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See detailOn the role of pressure in elasto-inertial turbulence
Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Dubief, Yves; Soria, Julio

in Journal of Turbulence (2014), 16(1), 26-43

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations of ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations of channel flow with Reynolds numbers ranging from 1000 to 6000 are used to study the formation and dynamics of elastic instabilities and their effects on the flow. Based on the splitting of the pressure into inertial and polymeric contributions, it is shown that the polymeric pressure is a non-negligible component of the total pressure fluctuations, although the rapid inertial part dominates. Unlike Newtonian flows, the slow inertial part is almost negligible in elasto-inertial turbulence. Statistics on the different terms of the Reynolds stress transport equation also illustrate the energy transfers between polymers and turbulence and the redistributive role of pressure. Finally, the trains of cylindrical structures around sheets of high polymer extension that are characteristics of elasto-inertial turbulence are shown to be correlated with the polymeric pressure fluctuations. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Investigation of Cooling in the Continuous Fiber Glass Drawing Process
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Simon, Philippe

in Proceedings of the 15th International Heat Transfer Conference (2014, August)

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing a glass melt at high temperature through an array of thousands of small orifices (i.e., the ... [more ▼]

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing a glass melt at high temperature through an array of thousands of small orifices (i.e., the bushing plate) into fibers using a winder. This process is sensitive to numerous disturbances that can cause a fiber to break during the drawing process. This paper analyzes how the stress in the fiber depends on the controlling parameters of the process. The approach relies on numerical simulations and sensitivity analysis. Both a semi-analytical one-dimensional model and a more complex two-dimensional axisymmetric model are used. It is first found that radial variations across the fiber are small compared to changes in the axial direction and that the one-dimensional approximation is accurate enough to describe the major trends in the process. Sensitivity analyses on some physical parameters controlling the heat transfers and on process parameters are then performed to identify strategies to reduce the axial stress. In particular, it is shown that, for a given fiber diameter, the stress is minimized if the glass melt temperature and the drawing velocity are increased. This approach is then applied to quantify the effect of inhomogeneous heat patterns on a bushing plate with a large number of fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Investigation of Continuous Fiber Glass Drawing Process
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Simon, Philippe; Terrapon, Vincent ULg

Conference (2014, May 30)

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing a glass melt at high temperature through the bushing plate into fibers using a winder. This ... [more ▼]

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing a glass melt at high temperature through the bushing plate into fibers using a winder. This process is sensitive to numerous disturbances that can cause the fiber to break during the drawing process. In order to understand the origin of these failures and improve the process efficiency, it is important to understand the physics of the forming fiber. We investigate here the underlying physics of the forming of a single fiber through numerical simulations. In particular, we focus on the region from the hole tips at the bushing plate to the glass transition point. The influence of key parameters (e.g. operating windows, and heat transfers mechanisms) on the fiber radius attenuation and the internal stresses is investigated through a sensitivity analysis. In addition, the impact of the temperature variations at the bushing plate is investigated. Finally, we show how the forming stress is influenced by these parameters. It is found that the internal stress can be minimizing by varying the operating windows. On the other hand, results also demonstrate that the heat pattern of the bushing plate is one of the most important causes for disturbance in the process. [less ▲]

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See detailAn efficient flamelet-based combustion model for compressible flows
Saghafian, Amirreza; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Pitsch, Heinz

in Combustion and Flame (2014)

A combustion model based on a flamelet/progress variable approach for high-speed flows is introduced. In the proposed formulation, the temperature is computed from the transported total energy and ... [more ▼]

