Latest papers in fluid mechanics
Author(s): Daniel P. Willen and Andrea Prosperetti
We analyze resolved simulations of up to 2000 spherical particles suspended in an incoming fluid stream with single-particle Reynolds number from 40-110 and volume fraction 9-35%. Diffusivities, pair distributions, and other quantities are found. Tetrads (four particle groups) are also studied.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014304] Published Fri Jan 18, 2019
Self-consistent feedback mechanism for the sudden viscous dissipation of finite-Mach-number compressing turbulence
Author(s): Alejandro Campos and Brandon E. Morgan
Previous work [Davidovits and Fisch, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 105004 (2016)] demonstrated that the compression of a turbulent field can lead to a sudden viscous dissipation of turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), and that paper suggested this mechanism could potentially be used to design new fast-ignition s...
[Phys. Rev. E 99, 013107] Published Thu Jan 17, 2019
Author(s): Chengzhu Xu, Marek Stastna, and David Deepwell
The onset and growth of shear instability in internal solitary waves is studied. It is found that there are cases in which the instability occurs spontaneously, cases in which its onset is Reynolds-number dependent, and cases in which it must be triggered by externally imposed noise.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014805] Published Thu Jan 17, 2019
Author(s): Adama Creppy, Eric Clément, Carine Douarche, Maria Veronica D'Angelo, and Harold Auradou
An experimental study of the effects of bacterial motility on its transport in a porous medium is presented. For flow velocity that can exceed 10 times the swimming velocity, the transport is found to be strongly retarded by the particle-grain hydrodynamic interaction. This is not observed in nonmotile bacteria.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 013102] Published Wed Jan 16, 2019
Impact of turbulence on flying insects in tethered and free flight: High-resolution numerical experiments
Author(s): Thomas Engels, Dmitry Kolomenskiy, Kai Schneider, Marie Farge, Fritz-Olaf Lehmann, and Jörn Sesterhenn
We perform high resolution numerical simulations of a bumblebee interacting with a turbulent inflow for both tethered and free flight. We find that average aerodynamical forces, moments, and power do not vary with turbulent intensity, but their fluctuations grow as turbulent intensity increases.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 013103] Published Wed Jan 16, 2019
Effect of Mach number and volume fraction in air-shock interacting with a bed of randomly distributed spherical particles
Author(s): Y. Mehta, K. Salari, T. L. Jackson, and S. Balachandar
Shock interaction with a bed of randomly distributed particles leads to large variation in the drag forces, highlighting the impact of neighboring particles, and indicating a need for point-particle force models that account for this drag variation.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014303] Published Tue Jan 15, 2019
Author(s): Bruce R. Sutherland and Neil J. Balmforth
Surface waves in the presence of floating particles are shown to arrest in finite-time as a consequence of dissipation associated with flow between the particles; implications for wave damping by sea ice are discussed.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014804] Published Tue Jan 15, 2019
Author(s): Hiroyoshi Nakano and Shin-ichi Sasa
We study boundary conditions applied to the macroscopic dynamics of Newtonian liquids from the view of microscopic particle systems. We assume the existence of microscopic boundary conditions that are uniquely determined from a microscopic description of the fluid and the wall. By using molecular dy...
[Phys. Rev. E 99, 013106] Published Mon Jan 14, 2019
Time evolution equation for advective heat transport as a constraint for optimal bounds in Rayleigh-Bénard convection
Author(s): A. Tilgner
Upper bounds on quantities of interest in Rayleigh-Bénard convection are derived by including a constraint derived from the time evolution equation for advective heat transport. This additional constraint leads to improved bounds on the toroidal dissipation.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014601] Published Mon Jan 14, 2019
Influence of spanwise rotation and scalar boundary conditions on passive scalar transport in turbulent channel flow
Author(s): Geert Brethouwer
Direct numerical simulations of passive scalar transport in turbulent channel flow subject to spanwise rotation are performed with two different scalar boundary conditions. A key finding is that rotation strongly reduces the turbulent Prandtl number, irrespective of the scalar boundary conditions.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014602] Published Mon Jan 14, 2019
Numerical simulations of the shear instability and subsequent degeneration of basin scale internal standing waves
Author(s): Andrew Grace, Marek Stastna, and Francis J. Poulin
High resolution numerical simulations of the evolution and subsequent degeneration of large amplitude internal standing waves are presented. Emphasized are examples of large amplitude wave train formation coexisting with shear instability.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014802] Published Mon Jan 14, 2019
Author(s): Alan Brandt and Kara R. Shipley
Laboratory experiments demonstrate the generation of internal waves by a short-duration impulsive plume. After the plume descends to a maximum depth, it rebounds to an equilibrium level where the ensuing oscillation results in the generation of a propagating internal wave field.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014803] Published Mon Jan 14, 2019
Author(s): M. A. Khodkar, Pedram Hassanzadeh, Saleh Nabi, and Piyush Grover
A novel method for reduced-order modeling of turbulent flows is discussed in the context of fully turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection. The method can be used to control the turbulent mean profiles, to discern the spectral properties of turbulent flows, and to improve the data-driven techniques.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 013801] Published Fri Jan 11, 2019
Author(s): Laura Stricker and Hans Christian Öttinger
In relativistic fluid mechanics, positive entropy production is known to be insufficient for guaranteeing stability. Much stronger criteria for thermodynamic admissibility have become available in nonequilibrium thermodynamics. We here perform a linear stability analysis for a model of relativistic ...
[Phys. Rev. E 99, 013105] Published Thu Jan 10, 2019
Author(s): J. Château and H. Lhuissier
A falling jet of a concentrated suspension is found to break abruptly where its diameter becomes a few particles thick. A simple model explains the jet breakup length observed experimentally.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 012001(R)] Published Thu Jan 10, 2019
Author(s): Matthew G. Kraljic and Zvi Rusak
The onset of leading-edge stall on stationary, smooth, thin, two-dimensional airfoils with blunter than classical nose shapes at low to moderately high Reynolds number flows is studied. Global stall is delayed to higher angles of attack as nose bluntness is increased.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014101] Published Thu Jan 10, 2019
Author(s): Yuxin Zhang, Zvi Rusak, and Shixiao Wang
The influence of various inlet swirling flow profiles on the manifold of steady axisymmetric states of flows, their domain of attraction, and on flow dynamics in a straight, long circular pipe is investigated.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014701] Published Thu Jan 10, 2019
Author(s): Ioannis W. Kokkinakis, Dimitris Drikakis, and David L. Youngs
Turbulence mixing models of different degree of complexity are investigated for Rayleigh-Taylor mixing flows with reference to high-resolution implicit large eddy simulations. The models considered, in order of increasing complexity, comprise the (i) two-equation K-L, (ii) three-equation K-L-a, (iii...
[Phys. Rev. E 99, 013104] Published Wed Jan 09, 2019
Author(s): Florian Moreau, Pierre Colinet, and Stéphane Dorbolo
Experiments show that Leidenfrost droplets made of water and surfactant undergo a violent explosion. This unexpected behavior is triggered by the formation of a shell during the evaporation. Shortly afterwards, the temperature increases above the boiling point, leading to bubble growth, shell stretching, and explosion.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 013602] Published Wed Jan 09, 2019
Author(s): Y. Wang, S. Canic, G. Kokot, A. Snezhko, and I. S. Aranson
This work expands the scope of modern computational tools for predictive modeling of microscopic active systems, and provides insight into the intricate role of hydrodynamic interaction on the onset of collective behavior of living and synthetic active matter.
[Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 013701] Published Wed Jan 09, 2019