Vol. 14, EGU2012-12219. [44] G. Martelloni, F. Bagnoli, Particle-based models for hydrologically triggered deep seated landslides, In: EGU General Assembly 2013, Vienna (AT), Vol. 15, EGU2013-10599-1. [45] P.A. Cundall, O.D.L. Strack, A discrete numerical model for granular assemblies, Geotechnique 29 819, 47-65, 1979. [46] G. Martelloni, F. Bagnoli, Infiltration effects on a two-dimensional molecular dynamics model of landslides. In NHAZ (Natural Hazards)), special issue in "Modeling in landslide research: advanced methods", 2014. [47] Y. Pachepsky, D. Timlin, W. Rawls, Generalized Richards' equation to simulate water transport in unsaturated soils, Journal of Hidrology 272: 3-13, 2003. [48] G. Drazer, D.H. Zanette, Experimental evidence of power-law trapping-time distributions in porous media, Physical Review E, 60(5), 1999. [49] C.A. Coulomb, Essai sur une application des regles des maximis et minimis a quelques problemes de statique relatifs, a la architecture. Mem. Acad. Roy. Div. Sav., 7: 343-387, 1776. [50] K. Terzaghi, Theoretical soil mechanics. New York

  2. Estimation of Random Medium Parameters from 2D Post-Stack Seismic Data and Its Application in Seismic Inversion

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    Yang, X.; Zhu, P.; Gu, Y.; Xu, Z.

    2015-12-01

    Small scale heterogeneities of subsurface medium can be characterized conveniently and effectively using a few simple random medium parameters (RMP), such as autocorrelation length, angle and roughness factor, etc. The estimation of these parameters is significant in both oil reservoir prediction and metallic mine exploration. Poor accuracy and low stability existed in current estimation approaches limit the application of random medium theory in seismic exploration. This study focuses on improving the accuracy and stability of RMP estimation from post-stacked seismic data and its application in the seismic inversion. Experiment and theory analysis indicate that, although the autocorrelation of random medium is related to those of corresponding post-stacked seismic data, the relationship is obviously affected by the seismic dominant frequency, the autocorrelation length, roughness factor and so on. Also the error of calculation of autocorrelation in the case of finite and discrete model decreases the accuracy. In order to improve the precision of estimation of RMP, we design two improved approaches. Firstly, we apply region growing algorithm, which often used in image processing, to reduce the influence of noise in the autocorrelation calculated by the power spectrum method. Secondly, the orientation of autocorrelation is used as a new constraint in the estimation algorithm. The numerical experiments proved that it is feasible. In addition, in post-stack seismic inversion of random medium, the estimated RMP may be used to constrain inverse procedure and to construct the initial model. The experiment results indicate that taking inversed model as random medium and using relatively accurate estimated RMP to construct initial model can get better inversion result, which contained more details conformed to the actual underground medium.

  3. Simulations on shifting medium and its application in wireless power transfer system to enhance magnetic coupling

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    Li, Wenwen; Zhang, Yingyi; Yao, Chen; Tang, Houjun

    2016-05-01

    Shifting medium is a kind of an anisotropic but homogeneous metamaterial designed by transformation optics. An object or free space enclosed by the shifting medium could be moved to a certain distance away from the original position. In this paper, we propose a cone-shaped shifting medium shell to move an internal coil to the given position. In this way, the two coils in a wireless power transfer system could be equivalently moved closer; thus, their magnetic coupling is enhanced. The theoretical models and numerical simulations are presented and analyzed to validate the effects of the shifting medium shell. Both ohmic loss and magnetic loss are also considered for practical concerns. Finally, we discuss the simplification of such a shifting medium to facilitate its fabrication.

  4. A general model for moving boundary problems -- Application to drying of porous media

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    Silva, M.A.

    2000-03-01

    This work presents a general model to describe momentum, heat and mass transfer for moving boundary problems. The equations are obtained supposing an instantaneous superposition of a moving volume with velocity {nu}{sub s} (Lagrangean reference frame) over a stationary volume in the stream velocity {nu} (Eulerian reference frame). The set of equations for multicomponent single-phase systems is applied to porous media (multi-phase systems) using the volume-averaging method. Depending on the assumptions about the behavior of the system, it is possible to obtain the different models proposed in the literature, showing the generality of the model proposed in this work. Numerical results were compared to experimental data of Kaolin drying during the shrinking stage. These results showed a good agreement.

  5. A Report on Superfluid Helium Flow Through Porous Plugs for Space Science Applications

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    Mason, F. C.

