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Determination of Physical Properties of Porous Materials by a Lattice Boltzmann Approach

M.R. Arab1,2, E. Semma3, B. Pateyron1, M. El Ganaoui1
SPCTS, FST Limoges, France
This paper is submitted as a contribution to a special issue of FDMP for the ICTEA-2007 proceedings
LM, FST, Settat, Maroc

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2009, 5(2), 161-176.


In this work, flows in porous media are simulated by using a Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM). A model D2Q9 with a single collision operator is proposed. This method is applied on 2D digital images obtained by a Scanning Electron Microscope technique (SEM), and followed by a special treatment in order to obtain an image of synthesis that is finally read by the numerical code. The first results tested on two-dimensional configurations show the reliability of this strategy in simulating with a good accuracy phenomena of heat and mass transport. The numerical study is extended to the prediction of physical parameters that characterize a porous material (in particular, permeability that can be hardly estimated experimentally).


Lattice Boltzmann Method, porous media, permeability, heat and mass transfers.

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Arab, M., Semma, E., Pateyron, B., Ganaoui, M. E. (2009). Determination of Physical Properties of Porous Materials by a Lattice Boltzmann Approach. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 5(2), 161–176.

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