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First instability of the flow of shear-thinning and shear-thickening fluids past a circular cylinder
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4346-4732
2012 (English)In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN 0022-1120, E-ISSN 1469-7645, Vol. 701, 201-227 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The first bifurcation and the instability mechanisms of shear-thinning and shear-thickening fluids flowing past a circular cylinder are studied using linear theory and numerical simulations. Structural sensitivity analysis based on the idea of a 'wavemaker' is performed to identify the core of the instability. The shear-dependent viscosity is modelled by the Carreau model where the rheological parameters, i.e. the power-index and the material time constant, are chosen in the range 0.4 <= n <= 1.75 and 0.1 <= lambda <= 100. We show how shear-thinning/shear-thickening effects destabilize/stabilize the flow dramatically when scaling the problem with the reference zero-shear-rate viscosity. These variations are explained by modifications of the steady base flow due to the shear-dependent viscosity; the instability mechanisms are only slightly changed. The characteristics of the base flow, drag coefficient and size of recirculation bubble are presented to assess shear-thinning effects. We demonstrate that at critical conditions the local Reynolds number in the core of the instability is around 50 as for Newtonian fluids. The perturbation kinetic energy budget is also considered to examine the physical mechanism of the instability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 701, 201-227 p.
Keyword [en]
instability, non-Newtonian flows, wakes
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-98714DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2012.151ISI: 000304914400007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84864262728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-98714DiVA: diva2:539320
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Swedish e‐Science Research Center
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QC 20120703

Available from: 2012-07-03 Created: 2012-07-02 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Global stability analysis of complex fluids
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global stability analysis of complex fluids
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main focus of this work is on the non-Newtonian effects on the inertial instabilities in shear flows. Both inelastic (Carreau) and elastic models (Oldroyd-B and FENE-P) have been employed to examine the main features of the non-Newtonian fluids; shear-thinning, shear-thickening and elasticity. Several classical configurations have been considered; flow past a circular cylinder, in a lid-driven cavity and in a channel. We have used a wide range of tools for linear stability analysis, modal, non-modal, energy and sensitivity analysis, to determine the instability mechanisms of the non-Newtonian flows and compare them with those of the Newtonian flows. Direct numerical simulations have been also used to prove the results obtained by the linear stability analysis.

Significant modifications/alterations in the instability of the different flows have been observed under the action of the non-Newtonian effects. In general, shear-thinning/shear-thickening effects destabilize/stabilize the flow around the cylinder and in a lid driven cavity. Viscoelastic effects both stabilize and destabilize the channel flow depending on the ratio between the viscoelastic and flow time scales. The instability mechanism is just slightly modified in the cylinder flow whereas new instability mechanisms arise in the lid-driven cavity flow. We observe that the non-Newtonian effect can alter the inertial flow at both baseflow and perturbation level (e.g. Carreau fluid past a cylinder or in a lid driven cavity) or it may just affect the perturbations (e.g. Oldroyd-B fluid in channel). In all the flow cases studied, the modifications in the instability dynamics are shown to be strongly connected to the contribution of the different terms in the perturbation kinetic energy budget.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. viii, 26 p.
Series
TRITA-MEK, ISSN 0348-467X ; 2013:20
Keyword
non-Newtonian flow, Carreau model, Oldroyd-B model, FENE-P model, modal analysis, nonmodal analysis, sensitivity analysis
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-139405 (URN)978-91-7501-958-1 (ISBN)
Presentation
2013-12-13, Q2, Osquldasväg 10, Stockholm, 10:15
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QC 20140113

Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-01-13Bibliographically approved
2. Stability analysis and inertial regimes in complex  flows
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stability analysis and inertial regimes in complex  flows
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this work we rst study the non-Newtonian effects on the inertial instabilities in shear flows and second the inertial suspensions of finite size rigid particles by means of numerical simulations.

In the first part, both inelastic (Carreau) and elastic models (Oldroyd-B and FENE-P) have been employed to examine the main features of the non-Newtonian fluids in several congurations; flow past a circular cylinder, in a lid-driven cavity and in a channel. In the framework of the linear stability analysis, modal, non-modal, energy and sensitivity analysis are used to determine the instability mechanisms of the non-Newtonian flows. Signicant modifications/alterations in the instability of the different flows have been observed under the action of the non-Newtonian effects. In general, shear-thinning/shear-thickening effects destabilize/stabilize the flow around the cylinder and in a lid driven cavity. Viscoelastic effects both stabilize and destabilize the channel flow depending on the ratio between the viscoelastic and flow time scales. The instability mechanism is just slightly modied in the cylinder flow whereas new instability mechanisms arise in the lid-driven cavity flow.

In the second part, we employ Direct Numerical Simulation together with an Immersed Boundary Method to simulate the inertial suspensions of rigid spherical neutrally buoyant particles in a channel. A wide range of the bulk Reynolds numbers, 500<Re<5000, and particle volume fractions, 0<\Phi<3, is studied while fixing the ratio between the channel height to particle diameter, 2h/d = 10. Three different inertial regimes are identied by studying the stress budget of two-phase flow. These regimes are laminar, turbulent and inertial shear-thickening where the contribution of the viscous, Reynolds and particle stress to transfer the momentum across the channel is the strongest respectively. In the inertial shear-thickening regime we observe a signicant enhancement in the wall shear stress attributed to an increment in particle stress and not the Reynolds stress. Examining the particle dynamics, particle distribution, dispersion, relative velocities and collision kernel, confirms the existence of the three regimes. We further study the transition and turbulence in the dilute regime of finite size particulate channel flow. We show that the turbulence can sustain in the domain at Reynolds numbers lower than the one of the unladen flow due to the disturbances induced by particles.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. x, 60 p.
Series
TRITA-MEK, ISSN 0348-467X
Keyword
non-Newtonian flow, global stability analysis, inertial suspensions, particle dynamics
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-177850 (URN)978-91-7595-782-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-12-18, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH, Stockholm, 10:15 (English)
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QC 20151127

Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved

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