Fluid flow through heterogeneous porous media in a rotating square channel

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An analytical three-dimensional solution to the fluid flow problem through heterogeneous porous media in a rotating square channel is presented. The permeability of the fluid saturated porous domain varies in the vertical direction, thus affecting the imposed main flow in the channel. As a result of Coriolis acceleration, secondary circulation in a plane perpendicular to the main flow direction is created. A particular example of a monotonic distribution of the permeability function is analyzed leading to a single vortex secondary circulation. Nevertheless, multiple vortex secondary flow solutions are possible depending on the particular variation of the permeability in the vertical direction. No secondary motion is expected for isothermal flows in homogeneous porous media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1993
Externally publishedYes



  • Coriolis acceleration
  • heterogeneous
  • Porous media
  • rotating flow
  • secondary circulation
  • square channel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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