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Effect of gravity on clustering patterns and inertial particles attractors
Franck Nicolleau, Andrzej Nowakowski
Session: Lagrangian aspects of turbulence 4
Session starts: Friday 28 August, 10:30
Presentation starts: 10:30
Room: Room F

Franck Nicolleau (SFMG - University of Sheffield)
Andrzej Nowakowski (SFMG - University of Sheffield)

In this contribution we study the clustering of inertial particles using a periodic kinematic simulation. The systematic Lagrangian tracking of particles makes it possible to identify the particles' clustering patterns for different values of particle's inertia and drift velocity. The different cases are characterised by different pairs of Stokes number $St$ and drift parameter $\gamma$. For the present study $0\leq St \leq 1$ and $0\leq \gamma \leq 2$. The main focus is to identify and then quantify the clustering attractor - when it exists - that is the set of points in the physical space where the particles settle when time goes to infinity. Depending on gravity or drift effect and inertia values, the Lagrangian attractor can have different dimensions varying from the initial three-dimensional space to two-dimensional layers and one-dimensional attractors that can be shifted from an horizontal to a vertical position.