Advancement: A two-fluid model for the effect of particle inertia on buoyancy-driven instabilities

Speaker Name: 
Sara Nasab
Speaker Title: 
PhD Student
Speaker Organization: 
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Start Time: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am
End Time: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Engineering 2, Room 599
Organizer: 
Pascale Garaud

Abstract:  Modeling particles in a fluid has been approached by a number of methods. One of the simpler models used treats both particles and fluid as a continuum, a single-fluid model. Particle motion is derived under the assumption that particle drag and gravity are in equilibrium, neglecting particle inertia. Applicable to dilute systems consisting of small particles, the single-fluid model is not valid in many practical settings, where particles and fluid are more weakly coupled. Here we consider a two-fluid model in which particle inertia is included, by solving for fluid motion and particle motion, separately. Coupling between the two fluids is due to drag. We investigate the buoyancy-driven instabilities that this two-fluid model has, focusing on behavior that deviates from the single-fluid model. Our results are obtained using linear stability analysis. Direct Numerical Simulations are used to study the nonlinear saturation of the instabilities.