A study of pressure-driven displacement flow of two immiscible liquids using a multiphase lattice Boltzmann approach

Prasanna R. Redapangu, Kirti Chandra Sahu, S. P. Vanka

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Abstract

The pressure-driven displacement of two immiscible fluids in an inclined channel in the presence of viscosity and density gradients is investigated using a multiphase lattice Boltzmann approach. The effects of viscosity ratio, Atwood number, Froude number, capillary numberchannel inclination are investigated through flow structures, front velocitiesfluid displacement rates. Our results indicate that increasing viscosity ratio between the fluids decreases the displacement rate. We observe that increasing the viscosity ratio has a non-monotonic effect on the velocity of the leading front; however, the velocity of the trailing edge decreases with increasing the viscosity ratio. The displacement rate of the thin-layers formed at the later times of the displacement process increases with increasing the angle of inclination because of the increase in the intensity of the interfacial instabilities. Our results also predict the front velocity of the lock-exchange flow of two immiscible fluids in the exchange flow dominated regime. A linear stability analysis has also been conducted in a three-layer systemthe results are consistent with those obtained by our lattice Boltzmann simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102110
JournalPhysics of fluids
Volume24
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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