Measurement of permeability of microfluidic porous media with finite-sized colloidal tracers

Measurement of permeability of microfluidic porous media with finite-sized colloidal tracers We present two methods how the permeability in porous microstructures can be experimentally obtained from particle tracking velocimetry of finite-sized colloidal particles suspended in a liquid. The first method employs additional unpatterned reference channels where the liquid flow can be calculated theoretically and a relationship between the velocity of the particles and the liquid is obtained. The second method takes advantage of a time-dependent pressure drop that leads to an exponential decrease in the particle velocity inside a porous structure. From the corresponding decay time, the permeability can be calculated independently of the particle size. Both methods lead to results comparable with permeabilities derived from numerical simulations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Experiments in Fluids Springer Journals

Measurement of permeability of microfluidic porous media with finite-sized colloidal tracers

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Engineering; Engineering Fluid Dynamics; Engineering Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer; Fluid- and Aerodynamics
ISSN
0723-4864
eISSN
1432-1114
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00348-012-1362-9
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Abstract

We present two methods how the permeability in porous microstructures can be experimentally obtained from particle tracking velocimetry of finite-sized colloidal particles suspended in a liquid. The first method employs additional unpatterned reference channels where the liquid flow can be calculated theoretically and a relationship between the velocity of the particles and the liquid is obtained. The second method takes advantage of a time-dependent pressure drop that leads to an exponential decrease in the particle velocity inside a porous structure. From the corresponding decay time, the permeability can be calculated independently of the particle size. Both methods lead to results comparable with permeabilities derived from numerical simulations.

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Experiments in FluidsSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 25, 2012

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