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Reversal of the lift force on an oblate bubble in a weakly viscous linear shear flow

Adoua, Saturnin Richard and Legendre, Dominique and Magnaudet, Jacques Reversal of the lift force on an oblate bubble in a weakly viscous linear shear flow. (2009) Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 628. 23-41. ISSN 0022-1120

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022112009006090


We compute the flow about an oblate spheroidal bubble of prescribed shape set fixed in a viscous linear shear flow in the range of moderate to high Reynolds numbers. In contrast to predictions based on inviscid theory, the numerical results reveal that for weak enough shear rates, the lift force and torque change sign in an intermediate range of Reynolds numbers when the bubble oblateness exceeds a critical value that depends on the relative shear rate. This effect is found to be due to the vorticity generated at the bubble surface which, combined with the velocity gradient associated with the upstream shear, results in a system of two counter-rotating streamwise vortices whose sign is opposite to that induced by the classical inviscid tilting of the upstream vorticity around the bubble. We show that this lift reversal mechanism is closely related to the wake instability mechanism experienced by a spheroidal bubble rising in a stagnant liquid.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Cambridge University Press. The definitive version is available at http://journals.cambridge.org
HAL Id:hal-03561328
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 Jun 2009 12:32

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