Latest papers in fluid mechanics

Experimental study of a helical acoustic streaming flow

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Bjarne Vincent, Sophie Miralles, Daniel Henry, Valéry Botton, and Alban Pothérat

The acoustofluidic helix stirs fluid within a closed container efficiently with only one ultrasound source. The helical shape is obtained by reflecting the acoustic beam on the cavity walls. This acoustic forcing drives multiple descending jets, each impinging a vertical wall and wrapping around the central axis. Time-averaged and low-frequency unsteady flow structures have been obtained by three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry and Eulerian field reconstructions. Both the velocity amplitudes of the overall time-averaged flow, and the vortex dynamics, depend on the dimensionless acoustic force magnitude called the acoustic Grashof number.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024101] Published Thu Feb 29, 2024

High-fidelity reconstruction of large-area damaged turbulent fields with a physically constrained generative adversarial network

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Qinmin Zheng, Tianyi Li, Benteng Ma, Lin Fu, and Xiaomeng Li

In this work, we propose a novel framework for the high-fidelity reconstruction of large-area damaged turbulent fields with high resolution based on a physically constrained generative adversarial network. The network leverages complete/sparse fields of velocity components as physical constraints and adopts a PatchGAN discriminator network. The proposed reconstruction framework has been shown to achieve excellent reconstruction performance. The reconstructed flow fields are consistent with the raw flow fields in terms of magnitude, power spectrum, and two-point correlation function.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024608] Published Thu Feb 29, 2024

Stable, entropy-consistent, and localized artificial-diffusivity method for capturing discontinuities

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Suhas S. Jain, Rahul Agrawal, and Parviz Moin

A localized artificial-diffusivity method is developed for capturing discontinuities, such as shocks and contacts, in compressible flows. A new sensor for contact discontinuity makes the method more localized, and a discretely consistent formulation eliminates the need for filtering the solution or filtering the sensors to obtain robust solutions. Improved predictions are observed in canonical shock-tube problems and large-eddy simulations of homogeneous isotropic turbulence.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024609] Published Thu Feb 29, 2024

Capillary imbibition of shear-thinning fluids: From Lucas-Washburn to oscillatory regimes

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Camille Steinik, Davide Picchi, Gianluca Lavalle, and Pietro Poesio

We studied the filling dynamics of a shear-thinning fluid in a capillary tube. In regimes where inertial effects can be neglected, we generalize the Lucas-Washburn scaling relation to shear-thinning fluids, showing that the classical 1/2 scaling law holds only if an ad hoc time-dependent effective viscosity that applies to both Newtonian and shear-thinning fluids is introduced. In regimes where inertia competes with viscous and gravity effects, the system shows an oscillating behavior. The shear-thinning effect acts on the system, favoring such oscillating behavior.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 023305] Published Wed Feb 28, 2024

Hysteresis and ribbons in Taylor-Couette flow of a semidilute noncolloidal suspension

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Changwoo Kang, Michael F. Schatz, and Parisa Mirbod

Flow states in dispersed particle flow determine the performance in industrial applications such as chemical mixers and bioreactors. Hysteresis in flow transitions can modify the flow condition and thus can affect the efficiency. We numerically show hysteretic behaviors in the Taylor-Couette flow of a noncolloidal suspension with a rotating inner cylinder and a stationary outer one. We also examine a standing wave of weak counterrotating vortices, known as ribbons, that occurs as the primary instability.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 023901] Published Wed Feb 28, 2024

Spherical thermal counterflow of superfluid $^{4}\mathrm{He}$

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): F. Novotný, Y. Huang, J. Kvorka, Š Midlik, D. Schmoranzer, Z. Xie, and L. Skrbek

Spherically symmetric thermal counterflow of superfluid 4He driven by a central heater is unaffected by shear thanks to the absence of walls. This quantum flow displays a two-fluid behavior and upon increasing drive undergoes a complex process of transition to quantum turbulence that involves formation of normal fluid turbulence above a certain critical threshold, drawing energy from a preexisting random tangle of quantized vortices. Spherically symmetric thermal counterflow can serve as a model flow for cosmological phenomena relating cosmic strings to quantized vortices, for processes occurring in neutron stars, or cosmological structure formation within superfluid models of dark matter.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, L022601] Published Wed Feb 28, 2024

Viscoplastic rimming flow inside a rotating cylinder

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 02/27/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Thomasina V. Ball and Neil J. Balmforth

