An improved approximation for hydraulic conductivity for pipes of triangular cross-section by asymptotic means
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In this paper, we explore single-phase flow in pores with triangular cross-sections at the pore-scale level. We use analytic and asymptotic methods to calculate the hydraulic conductivity in triangular pores, a typical geometry used in network models of porous media flow. We present an analytical formula for hydraulic conductivity based on Poiseuille flow that can be used in network models contrasting the typical geometric approach leading to many different estimations of the hydraulic conductivity. We consider perturbations to an equilateral triangle by changing the length of one of the triangle sides. We look at both small and large triangles in order to capture triangles that are near and far from equilateral. In each case, the calculations are compared with numerical solutions and the corresponding network approximations. We show that the analytical solution reduces to a quantitatively justifiable formula and agrees well with the numerical solutions in both the near and far from equilateral cases.