Spatial and velocity statistics of inertial particles in turbulent flows

J. Bec, L. Biferale, M. Cencini, A.S. Lanotte, F. Toschi

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Spatial and velocity statistics of heavy point-like particles in incompressible, homogeneous, and isotropic three-dimensional turbulence is studied by means of direct numerical simulations at two values of the Taylor-scale Reynolds number Re¿ ~ 200 and Re¿ ~ 400, corresponding to resolutions of 5123 and 20483 grid points, respectively. Particles Stokes number values range from St ˜ 0.2 to 70. Stationary small-scale particle distribution is shown to display a singular –multifractal– measure, characterized by a set of generalized fractal dimensions with a strong sensitivity on the Stokes number and a possible, small Reynolds number dependency. Velocity increments between two inertial particles depend on the relative weight between smooth events - where particle velocity is approximately the same of the fluid velocity-, and caustic contributions - when two close particles have very different velocities. The latter events lead to a non-differentiable small-scale behaviour for the relative velocity. The relative weight of these two contributions changes at varying the importance of inertia. We show that moments of the velocity difference display a quasi bi-fractal-behavior and that the scaling properties of velocity increments for not too small Stokes number are in good agreement with a recent theoretical prediction made by K. Gustavsson and B. Mehlig arXiv: 1012.1789v1 [physics.flu-dyn], connecting the saturation of velocity scaling exponents with the fractal dimension of particle clustering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParticles in Turbulence 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameJournal of Physics: Conference Series
ISSN (Print)1742-6588


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