A combustion model based on a flamelet/progress variable approach for high-speed flows is introduced. In the proposed formulation, the temperature is computed from the transported total energy and tabulated species mass fractions. Only three additional scalar equations need to be solved for the combustion model. Additionally, a flamelet library is used that is computed in a pre-processing step. This approach is very efficient and allows for the use of complex chemical mechanisms. An approximation is also introduced to eliminate costly iterative steps during the temperature calculation. To better account for compressibility effects, the chemical source term of the progress variable is rescaled with the density and temperature. The compressibility corrections are analyzed in an a priori study. The model is also tested in both Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) and large-eddy simulation (LES) computations of a hydrogen jet in a supersonic transverse flow. Comparison with experimental measurements shows good agreement, particularly for the LES case. It is found that the disagreement between RANS results and experimental data is mostly due to the mixing model deficiencies and the presumed probability density functions used in the RANS formulation. A sensitivity study of the proposed model shows the importance of the compressibility corrections especially for the source term of the progress variable. [less ▲]

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See detailElasto-inertial turbulence in polymeric flows
Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Dubief, Yves; Soria, Julio

Conference (2013, November 26)

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT) is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT) is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations of channel flow with Reynolds numbers ranging from 1000 to 6000 are used to study the formation and dynamics of elastic instabilities and their effects on the flow. Based on the splitting of the pressure into inertial and polymeric contributions, it is shown that the trains of cylindrical structures around thin sheets of high polymer extension that are characteristics to elasto-inertial turbulence are mostly driven by polymeric contributions. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the mechanism of elasto-inertial turbulence
Dubief, Yves; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Soria, Julio

in Physics of Fluids (2013), 25(110817), 1-16

Elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT) is a new state of turbulence found in inertial flows with polymer additives. The dynamics of turbulence generated and controlled by such additives is investigated from the ... [more ▼]

Elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT) is a new state of turbulence found in inertial flows with polymer additives. The dynamics of turbulence generated and controlled by such additives is investigated from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. Direct numerical simulations of channel flow with Reynolds numbers ranging from 1000 to 6000 (based on the bulk and the channel height) are used to study the formation and dynamics of elastic instabilities and their effects on the flow. The flow topology of EIT is found to differ significantly from Newtonian wall-turbulence. Structures identified by positive (rotational flow topology) and negative (extensional/compressional flow topology) second invariant Qa isosurfaces of the velocity gradient are cylindrical and aligned in the spanwise direction. Polymers are significantly stretched in sheet-like regions that extend in the streamwise direction with a small upward tilt. The Qa cylindrical structures emerge from the sheets of high polymer extension, in a mechanism of energy transfer from the fluctuations of the polymer stress work to the turbulent kinetic energy. At subcritical Reynolds numbers, EIT is observed at modest Weissenberg number (Wi, ratio polymer relaxation time to viscous time scale). For supercritical Reynolds numbers, flows approach EIT at large Wi. EIT provides new insights on the nature of the asymptotic state of polymer drag reduction (maximum drag reduction), and explains the phenomenon of early turbulence, or onset of turbulence at lower Reynolds numbers than for Newtonian flows observed in some polymeric flows. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of Elasto-Inertial Turbulence in Flows with Polymer Additives
Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Dubief, Yves; Soria, Julio

in Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena (TSFP-8) (2013, August 30)

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations of ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations of channel flow with Reynolds numbers ranging from 1000 to 6000 are used to study the formation and dynamics of elastic instabilities and their effects on the flow. Based on the splitting of the pressure into inertial and polymeric contributions, it is shown that the trains of cylindrical structures around sheets of high polymer extension that are characteristics to elasto-inertial turbulence are mostly driven by polymeric contributions. [less ▲]

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See detailTorsional flutter of bluff bodies
Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Guissart, Amandine ULg; Andrianne, Thomas ULg et al

Scientific conference (2013, July 15)

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See detailNumerical and experimental investigation of fiber drawing process
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Simon, Philippe; Terrapon, Vincent ULg

Conference (2013, July 05)

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing liquid glass at high temperature into fibers. This process is very complex and sensitive to ... [more ▼]

