Experiments on the resistance law for non-darcy compressible gas flows in porous media

B. A. Masha, G. S. Beavers, E. M. Sparrow

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Experiments were performed to examine the resistance law for non-Darcy compressible gas flow through a porous material. A particular objective of the investigation was to determine whether a resistance law deduced from incompressible flow experiments could be applied to flows with significant density changes. To this end, the coefficients appearing in the Forchheimer resistance law were first determined from experiments in the incompressible flow regime. These values were then used in an analytical model employing the Forchheimer resistance law to predict streamwise pressure distributions for subsonic compressible flow through the porous material. Corresponding experimental pressure distributions were measured for flow Reynolds numbers up to 81.6. At the highest Reynolds number of the tests the density changed by about a factor of two along the length of the porous medium. The greatest discrepancy between experimental and predicted pressures at any Reynolds number was 2 percent. This agreement lends strong support to the validity of using the incompressible Forchlieimer resistance law for subsonic flows in which density changes are significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1974


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