Viscous Fingering Phenomena with Chemical Reactions

Author(s): Yuichiro Nagatsu .

Journal Name: Current Physical Chemistry

Volume 5 , Issue 1 , 2015

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Viscous fingering (VF) is a phenomenon in which the interface between two fluids of having viscosities is fluid-dynamically unstable in porous media, with finger-like patterns forming as the less viscous fluid displacing the more viscous one. In this article, studies investigating the fundamental characteristics of the coupling between chemistry and hydrodynamics in reactive VF are reviewed. For this purpose, reactive VF has been divided into two types depending on whether or not the reaction changes the VF dynamics i.e., the active or passive cases of reactive VF, respectively. In this review, I first consider the passive and active cases, and then further discuss a third type of reactive VF as well. This third type of reactive is VF fully triggered by a chemical reaction in which VF does not take place in the absence of the chemical reaction. Finally, potential future topics of research are discussed.

Keywords: Chemical reactions, finger-like patterns, Hele-Shaw (HS) cell, Péclet number, radial HS cell, viscous fingering.

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Year: 2015
Page: [52 - 63]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/1877946805999150818104141

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