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Electrokinetic Phenomena


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Title: Electrokinetic Phenomena

Electrokinetic Phenomena
  • Electrokinetic phenomena result from the
    differential movement of two phases where the
    interface is an electrical double layer. The
    region containing the double layered is sheared
    at some distance from the solid surface creating
    a thin film associated with the solid. The
    electrical potential at the shearing plane is the
    zeta potential.

Electrokinetic Phenomena
  • Electrophoresis a suspended, charged particle
    moves as a result of an applied electrical field
  • Sedimentation potential an electrical potential
    created by the movement of charged particles
    through a liquid by gravity
  • Electrosmosis a liquid flows along a charged
    surface when an electric field is applied
    parallel to the surface
  • Streaming potential an electric potential
    created when a liquid is forced to move along a
    charged surface

Importance of Electrokinetic Phenomena in Porous
  • Streaming potential used to map subsurface flow
    variations faults, oil reservoirs
  • Monitoring and prediction of earth quakes
  • Water leakage from reservoirs
  • Monitoring of volcanoes and earthquakes

  • Electric field applied to a suspension of
    particles carrying a DDL
  • Particles move toward electrode of opposite
    charge and counter-ions move the opposite
    direction (except those inside the plane of
  • In a short time particles move with constant
    velocity total force acting on a particle is
    zero Felectrical Fhydrodynamic friction
  • Two other forces oppose the electrical force, a
    force associated with the friction of water
    moving in the direction opposite the particles
    with the counterions and a retarding force caused
    by distortion of the DDL

Retarding Forces
  • The DDL in front of the moving particle must
    constantly be restored as it is broken off behind
    the particle
  • Formation of the DDL at the front of the particle
    takes a finite amount of time
  • The DDL is asymmetric resulting in a force
    retarding movement of the particle
  • The frictional force associated with movement of
    waters of hydration on counterions is the
    electrophoretic retardation force
  • The force resulting from an asymmetric DDL is the
    relaxation force

Zeta Potential
  • The classical equation relating the
    electrophoretic velocity,v, and the zeta
    potential, ?, ignores the retardation and
    relaxation forces and thus, is only approximate
    in nature

where e is the relative permittivity, E is the
strength of the electrical field and ? is the
viscosity of the fluid
Streaming Potential
Flow of counterions with liquid
Conduction current in opposite direction of the
Convection current
The flow of liquid through a capillary tube
induces a convection current in the direction of
flow. A conduction current is induced by the
potential difference at the ends of the
capillary. At the stationary state, the
conduction current is equal to the convection.
Evaluation of the currents gives
where Kw is the specific conductance of the
liquid and P is the applied pressure drop in the
capillary per unit length
Difficulties Associated with Determining the Zeta
  • Influenced by surface topology
  • Surface potential
  • Liquid conductivity
  • Counterion
  • Practically the zeta potential potential at the
    Stern layer
  • Slipping plane 3 to 5 A (hydrated counterion
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