A material fluid element within a porous medium experiences deformations due to the disordered spatial distribution of the Darcy scale velocity field, caused by the heterogeneity of hydraulic conductivity. A physical consequence of this heterogeneity is the presence of localized kinematical features such as straining, shearing and vorticity in the fluid element. These kinematical features will influence the shape of solute clouds and their fate. Studies on the deformation of material surfaces highlighted the importance of stretching and shearing, whereas vorticity received so far less attention, though it determines folding, a deformation associated with the local rotation of the velocity field. We study vorticity in a three-dimensional porous formation exploring how its fluctuations are influenced by the spatial structure of the porous media, obtained by immersing spheroidal inclusions into a matrix of constant hydraulic conductivity. By comparing porous formations with the same spatial statistics, we analyse how vorticity is affected by the different shape and arrangement of inclusions, defined as the medium 'microstructure'. We conclude that, as microstructure has a significant impact on vorticity fluctuations, the usual second-order statistical description of the conductivity field is unable to capture local deformations of the plume.

Di Dato, M., Fiori, A., Chiogna, G., De Barros, F.P.J., Bellin, A. (2016). Impact of the spatial structure of the hydraulic conductivity field on vorticity in three-dimensional flows. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON. SERIES A, 472(2187), 20150730 [10.1098/rspa.2015.0730].

Impact of the spatial structure of the hydraulic conductivity field on vorticity in three-dimensional flows

FIORI, ALDO;
2016

Abstract

A material fluid element within a porous medium experiences deformations due to the disordered spatial distribution of the Darcy scale velocity field, caused by the heterogeneity of hydraulic conductivity. A physical consequence of this heterogeneity is the presence of localized kinematical features such as straining, shearing and vorticity in the fluid element. These kinematical features will influence the shape of solute clouds and their fate. Studies on the deformation of material surfaces highlighted the importance of stretching and shearing, whereas vorticity received so far less attention, though it determines folding, a deformation associated with the local rotation of the velocity field. We study vorticity in a three-dimensional porous formation exploring how its fluctuations are influenced by the spatial structure of the porous media, obtained by immersing spheroidal inclusions into a matrix of constant hydraulic conductivity. By comparing porous formations with the same spatial statistics, we analyse how vorticity is affected by the different shape and arrangement of inclusions, defined as the medium 'microstructure'. We conclude that, as microstructure has a significant impact on vorticity fluctuations, the usual second-order statistical description of the conductivity field is unable to capture local deformations of the plume.
Di Dato, M., Fiori, A., Chiogna, G., De Barros, F.P.J., Bellin, A. (2016). Impact of the spatial structure of the hydraulic conductivity field on vorticity in three-dimensional flows. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON. SERIES A, 472(2187), 20150730 [10.1098/rspa.2015.0730].
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