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Modelling the dynamics of a sphere approaching and bouncing on a wall in a viscous fluid

Izard, Edouard and Bonometti, Thomas and Lacaze, Laurent Modelling the dynamics of a sphere approaching and bouncing on a wall in a viscous fluid. (2014) Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 747. 422-446. ISSN 1469-7645

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2014.145


The canonical configuration of a solid particle bouncing on a wall in a viscous fluid is considered here, focusing on rough particles as encountered in most of the laboratory experiments or applications. In that case, the particle deformation is not expected to be significant prior to solid contact. An immersed boundary method (IBM) allowing the fluid flow around the solid particle to be numerically described is combined with a discrete element method (DEM) in order to numerically investigate the dynamics of the system. Particular attention is paid to modelling the lubrication force added in the discrete element method, which is not captured by the fluid solver at very small scale. Specifically, the proposed numerical model accounts for the surface roughness of real particles through an effective roughness length in the contact model, and considers that the time scale of the contact is small compared to that of the fluid. The present coupled method is shown to quantitatively reproduce available experimental data and in particular is in very good agreement with recent measurement of the dynamics of a particle approaching very close to a wall in the viscous regime St <O(10), where St is the Stokes number which represents the balance between particle inertia and viscous dissipation. Finally, based on the reliability of the numerical results, two predictive models are proposed, namely for the dynamics of the particle close to the wall and the effective coefficient of restitution. Both models use the effective roughness height and assume the particle remains rigid prior to solid contact. They are shown to be pertinent to describe experimental and numerical data for the whole range of investigated parameters.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Cambridge University Press editor. The original PDF of the article can be found at Journal of Fluid Mechanics website : http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=FLM
HAL Id:hal-00980559
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:18 Apr 2014 09:48

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