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An efficient method for particle-resolved simulations of neutrally buoyant spheres

García-Villalba, Manuel; Fuentes, Blanca; Dušek, Jan; Moriche, Manuel ORCID iD icon 1; Uhlmann, Markus ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Hydromechanik (IFH), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


We present a simple modification of the direct-forcing immersed boundary method (IBM) proposed by Uhlmann (2005) in order to enable it to be applied to particulate flows with solid-to-fluid density ratios around unity. The main difference with respect to the original formulation lies in the particle velocity update which is performed directly after the preliminary velocity field has been computed in the absence of any IBM volume forcing term. In addition, we apply the forcing term to the entire space occupied by the immersed solid object (instead of to the vicinity of its interface only). The present approach requires the evaluation of integrals of the velocity field over the volume occupied by the solid particle, which are evaluated efficiently as sums over the respective quantities available at particle-attached force points. The resulting method can be used seamlessly for density ratios down to $𝜌_𝑝∕𝜌_𝑓 > 0.5$. The new formulation has been validated using three configurations: (i) lateral migration of a neutrally buoyant circular particle in two-dimensional Couette flow; (ii) the release from rest of a neutrally buoyant sphere in a free stream; (iii) the release of a particle in a free stream after an initial phase in which it is translationally fixed with an imposed angular velocity. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000160022
Veröffentlicht am 04.07.2023
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Hydromechanik (IFH)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 09.2023
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0045-7930
KITopen-ID: 1000160022
Erschienen in Computers and Fluids
Verlag Elsevier
Band 263
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 105936
Schlagwörter Particle-resolved simulation, Immersed boundary method, Particle-laden flows, Neutrally buoyant particles
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