Radial viscous fingering in miscible Hele-Shaw flows: A numerical study

Ching-Yao Chen*, C. W. Huang, Hermes Gadêlha, José A. Miranda

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Abstract

A modified version of the usual viscous fingering problem in a radial Hele-Shaw cell with immiscible fluids is studied by intensive numerical simulations. We consider the situation in which the fluids involved are miscible, so that the diffusing interface separating them can be driven unstable through the injection or suction of the inner fluid. The system is allowed to rotate in such a way that centrifugal and Coriolis forces come into play, imposing important changes on the morphology of the arising patterns. In order to bridge from miscible to immiscible pattern forming structures, we add the surface tensionlike effects due to Korteweg stresses. Our numerical experiments reveal a variety of interesting fingering behaviors, which depend on the interplay between injection (or suction), diffusive, rotational, and Korteweg stress effects. Whenever possible the features of the simulated miscible fronts are contrasted to existing experiments and other theoretical or numerical studies, usually resulting in close agreements. A number of additional complex morphologies, whose experimental realization is still not available, are predicted and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number016306
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Jul 2008

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