Two-layer channel flow involving a fluid with time-dependent viscosity

Sahu, Kirti Chandra (2022) Two-layer channel flow involving a fluid with time-dependent viscosity. Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 22 (2-3). pp. 263-274. ISSN 1567-7419

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A pressure-driven two-layer channel flow of a Newtonian fluid with constant viscosity (top layer) and a fluid with a time-dependent viscosity (bottom layer) is numerically investigated. The bottom layer goes through an ageing process in which its viscosity increases due to the formation of internal structure, which is represented by a Coussot-type relationship. The resultant flow dynamics is the consequence of the competition between structuration and de-structuration, as characterised by the dimensionless timescale for structuration (τ) and the dimensionless material property (β) of the bottom fluid. The development of Kelvin-Helmholtz type instabilities (roll-up structures) observed in the Newtonian constant viscosity case was found to be suppressed as the viscosity of the bottom layer increased over time. It is found that, for the set of parameters considered in the present study, the bottom layer almost behaves like a Newtonian fluid with constant viscosity for τ> 10 and β> 1. It is also shown that decreasing the value of the Froude number stabilises the interfacial instabilities. The wavelength of the interfacial wave increases as the capillary number increases.

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Sahu, Kirti Chandra
Item Type: Article
Additional Information: I am grateful to Prof. Subhasish Dey (Guest Editor, Special Issue of Environmental Fluid Mechanics: Hydrodynamic and Fluvial Instabilities) for inviting me to contribute an article to this special issue. I also thank Mounika Balla for her help to plot some fgures. The fnancial support from Science and Engineering Research Board, India through grant no. MTR/2017/000029 is gratefully acknowledged.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diffuse-interface method; Direct numerical simulation; Instability; Time-dependent viscosity; Viscosity-stratified flow
Subjects: Chemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2021 09:17
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 06:33
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