Diffusion of ellipsoids in laboratory two-dimensional turbulent flow

Jia Yang, Nicolas Francois, Horst Punzmann, Michael Shats, Hua Xia

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    We report on the transport properties and orientational dynamics of ellipsoidal objects advected by laboratory two-dimensional turbulence. It is found that ellipsoids of different sizes have preferential direction of transport, either along their major axes or minor axes. The two components of the ellipsoid diffusion coefficient depend on the ratio of the length of the ellipsoids along major axes aa to the turbulence forcing scale Lf. Large ellipsoids (aa > Lf) diffuse faster in the direction parallel to their major axes. In contrast, small ellipsoids diffuse faster in the direction transverse to their major axes. We study this transition vs the ratio aa/Lf and relate it to the coupling between translational and rotational motion of anisotropic objects. The features of the turbulent transport of ellipsoids can be understood by considering the interaction of these anisotropic objects with the underlying structure of two dimensional turbulent flows made of meandering coherent bundles.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number085116
    JournalPhysics of Fluids
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


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