Solid sediment transport in turbulent channel flow over irregular rough boundaries

Enrico Napoli, Barbara Milici, De Marchis, Barbara Milici, Mauro De Marchis

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The presence of a loading of dispersed particles in a turbulent flow affects the dynamics of the carrier flow field which, in turn, drives grains movement. The focus of the paper is on the analysis of the coupling effects between near-bed turbulence structures and the dynamics of dispersed suspended solid particles in wall-bounded turbulent multiphase flows. We consider turbulent horizontal channel flows bounded by rough boundaries. The friction Reynolds number of the unladen flow is ReÏ=180 and the dispersed phase spans one order of magnitude of particle diameter. To analyze sedimentation and suspended phase transport, we adopt concepts and modeling ideas derived from the Euler-Lagrange approach, using Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) for the carrier phase coupled with Lagrangian Particle Tracking (LPT) for the dispersed phase. The analysis takes into account fluid-particle interaction (two-way coupling) in the frame of the Particle-Source-In-Cell (PSIC) method. The effect of the wall's roughness is taken into account modeling the elastic rebound of particles onto it, instead of using a virtual rebound model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-126
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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