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Microfluidics of wicking in random porous media
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
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Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16473OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-16473DiVA: diva2:534251
Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-15 Last updated: 2016-12-09Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Lattice Boltzmann simulations of two-phased flow in fibre network systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lattice Boltzmann simulations of two-phased flow in fibre network systems
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Two-phase flow in microfluidic systems is of great interest for many scientificand engineering problems. Especially in the pulp and paper area, the problems spanfrom fibre-fibre interactions in the consolidation process of papermaking to edgewickingin paper board during the aseptic treatment of liquid packaging.The objective of this thesis is to gain a fundamental understanding of the microfluidicmechanisms that play a significant role in various problems of two-phaseflow in fibre networks. To achieve this objective a new method for the treatment ofwetting boundary conditions in the lattice Boltzmann model has been developed.The model was validated and compared with the previous treatments of wettingboundary conditions, by using two test cases: droplet spreading and capillary intrusion.The new wetting boundary condition was shown to give more accurate resultsfor a wider range of contact angles than previous methods, and capillary intrusioncould be simulated with higher accuracy even at a relatively low resolution.As an application of the developed method, two examples of two-phase flowproblems in fibre networks are taken: the shear resistance of liquid bridges, as relatedto the wet web strength, and liquid penetration into porous structures, as related toedge-wicking in paper board. The shear resistance force was shown to depend verylittle on surface tension and contact angle. Instead, the shear resistance is a dynamicforce and a major contributing factor is the distortion of the flow field caused bythe presence of interfaces. This distortion of the flow field is size-dependent: thesmaller the bridge, the larger the proportion of the distorted flow field and thus alarger shear resistance force per unit width. In other words, multiple small bridgeshave an enhancement effect on shear resistance. The results from the simulations ofliquid penetration into porous structures showed that the discontinuities in the solidsurfacecurvature, as are present in the formof corners on the capillary surfaces, havestrong influences on liquid penetration through their pinning effects and also theirinteractions with local geometry. The microtopography can therefore, accelerate,decelerate and, in some cases, even stop the liquid penetration into random porousmedia.

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Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2012. 43 p.
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Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 130
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Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16475 (URN)978-91-87103-23-0 (ISBN)
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Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-15 Last updated: 2012-11-21Bibliographically approved

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