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing liquid glass at high temperature into fibers. This process is very complex and sensitive to numerous disturbances that can cause the breaking of the forming fibers. Breaks have a strong negative impact on the process efficiency. It is thus very important to understand the mechanisms of fiber breaking in order to optimize the manufacturing process. As a first step towards elucidating the causes of these failures, we investigate here the underlying physics of the forming of a single fiber through numerical simulations. In particular, we focus on the region from the hole tips at the bushing plate to the glass transition point. The influence of key parameters (e.g., glass flow rate, drawing velocity, external environment, glass properties) on the fiber radius attenuation and the internal stresses is investigated through a sensitivity analysis. Finally, these numerical studies are compared with experimental data measurements obtained from a dedicated fiberization unit for a single fiber. These experimental results also serve as additional insight into the forming process and as validation of the physical models, such as glass rheology or heat transfers. Comparisons between numerical and experimental results show a good agreement and demonstrate that simulations can provide a useful tool to gain insight into the underlying physics and to devise new strategies for adjusting the process operating window. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Proper Orthogonal Decomposition and Dynamic Mode Decomposition Methods for Comparing CFD Results Experimental Measurements
Guissart, Amandine ULg; Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 16th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, IFASD 2013 (2013, June 26)

A method for the quantitative comparison of numerical and/or experimental data of unsteady aerodynamics around static and oscillating bodies is introduced. It is based on Proper Orthogonal Decomposition ... [more ▼]

A method for the quantitative comparison of numerical and/or experimental data of unsteady aerodynamics around static and oscillating bodies is introduced. It is based on Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) and Dynamic Mode Decomposition (DMD) to extract the dominant structures of the unsteady flow. The proposed method is applied to spatio-temporal data for the flow around a 4:1 rectangular cylinder. Exper- imental data are obtained from wind tunnel testing and two dimensional Time-resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (Tr-PIV) measurements, while unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (uRANS) are used to compute numerical results. It is demonstrated that the two approaches are complementary and represent a powerful tool that enables the analysis and the quantitative comparison of the main spatial (POD) and temporal (DMD) characteristics of unsteady aerodynamic data. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical investigation of continuous fiber glass drawing
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Simon, Philippe; Terrapon, Vincent ULg

in Idelsohn, Sergio R; Papadrakakis, Manolis; Schrefler, Bernhard A (Eds.) Proceedings of the V International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (2013, June)

The physics of glass fiber drawing is studied through numerical simulations and experimental measurements, with a focus on the fluid region, from the hole tip at the bushing plate to the glass transition ... [more ▼]

The physics of glass fiber drawing is studied through numerical simulations and experimental measurements, with a focus on the fluid region, from the hole tip at the bushing plate to the glass transition point. The influence of the different heat transfer mechanisms is investigated to understand their respective impact on fiberization, such as fiber radius attenuation and internal stresses. Numerical predictions are then compared to experimental data measurements obtained from a dedicated fiberization unit. Numerical and experimental results show a good agreement. In particular, it is found that the ambient air temperature and the radiation have an important impact on the fiber cooling rate. Moreover, for a prescribed fiber diameter, internal stresses are lower when operating at a higher temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of advanced models for transition to turbulence in hypersonic flows and prediction of transition under uncertainties
Serino, Gennaro ULg; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Magin, Thierry et al

in Serino, Gennaro (Ed.) Review of the VKI Doctoral Research 2012-2013 (2013, March)

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See detailIntegrating Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics approaches using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Techniques
Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Yasue, Kanako; Guissart, Amandine ULg et al

in Progress in Aerospace Sciences (2013)

The concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) is used to integrate Experimental Fluid Dynamics (EFD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approaches. The key idea is to take advantage of the ... [more ▼]

The concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) is used to integrate Experimental Fluid Dynamics (EFD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approaches. The key idea is to take advantage of the optimality of the POD technique and its capability to extract the most energetic patterns of complex aerodynamic flow fields. First, the concept of Modal Assurance Criterion (MAC) is used to obtain a simple quantitative criterion to compare EFD measurements to CFD results. The comparison is based on the POD modes, extracted from each set of data. The analysis of the energy content of the modes allows to draw important conclusions about the role of the latter. The method is applied in the study of the flow field around a rectangular cylinder, which is either static or oscillating in a low-speed flow field. The second EFD/CFD integration technique deals with the reconstruction of a flow field from measured data, making use of CFD simulation results. The POD modes are first extracted from several CFD data sets, using a snapshot POD approach. Then the entire flow field of measured data can be reconstructed using a gappy POD method. The technique is applied to the transonic flow around a civil aircraft type wind tunnel model. The EFD measurements consist in pressure coefficient data from pressure ports or pressure-sensitive paint. It is shown that the complete flow field can be reconstructed from the pressure data with satisfactory accuracy and at relatively low computational cost. The work demonstrates the potential of the POD technique to integrate EFD and CFD data, leading to a combined, validated and complete analysis of the flow under consideration. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiation Modeling of a Hydrogen Fueled Scramjet
Crow, Andrew J.; Boyd, Iain D.; Terrapon, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (2013), 27(1), 11-21

With the difficulty and cost of full-scale flight experiments, the design of scramjet engines relies heavily on computational simulations. Radiation may play an important role in the wall heating and flow ... [more ▼]

With the difficulty and cost of full-scale flight experiments, the design of scramjet engines relies heavily on computational simulations. Radiation may play an important role in the wall heating and flow cooling of scramjets. However, very few studies have focused on such. The present analysis is based on three-dimensional turbulent reacting flow simulations of the HyShot II hydrogen fueled scramjet engine running at flight conditions of Mach 7.4. A three-dimensional discrete ordinates method analysis with a narrowband averaged spectral model is employed to determine wall heating and flow cooling from thermal radiation. The discrete ordinates method is verified against a three-dimensional ray tracing method. The radiative species considered are H2O and OH. The radiative heat flux is on the order of 10 kW∕m2, which is 0.1–0.6% of the total convective wall heat flux. Flow cooling due to radiation is found to be on the order of 3 K. Sensitivity analysis shows that radiation is highly dependent on chamber size, temperature, pressure, and radiative species mole fraction. Variations in these factors can explain the differences between previous analyses in the literature that studied hypothetical engines and the current work that models an existing scramjet. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of Elasto-Inertial Turbulence in Flows with Polymer Additives
Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Dubief, Yves; Soria, Julio

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

Elasto-inertial turbulence is a new state of turbulence that may occur in certain viscoelastic flows, in particular flows with polymer additives. The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is here ... [more ▼]

Elasto-inertial turbulence is a new state of turbulence that may occur in certain viscoelastic flows, in particular flows with polymer additives. The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is here investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. The resulting mechanism helps resolve a long standing controversy in the understanding of polymer drag reduction and explains the phenomenon of early turbulence, or onset of turbulence at lower Reynolds numbers than for Newtonian flows, previously observed in polymeric flows. In particular, we show that the introduction of small perturbations into the polymeric flow excites the unstable nature of the nonlinear advection term, resulting in the formation of sheets or cliffs of polymer stretch. These sheets of high polymer stretch, hosting a significant increase in extensional viscosity, create a strong local anisotropy, with a formation of local low-speed jet-like flow. The response of the flow is through pressure, whose role is to redistribute energy across components of momentum, resulting in the formation of waves, or trains of alternating rotational and straining motions. The mechanism shares some similarity with the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, except that the thickness of these sheets is too close to the Kolmogorov scale for vortices to be created. Once triggered, EIT is self-sustained since the elastic instability creates the very velocity fluctuations it feeds upon. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Methods for Comparing CFD Results to Experimental Measurements
Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Guissart, Amandine ULg; Terrapon, Vincent ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

This work presents a method for quantitative comparison of numerical results to experimental measurements. It is based on the concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition. This technique is selected in ... [more ▼]

This work presents a method for quantitative comparison of numerical results to experimental measurements. It is based on the concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition. This technique is selected in order to compare the unsteady aerodynamic flows around static and oscillating bodies obtained from wind tunnel testing and numerical simulations. Two dimensional Time-resolved Particle Image Velocimetry measurements are carried out on the upper surface a 4:1 rectangular cylinder. Simulations are performed using unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes and an unsteady Discrete Vortex Method. It is demonstrated that the proposed technique is a good preliminary step for comparing the main characteristics of unsteady aerodynamic data. [less ▲]

