Presentation on theme: "Hydrodynamics in Porous Media"— Presentation transcript:
1 Hydrodynamics in Porous Media We will cover:1. How fluids respond to local potential gradients (Darcy’s Law) 2. Add the conservation of mass to obtain Richard’s equationWilliams,Modified after Selker,
2 Darcy’s Law for saturated media In 1856 Darcy hired to size sand filters for the town’s central water supply.Experimentally found that flux of water porous media could be expressed as the product of the resistance to flow which characterized the media, and forces acting to “push” the fluid through the media.Q - The rate of flow (L3/T) as the volume of water passed through a column per unit time.hi - The fluid potential in the media at position i, measured in standing head equivalent. Under saturated conditions this is composed of gravitational potential (elevation), and static pressure potential (L: force per unit area divided by rg).K - The hydraulic conductivity of the media. The proportionality between specific flux and imposed gradient for a given medium (L/T).L - The length of media through which flow passes (L).A - The cross-sectional area of the column (L2).
3 Darcy’s LawDarcy then observed that the flow of water in a vertical column was well-described by the equationDarcy’s expression is written in a general form for isotropic media asq is the specific flux vector (L/T; volume of water per unit area per unit time),K is the saturated hydraulic conductivity tensor (second rank) of the media (L/T), andÑH is the gradient in hydraulic head (dimensionless)
4 The Dell Operator The “dell” operator: short hand for 3-d derivative The result of “operating” on a scalar function (like potential) with Ñ is the slope of the functionÑF points directly towards the steepest direction of uphill with a length proportional to the slope of the hill.
5 Now, about those parameters... Gradient in head is dimensionless, being length per lengthQ = Aq Q has units volume per unit timeSpecific flux, q, has units of length per time, or velocity.For vertical flow: speed at which the height of a pond of fluid would dropCAREFUL: q is not the velocity of particles of waterThe specific flux is a vector (magnitude and direction).Potential expressed as the height of a column of water, has units of length.
6 About those vectors... Notes on K: Is the right side of Darcy’s law indeed a vector?h is a scalar, but ÑH is a vectorSince K is a tensor, KÑH is a vectorSo all is well on the right hand sideNotes on K:we could also obtain a vector on the right hand side by selecting K to be a scalar, which is often done (i.e., assuming that conductivity is independent of direction).
7 A few words about the K tensor flux in x-directionflux in y-directionflux in z-directionKab relates gradients in potential in the b-direction to flux that results in the a-direction.In anisotropic media, gradients not aligned with bedding give flux not parallel with potential gradients. If the coordinate system is aligned with directions of anisotropy the "off diagonal” terms will be zero (i.e., Kab=0 where a¹b). If, in addition, these are all equal, then the tensor collapses to a scalar.The reason to use the tensor form is to capture the effects of anisotropy.
8 Darcy’s Law is LinearConsider the intuitive aspects of Darcy’s result. The rate of flow is:Directly related to the area of flow (e.g., put two columns in parallel and you get twice the flow);Inversely related to the length of flow (e.g., flow through twice the length with the same potential drop gives half the flux);Directly related to the potential energy drop across the system (e.g., double the energy expended to obtain twice the flow).The expression is completely linear; all properties scale linearly with changes in system forces and dimensions.
9 Why is Darcy Linear?It is the lack of local acceleration which makes the relationship linear.Consider the Navier-Stokes Equation for fluid flow. The x-component of flow in a velocity field with velocities u, v, and w in the x, y, and z (vertical) directions, may be written
10 Creeping flow Now impose the conditions needed for which Darcy’s Law “Creeping flow”; acceleration (du/dx) terms small compared to the viscous and gravitational terms Similarly changes in velocity with time are small so N-S is:Linear in gradient of hydraulic potential on left, proportional to velocity and viscosity on right (same as Darcy).Proof of Darcy’s Law? No! Shows that the creeping flow assumption is sufficient to get from N-S equation to Darcy’s Law.
