Microgravity Science and Technology

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 393–398 | Cite as

Microgravity Investigation of Capillary Driven Imbibition

  • V. R. Dushin
  • V. F. Nikitin
  • N. N. Smirnov
  • E. I. SkrylevaEmail author
  • V. V. Tyurenkova
Original Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Non-Equilibrium Processes in Continuous Media under Microgravity


The goal of the present paper is to investigate the capillary driven filtration in porous media under microgravity conditions. New mathematical model that allows taking into account the blurring of the front due to the instability of the displacement that is developing at the front is proposed. The constants in the mathematical model were selected on the basis of the experimental data on imbibition into unsaturated porous media under microgravity conditions. The flow under the action of a combination of capillary forces and a constant pressure drop or a constant flux is considered. The effect of capillary forces and the type of wettability of the medium on the displacement process is studied. A criterion in which case the capillary effects are insignificant and can be neglected is established.


Microgravity Imbibition Capillary forces Porous media Seepage flows 



The authors wish to acknowledge the support by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant initiative 17-08-01032).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. R. Dushin
    • 1
  • V. F. Nikitin
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. N. Smirnov
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. I. Skryleva
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • V. V. Tyurenkova
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Scientific Research Institute for System Analysis of the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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