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See detailStudying the Topology and Dynamics of Elasto-inertial Channel Flow Turbulence Using the Invariants of the Velocity Gradient Tensor and Dynamic Mode Decomposition
Soria, Julio; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Dubief, Yves

Conference (2012, November 20)

Direct numerical simulations (DNS) of the transition to and fully developed elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT) of a polymer solution in a channel flow has been used as a basis for the study of the topology ... [more ▼]

Direct numerical simulations (DNS) of the transition to and fully developed elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT) of a polymer solution in a channel flow has been used as a basis for the study of the topology and dynamics of these flows. The Reynolds number in these DNS ranged from 500 to 5000. The topology of these flows was studied through the joint probability density functions (JPDFs) of the second and third invariants of the velocity gradient tensor (VGT), $Q_A$ and $R_A$ respectively and the JPDFs of the second invariants of the rate-of-strain tensor and the rate-of-rotation tensor, $Q_S$ and $Q_W$ respectively. The results suggest that these transitional and fully developed EIT flows are predominantly made up of vortex sheets. Dynamic mode decomposition has been undertaken on the second invariant of the VGT, $Q_A$, which reveals that the most amplified mode is a two-dimensional structure located in the near-wall region. A ``discontinuity'' is observed close to the wall, which corresponds closely to the location of extrema of the mean polymer extension and is hypothesized to be a critical layer. [less ▲]

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See detailA New State of Turbulence: Elasto-Inertial Turbulence
Dubief, Yves; Samanta, Devranjan; Holzner, Markus et al

Conference (2012, November 20)

The elasticity of polymer solutions is found to generate a new state of turbulence, elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT), characterized by an interplay between elastic and flow instabilities. Experiments and ... [more ▼]

The elasticity of polymer solutions is found to generate a new state of turbulence, elasto-inertial turbulence (EIT), characterized by an interplay between elastic and flow instabilities. Experiments and direct numerical simulations (DNS) in pipe and channel flows demonstrate the emergence of EIT at Reynolds numbers much lower than the critical Reynolds number for transition to turbulence in Newtonian flows. EIT causes the friction factor to deviate from the laminar solution and subsequently transition to the maximum drag reduction asymptote around Re=1800. EIT is a self-sustained mechanism that arises from the interactions between fluctuations of extensional viscosity, velocity and pressure. The polymer solution elasticity controls the growth of flow instability, resulting in transitional-like flows at high Reynolds numbers. The existence of EIT is not limited to pipe, channel or boundary layer flows, and evidence of EIT will be discussed in other flows, including natural convection using DNS. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanics and characteristics of transition to turbulence in elasto-inertial turbulence
Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Dubief, Yves; Soria, Julio

Conference (2012, November 20)

Numerical experiments of transition in elasto-inertial turbulent channel flows are used to highlight the mechanisms of transition and characterize the MDR regime. Specifically, the pressure kernel from ... [more ▼]

Numerical experiments of transition in elasto-inertial turbulent channel flows are used to highlight the mechanisms of transition and characterize the MDR regime. Specifically, the pressure kernel from the generalized pressure Poisson equation is used to demonstrate the role of elastic instabilities in inducing and sustaining a turbulent-like flow. Additionally, dynamic mode decomposition is applied to statistically steady viscoelastic flows at different Reynolds number to identify the relative contributions of elastic and inertial instabilities. It is shown that elastic instabilities can be triggered through long-range interactions from disturbances in the free-stream, similarly to by-pass transition, and are then sufficient to self-sustain. When the Reynolds number is increased, the relative contribution of inertial instabilities becomes more important, and the flow demonstrates features that are characteristic to Newtonian turbulent flows (e.g., streaks, quasi-streamwise vortices), although at lower intensity. [less ▲]

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