Coherent structures and extreme events in rotating multiphase turbulent flows

L. Biferale, F. Bonaccorso, I.M. Mazzitelli, M.A.T. van Hinsberg, A.S. Lanotte, S. Musacchio, P. Perlekar, F. Toschi

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By using direct numerical simulations at unprecedented resolution, we study turbulence under rotation in the presence of simultaneous direct and inverse cascades. The accumulation of energy at large scale leads to the formation of vertical coherent regions with high vorticity oriented along the rotation axis. By seeding the flow with millions of inertial particles, we quantify—for the first time—the effects of those coherent vertical structures on the preferential concentration of light and heavy particles. Furthermore, we quantitatively show that extreme fluctuations, leading to deviations from a normal-distributed statistics, result from the entangled interaction of the vertical structures with the turbulent background. Finally, we present the first-ever measurement of the relative importance between Stokes drag, Coriolis force, and centripetal force along the trajectories of inertial particles. We discover that vortical coherent structures lead to unexpected diffusion properties for heavy and light particles in the directions parallel and perpendicular to the rotation axis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number041036
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review X
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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