Stability of miscible displacements in porous media: rectilinear flow. (English) Zbl 0608.76087

A theoretical treatment of the stability of miscible displacement in a porous medium is presented. For a rectilinear displacement process, since the base state of uniform velocity and a dispersive concentration profile is time dependent, we make the quasi-steady-state approximation that the base state evolves slowly with respect to the growth of disturbances, leading to predictions of the growth rate.
Comparison of results with initial value solutions of the partial differential equations shows that, excluding short times, there is good agreement between the two theories. Comparison of the theory with several experiments in the literature indicates that the theory gives a good prediction of the most dangerous wavelength of unstable fingers. An approximate analysis for transversely anisotropic media has elucidated the role of transverse dispersion in controlling the length scale of fingers.


76S05 Flows in porous media; filtration; seepage
76E99 Hydrodynamic stability
76T99 Multiphase and multicomponent flows
76M99 Basic methods in fluid mechanics
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