Instability due to double-diffusive phenomenon in pressure-driven displacement flow of one fluid by another in an axisymmetric pipe

Bhagat, K D and Tripathi, M K and Sahu, K C (2016) Instability due to double-diffusive phenomenon in pressure-driven displacement flow of one fluid by another in an axisymmetric pipe. European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids, 55 (Part I). pp. 63-70. ISSN 0997-7546

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Abstract

The pressure-driven displacement flow of a less viscous fluid initially occupying an axisymmetric pipe by a highly viscous fluid is investigated. The fluids consist of two species diffusing at different rates. The fluids are assumed to be Newtonian, incompressible with the same density, but different viscosity modelled as an exponential function of the concentration of both the species. A parametric study investigating the effects of diffusivity ratio, log-mobility ratios of the slower and faster diffusing species and Reynolds number on the flow dynamics is conducted. Our results demonstrate the presence of instability patterns due to double-diffusive effect in situations when a less viscous fluid displaces a highly viscous fluid. These instabilities are qualitatively different from those observed in planar channel. The intensity of these instabilities increases with increasing the values of diffusivity ratio. It is demonstrated that a highly viscous stenosis region is created near the entrance of the pipe due to double-diffusive effect, providing a favourable condition to start the instability. In addition to this, because of double-diffusive effect locally at some portion of the pipe, the less viscous fluid becomes the displacing fluid, which promotes the development of instability.

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Sahu, K Chttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-7357-1141
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laminar flow; Mixing; CFD; Double-diffusive effect; Instability; Multiphase flow
Subjects: Chemical Engineering > Biochemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 09:39
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 09:50
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/1965
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euromechflu.2015.08.006
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0997-7546/
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