    1983-01-01

    As a background for the study of the nature of superfluid helium flow through porous plugs for other space science uses, preliminary tests on various plugs of a given material, diameter, height, and filtration grade have been performed. Two characteristics of the plugs, pore size and number of channels, have been determined by the bubble test and warm flow test of helium gas through the plugs, respectively. Tests on the flow of He II through the plugs have also been performed. An obvious feature of the results of these tests is that for isothermal measurements of pressure versus mass flow rate below approximately 2.10 K, the flow is separated into two different regimes, indicative of the occurrence of a critical phenomenon.

  6. Method of preparing porous, rigid ceramic separators for an electrochemical cell. [Patent application

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    Bandyopadhyay, G.; Dusek, J.T.

    Porous, rigid separators for electrochemical cells are prepared by first calcining particles of ceramic material at temperatures above about 1200/sup 0/C for a sufficient period of time to reduce the sinterability of the particles. A ceramic powder that has not been calcined is blended with the original powder to control the porosity of the completed separator. The ceramic blend is then pressed into a sheet of the desired shape and sintered at a temperature somewhat lower than the calcination temperature. Separator sheets of about 1 to 2.5 mm thickness and 30 to 70% porosity can be prepared by this technique. Ceramics such as yttria, magnesium oxide, and magnesium-aluminium oxide have advantageously been used to form separators by this method.

  7. Fabrication and application of porous silicon multilayered microparticles in sustained drug delivery

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    Maniya, Nalin H.; Patel, Sanjaykumar R.; Murthy, Z. V. P.

    2015-09-01

    In the present study, the ability of porous silicon (PSi) based distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) microparticles for sustained and observable delivery of the antiviral agent acyclovir (ACV) is demonstrated. DBR was fabricated by electrochemical etching of single crystal silicon wafers and ultrasonic fractured to prepare microparticles. The hydrogen-terminated native surface of DBR microparticles was modified by thermal oxidation and thermal hydrosilylation. Particles were loaded with ACV and drug release experiments were conducted in phosphate buffered saline. Drug loading and surface chemistry of particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Drug release profiles from PSi DBR particles show sustained release behavior from all three studied surface chemistries. Drug release from particles was also monitored from change in color of particles.

  8. Porous media experience applicable to field evaluation for compressed air energy storage

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    Allen, R.D.; Gutknecht, P.J.

    1980-06-01

    A survey is presented of porous media field experience that may aid in the development of a compressed air energy storage field demonstration. Work done at PNL and experience of other groups and related industries is reviewed. An overall view of porous media experience in the underground storage of fluids is presented. CAES experience consists of site evaluation and selection processes used by groups in California, Kansas, and Indiana. Reservoir design and field evaluation of example sites are reported. The studies raised questions about compatibility with depleted oil and gas reservoirs, storage space rights, and compressed air regulations. Related experience embraces technologies of natural gas, thermal energy, and geothermal and hydrogen storage. Natural gas storage technology lends the most toward compressed air storage development, keeping in mind the respective differences between stored fluids, physical conditions, and cycling frequencies. Both fluids are injected under pressure into an aquifer to form a storage bubble confined between a suitable caprock structure and partially displaced ground water. State-of-the-art information is summarized as the necessary foundation material for field planning. Preliminary design criteria are given as recommendations for basic reservoir characteristics. These include geometric dimensions and storage matrix properties such as permeability. Suggested ranges are given for injection air temperature and reservoir pressure. The second step in developmental research is numerical modeling. Results have aided preliminary design by analyzing injection effects upon reservoir pressure, temperature and humidity profiles. Results are reported from laboratory experiments on candidate sandstones and caprocks. Conclusions are drawn, but further verification must be done in the field.

  9. Characterization of Porous TiO2 Surfaces Formed on 316L Stainless Steel by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation for Stent Applications.

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    Huan, Zhiguang; Fratila-Apachitei, Lidy E; Apachitei, Iulian; Duszczyk, Jurek

    2012-05-11

    In this study, a porous oxide layer was formed on the surface of 316L stainless steel (SS) by combining Ti magnetron sputtering and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) with the aim to produce a polymer-free drug carrier for drug eluting stent (DES) applications. The oxidation was performed galvanostatically in Na3PO4 electrolyte. The surface porosity, average pore size and roughness varied with PEO treatment duration, and under optimum conditions, the surface showed a porosity of 7.43%, an average pore size of 0.44 µm and a roughness (Ra) of 0.34 µm. The EDS analyses revealed that the porous layer consisted of Ti, O and P. The cross-sectional morphology evidenced a double-layer structure, with a porous titania surface and an un-oxidized dense Ti film towards the interface with 316L SS. After the PEO treatment, wettability and surface free energy increased significantly. The results of the present study confirm the feasibility of forming a porous TiO2 layer on stainless steel by combining sputtering technology and PEO. Further, the resultant porous oxide layer has the potential to be used as a drug carrier for DES, thus avoiding the complications associated with the polymer based carriers.

