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Pore network study of bubble growth by vaporisation in a porous medium heated laterally

Louriou, Clément and Prat, Marc Pore network study of bubble growth by vaporisation in a porous medium heated laterally. (2012) International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 52. 8-21. ISSN 1290-0729

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2011.09.008


We present experimental and numerical investigations of vapour phase growth in a two-dimensional model porous medium heated laterally. Visualisation experiments reveal the existence of a heat pipe effect within the porous medium when a sufficiently high temperature gradient develops along the porous medium. The bubble growth is characterised by a pattern transition between an invasion percolation (IP) pattern in a first phase of the growth and an invasion percolation in a destabilising gradient (IPDG) at later times. It is shown that this transition corresponds at the pore scale to a transition between an invasion scenario where only one pore is invaded at each step of the invasion and a multiple pore invasion scenario. The IPDG pattern is characterised by the development of a thin vapour finger, which can explain premature vapour breakthroughs. This type of vapour finger cannot be simulated accurately using traditional models based on the continuum approach to porous media

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HAL Id:hal-00925602
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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