Effect of non Kolmogorov spectra on particle clustering
Franck Nicolleau & Andrzej F. Nowakowski
Sheffield Fluid Mechanics Group, University of Sheffield, UK
We study the clustering of inertial particles using a periodic kinematic simulation. Particle clustering is observed for different pairs of Stokes number and Froude number and different spectral power laws (1.4≤p≤2.1). The main focus is to identify and then quantify the effect of p on the clustering attractor—by attractor we mean the set of points in the physical space where the particles settle when time tends to infinity. It is observed that spectral power laws can have a dramatic effect on the attractor shape. In particular, we observed an attractor type which was not present in previous studies for Kolmogorov spectra (p=5/3).