Acceleration statistics of inertial particles from high resolution DNS turbulence

F. Toschi, J. Bec, L. Biferale, G. Boffetta, A. Celani, M. Cencini, A. Lanotte, S. Musacchio

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We present results from recent direct numerical simulations of heavy particle transport in homogeneous, isotropic, fully developed turbulence, with grid resolution up to 5123 and R¿ ˜ 185. By following the trajectories of millions of particles with different Stokes numbers, St ¿ [0.16 : 3.5], we are able to characterize in full detail the statistics of particle acceleration. We focus on the probability density function of the normalised acceleration a/arms and on the behaviour of their rootmean-squared acceleration arms as a function of both St and R¿. We explain our findings in terms of two concurrent mechanisms: particle clustering, very effective for small St, and filtering induced by finite particle response time, taking over at larger St.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IUTAM Symposium on Computational Physics and New Perspectives in Turbulence (Nagoya, Japan, September, 11-14, 2006)
EditorsY. Kaneda
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6471-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameIUTAM Bookseries
ISSN (Print)1875-3507


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