  10. Application of a medium-range global hydrologic probabilistic forecast scheme to the Ohio River Basin

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    Voisin, Nathalie; Pappenberger, Florian; Lettenmaier, D. P.; Buizza, Roberto; Schaake, John

    2011-08-15

    A 10-day globally applicable flood prediction scheme was evaluated using the Ohio River basin as a test site for the period 2003-2007. The Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) hydrology model was initialized with the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) analysis temperatures and wind, and Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission Multi Satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) precipitation up to the day of forecast. In forecast mode, the VIC model was then forced with a calibrated and statistically downscaled ECMWF ensemble prediction system (EPS) 10-day ensemble forecast. A parallel set up was used where ECMWF EPS forecasts were interpolated to the spatial scale of the hydrology model. Each set of forecasts was extended by 5 days using monthly mean climatological variables and zero precipitation in order to account for the effect of initial conditions. The 15-day spatially distributed ensemble runoff forecasts were then routed to four locations in the basin, each with different drainage areas. Surrogates for observed daily runoff and flow were provided by the reference run, specifically VIC simulation forced with ECMWF analysis fields and TMPA precipitation fields. The flood prediction scheme using the calibrated and downscaled ECMWF EPS forecasts was shown to be more accurate and reliable than interpolated forecasts for both daily distributed runoff forecasts and daily flow forecasts. Initial and antecedent conditions dominated the flow forecasts for lead times shorter than the time of concentration depending on the flow forecast amounts and the drainage area sizes. The flood prediction scheme had useful skill for the 10 following days at all sites.

  11. Aggravation of Pre-Existing Atrioventricular Block, Wenckebach Type, Provoked by Application of X-Ray Contrast Medium

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    Brodmann, Marianne Seinost, Gerald; Stark, Gerhard; Pilger, Ernst

    2006-12-15

    Background. Significant bradycardia followed by cardiac arrest related to single bolus administration of X-ray contrast medium into a peripheral artery has not, to our knowledge, been described in the literature. Methods and Results. While performing a percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the left superficial femoral artery in a 68-year old patient with a pre-existing atrioventricular (AV) block, Wenckebach type, he developed an AV block III after a single bolus injection of intra-arterial X-ray contrast medium. Conclusion. We believe that application of contrast medium causes a transitory ischemia in the obstructed vessel and therefore elevation of endogenous adenosine. In the case of a previously damaged AV node this elevation of endogenous adenosine may be responsible for the development of a short period of third-degree AV block.

  12. Design principle and calculations of a Scheffler fixed focus concentrator for medium temperature applications

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    Munir, A.; Hensel, O.; Scheffler, W.

    2010-08-15

    Scheffler fixed focus concentrators are successfully used for medium temperature applications in different parts of the world. These concentrators are taken as lateral sections of paraboloids and provide fixed focus away from the path of incident beam radiations throughout the year. The paper presents a complete description about the design principle and construction details of an 8 m{sup 2} surface area Scheffler concentrator. The first part of the paper presents the mathematical calculations to design the reflector parabola curve and reflector elliptical frame with respect to equinox (solar declination = 0) by selecting a specific lateral part of a paraboloid. Crossbar equations and their ellipses, arc lengths and their radii are also calculated to form the required lateral section of the paraboloid. Thereafter, the seasonal parabola equations are calculated for two extreme positions of summer and winter in the northern hemisphere (standing reflectors). The slopes of the parabola equations for equinox (solar declination = 0), summer (solar declination = +23.5) and winter (solar declination = -23.5) for the Scheffler reflector (8 m{sup 2} surface area) are calculated to be 0.17, 0.28, and 0.13 respectively. The y-intercepts of the parabola equations for equinox, summer and winter are calculated as 0, 0.54, and -0.53 respectively. By comparing with the equinox parabola curve, the summer parabola is found to be smaller in size and uses the top part of the parabola curve while the winter parabola is bigger in size and uses the lower part of the parabola curve to give the fixed focus. For this purpose, the reflector assembly is composed of flexible crossbars and a frame to induce the required change of the parabola curves with the changing solar declination. The paper also presents the calculation procedure of seasonal parabola equations for standing reflectors in the southern hemisphere as well as for laying reflectors in the northern and southern hemispheres. Highly

  13. Pulse Applications and Parameter Identification for U.S. Navy Medium- Weight Shock Machine

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    1977-11-01

    power unit and controls, and provide pulse-train profiles and mandrels; and Perform an exploratory parametric identification study of U.S. Navy medium- weight shock machine, test article, and impact loads using NRL-furnished data.

