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Wake attenuation in large Reynolds number dispersed two-phase flows

Risso, Frédéric and Roig, Véronique and Amoura, Zouhir and Riboux, Guillaume and Billet, Anne-Marie Wake attenuation in large Reynolds number dispersed two-phase flows. (2008) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society , vol. 3 (n° 187). ISSN 1471-2962

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2008.0002

Abstract

The dynamics of high Reynolds number-dispersed two-phase flow strongly depends on the wakes generated behind the moving bodies that constitute the dispersed phase. The length of these wakes is considerably reduced compared with those developing behind isolated bodies. In this paper, this wake attenuation is studied from several complementary experimental investigations with the aim of determining how it depends on the body Reynolds number and the volume fraction a. It is first shown that the wakes inside a homogeneous swarm of rising bubbles decay exponentially with a characteristic length that scales as the ratio of the bubble diameter d to the drag coefficient Cd, and surprisingly does not depend on a for 10K2%a%10K1. The attenuation of the wakes in a fixed array of spheres randomly distributed in space (aZ2!10K2) is observed to be stronger than that of the wake of an isolated sphere in a turbulent incident flow, but similar to that of bubbles within a homogeneous swarm. It thus appears that the wakes in dispersed two-phase flows are controlled by multi-body interactions, which cause a much faster decay than turbulent fluctuations having the same energy and integral length scale. Decomposition of velocity fluctuations into a contribution related to temporal variations and that associated to the random character of the body positions is proposed as a perspective for studying the mechanisms responsible for multi-body interactions.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution: Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
Université de Toulouse > Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III - UPS
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
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Deposited By: Hélène Dubernard
Deposited On:13 Oct 2008 12:30

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