Active Darcy's Law

Ryan R. Keogh, Timofey Kozhukhov, Kristian Thijssen, Tyler N. Shendruk*

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Abstract / Description of output

While bacterial swarms can exhibit active turbulence in vacant spaces, they naturally inhabit crowded environments. We numerically show that driving disorderly active fluids through porous media enhances Darcy's law. While purely active flows average to zero flux, hybrid active/driven flows display greater drift than pure-driven fluids. This enhancement is non-monotonic with activity, leading to an optimal activity to maximize flow rate. We incorporate the active contribution into an active Darcy's law, which may serve to help understand anomalous transport of swarming in porous media.
Original languageEnglish
Article number188301
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
Early online date30 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2024

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  • cond-mat.soft


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