Theoretical and experimental study of resonance of blobs in porous media

Shao Yiu Hsu, Joseph Katz, Markus Hilpert

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We theoretically and experimentally investigated the frequency response of blobs in porous media to an oscillatory pressure difference. (The term blob refers to a connected liquid mass that occupies one or more pores.) To predict the frequency response analytically, we formulated a simple model pore system consisting of a blob in a capillary tube. This model accounts for the frequency-dependent viscous pressure drops in the blob and the surrounding liquid and for the dynamic capillary pressure that occurs due to contact line pinning. By using the planar laser-induced fluorescence technique, we visualized the dynamic response of blobs in porous media. As predicted by our theory, air and liquid blobs surrounded by an immiscible liquid exhibited resonance in a capillary tube. Furthermore, we showed, for the first time, that a liquid blob in a sphere-packing medium exhibits resonance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EN61-EN71
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Groundwater
  • Hydrology
  • Imaging
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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