Latest papers in fluid mechanics

Transitional pressure drop in a cavitied microchannel

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Yan Yan Liu, Sjouke W. Schekman, Mo Xiao Li, Tian Jian Lu, and Tongbeum Kim

A flow progression from laminar flow slippage to rotational vortices in cavitied microchannels is shown to cause a reversal of flow resistance, i.e. a reduced flow resistance at low Reynolds numbers compared to an unmodified microchannel but a comparatively higher flow resistance at high Reynolds numbers. Furthermore, an earlier transition of initial laminar flow to turbulent flow is suggested to be triggered by instabilities generated along shear layers, formed between the mainstream flow and rotational vortices in each cavity that modifies the sidewalls of microchannels.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 044201] Published Fri Apr 05, 2024

Machine-learning-augmented domain decomposition method for near-wall turbulence modeling

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Shiyu Lyu, Jiaqing Kou, and Nikolaus A. Adams

In this work, we developed a novel framework for incorporating the near-wall non-overlapping domain decomposition (NDD) method with the machine learning technique. It allows the solution to be calculated with a Robin-type (slip) wall boundary condition on a relatively coarse mesh and then be corrected in the near-wall region by solving the thin boundary-layer equations on a fine subgrid. Through an estimated turbulent viscosity profile provided by a neural network, the proposed method can be easily extended to different turbulence models and achieve commendable accuracy for the test cases of turbulent wall-bounded flows at various Reynolds numbers.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 044603] Published Fri Apr 05, 2024

Breaking the symmetry of a wavy channel alters the route to chaotic flow

Physical Review E - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Mohammad Hossein Doranehgard, Nader Karimi, Iman Borazjani, and Larry K. B. Li

We numerically explore the two-dimensional, incompressible, isothermal flow through a wavy channel, with a focus on how the channel geometry affects the routes to chaos at Reynolds numbers between 150 and 1000. We find that (i) the period-doubling route arises in a symmetric channel, (ii) the Ruelle…


[Phys. Rev. E 109, 045103] Published Thu Apr 04, 2024

Microcontinuum approach to multiscale modeling of multiphase reactive flow during mineral dissolution

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Zhiying Liu (刘志颖), Qianghui Xu (许强辉), Junyu Yang (杨君宇), Kai H. Luo (罗开红), and Lin Shi (史琳)

The existing hybrid-scale micro-continuum approach faces difficulties in numerical diffusion issues at the gas-liquid interface and the solid boundary. This article proposes a multiscale compressive Continuum Species Transfer (MC-CST) scheme and a concentration extrapolation algorithm to improve the accuracy of two-phase reactive flow simulations. Furthermore, a case study simulating calcite dissolution in a porous medium is presented to underscore the importance of multiscale fluid-rock interactions for an in-depth comprehension of the dissolution regime.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043801] Published Thu Apr 04, 2024

Learning in two dimensions and controlling in three: Generalizable drag reduction strategies for flows past circular cylinders through deep reinforcement learning

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Michail Chatzimanolakis, Pascal Weber, and Petros Koumoutsakos

We present the automated discovery of control strategies for drag reduction in cylinder flows. Reinforcement Learning algorithms discover control strategies for two-dimensional configurations that generalize to three dimensional flows. We discuss the physical processes involved in the drag reduction mechanisms along with their generalization capabilities. This work demonstrates a practical approach to handling the computationally intensive task of deploying Reinforcement Leaning for bluff body flow control problems: namely train in 2D and control in 3D.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043902] Published Thu Apr 04, 2024

Passive stabilization of crossflow instabilities by a reverse lift-up effect

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Jordi Casacuberta, Stefan Hickel, and Marios Kotsonis

A physical mechanism has been identified through which a small surface add-on to a swept (angled-back) aircraft wing can delay the development of turbulent disorganized airflow. To reduce the aerodynamic drag of an aicraft, it is important to maximize the extent of smooth laminar airflow around its wings. The mechanism, termed “reverse lift-up effect”, dampens out the critical instability waves leading to turbulent airflow over swept aircraft wings under certain conditions. This may be achieved through particular design of a surface pattern on the aicraft wings. Overall, the present findings aim to contribute to novel design methodologies for future generations of laminar aicraft wings.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043903] Published Thu Apr 04, 2024

Heat transfer and transport property contrast effects on the compressible Rayleigh-Taylor instability

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Kevin Cherng, Sanjiva Lele, and Daniel Livescu

