Experimental study of turbulent thermal diffusion of particles in inhomogeneous and anisotropic turbulence

E. Elmakies, O. Shildkrot, N. Kleeorin, A. Levy, I. Rogachevskii, A. Eidelman

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We study experimentally turbulent thermal diffusion of small particles in inhomogeneous and anisotropic stably stratified turbulence produced by one oscillating grid in the air flow. The velocity fields have been measured using a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). We have determined various turbulence characteristics: the mean and turbulent velocities, two-point correlation functions of the velocity field and an integral scale of turbulence from the measured velocity fields. The temperature field have been measured with a temperature probe equipped with 12 E thermocouples. Spatial distributions of micron size particles have been determined by a PIV system using the effect of the Mie light scattering by particles in the flow. The experiments have demonstrated that particles are accumulated at the minimum of mean fluid temperature due to phenomenon of turbulent thermal diffusion. Using measured spatial distributions of particles and temperature fields, we have determined the effective turbulent thermal diffusion coefficient of particles in inhomogeneous temperature stratified turbulence. This experimental study has clearly detected phenomenon of turbulent thermal diffusion in inhomogeneous turbulence.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Physics - Fluid Dynamics


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