Latest papers in fluid mechanics

Oscillatory solutothermal convection-driven evaporation kinetics in colloidal nanoparticle-surfactant complex fluid pendant droplets

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): A. R. Harikrishnan, Purbarun Dhar, Sateesh Gedupudi, and Sarit K. Das

Evaporation kinetics of surfactant-infused nanocolloidal droplets are studied using the pendant mode to understand the pure physics of evaporation in such complex fluids. Oscillatory solute-thermal convective currents are found to be responsible for evaporation rate enhancement in these complex fluids.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 073604] Published Wed Jul 25, 2018

Particle-to-fluid heat transfer in particle-laden turbulence

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Hadi Pouransari and Ali Mani

We analyze heat transfer between disperse and carrier phases in multiphase turbulent flows. We reduce the full characterization of the problem to two parameters: Stokes number based on large eddy time, and a dimensionless number indicating the ratio of gas thermal relaxation time to large eddy time.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 074304] Published Wed Jul 25, 2018

Estimating stable and unstable sets and their role as transport barriers in stochastic flows

Physical Review E - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Sanjeeva Balasuriya and Georg A. Gottwald

We consider the situation of a large-scale stationary flow subjected to small-scale fluctuations. Assuming that the stable and unstable manifolds of the large-scale flow are known, we quantify the mean behavior and stochastic fluctuations of particles close to the unperturbed stable and unstable man...


[Phys. Rev. E 98, 013106] Published Tue Jul 24, 2018

Koopman analysis of Burgers equation

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Jacob Page and Rich R. Kerswell

A full Koopman decomposition for the velocity field in the Burgers equation is presented by deriving explicit expressions for the Koopman modes and eigenfunctions.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 071901(R)] Published Tue Jul 24, 2018

Spontaneous singularity formation in converging cylindrical shock waves

Physical Review Fluids - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): W. Mostert, D. I. Pullin, R. Samtaney, and V. Wheatley

Geometrical shock dynamics is used to predict that a converging cylindrical shock forms a singularity on the shock profile through nonlinear effects.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 071401(R)] Published Mon Jul 23, 2018

Solid obstacles can reduce hydrodynamic loading during water entry

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): M. Jalalisendi, G. Benbelkacem, and M. Porfiri

Measurements of pressure on the surface of a rigid wedge as it enters water find that, while the presence of the cylinder elicits a predictable increase in the pressure close to the keel, it is also responsible for a pressure drop in the vicinity of the pile-up.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 074801] Published Fri Jul 20, 2018

Solution of the Noh problem with an arbitrary equation of state

Physical Review E - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): A. L. Velikovich and J. L. Giuliani

The classic self-similar solutions of the nonstationary compressible Euler equations obtained for a blast-wave propagation (Sedov, Taylor, and von Neumann), a shock-wave implosion (Guderley, Landau, and Stanyukovich), or an impulsive loading of a planar target (von Hoerner, Häfele, and Zel’dovich) h...


[Phys. Rev. E 98, 013105] Published Thu Jul 19, 2018

Edge states control droplet breakup in subcritical extensional flows

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Giacomo Gallino, Tobias M. Schneider, and François Gallaire

We examine theoretically the break-up dynamics of a droplet in a sub-critical extensional flow. We find that it is analogous to other nonlinear dynamical systems with a finite basin of attraction, being governed by an unstable edge state equilibrium in the basin boundary of the base state.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 073603] Published Wed Jul 18, 2018

Drag coefficient and flow structure downstream of mangrove root-type models through PIV and direct force measurements

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Amirkhosro Kazemi, Keith Van de Riet, and Oscar M. Curet

The drag coefficient of mangrove roots reveals a dependency on porosity and Reynolds number. By introducing the effective diameter via streamwise velocity and vortex shedding frequency, the effective drag coefficient of the root model can be predicted from a universal curve fit.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 073801] Published Wed Jul 18, 2018

Control of Rayleigh-Taylor instability onset time and convective velocity by differential diffusion effects

Physical Review E - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): S. S. Gopalakrishnan, J. Carballido-Landeira, B. Knaepen, and A. De Wit

Fingering instabilities of a miscible interface between two fluids in a gravitational field can develop due to adverse density gradients as in the well-known Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) and double-diffusive (DD) instabilities. In the absence of differential diffusion, the mixing rate and the onset time of ...