We systematically examine how heat conduction between two fluids at different temperatures, large contrasts in transport properties, and sudden changes in transport properties can affect the fully compressible Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI) using direct numerical simulations. These variations cause departures from the classical self-similar development of the RTI, along with misalignment between regions of mixing and regions of most intense turbulent activity. Under certain conditions, dynamical quantities such as vorticity and dissipation appear to depend only on the transport properties and not on past flow history.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043904] Published Thu Apr 04, 2024

Revisiting Taylor's hypothesis in homogeneous turbulent shear flow

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Frank G. Jacobitz and Kai Schneider

Taylor’s hypothesis of frozen flow is revisited in homogeneous turbulent shear flow by examining the cancellation properties of Eulerian and convective accelerations at different spatial flow scales. The anti-alignment in the joint pdf given in the figure shows that the Eulerian and convective accelerations cancel for small scales of the turbulent motion, indicating that Taylor’s hypothesis holds. This is not so for the large-scale motion of homogeneous turbulent shear flow.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 044602] Published Wed Apr 03, 2024

Optimal external forces of the lock-in phenomena for flow past an inclined plate in uniform flow

Physical Review E - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Makoto Iima

We theoretically studied the optimal control, frequency lock-in, and phase lock-in phenomena due to the spatially localized periodic forcing in flow past an inclined plate. Although frequency lock-in is evident in many fluid phenomena, especially fluid-structure interactions, not many researchers ha…


[Phys. Rev. E 109, 045102] Published Tue Apr 02, 2024

Finite speed of sound effects on asymmetry in multibubble cavitation

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Mandeep Saini, Youssef Saade, Daniel Fuster, and Detlef Lohse

Cavitation bubbles are present in a plethora of industrial and medical applications, and their understanding proves crucial to the development and tuning processes. In this study, we perform three dimensional direct numerical simulations (DNS) of multiple cavitation bubbles driven by pressure waves. Similarly observed in previously conducted experiments, it is found that these bubbles can exhibit an asymmetry in the direction of wave propagation. We show that this asymmetry is a consequence of the force induced by the wave on the bubbles, due to the finite speed of sound in the liquid medium.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043602] Published Tue Apr 02, 2024

Mutual interaction of a collapsing bubble and a nearby viscoelastic solid

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Jihoo Moon, Ehsan Mahravan, and Daegyoum Kim

This work investigates the interaction of a viscoelastic solid and a nearby collapsing bubble, using numerical simulations. The Deborah number, which quantifies the relative time scales of solid deformation and bubble dynamics, is found to effectively characterize the bubble-solid interaction. Analyses on the temporal distribution of energy components and the imbalance in pressure distribution surrounding the bubble reveal the rationale behind changes in bubble behaviors with respect to the viscosity and elasticity of the solid. Furthermore, the solid deformation induced by an expanding and collapsing bubble and the shape of the crater formed by a bubble jet are examined.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043603] Published Tue Apr 02, 2024

Detuned secondary instabilities in three-dimensional boundary-layer flow

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Antoine Jouin, Nicola Ciola, Stefania Cherubini, and Jean Christophe Robinet

A three-dimensional boundary layer is the seat of a spatially amplified instability, the crossflow instability, which is encountered for example on swept wings. Beyond a certain amplitude, the flow destabilizes again through a secondary instability. The objective of this work is to show that by using a discrete spatial Floquet method (Block method) from a certain transversally periodic elementary pattern, there can exist a large-scale modulation linked to amplification mechanisms involving detuned modes.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043901] Published Tue Apr 02, 2024

Viscous rebound of a quasi-two-dimensional cylinder on a solid wall

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Alicia Aguilar-Corona, Micheline Abbas, Matthieu Mercier, and Laurent Lacaze

The concept of apparent coefficient of restitution is extended, to describe the wall-bouncing of a cylinder falling in a viscous fluid. When the Stokes number (St) is increased, the coefficient of restitution increases from 0 to 1 over two decades of St, with a critical Stc=75±25 (compared to Stc≈10 for spheres). While rationalizing results from experiments and numerical simulations, we evidence the relevance of lumping the complex details of physical phenomena involved during contact into a simple concept based on the contact apparent roughness and elasticity. The increase of dissipation associated with the contact elasticity is well captured by a model based on solid contact time scale.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 044301] Published Tue Apr 02, 2024