11 Capillary tube model for flow Widely used model for flow through porous media is a group of cylindrical capillary tubes (e.g.,. Green and Ampt, 1911 and many more).Let’s derive the equation for steady flow through a capillary of radius roConsider forces on cylindrical control volume shownS F = [2.75]
12 Force Balance on Control Volume end pressures:at S = 0 F1 = Ppr2at S = DS F2 = (P + DS dP/dS) pr2shear force: Fs = 2pDStwhere t is the local shear stressPutting these in the force balance givesPpr2 - (P + DS dP/dS) pr2 - 2pDSt = 0 [2.76]where we remember that dP/dS is negative in sign (pressure drops along the direction of flow)
13 continuing the force balance Ppr2 - (P + DS dP/dS) pr2 - 2pDSt = 0 [2.76]With some algebra, this simplifies todP/dS is constant: shear stress varies linearly with radiusFrom the definition of viscosityUsing this [2.77] saysMultiply both sidesby dr, and integrate
14 Computing the flux through the pipe... Carrying out the integration we find which gives the velocity profile in a cylindrical pipeTo calculate the flux integrate over the area in cylindrical coordinates, dA = r dq dr, thus
15 Rearranging terms... The integral is easy to compute, giving (fourth power!!)which is the well known Hagen-Poiseuille Equation.We are interested in the flow per unit area (flux), for which we use the symbol q = Q/pr2(second power)We commonly measure pressure in terms of hydraulic head, so we may substitute rgh = P, to obtain
16 r02/8 is a geometric term: function of the media. referred to as the intrinsic permeability, denoted by k.g/m is a function of the fluid aloneNOTICE:Recovered Darcy’s law!See why by pulling g/m out of the hydraulic conductivity we obtain an intrinsic property of the solid which can be applied to a range of fluids.SO if K is the saturated hydraulic conductivity, K= k g/m . This way we can calculate the effective conductivity for any fluid. This is very useful when dealing with oil spills ... boiling water spills etc.
17 Darcy's Law at Re# > 1 Why does Darcy's law break down so soon? Often noted that Darcy's Law breaks down at Re# > 1.Laminar flow holds capillaries for Re < 2000; Hagen-Poiseuille law still validWhy does Darcy's law break down so soon?Laminar ends for natural media at Re#>100 due to the tortuosity of the flow paths (see Bear, 1972, pg 178).Still far above the value required for the break down of Darcy's law.Real Reason: due to forces in acceleration of fluids passing particles at the microscopic level being as large as viscous forces: increased resistance to flow, so flux responds less to applied pressure gradients.
18 A few more words about Re#>1 Can get a feel for this through a simple calculation of the relative magnitudes of the viscous and inertial forces.FI » Fv when Re# » 10.Since FI go with v2, while Fv goes with v,at Re# »1 FI » Fv/10,a reasonable cut-off for creeping flow approximation
19 Deviations from Darcy’s law (a) The effect of inertial terms becoming significant at Re>1.(b) At very low flow there may be a threshold gradient required to be overcome before any flow occurs at all due to hydrogen bonding of water.
20 How does this apply to Vadose? Consider typical water flow where v and d are maximizedGravity driven flow near saturation in a coarse media.maximum neck diameter will be about 1 mm,vertical flux may be as high as 1 cm/min (14 meters/day).[2.100]Typically Darcy's OK for vadose zone.Can have problems around wells
21 What about Soil Vapor Extraction? Does Darcy's law apply?Air velocities can exceed 30 m/day (0.035 cm/sec). The Reynolds number for this air flow rate in the coarse soil used in the example considered above is[2.101]again, no problem, although flow could be higher than the average bulk flow about inlets and outlets
22 Summary of Darcy and Poiseuille For SATURATED MEDIAFlow is linear with permeability and gradient in potential (driving force)At high flow rates becomes non-linear due to local accelerationPermeability is due to geometric properties of the media (intrinsic permeability) and fluid properties (viscosity and specific density)Permeability drops with the square of pore sizeAssumed no slip solid-liquid boundary: doesn't work with gas.