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Permeability of porous materials determined from the euler characteristic

Scholz, C., Wirner, F., Götz, J., Rüde, U., Schröder-Turk, G.E., Mecke, K. and Bechinger, C. (2012) Permeability of porous materials determined from the euler characteristic. Physical Review Letters, 109 (26).

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We study the permeability of quasi-two-dimensional porous structures of randomly placed overlapping monodisperse circular and elliptical grains. Measurements in microfluidic devices and lattice Boltzmann simulations demonstrate that the permeability is determined by the Euler characteristic of the conducting phase. We obtain an expression for the permeability that is independent of the percolation threshold and shows agreement with experimental and simulated data over a wide range of porosities. Our approach suggests that the permeability explicitly depends on the overlapping probability of grains rather than their shape.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: American Physical Society
Copyright: © 2012 American Physical Society
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