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Sedimentation of disks in a linearly stratified fluid

Mercier, Matthieu and Wang, Shiyan and Péméja, Justin and Ern, Patricia and Ardekani, Arezoo Sedimentation of disks in a linearly stratified fluid. (2020) Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 885. 1-30. ISSN 0022-1120

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2019.957


We consider the unbounded settling dynamics of a circular disk of diameter d and finite thickness h evolving with a vertical speed U in a linearly stratified fluid of kinematic viscosity v and diffusivity k of the stratifying agent, at moderate Reynolds numbers (Re=Ud/v ). The influence of the disk geometry (diameter d and aspect ratio x = d/h ) and of the stratified environment (buoyancy frequency N, viscosity and diffusivity) are experimentally and numerically investigated. Three regimes for the settling dynamics have been identified for a disk reaching its gravitational equilibrium level. The disk first falls broadside-on, experiencing an enhanced drag force that can be linked to the stratification. A second regime corresponds to a change of stability for the disk orientation, from broadside-on to edgewise settling. This occurs when the non-dimensional velocity U/√vN becomes smaller than some threshold value. Uncertainties in identifying the threshold value is discussed in terms of disk quality. It differs from the same problem in a homogeneous fluid which is associated with a fixed orientation (at its initial value) in the Stokes regime and a broadside-on settling orientation at low, but finite Reynolds numbers. Finally, the third regime corresponds to the disk returning to its broadside orientation after stopping at its neutrally buoyant level.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02524107
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)
Other partners > Purdue University (USA)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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ANR project F-PISE (ANR-13-PDOC-023) - NSF CBET-16004423 and CBET-1705371
Deposited On:30 Mar 2020 08:29

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