Turbulent thermal diffusion in strongly stratified turbulence: Theory and experiments

G. Amir, N. Bar, A. Eidelman, T. Elperin, N. Kleeorin, I. Rogachevskii

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Abstract

Turbulent thermal diffusion is a combined effect of the temperature stratified turbulence and inertia of small particles. It causes the appearance of a nondiffusive turbulent flux of particles in the direction of the turbulent heat flux. This nondiffusive turbulent flux of particles is proportional to the product of the mean particle number density and the effective velocity of inertial particles. The theory of this effect has been previously developed only for small temperature gradients and small Stokes numbers [Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 224 (1996)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.76.224]. In this study, a generalized theory of turbulent thermal diffusion for arbitrary temperature gradients and Stokes numbers has been developed. The laboratory experiments in the oscillating grid turbulence and in the multifan produced turbulence have been performed to validate the theory of turbulent thermal diffusion in strongly stratified turbulent flows. It has been shown that the ratio of the effective velocity of inertial particles to the characteristic vertical turbulent velocity for large Reynolds numbers is less than 1. The effective velocity of inertial particles as well as the effective coefficient of turbulent thermal diffusion increase with Stokes numbers reaching the maximum at small Stokes numbers and decreases for larger Stokes numbers. The effective coefficient of turbulent thermal diffusion also decreases with the mean temperature gradient. It has been demonstrated that the developed theory is in a good agreement with the results of the laboratory experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064605
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Volume2
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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