Transport in Porous Media, Vol.97, No.3, 345-352, 2013
Normal Mode Analysis of the High Speed Channel Flow in a Bidisperse Porous Medium
The linear Darcy-Brinkman model of the high speed flow in a bidisperse porous medium proposed by Nield and Kuznetsov (Transport Phenomena in Porous Media, 2005) is revisited in this paper. For the steady unidirectional flow in a parallel plane channel the exact analytical solutions for the fluid velocities are worked out by the normal-mode reduction of the governing equations. The limiting cases of the weak and strong momentum transfer between the flows in the fracture and porous phases are discussed in detail. A comparison to the nonlinear Forchheimer extension of the model proposed recently by Nield and Kuznetsov (Transport Porous Media, 2013) shows that, in the considered parameter range, the nonlinear effect of the Forchheimer drag is negligibly small. Even the simplest zero-momentum transfer solution yields an acceptable approximation.