A new method for predicting transport properties of polar firn with respect to gases on the pore-space scale

Johannes Freitag, Uwe Dobrindt, Josef Kipfstuhl
2002 Annals of Glaciology  
In this study a powerful tool to investigate the permeabilities and effective diffusion coefficients of polar firn is presented using a combination of an experimental method for three-dimensional pore-structure reconstruction and two models to simulate advective and diffusive transports of gases through the pore space. the reconstruction follows a semi-automated digital analysis of serial surface sections. the simulations are based on a three-dimensional lattice Boltzmann formulation. They
more » ... ately solve the Navier–Stokes equation and the diffusive transport equations. In a first application, effective diffusion coefficients and permeabilities are calculated from firn samples of a core drilled during the North Greenland Traverse 1993–95. the estimated relationships of diffusivity and permeability to the open porosity are expressed by power-law functions with exponents 2.1 and 3.4, respectively.
doi:10.3189/172756402781816582 fatcat:3hgqscps2bginimbkcicmc73py