  14. Porous Portland Cement Concrete; The State of the Art.

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    This study investigates the current state of the art relating to the production and use of those porous portland cement concretes that may be...suitable for the construction of porous portland cement friction courses. Porous concretes produced by gap grading or elimination of the fine aggregate...applications discussed include: a no-fines pavement layer, porous portland cement concrete pavements, and porous pavement edge drains or porous hard shoulders

  15. Flow in Porous Media: Experiments and Simulations with Application to CO2 Sequestration

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    Crandall, D.M.; Ahmadi, G.; Smith, D.H.

    2007-09-01

    The amount of carbon dioxide that can be sequestered in reservoirs is dependent on fluid-fluid-solid interactions within porous rock. Displacement of an in-place fluid by a less viscous invading fluid does not evacuate 100 percent of the defending fluid, due to capillary and viscous fingering. This has been studied over the past decades experimentally and numerically with pore-throat flow cells and pore-level models, respectively. This current work examines immiscible two-phase displacements within a novel flowcell and extends this experimental work with a computational fluid dynamics model within the same random pore-throat geometry using the Volume of Fluid (VOF) method. A new, experimental flowcell is described and experiments of constant-rate injection of air into the water-saturated cell are shown. The flowcell is weakly water wetting with a static contact angle measured as 76°. The motion of the invading fingers is shown to obey the well defined fingering structures observed in pore level numerical models of drainage; namely, dendritic fingers at high flow rates and a more stable invasion at low rates. An increase in the fractal dimension (Df) of the interface and a decrease in the final saturation of invading air was noted with increasing flow rate. VOF modeling within the same flowcell geometry is then discussed. Percent saturation and the Df of the invading fluid were calculated from the numerical model and shown to be in good agreement with the experimental findings of air invasion into a water saturated domain. The fluid properties (viscosity and density) were than varied and the viscosity ratio (M) between fluids and capillary number (Ca) of the flow are shown to affect the percent of displaced fluid, with lower Ca and higher M displacing a greater amount of the wetting fluid. Finally, the fluid-fluid-surface conditions of the numerical model were changed to show the effect on the percent saturation and Df for the case of a weakly water repellent

  16. Macroscopic momentum and mechanical energy equations for incompressible single-phase flow in porous media.

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    Paéz-García, Catherine Teresa; Valdés-Parada, Francisco J; Lasseux, Didier

    2017-02-01

    Modeling flow in porous media is usually focused on the governing equations for mass and momentum transport, which yield the velocity and pressure at the pore or Darcy scales. However, in many applications, it is important to determine the work (or power) needed to induce flow in porous media, and this can be achieved when the mechanical energy equation is taken into account. At the macroscopic scale, this equation may be postulated to be the result of the inner product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. However, near the porous medium boundaries, this postulate seems questionable due to the spatial variations of the effective properties (velocity, permeability, porosity, etc.). In this work we derive the macroscopic mechanical energy equation using the method of volume averaging for the simple case of incompressible single-phase flow in porous media. Our analysis shows that the result of averaging the pore-scale version of the mechanical energy equation at the Darcy scale is not, in general, the expected product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. As a matter of fact, this result is only applicable in the bulk region of the porous medium and, in the derivation of this result, the properties of the permeability tensor are determinant. Furthermore, near the porous medium boundaries, a more novel version of the mechanical energy equation is obtained, which incorporates additional terms that take into account the rapid variations of structural properties taking place in this particular portion of the system. This analysis can be applied to multiphase and compressible flows in porous media and in many other multiscale systems.