Near-wall streamwise turbulence intensity as ${\text{Re}}_{τ}→∞$

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Yongyun Hwang

Two possible and physically meaningful scalings for near-wall streamwise turbulence intensity are derived using velocity spectra. First, if viscous wall effect on the wall-attached inactive motions from the log and outer layers is negligible enough so that the related spectrum does not diminish with Reynolds number, the near-wall turbulence intensity grows indefinitely and scales as ln Reτ. Whereas if it is strong enough so that the near-wall turbulence intensity remains finite at all Reynolds numbers, it scales as 1/ln Reτ. The existing measurement data favors the latter scaling, but the issue will be settled by the availability of such data at higher Reynolds numbers.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 044601] Published Tue Apr 02, 2024

Connecting finite-time Lyapunov exponents with supersaturation and droplet dynamics in a turbulent bulk flow

Physical Review E - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Vladyslav Pushenko and Jörg Schumacher

The impact of turbulent mixing on an ensemble of initially monodisperse water droplets is studied in a turbulent bulk that serves as a simplified setup for the interior of a turbulent ice-free cloud. A mixing model was implemented that summarizes the balance equations of water vapor mixing ratio and…


[Phys. Rev. E 109, 045101] Published Mon Apr 01, 2024

Cuboid drop: A low-dimensional model of drop dynamics on a substrate

Physical Review Fluids - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 11:00

Author(s): Tristan Gilet

The dynamics of a liquid drop attached to a solid and subjected to arbitrary accelerations can be qualitatively reproduced with a low-dimensional model in which the drop is replaced by a cuboid. The cuboid deforms, vibrates and slides similarly to a drop, while being much simpler to describe mathematically.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 043601] Published Mon Apr 01, 2024

Investigation of the inclination angles of wall-attached eddies for streamwise velocity and temperature fields in compressible turbulent channel flows

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Tianyi Bai, Cheng Cheng, and Lin Fu

This work explores the streamwise inclination angle of attached eddies in both the streamwise velocity and temperature fields using direct numerical simulations of turbulent channel flows. Though it has been well studied in incompressible flows, scarce work exists in compressible flows. A high statistical similarity is found between the velocity and temperature fluctuations. The increasing trend of the inclination angle with Reynolds numbers observed in incompressible flows remains. On the contrary, the current database shows a minor Mach-number effect on it. These conclusions could serve as references for extending the attached eddy model from incompressible to compressible flows.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 034611] Published Fri Mar 29, 2024

Thermal and compositional driven convection in thin reaction fronts

Physical Review E - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Johann Quenta and Desiderio A. Vasquez

Chemical reaction fronts separate regions of reacted and unreacted substances as they propagate in liquids. These fronts may induce density gradients due to different chemical compositions and temperatures across the front. In this paper, we investigate buoyancy-induced convection driven by both typ…


[Phys. Rev. E 109, 035104] Published Thu Mar 28, 2024

Depinning of water droplets from a horizontal solid surface by wall-bounded shear flows

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Xueqing Zhang, Jeremy D. Newton, Serhiy Yarusevych, and Sean D. Peterson

Liquid droplets depinning due to shear flow aerodynamic loading is relevant to a range of engineering applications. Factors influencing depinning include droplet volume and submergence, shear flow velocity profile and acceleration, and surface wettability. A series of experiments are performed to assess the critical depinning velocity of liquid droplets subjected to an accelerating (i) laminar boundary layer, and (ii) slot jet at varying impingement angles. Critical depinning velocity, cast into a nondimensional critical Weber number, is found to be strongly related to a newly introduced volumetric shape factor, which encapsulates droplet shape and related aspects of substrate wettability.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 034004] Published Thu Mar 28, 2024

Hydrodynamic resistance of a yeast clog

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): T. Desclaux, L. Santana, I. Verdeille, P. Duru, P. Joseph, M. Delarue, and O. Liot

Bioclogging, the clogging of pores with living particles, is a complex process that involves various coupled mechanisms such as hydrodynamics, particle deformability, and polydispersity. This article aims to study a yeast clog’s permeability in a microfluidic device. We can finely measure the clog’s permeability for different hydrodynamic forcing using an original and precise on-chip flow rate meter. It reveals that yeast clog’s permeability decreases when the applied pressure increases, with saturation at high pressure. A semi-empirical model based on a double-porosity structure accurately captures the experimental observations.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 034202] Published Thu Mar 28, 2024

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