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On the effect of elasticity on drag reduction due to polymer additives using a hybrid D.N.S. and Langevin dynamics approach

Arnout Boelens, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Abstract

In this work the effect of elasticity on turbulent drag reduction due to polymers is investigated using a hybrid Direct Numerical Simulation (D.N.S) and Langevin dynamics approach. Simulations are run at a friction Reynolds number of Reτ = 560 for 960.000 dumbbells with Deborah numbers of De = 0, De = 1, and De = 10. The conclusions are that it is possible to simulate a drag reduced flow using hybrid D.N.S. with Langevin dynamics, that polymers, like other occurrences of drag reduction, reduce drag through streak stabilization, and that the essential property of polymers and fibers in having a drag reducing effect is their ability to exert a torque on the solvent when they orientate in the boundary layer of the turbulent flow.^

Subject Area

Polymer chemistry|Chemical engineering|Plasma physics

Recommended Citation

Boelens, Arnout, "On the effect of elasticity on drag reduction due to polymer additives using a hybrid D.N.S. and Langevin dynamics approach" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3518211.
http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3518211

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