Buoyancy-Driven Flow through a Bed of Solid Particles Produces a New Form of Rayleigh-Taylor Turbulence
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018
Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) fluid turbulence through a bed of rigid, finite-size spheres is investigated by means of high-resolution direct numerical simulations, fully coupling the fluid and the solid phase via a state-of-the-art immersed boundary method. The porous character of the medium reveals a totally different physics for the mixing process when compared to the well-known phenomenology of classical RT mixing. For sufficiently small porosity, the growth rate of the mixing layer is linear in time (instead of quadratical) and the velocity fluctuations tend to saturate to a constant value (instead of linearly growing). We propose an effective continuum model to fully explain these results where porosity originated by the finite-size spheres is parametrized by a friction coefficient.