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Study on preferential concentration of inertial particles in homogeneous isotropic turbulence via big-data techniques

Abstract : We present an experimental study of the preferential concentration of sub-Kolmogorov inertial particles in active-grid-generated homogeneous and isotropic turbulence, characterized via Voronoi tessellations. We show that the detection and quantification of clusters and voids are influenced by the intensity of the laser and high values of particles volume fraction ϕv. Different biases on the statistics of Voronoi cells are analyzed to improve the reliability of the detection and the robustness in the characterization of clusters and voids. We do this by adapting big-data techniques that allow us to process the particle images up to 10 times faster than standard algorithms. Finally, as preferential concentration is known to depend on multiple parameters, we perform experiments where one parameter is varied and all others are kept constant (ϕv, the Reynolds number based on the Taylor length scale Reλ, and residence time of the particles interacting with the turbulence). Our results confirm, in agreement with published work, that clustering increases with both ϕv and Reλ. On the other hand, we find evidence that the mean size of clusters increases with Reλ but decreases with ϕv and that the cluster settling velocity is strongly affected by Reλ up to the maximum value studied here, Reλ=250.
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Martin Obligado, Alain H. Cartellier, Alberto Aliseda, Thomas Calmant, Noël de Palma. Study on preferential concentration of inertial particles in homogeneous isotropic turbulence via big-data techniques. Physical Review Fluids, American Physical Society, 2020, 5 (2), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevFluids.5.024303⟩. ⟨hal-02514960⟩

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