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An Empirical Equation for Flow Through Porous Media

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C. A. Ortega Vivas, S. Barragán González, J. M. Garibay Cisneros

Universidad de Colima

Paper No. IMECE2005-79138, pp. 485-492; 8 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Fluids Engineering
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4219-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This study analyses the macroscopic flow through a two dimensional porous medium model by numerical and experimental methods. The objective of this research is to develop an empirical model by which the pressure drop can be obtained. In order to construct the model, a series of blocks are used as an idealized pressure drop device, so that the pressure drop can be calculated. The range of porosities studied is between 28 and 75 per cent. It is found that the pressure drop is a combination of viscosity and inertial effects, the later being more important as the Reynolds number is increased. The empirical equation obtained in this investigation is compared with the Ergun equation.

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