[Phys. Rev. E 98, 011101(R)] Published Tue Jul 17, 2018

Influence of capillarity and gravity on confined Faraday waves

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): S. V. Diwakar, Vibhor Jajoo, Sakir Amiroudine, Satoshi Matsumoto, Ranga Narayanan, and Farzam Zoueshtiagh

The dual roles of gravity and interfacial tension are experimentally studied. The existence of a crossover frequency, on either side of which gravity plays opposing roles, is confirmed. Faraday waves show a surprising stabilization with the reduction in interfacial tension.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 073902] Published Tue Jul 17, 2018

Microscopic investigation of vortex breakdown in a dividing T-junction flow

Physical Review Fluids - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): San To Chan, Simon J. Haward, and Amy Q. Shen

A clear visualization of vortex breakdown is captured in a dividing microfluidic T-junction flow. This eye-catching structure can be greatly altered by slight outflow imbalances. Our results will guide the use of vortex breakdown to enhance flow control in lab-on-a-chip devices.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 072201(R)] Published Mon Jul 16, 2018

Optimized kinematics enable both aerial and aquatic propulsion from a single three-dimensional flapping wing

Physical Review Fluids - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Jacob S. Izraelevitz, Miranda Kotidis, and Michael S. Triantafyllou

Experiments on a prototype flapping robotic wing show that a single design can propel in both air and water, as do puffins and other auks, by varying wing kinematics. We optimize for each fluid with a force measurement feedback scheme and determine the unsteady wakes through dye visualization.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 073102] Published Mon Jul 16, 2018

Pore-scale statistics of flow and transport through porous media

Physical Review E - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Soroush Aramideh, Pavlos P. Vlachos, and Arezoo M. Ardekani

Flow in porous media is known to be largely affected by pore morphology. In this work, we investigate the effects of pore geometry on the transport and spatial correlations of flow through porous media in two distinct pore structures arising from three-dimensional assemblies of overlapping and nonov...


[Phys. Rev. E 98, 013104] Published Fri Jul 13, 2018

Growth of liquid-gas interfacial perturbations driven by acoustic waves

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Brandon Patterson and Eric Johnsen

Motivated by ultrasound-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, we computationally study acoustic waves in water interacting with a perturbed water-air interface. We demonstrate that baroclinic vorticity due to the misaligned pressure (waves) and density (interface) gradients drives the perturbation growth.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 074002] Published Fri Jul 13, 2018

Segregation of large particles in dense granular flows suggests a granular Saffman effect

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): K. van der Vaart, M. P. van Schrojenstein Lantman, T. Weinhart, S. Luding, C. Ancey, and A. R. Thornton

What causes the rising or segregation of large particles at very low concentrations in dense bidisperse granular flows? The scaling of the lift force experienced by large particles with their downstream velocity lag suggests that the answer is a granular equivalent of the Saffman effect.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 074303] Published Fri Jul 13, 2018

Coherent structures in a screen cylinder wake

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Azlin Mohd Azmi, Tongming Zhou, Yu Zhou, Hanfeng Wang, and Liang Cheng

While the solid cylinder wake shows apparent and stable shedding frequency, the screen cylinder wake shows a broad-band peak with a trend of decreasing frequency, indicating that amalgamation of vortices has taken place. This trend implies that the merging process does not occur at a fixed location.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 074702] Published Fri Jul 13, 2018

Acoustic detection of electrostatic suppression of the Leidenfrost state

Physical Review E - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Arjang Shahriari, Preston S. Wilson, and Vaibhav Bahadur

At high temperatures, a droplet can rest on a cushion of its vapor (the Leidenfrost effect). Application of an electric field across the vapor gap fundamentally eliminates the Leidenfrost state by attracting liquid towards the surface. This study uses acoustic signature tracking to study electrostat...


[Phys. Rev. E 98, 013103] Published Thu Jul 12, 2018

Vorticity fluxes and secondary flow: Relevance for turbulence modeling

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): A. Vidal, H. M. Nagib, and R. Vinuesa

Direct numercal simulations of fully developed turbulence in a rectangular duct are used to study the fluxes of vorticity.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 072602(R)] Published Thu Jul 12, 2018

Global stability of flowing red blood cell trains

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:00

Author(s): Spencer H. Bryngelson and Jonathan B. Freund

Flowing trains of red blood cells are stable when tightly confined but can otherwise break down into an irregular flow. A linear stability formulation is developed to analyze this biological phenomena, advancing understanding of its origin and guiding the design of devices that process blood cells.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 073101] Published Thu Jul 12, 2018

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