Is chaotic advection inherent to porous media flow?

Daniel Robert Lester, Guy Metcalfe, M.G. Trefry

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We show that chaotic advection is inherent to flow through all types of porous media, from granular and packed media to fractured and open networks. The basic topological complexity inherent to all porous media gives rise to chaotic flow dynamics under steady flow conditions, where fluid deformation local to stagnation points imparts a 3D fluid mechanical analog of the baker's map. The ubiquitous nature of chaotic advection has significant implications for the description of transport, mixing, chemical reaction and biological activity in porous media.
Original languageEnglish
Article number174101
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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