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Simulation of Effects of the Saffman Force and the Magnus Force on Sand Saltation in Turbulent Flow

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Z. Charlie Zheng

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Xueyong Zou

Bejing Normal University, Beijing, China

Xiaofan Yang

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Hong Cheng

Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Paper No. IMECE2011-62724, pp. 501-506; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5492-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The effects of both the Saffman force and Magnus force on sand saltation are investigated. Turbulent flows in a channel and over a barchans dune are considered with sand particles injected into the flow. The results show that both of the forces increase the height and skipping distance of sand saltation, with the Magnus force giving more significant effect on the height. These forces can also increase the sand settling at the lee side of the barchans dune.

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