Analytical determination of the effect of compression on the permeability of fibrous porous media

Abstract : An existing geometric pure scale model is geometrically adapted from an isotropic to an anisotropic structure in order to determine the effects of compression on permeability. In this analysis, streamvvise compression is accounted for by incorporating the compression porosity relationship into the analytical model, while permeability is expressed in terms of the fiber diameter and the pore scale linear dimensions of the geometric model. The linear dimensions are determined from several required input characteristics, namely, the measured hydraulic pore diameters, the porosity, and the compression ratios. The proposed model is applied to determine the airflow through a compressed non woven glass fiber filter, with results that are corroborated with experimental permeability data. The model is further validated against experimental permeability data for glass and nylon fibers as well as for airflow through a soft fibrous porous medium. Despite the simple model geometry, permeability predictions of the Correct order of magnitude are obtained, with the significant effects of compression On permeability observed in the experimental data verified by these analytic permeability predictions. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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S. Woudberg, M. C. Heyningen, Laurence Le Coq, J. Legrand, J. P. Du Plessis. Analytical determination of the effect of compression on the permeability of fibrous porous media. Chemical Engineering Science, Elsevier, 2014, 112, pp.108-115. ⟨10.1019/j.ces.2014.03.013⟩. ⟨hal-01204896⟩

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