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Linear stability of confined flow around a 180-degree sharp bend

Mohammed Sapardi, Mohd Azan and Hussam, Wisam K. and Potherat, Alban and Sheard, Gregory J. (2017) Linear stability of confined flow around a 180-degree sharp bend. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 822. pp. 813-847. ISSN 0022-1120 E-ISSN 1469-7645

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This study seeks to characterise the breakdown of the steady two-dimensional solution in the flow around a 180-degree sharp bend to infinitesimal three-dimensional disturbances using a linear stability analysis. The stability analysis predicts that three-dimensional transition is via a synchronous instability of the steady flows. A highly accurate global linear stability analysis of the flow was conducted with Reynolds number Re < 1150 and bend opening ratio (ratio of bend width to inlet height) 0.26β 65. This range of Re and β captures both steady-state two-dimensional flow solutions and the inception of unsteady two-dimensional flow. For 0.2 6 β 6 1, the two-dimensional base flow transitions from steady to unsteady at higher Reynolds number as β increases. The stability analysis shows that at the onset of instability, the base flow becomes three-dimensionally unstable in two different modes, namely a spanwise oscillating mode for β = 0.2 and a spanwise synchronous mode for β > 0.3. The critical Reynolds number and the spanwise wavelength of perturbations increase as β increases. For 1 < β 6 2 both the critical Reynolds number for onset of unsteadiness and the spanwise wavelength decrease as β increases. Finally, for 2 < β 6 5, the critical Reynolds number and spanwise wavelength remain almost constant. The linear stability analysis also shows that the base flow becomes unstable to different three-dimensional modes depending on the opening ratio. The modes are found to be localised near the reattachment point of the first recirculation bubble

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 8410/79094
Uncontrolled Keywords: instability, separated flows, channel flow
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Azan Mohammed Sapardi
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 12:52
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2020 12:52
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/79094

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