  17. Macroscopic momentum and mechanical energy equations for incompressible single-phase flow in porous media

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    Paéz-García, Catherine Teresa; Valdés-Parada, Francisco J.; Lasseux, Didier

    2017-02-01

    Modeling flow in porous media is usually focused on the governing equations for mass and momentum transport, which yield the velocity and pressure at the pore or Darcy scales. However, in many applications, it is important to determine the work (or power) needed to induce flow in porous media, and this can be achieved when the mechanical energy equation is taken into account. At the macroscopic scale, this equation may be postulated to be the result of the inner product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. However, near the porous medium boundaries, this postulate seems questionable due to the spatial variations of the effective properties (velocity, permeability, porosity, etc.). In this work we derive the macroscopic mechanical energy equation using the method of volume averaging for the simple case of incompressible single-phase flow in porous media. Our analysis shows that the result of averaging the pore-scale version of the mechanical energy equation at the Darcy scale is not, in general, the expected product of Darcy's law and the seepage velocity. As a matter of fact, this result is only applicable in the bulk region of the porous medium and, in the derivation of this result, the properties of the permeability tensor are determinant. Furthermore, near the porous medium boundaries, a more novel version of the mechanical energy equation is obtained, which incorporates additional terms that take into account the rapid variations of structural properties taking place in this particular portion of the system. This analysis can be applied to multiphase and compressible flows in porous media and in many other multiscale systems.

  18. Porous silicon nanowires.

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    Qu, Yongquan; Zhou, Hailong; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2011-10-05

    In this mini-review, we summarize recent progress in the synthesis, properties and applications of a new type of one-dimensional nanostructures-single crystalline porous silicon nanowires. The growth of porous silicon nanowires starting from both p- and n-type Si wafers with a variety of dopant concentrations can be achieved through either one-step or two-step reactions. The mechanistic studies indicate the dopant concentration of Si wafers, oxidizer concentration, etching time and temperature can affect the morphology of the as-etched silicon nanowires. The porous silicon nanowires are both optically and electronically active and have been explored for potential applications in diverse areas including photocatalysis, lithium ion batteries, gas sensors and drug delivery.

  19. Multiscale simulation process and application to additives in porous composite battery electrodes

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    Wieser, Christian; Prill, Torben; Schladitz, Katja

    2015-03-01

    Structure-resolving simulation of porous materials in electrochemical cells such as fuel cells and lithium ion batteries allows for correlating electrical performance with material morphology. In lithium ion batteries characteristic length scales of active material particles and additives range several orders of magnitude. Hence, providing a computational mesh resolving all length scales is not reasonably feasible and requires alternative approaches. In the work presented here a virtual process to simulate lithium ion batteries by bridging the scales is introduced. Representative lithium ion battery electrode coatings comprised of μm-scale graphite particles as active material and a nm-scale carbon/polymeric binder mixture as an additive are imaged with synchrotron radiation computed tomography (SR-CT) and sequential focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM), respectively. Applying novel image processing methodologies for the FIB/SEM images, data sets are binarized to provide a computational grid for calculating the effective mass transport properties of the electrolyte phase in the nanoporous additive. Afterwards, the homogenized additive is virtually added to the micropores of the binarized SR-CT data set representing the active particle structure, and the resulting electrode structure is assembled to a virtual half-cell for electrochemical microheterogeneous simulation. Preliminary battery performance simulations indicate non-negligible impact of the consideration of the additive.

  20. Synthesis and potential applications of silver-porous aluminium oxide nanocomposites as prospective antiseptics and bactericides.

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    Gorbunova, Marina; Lemkina, Larisa; Lebedeva, Irina; Kisel'kov, Dmitriy; Chekanova, Larisa

    2017-03-01

    Alumina micro-spheres with mesoporous structure called porous aluminium oxide (POA) were prepared through a hydrothermal method using Al2(SO4)3·18H2O followed by a thermal decomposition process. Silver nanocomposites of POA (Ag/POAs) with high biochemical activity were synthesized by sorption of silver nanoparticles in the matrix of POA. Synthesis of Ag/POAs using photochemical reduction enables the producing silver nanoparticles preventing their aggregation. Ag/POAs demonstrated a stronger bactericidal activity than POA. The colony-forming ability of Escherichia coli was completely lost in 1 day on Ag/POAs at silver nanoparticles concentration of 0.241 ppm. Staphylococcus epidermidis displayed higher tolerance to Ag/POAs at all silver nanoparticles concentrations, the growth of Staphylococcus epidermidis was stopped at concentration of 0.374 ppm. The bactericidal activity of Ag/POAs against bacteria in drinking water was found to be highly effective, the growth of bacteria was completely lost in 1 day at silver nanoparticles concentration of 0.108 ppm.