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Numerical study of the sedimentation of spheroidal particles
KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4328-7921
KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4346-4732
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Multiphase Flow, ISSN 0301-9322, E-ISSN 1879-3533, Vol. 87, 16-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The gravity-driven motion of-rigid particles in a viscous fluid is relevant in many natural and industrial processes, yet this has mainly been investigated for spherical particles. We therefore consider the sedimentation of non-spherical (spheroidal) isolated and particle pairs in a viscous fluid via numerical simulations using the Immersed Boundary Method. The simulations performed here show that the critical Galileo number for the onset of secondary motions decreases as the spheroid aspect ratio departs from 1. Above this critical threshold, oblate particles perform a zigzagging motion whereas prolate particles rotate around, the vertical axis while having their broad side facing the falling direction. Instabilities of the vortices in the wake follow when farther increasing the Galileo number. We also study the drafting kissing-tumbling associated with the settling of particle pairs. We find that the interaction time increases significantly for non-spherical particles and, more interestingly, spheroidal particles are attracted from larger lateral displacements. This has important implications for the estimation of collision kernels and can result its increasing clustering in suspensions of sedimenting spheroids.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 87, 16-34 p.
Keyword [en]
Non-spherical particles, Sedimentation, Particle pair interactions, Drafting-kissing-tumbling, Numerical modelling
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Applied Mechanics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-196969DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2016.08.005ISI: 000386645300003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84985916725OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-196969DiVA: diva2:1056010
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QC 20161213

Available from: 2016-12-13 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2017-03-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Numerical study of non-spherical/spherical particles in laminar and turbulent flows
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Numerical study of non-spherical/spherical particles in laminar and turbulent flows
2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The presence of solid rigid particles alters the global transport and rheological properties of the mixture in complex (and often unpredictable) ways. In recent years a few studies have been devoted to investigating the behavior of dense suspensions in the turbulent/inertial regime with the majority of theses analyses limited to mono-disperse rigid neutrally-buoyant spheres. However, one interesting parameter that is rarely studied for particles with high inertia is the particle shape. Spheroidal particles introduce an anisotropy, e.g. a tendency to orient in a certain direction, which can affect the bulk behavior of a suspension in an unexpected ways. The main focus of this study is therefore to investigate the behavior of spheroidal particles and their effect on turbulent/inertial flows.

We perform fully resolved simulations of particulate flows with spherical/spheroidal particles, using an efficient/accurate numerical approach that enables us to simulate thousands of particles with high resolutions in order to capture all the fluid-solid interactions.

Several conclusions are drawn from this study that reveal the importance of particle's shape effect on the behaviour of a suspension e.g. spheroidal particles tend to cluster while sedimenting. This phenomenon is observed in this work for both particles with high inertia, sedimenting in a quiescent fluid and inertialess particles (point-like tracer prolates) settling in homogenous isotropic turbulence. The mechanisms for clustering is indeed different between these two situations, however, it is the shape of particles that governs these mechanisms, as clustering is not observed for spherical particles. Another striking finding of this work is drag reduction in particulate turbulent channel flow with rigid oblate particles. Again this drag reduction is absent for spherical particles, which instead increase the drag with respect to single-phase turbulence. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 31 p.
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-204421 (URN)978-91-7729-333-0 (ISBN)
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2017-04-20, E51, Osquars backe 14, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-28 Created: 2017-03-24 Last updated: 2017-03-28Bibliographically approved

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