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Insights into the dynamics of conical breakdown modes in coaxial swirling flow field

Rajamanickam, Kuppuraj and Basu, Saptarshi (2018) Insights into the dynamics of conical breakdown modes in coaxial swirling flow field. In: JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 853 . pp. 72-110.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2018.549


The main idea of this paper is to understand the fundamental vortex breakdown mechanisms in the coaxial swirling flow field. In particular, the interaction dynamics of the flow field is meticulously addressed with the help of high fidelity laser diagnostic tools. Time-resolved particle image velocimetry (PIV) (similar to 1500 frames s(-1)) is employed in y-r and multiple r-theta planes to precisely delineate the flow dynamics. Experiments are carried out for three sets of co-annular flow Reynolds number Re-a = 4896, 10 545, 17 546. Furthermore, for each Re-a condition, the swirl number `SG' is varied independently from 0 <= S-G <= 3. The global evolution of flow field across various swirl numbers is presented using the time-averaged PIV data. Three distinct forms of vortex breakdown namely, pre-vortex breakdown (PVB), central toroidal recirculation zone (CTRZ; axisymmetric toroidal bubble type breakdown) and sudden conical breakdown are witnessed. Among these, the conical form of vortex breakdown is less explored in the literature. In this paper, much attention is therefore focused on exploring the governing mechanism of conical breakdown. It is should be interesting to note that, unlike other vortex breakdown modes, conical breakdown persists only for a very short band of S-G. For any small increase/decrease in S-G beyond a certain threshold, the flow spontaneously reverts back to the CTRZ state. Energy ranked and frequency-resolved/ranked robust structure identification methods - proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) and dynamic mode decomposition (DMD) respectively - are implemented over instantaneous time-resolved PIV data sets to extract the dynamics of the coherent structures associated with each vortex breakdown mode. The dominant structures obtained from POD analysis suggest the dominance of the Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) instability (axial + azimuthal; accounts for similar to 80 % of total turbulent kinetic energy, TKE) for both PVB and CTRZ while the remaining energy is contributed by shedding modes. On the other hand, shedding modes contribute the majority of the TKE in conical breakdown. The frequency signatures quantified from POD temporal modes and DMD analysis reveal the occurrence of multiple dominant frequencies in the range of similar to 10-400 Hz with conical breakdown. This phenomenon may be a manifestation of high energy contribution by shedding eddies in the shear layer. Contrarily, with PVB and CTRZ, the dominant frequencies are observed in the range of similar to 20-40 Hz only. We have provided a detailed exposition of the mechanism through which conical breakdown occurs. In addition, the current work explores the hysteresis (path dependence) phenomena of conical breakdown as functions of the Reynolds and Rossby numbers. It has been observed that the conical mode is not reversible and highly dependent on the initial conditions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belong to CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, 32 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10013-2473 USA
Keywords: vortex breakdown; vortex flows
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 14:48
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 14:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60753

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