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Chaotic mixing in laminar flows through rocks

Tanguy Le Borgne
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Joris Heyman
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Recent studies have shown that chaotic advection is spontaneously produced by laminar flows through granular media such as bead packs, strongly impacting solute mixing rates. This has strong implications for many reactive and biological processes in the subsurface. Chaotic dynamics could also be key in a wide range of environmental and industrial applications driven by mixing. Beside granular media, there is still no evidence that chaos broadly arises in the large variety of porous architectures that exist. In particular, it is unknown how the pore structure and topology can control chaotic dynamics. In this study, we numerically investigate the mixing behavior of solute for a wide range of natural and engineered porous material that goes from carbonates and sandstones to beadpacks. We quantify chaotic advection by measuring Lagrangian stretching statistics (Lyapunov exponent) and its impact on mixing by estimating the decay of solute concentration variance. We find that stretching and mixing rates vary significantly between the different classes of porous architectures. A simple topological model is proposed to explain this behavior.
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insu-03694040 , version 1 (13-06-2022)




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Alexandre Puyguiraud, Tanguy Le Borgne, Joris Heyman. Chaotic mixing in laminar flows through rocks. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2022 (EGU22), European Geosciences Union, May 2022, Vienna, Austria. pp.EGU22-13055. ⟨insu-03694040⟩
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