A theoretical model to predict gas permeability for slip flow through a porous medium

K. Hooman, A. Tamayol, M. Dahari, M. R. Safaei, H. Togun, R. Sadri

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Based on slip flow at pore level a theoretical model is presented to predict the gas permeability and thereby the overall pressure drop for flow through a porous medium. The model maps the porous structure to a number of parallel micro-channels of arbitrary but constant cross-sectional shapes which remains uniform along the flow path. The gas permeability is found to follow Klinkenberg's equation. The Klinkenberg's slip factor is obtained as a function of matrix porosity and no-slip permeability as well as gas properties. Results are generalized by assuming an arbitrary polygonal shape for the pores. The proposed methodology is simple to follow and easy to implement. Theoretical predictions are then compared to existing experimental data in the literature to observe good agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-76
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 5 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Klinkenberg effect
  • Micro-porous
  • Permeability
  • Slip flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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