Pore-scale modeling of saturated permeabilities in random sphere packings

Chongxun Pan, Markus Hilpert, Cass T. Miller

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A Lattice-Boltzman (LB) and a pore-network model were used to simulate flow through sphere packings. Using both models, a statistically supported representative elementary volume (REV) for packings was established and the transition region between Darcian and non-Darcian flow examined. LB simulations were compared to existing empirical relations for permeability for a broad range of packings. Finally, a correlation function was formulated for the permeability in sphere packing with log-normal sphere-size distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)066702/1-066702/9
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6 II
StatePublished - Dec 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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