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Numerical Simulation Of Viscous Fingering Using B-spline Boundary Elements

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MB950011

Volume

13

Pages

8

Published

1995

Size

545 kb

Author(s)

K.X.H. Zhao, L.C. Wrobel & H. Power

Abstract

This paper presents a numerical scheme, based on uniform cubic B-spline boundary elements, to simulate a viscous fingering problem. The advantage of using this approximation is that it provides a high degree of continuity for both the geometry and velocity interpolations. The satisfactory results obtained attest that the method is well suited for handling the evolution of moving surfaces. 1 Introduction The phenomenum of viscous fingering in a porous medium refers to the onset and evolution of instabilities that occur in the displacement of the interface between two immiscible fluids with different viscosities. This fingering instability appears when a fluid of higher viscosity is penetrated by another fluid of lower vis

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