Correlation between interstitial flow and pore structure in packed bed (1st Report, Axial Velocity Measurement using MRI and Visualization of Axial Channel Flow)

Kuniyasu Ogawa, Yasuo Yokouchi, Shuichiro Hǐrai

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Structure and velocity measurements using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been performed experimentally to obtain a correlation between pore structure and interstitial flow through the packed bed of 5 mm diameter in the tube of 36 mm ID. To measure axial velocity maps of water flow through the packed bed, the phase method of using the phase difference of water spin magnetization between flowing and stagnant fluids by applying magnetic fields with bipolar gradients was employed. The spatial resolution of the obtained map in 0.2 mm × 0.2 mm × 0.5 mm. It was made clear from the obtained axial velocity maps that channel flows with higher axial velocity were induced not only near the wall but also in the internal region of the packed bed. Furthermore, pore structure of the packed bed was characterized from multi-slice images by partitioning of void space and combining of each pore section along the axial direction to analyze the structure-flow correlation. It was found from image analysis that axial channels with long and straight void space existed in the pore structure, and that most of the channel flows with higher axial velocity were induced in the axial channels. The flow rate through an axial channel depends on the square of the averaged cross section of the axial channel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-452
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number642
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Feb
Externally publishedYes



  • Channel flow
  • Flow visualization
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Packed bed
  • Pore structure
  • Velocity measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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