Effective Diffusivity in Porous Media Under Rarefied Gas Conditions

Casseau, V. and White, C. (2019) Effective Diffusivity in Porous Media Under Rarefied Gas Conditions. In: 31st International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics (RGD31), Glasgow, UK, 23-27 Jul 2018, p. 150001. ISBN 9780735418745 (doi:10.1063/1.5119641)

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Abstract

For future space missions in which soft landings on extra-terrestrial bodies will be required, it is important to understand the interaction of the propulsion system with the surface of the body. During the landing phase, the porous surface regolith can become contaminated with the exhaust products of the rocket plume, and this contamination must be minimised if sample return from the landing site is the goal of the mission. How far in-depth the exhaust products can reach depends on the effective diffusivity of the gas in the porous surface regolith material. The purpose of this work is to study the influence of temperature, gas number density, and adsorption parameters on the effective diffusivity in highly porous media under rarefied conditions. The procedure to recover the effective diffusivity, using direct simulation Monte Carlo, from a real sample is presented, along with trends as parameters are being varied, which will prove informative for later use of simplified engineering methodologies that assume a homogeneous porous structure.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Dr Craig
Authors: Casseau, V., and White, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
ISSN:0094-243X
ISBN:9780735418745
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 AIP Publishing
First Published:First published in AIP Conference Proceedings 2132(1): 150001
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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