Imaging methods are proposed for the characterisation of liquid flows through transparent porous media of matched refractive index. The methods are based on the analysis of laser-illuminated slices, and specialized for the case in which the porous medium is composed of irregularly packed spheres. They include algorithms for the reconstruction of the three-dimensional (3D) sphere arrangement based on a laser scan of the packed bed, particle tracking velocimetry applied to the motions of micro-tracers in a laser-illuminated plane, and techniques for the co-registration of geometry and velocity measurements acquired from different slices. The methods are applied to a cylindrical flow cell filled with mono-sized spheres and operated at Reynolds number Re = 28. The data produced include the full 3D geometry of the packed spheres assembly, the 2D fluid velocity field in the axial centre-plane of the flow cell, and the corresponding porosity and velocity distributions.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 9, 2008
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