Investigation of the dynamics of incompressible flow in domains of multiple close-packed spheres

Lambert H. Fick, Elia Merzari, Oana Marin, Yassin A. Hassan

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The study of flows over spherical bluff bodies is relevant in engineering systems such as nuclear power reactors. These flows exhibit complex spatial and temporal behavior due to the presence of significant streamwise curvature that leads to boundary layer separation and reattachment, and the turbulence phenomena associated with these effects. In this study, we present results for flow over one and two spheres in free-stream conditions at Reynolds number 1,000, which corresponds to a turbulentflow regime. The goal of the study was to verify our simulation methodology and develop an initial understanding regarding the spatial and temporal effects of additional spheres in close proximity to the canonical single-sphere case. Based on our results, we find that additional spheres significantly alter the behavior of the flow. The addition of a second sphere suppresses vortex formation, while the temporal correlation between points in the wake is also reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSymposia
Subtitle of host publicationFluid Measurement and Instrumentation; Fluid Dynamics of Wind Energy; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion; Energy and Process Engineering; Microfluidics and Nanofluidics; Development and Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics; DNS/LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858059
StatePublished - 2017
EventASME 2017 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2017 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2017Aug 3 2017

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fluids Engineering Division (Publication) FEDSM
ISSN (Print)0888-8116


OtherASME 2017 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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