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Viscous fingering and liquid crystals in confinement

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This thesis focuses on two problems lying within the field of soft condensed matter: the viscous fingering or Saffman-Taylor instability and nematic liquid crystals in confinement.

Whenever a low viscosity fluid displaces a high viscosity fluid in a porous medium, for example water pushing oil out of oil reservoirs, the interface between the two fluids is rendered unstable. Viscous fingers develop, grow and compete until a single finger spans all the way from inlet to outlet. Here, ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Physics - Theoretical Physics

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Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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