Differential formulation of the viscous history force on a particle for efficient and accurate computation

M. Parmar, S. Annamalai, S. Balachandar*, A. Prosperetti

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It is well known that the computation of the Basset-like history force is very demanding in terms of CPU and memory requirements, since it requires the evaluation of a history integral. We use the recent rational theory of Beylkin & Monzón (Appl. Comput. Harmon. Anal., vol. 19, 2005, pp. 17-48) to approximate the history kernel in the form of exponential sums to reformulate the viscous history force in a differential form. This theory allows us to approximate the history kernel in terms of exponential sums to any desired order of accuracy. This removes the need for long-time storage of the acceleration histories of the particle and the fluid. The proposed differential form approximation is applied to compute the history force on a spherical particle in a synthetic turbulent flow and a wall-bounded turbulent channel flow. Particles of various diameters are considered, and results obtained using the present technique are in reasonable agreement with those achieved using the full history integral.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)970-993
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of fluid mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2018


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Multiphase flow
  • Particle/fluid flow
  • Multiphase and particle-laden flows

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