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Vortex Simulation for Behavior of Solid Particles Falling in Air

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Hisanori Yagami

Mie University, Tsu, Japan

Tomomi Uchiyama

Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Paper No. AJK2011-12019, pp. 3221-3227; 7 pages
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference: Volume 1, Symposia – Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Hamamatsu, Japan, July 24–29, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4440-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by JSME


The behavior of small solid particles falling in an unbounded air is simulated. The particles, initially arranged within a spherical region in a quiescent air, are made to fall, and their fall induces the air flow around them, resulting in the gas-particle two-phase flow. The particle diameter and density are 1 mm and 7.7 kg/m3 respectively. A three-dimensional vortex method proposed by one of the authors is applied. The simulation demonstrates that the particles are accelerated by the induced downward air flow just after the commencement of their fall. It also highlights that the particles are whirled up by a vortex ring produced around the downward air flow after the acceleration. The effect of the particle volume fraction at the commencement of the fall is also explored.

Copyright © 2011 by JSME



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