Dynamical scaling of imbibition in columnar geometries

Year: 2008
Authors:
  • Pradas, M.
  • Hernández-Machado, A.
  • Rodríguez, M. A.
Journal: Physical Review E Volume: 77
Pages: 056305-1-056305-10
ISSN: 1539-3755
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Abstract:
Recent experiments of imbibition in columnar geometries show interfacial fluctuations whose dynamic scaling is not compatible with the usual non local model governed by surface tension that results from a macroscopic description. To explore this discrepancy, we exhaustively analyze numerical integrations of a phase-field model with dichotomic columnar disorder. We find that two distinct behaviors are possible depending on the capillary contrast between both values of disorder. In a high contrast case, where interface evolution is mainly dominated by the disorder, an inherent anomalous scaling is always observed. Moreover, in agreement with experimental work, the interface motion has to be described through a local model. On the other hand, in a lower contrast case, interface is dominated by interfacial tension and can be well modeled by a non local model. We have studied both spontaneous and forced-flow imbibition situations, giving a complete set of scaling exponent in each case, as well as, a comparison to the experimental results.
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