Numerical Simulation of Polymer Injection in Turbulent Flow Past a Circular Cylinder

David Richter, Eric S. G. Shaqfeh, Gianluca Iaccarino

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Using a code developed to compute high Reynolds number viscoelastic flows, polymer injection from the upstream stagnation point of a circular cylinder is modeled at Re = 3900. Polymer stresses are represented using the FENE-P constitutive equations. By increasing polymer injection rates within realistic ranges, significant near wake stabilization is observed. Rather than a turbulent detached shear layer giving way to a chaotic primary vortex (as seen in Newtonian flows at high Re), a much more coherent primary vortex is shed, which possesses an increased core pressure as well as a reduced level of turbulent energy. © 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 27 2011
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This research has been funded in part by a KAUST research grant under the KAUST-Stanford Academic Excellence Alliance program. Additionally, the authors acknowledge the following award for providing computing resources that have contributed to the research results reported within this paper: MRI-R2: Acquisition of a Hybrid CPU/GPU and Visualization Cluster for Multidisciplinary Studies in Transport Physics with Uncertainty Quantification. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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