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Scalar Signatures of Chaotic Mixing in Porous Media

J. Heyman
T. Le Borgne


Steady laminar flows through porous media spontaneously generate Lagrangian chaos at pore scale, with qualitative implications for a range of transport, reactive and biological processes. The characterization and understanding of mixing dynamics in these opaque environments is an outstanding challenge. We address this issue by developing a novel technique based upon high-resolution imaging of the scalar signature produced by push-pull flows through porous media samples. Owing to the rapid decorrelation of particle trajectories in chaotic flows, the scalar image measured outside the porous material is representative of in-situ mixing dynamics. We present a theoretical framework for estimation of the Lypapunov exponent based on extension of Lagrangian stretching theories to correlated aggregation. This method provides a full characterization of chaotic mixing dynamics in a large class of porous materials.
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hal-03450736 , version 1 (30-11-2020)
hal-03450736 , version 2 (26-11-2021)



J. Heyman, T. Le Borgne, D. r. R Lester. Scalar Signatures of Chaotic Mixing in Porous Media. Physical Review Letters, 2021, 126 (3), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.034505⟩. ⟨hal-03450736v2⟩
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