14-17 May 2018
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Non-modal growth of perturbations in miscible displacements with non-monotonic viscosity pro files

15 May 2018, 15:40
New Orleans

New Orleans

Oral 20 Minutes MS 2.05: Modeling and Controlling of Viscous Fingering in Miscible and Immiscible Displacements in Subsurface Porous Media Parallel 5-A


Dr Tapan Kumar Hota (Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India)


We study the effect of a non-monotonic viscosity profile on miscible viscous fingering in porous media. This hydrodynamic instability is studied by coupling the continuity and Darcy equations with a convection-diffusion equation for solute concentration that determines the viscosity. A toy viscosity model composed of a sequence of transformation in a sine function is considered. Parametric studies are performed in terms of the end-point viscosity contrast, maximum viscosity, and the corresponding value of the concentration. We employ a non-modal analysis (NMA) based on the singular value decomposition of the propagator matrix approach to perform the stability analysis of the non-autonomous linear system. NMA facilitates to identify the optimal amplification of the perturbations and its spatial structure. We demonstrate that there is a disagreement of previous linear stability analyses and NMA. This disagreement is inherited from the perturbation structure and the parameters involved in defining the non-monotonic viscosity profiles. Our study shows that miscible displacements with non-monotonic viscosity profiles can successfully be analyzed using NMA and paves the way for future work to understand the displacements with a non-monotonic viscosity in miscible reactive flows.


1) Anne De Wit (adewit@ulb.ac.be),
2) Jalel Azaiez (azaiez@ucalgary.ca)
3) Qingwang Yuan (qyuan@ucalgary.ca)

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Dr Tapan Kumar Hota (Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India) Dr Manoranjan Mishra (Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India 140 001)

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