Determination of Permeability and Inertial Coefficients of Sintered Metal Porous Media Using an Isothermal Chamber

Wei Zhong, Xiang Ji, Chong Li, Jiwen Fang, Fanghua Liu
2018 Applied Sciences  
Sintered metal porous media are widely used in a broad range of industrial equipment. Generally, the flow properties in porous media are represented by an incompressible Darcy‒Forchheimer regime. This study uses a modified Forchheimer equation to represent the flow rate characteristics, which are then experimentally and theoretically investigated using a few samples of sintered metal porous media. The traditional steady-state method has a long testing time and considerable air consumption. With
more » ... this in mind, a discharge method based on an isothermal chamber filled with copper wires is proposed to simultaneously determine the permeability and inertial coefficient. The flow rate discharged from the isothermal chamber is calculated by differentiating the measured pressure, and a paired dataset of pressure difference and flow rate is available. The theoretical representations of pressure difference versus flow rate show good agreement with the steady-state results. Finally, the volume limit of the isothermal chamber is addressed to ensure sufficient accuracy.
doi:10.3390/app8091670 fatcat:qb3agki2ovamhj654exi7ensvu