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Numerical Investigation of Thermal Counterflow of He II Past Cylinders

Soulaine, Cyprien and Quintard, Michel and Baudouy, Bertrand and Van Weelderen, Rob Numerical Investigation of Thermal Counterflow of He II Past Cylinders. (2017) Physical Review Letters, 118 (7). 074506. ISSN 0031-9007

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.074506


We investigate numerically, for the first time, the thermal counterflow of superfluid helium past a cylinder by solving with a finite volume method the complete so-called two-fluid model. In agreement with existing experimental results, we obtain symmetrical eddies both up- and downstream of the obstacle. The generation of these eddies is a complex transient phenomenon that involves the friction of the normal fluid component with the solid walls and the mutual friction between the superfluid and normal components. Implications for flow in a more realistic porous medium are also investigated.

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Additional Information:Thanks to American Physical Society (APS). The definitive version of this document is available at: http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.074506
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives - CEA (FRANCE)
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)
Other partners > Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire - CERN (SWITZERLAND)
Other partners > Stanford University (USA)
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Deposited On:12 Jul 2017 13:15

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