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Numerical modeling of local capillary effects in porous media as a pressure discontinuity acting on the interface of a transient bi-fluid flow

Abstract : Transient flows through porous media can be controlled by local capillary forces. In an attempt to ease the representation of these complex multi-scale flows, this article presents a new numerical approach to account for these local forces, viewed as a global pressure discontinuity acting in bi-fluid flows through smeared-out porous media. A finite element discretization of the Darcy’s equations is considered and a pressure enriched space is locally introduced at the fluid interface in order to capture the pressure discontinuity. Then, a Variational Multiscale Stabilization (VMS) method is selected to take into account the subgrid effects on the finite element solution and hence ensure the consistency of the finite element formulation. The fluid front is represented by a level set function, convected with the fluid velocity thanks to a finite element scheme stabilized with a Streamline-Upwind/Petrov-Galerkin (SUPG) method. Both convergence and implementation are first validated with the Method of Manufactured Solution (MMS) and the model shows a good convergence. Second, a comparison with experimental measurements in the case of capillary wicking of water into carbon reinforcements shows a very good correlation between experimental and numerical results.
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Koloina Andriamananjara, Nicolas Moulin, Julien Bruchon, Pierre-Jacques Liotier, Sylvain Drapier. Numerical modeling of local capillary effects in porous media as a pressure discontinuity acting on the interface of a transient bi-fluid flow. International Journal of Material Forming, Springer Verlag, 2018, ⟨10.1007/s12289-018-1442-3⟩. ⟨emse-02015861⟩

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