When a small fraction of viscoplastic fluid is placed into a rotating cylinder, steady states can be reached with pool at the bottom of the cylinder and a residual coating elsewhere. Lubrication theory used to model the film thickness builds on previous models by bridging between two asymptotic limits, incorporating both the gravitational force along the cylinder and the hydrostatic pressure gradients. The model predicts steady states are reached after a small number of rotations and allows exploration of drainage when the cylinder comes to a halt. Experiments using a Carbopol suspension provide a suitable comparison to test the thin film theory.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 023304] Published Tue Feb 27, 2024

Neighbor-induced unsteady force in the interaction of a cylindrical shock wave with an annular particle cloud

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 02/27/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Sam Briney, Andreas N. Osnes, Magnus Vartdal, Thomas L. Jackson, and S. Balachandar

A shock propagating through a cloud of particles results in highly unsteady forces on each particle in the cloud. In such a finite particle volume fraction scenario, reflected shocks from neighboring particles perturb the force on each particle from its value in the dilute limit. These forces have a delayed onset since the reflected shocks travel at finite speeds. This phenomenon is explored in detail using three-dimensional particle resolved simulations and a model is proposed to account for the unsteady nature of these forces.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024308] Published Tue Feb 27, 2024

Grid-generated velocity fields at very small Reynolds numbers

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 02/27/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Dana Duong and Stavros Tavoularis

This article is the first to investigate velocity fields behind grids at very small Reynolds numbers that include flows with negligible fluctuations. Measurements were taken behind four square-mesh grids with varying designs, mesh sizes and solidities. We have documented and quantified the weakening of turbulent behavior as the Reynolds number diminishes and identified trends and patterns of the large- and small-scale anisotropies, the skewness and flatness factors of the velocity derivative and the dissipation parameter that have not been reported previously.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024607] Published Tue Feb 27, 2024

Artificially thickened boundary layer turbulence due to trip wires of varying diameter

Physical Review Fluids - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Zhanqi Tang, Nan Jiang, Zhiming Lu, and Quan Zhou

Tripping effects are studied in artificially thickened turbulent boundary layers (AT-TBLs) within a finite-length test section. The emergence of the generated large-scale structures highlights the potential of the AT-TBLs to simulate high-Reτ boundary layer turbulence. We examine the noncanonical behaviors and external similarity under over-tripped conditions. The results emphasize the need for caution when pursuing excessive thickening of the boundary layer through leading-edge trips for generating high-Reτ canonical TBLs in a finite-length test section.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024606] Published Mon Feb 26, 2024

Superflow passing over a rough surface: Vortex nucleation

Physical Review Fluids - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Thomas Frisch, Sergey Nazarenko, and Sergio Rica

The dynamics of a superfluid over a surface exhibits significant differences from compressible flow in ordinary fluids. In ordinary fluids, when the local speed exceeds the sound speed, intrinsic dissipation due to viscosity can enable a shock wave. However, in superfluids, lack of dissipation prevents shock waves. Instead, spatial modulation of a wave train of solitons, as in the figure, allows for a smooth transonic transition. This wave train has been observed to eventually become unstable, leading to quantized vortices and an effective drag on a rough surface. The wave train occurs beneath a lambda-shaped structure with a fore and back-front, reminiscent of ordinary compressible fluids.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024701] Published Mon Feb 26, 2024

Impact of hydraulic tortuosity on microporous and nanoporous media flow

Physical Review E - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Shiwani Singh

Using two-dimensional porous structures made up of homogeneously arranged solid obstacles, we examine the effects of rarefaction on the hydraulic tortuosity in the slip and early transition flow regimes via extended lattice Boltzmann method. We observed that modification in either the obstacle's arr…


[Phys. Rev. E 109, 025106] Published Fri Feb 23, 2024

Measurement of an eddy diffusivity for chaotic electroconvection using combined computational and experimental techniques

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Arunraj Balaji-Wright, Felix Stockmeier, Richard Dunkel, Matthias Wessling, and Ali Mani

The Poisson-Nernst-Planck-Stokes equations capture the chaotic dynamics of electroconvection accurately, but direct numerical simulation of electroconvection is prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, prediction of the mean fields via application of Reynolds averaging leads to a closure problem. In this work, we combine the macroscopic forcing method, a numerical technique for measurement of closure operators in Reynolds-averaged equations, with high-fidelity experimental data in order to determine a leading order closure for chaotic electroconvection. Simulations of the Reynolds-averaged equations using the leading order closure accurately predict experimental polarization curves.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 023701] Published Fri Feb 23, 2024

Plume-surface interaction during lunar landing using a two-way coupled DSMC-DEM approach

