Direct numerical simulations of Taylor-Couette turbulence: The effects of sand grain roughness

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Progress in roughness research, mapping any given roughness geometry to its fluid dynamic behaviour, has been hampered by the lack of accurate and direct measurements of skin-friction drag, especially in open systems. The Taylor-Couette (TC) system has the benefit of being a closed system, but its potential for characterizing irregular, realistic, three-dimensional (3-D) roughness has not been previously considered in depth. Here, we present direct numerical simulations (DNSs) of TC turbulence with sand grain roughness mounted on the inner cylinder. The model proposed by Scotti (Phys. Fluids, vol. 18, 031701, 2006) has been modified to simulate a random rough surface of monodisperse sand grains. Taylor numbers range from $Ta=1.0\times 10^{7}$ (corresponding to $Re-{\unicode[STIX]{x1D70F}}=82$) to $Ta=1.0\times 10^{9}$ ($Re-{\unicode[STIX]{x1D70F}}=635$). We focus on the influence of the roughness height $k-{s}^{+}$ in the transitionally rough regime, through simulations of TC with rough surfaces, ranging from $k-{s}^{+}=5$ up to $k-{s}^{+}=92$. We analyse the global response of the system, expressed both by the dimensionless angular velocity transport $Nu-{\unicode[STIX]{x1D714}}$ and by the friction factor $C-{f}$. An increase in friction with increasing roughness height is accompanied with enhanced plume ejection from the inner cylinder. Subsequently, we investigate the local response of the fluid flow over the rough surface. The equivalent sand grain roughness $k-{s}^{+}$ is calculated to be $1.33k$, where $k$ is the size of the sand grains. We find that the downwards shift of the logarithmic layer, due to transitionally rough sand grains exhibits remarkably similar behaviour to that of the Nikuradse (VDI-Forsch., vol. 361, 1933) data of sand grain roughness in pipe flow, regardless of the Taylor number dependent constants of the logarithmic layer. Furthermore, we find that the dynamical effects of the sand grains are contained to the roughness sublayer $h-{r}$ with $h-{r}=2.78k-{s}$.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-286
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of fluid mechanics
Volume873
Early online date24 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2019

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Direct numerical simulation
direct numerical simulation
sands
Turbulence
roughness
Sand
Surface roughness
turbulence
friction drag
Friction
pipe flow
friction factor
skin friction
Skin friction
Open systems
Pipe flow
Angular velocity
fluid dynamics
angular velocity
Fluid dynamics

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  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Taylor-Couette flow
  • turbulent boundary layers
  • plumes/thermals

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Direct numerical simulations of Taylor-Couette turbulence : The effects of sand grain roughness. / Berghout, Pieter; Zhu, Xiaojue; Chung, Daniel; Verzicco, Roberto; Stevens, Richard J.A.M.; Lohse, Detlef.

In: Journal of fluid mechanics, Vol. 873, 25.08.2019, p. 260-286.

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