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Flow patterns and rheology of confined granular media during fluid injection

16 May 2018, 16:52
New Orleans

New Orleans

Poster + 3 Minute Pitch MS 3.10: From deformable porous media to frictional fluids Parallel 8-B


Dr Fredrik Kvalheim Eriksen (Porous Media Laboratory)


We characterize the deformations of a dry granular medium confined inside a horizontal Hele-Shaw cell where air is injected at a constant overpressure. The overpressure is systematically varied, and we show a range of flow regimes where for example the injected fluid form channel structures similar to viscous fingers in a porous medium. By combining experimental deformation data and numerical simulations of the pore fluid pressure in the same system, we are able to analyze the rheology of the granular medium, and show that it follows a behavior similar to a yield-stress fluid. This behavior could explain the formation process of the dendritic patterns of channels empty of beads, which produces patterns in the universality class of the Dielectric Breakdown Model to the power of 2 (fractal dimensions from 1.5 to 1.6). Further, in the jammed state of the medium, we observe a stick-slip behavior where a localized region of beads suddenly rearrange and compacts, such that we have a compaction pulse moving against the pore fluid flow direction. We characterize this pulse with high speed optical imaging and acoustic measurements.

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Primary authors

Dr Fredrik Kvalheim Eriksen (Porous Media Laboratory) Prof. Renaud Toussaint (CNRS, IPGS UMR 7516, University of Strasbourg) Prof. Knut Jørgen Måløy (PoreLab, Department of Physics, University of Oslo) Dr Antoine L. Turquet (ENS Lyon) Prof. Eirik Grude Flekkøy (PoreLab, Department of Physics, University of Oslo)

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