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): A. Bajpai, A. Bhateja, and R. Kumar

In this investigation, a novel two-way coupled gas-granular solver is developed, incorporating direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) for gas particle collisions and discrete element method (DEM) for granular particle interactions. Gas-grain interaction model consists of momentum and energy exchange between the two phases. Using this framework, we have performed a comprehensive study of dust dispersion due to plume impingement on a lunar surface. We have predicted not only the velocity field of gas and grain phases, but also their temperature field, which can be meaningful information for spacecraft designers.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024306] Published Fri Feb 23, 2024

Trapping of inertial particles in a two-dimensional unequal-strength counterrotating vortex pair flow

Physical Review Fluids - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Zilong Zhao, Zhiwei Guo, Zhigang Zuo, and Zhongdong Qian

This study indicates that small inertia particles can be trapped in a two-dimensional unequal-strength counter-rotating vortex pair (CVP) flow. Through analytical derivations of the particle motion in the potential CVP flow, this study first identifies a particle-attracting ring S0.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024307] Published Fri Feb 23, 2024

Bounded flows of dense gases

Physical Review Fluids - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Sergiu Busuioc and Victor Sofonea

Numerical solutions of the Enskog equation obtained employing a Finite-Difference Lattice Boltzmann (FDLB) with half-range Gauss-Hermite quadratures and a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC)-like particle method (PM), are systematically compared to determine the range of applicability of the simplified Enskog collision operator implemented in the Lattice Boltzmann framework. For low to moderate reduced density, the proposed FDLB model exhibits commendable accuracy for all bounded flows tested in this study, with substantially lower computational cost than the PM method.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 023401] Published Thu Feb 22, 2024

Nanoscale electrohydrodynamic ion transport: Influences of channel geometry and polarization-induced surface charges

Physical Review E - Wed, 02/21/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Arghyadeep Paul and N. R. Aluru

Electrohydrodynamic ion transport has been studied in nanotubes, nanoslits, and nanopores to mimic the advanced functionalities of biological ion channels. However, probing how the intricate interplay between the electrical and mechanical interactions affects ion conduction in asymmetric nanoconduit…


[Phys. Rev. E 109, 025105] Published Wed Feb 21, 2024

Numerical analysis of flow anisotropy in rotated-square deterministic lateral displacement devices at moderate Reynolds number

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 02/21/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Calum Mallorie, Rohan Vernekar, Benjamin Owen, David W. Inglis, and Timm Krüger

Deterministic lateral displacement (DLD) is a common method of separating suspensions of particles by their physical properties. DLD devices are typically limited to operation in the Stokes flow regime, which leads to high processing times, because their behavior becomes unpredictable at flow rates where fluid inertia is important. In this study, we show that the average flow direction in a typical DLD device can diverge from the direction of the applied pressure drop due to inertial effects, and present an explanation for why this happens. This new understanding may contribute to improved DLD designs for operation at high flow rates.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024203] Published Wed Feb 21, 2024

Statistical state dynamics-based study of the stability of the mean statistical state of wall-bounded turbulence

Physical Review Fluids - Wed, 02/21/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Brian F. Farrell and Petros J. Ioannou

In wall turbulence, the time-mean flow is returned to after almost any disturbance, which indicates that it is a stable statistical feature underlying the disorder of turbulence. However, the stability of this statistical feature can not be determined directly from the stability of the time-mean flow itself. What is required is a statistical stability analysis method. We determine the statistical stability of the time-mean state by averaging the dynamics of the return to the time-mean state over the turbulent attractor using the linear inverse model method.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 024605] Published Wed Feb 21, 2024

Flow mode and global transport of liquid metal thermal convection in a cavity with $\mathrm{Γ}=1/3$

Physical Review Fluids - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 10:00

Author(s): Xin-Yuan Chen (陈新元), Juan-Cheng Yang (阳倦成), and Ming-Jiu Ni (倪明玖)

In this experimental investigation we examine the dynamics of liquid metal thermal convection within an elongated cuboid cell with aspect ratio 1/3. We highlight the evolution of flow modes, transitioning from single- to double-roll mode, and transitional modes which are reconstructed by visualizing temperature data on the sidewall. As the Rayleigh number surpasses the critical value, the flow state transforms from a multiple-mode coexistence state to a single-roll mode-dominated configuration. Flow modes and global transport properties offer profound insights into the fundamental characteristics of thermal convection in liquid metals under strong lateral geometric confinement.


[Phys. Rev. Fluids 9, 023503] Published Tue Feb 20, 2024

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