Fluttering-induced flow in a closed chamber

Kirill Goncharuk, Yuri Feldman, Oz Oshri

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We study the emergence of fluid flow in a closed chamber that is driven by dynamical deformations of an elastic sheet. The sheet is compressed between the sidewalls of the chamber and partitions it into two separate parts, each of which is initially filled with an inviscid fluid. When fluid exchange is allowed between the two compartments of the chamber, the sheet becomes unstable, and its motion displaces the fluid from rest. We derive an analytical model that accounts for the coupled, two-way, fluid-sheet interaction. We show that the system depends on four dimensionless parameters: the normalized excess length of the sheet compared with the lateral dimension of the chamber; the normalized vertical dimension of the chamber; the normalized initial volume difference between the two parts of the chamber; and the structure-to-fluid mass ratio,. We investigate the dynamics at the early times of the system's evolution and then at moderate times. We obtain the growth rates and the frequency of vibrations around the second and the first buckling modes, respectively. Analytical solutions are derived for these linear stability characteristics within the limit of the small-amplitude approximation. At moderate times, we investigate how the sheet escapes from the second mode. Given the chamber's dimensions, we show that the initial energy of the sheet is mostly converted into hydrodynamic energy of the fluid if and into kinetic energy of the sheet if. In both cases, most of the initial potential energy is released at time, where is the growth rate and is a constant.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA15
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - 28 Nov 2023


  • bifurcation
  • flow-structure interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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