Diffusion is a slow transport mechanism and advective transport tends to dominate in large-size systems. An alternative transport mechanism is explored herein, whereby zero time-average cyclic fluid flow is compounded with pore-scale mixing to render effective transport. Two one-dimensional cyclic flow cases are analyzed: a rigid porous network with two open boundaries subjected to cyclic flow through, and a compressible porous network with only one open boundary subjected to cyclic compression. The corresponding analytical models predict diffusion-like macroscale response and provide explicit expressions for the effective diffusion coefficients in terms of the microstructure of the porous medium and flow conditions. A parallel experimental study is conducted to corroborate analytical predictions.
Results confirm the relevance of pore-scale mixing in cyclic flow as a transport mechanism in porous networks.