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Measurement of Thermodiffusion Coefficient for Binary Hydrocarbon Fluid Mixtures in Porous Medium: Experimental and Numerical Results

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T. J. Jaber, M. Z. Saghir

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

H. Bataller

Université de Pau, Pau, France

Paper No. IMECE2009-10110, pp. 461-469; 9 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B and C
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4382-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


There has been a discussion that the thermodiffusion in porous medium is not identical to thermodiffusion in clear liquid. To validate this finding, a new thermodiffusion cell has been designed to measure thermal and molecular diffusion coefficients of binary mixture in porous medium under high pressure. A porous layer located between two liquid layers that cross two laser beams, is used. The difference of refractive index is obtained from the analysis of the interferograms recorded with a CCD camera. From the kinetics, the values of molecular and thermal diffusion coefficients through the porous medium were determined. The two binary systems dodecane (C12) and isobutylbenzene (IBB), and dodecane (C12) and tetrahydronaphthalene (THN) are used to validate the experimental setup at atmospheric pressure. Experimental results reveal an excellent agreement with benchmark values and a good agreement with theoretical data.

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