Gas slippage effect on microscale porous flow using the lattice Boltzmann method

  • Tang G
  • Tao W
  • He Y
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Abstract

A lattice Boltzmann method is developed for gaseous slip flow at the pore scale in microscale porous geometries. Flow characteristics through various porous structures are studied for different Knudsen numbers and inlet to outlet pressure ratios. It is found that the gas permeability is larger than the absolute permeability of porous media due to the gas slippage effect. Furthermore, the rarefaction influence on the gas permeability is more evident for porous structures with low porosity. The Klinkenberg equation is confirmed for the simulated porous structures. However, the second-order term of the Knudsen number (Kn2) cannot be neglected for gaseous flow with relatively high Knudsen numbers. A model for predicting the pressure drop of the flow through microscale porous media is presented based on the Ergun equation and the Carman-Kozeny equation by taking into account the effects of gas rarefaction and compressibility.

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