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Transport, mixing and agglomeration of particles in turbulent flows

DOI: 10.1615/ICHMT.2012.ProcSevIntSympTurbHeatTransfPal.30
pages 25-36

Michael W. Reeks
School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, Stephenson Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU


This paper describes methods and approaches that have been used to simulate and model the transport, mixing and agglomeration of small particles in a flowing turbulent gas. The transported particles because of their inertia are assumed not to follow the motion of the large scales of the turbulence and or the motion of the small dissipating scales of the turbulence. We show how both these behaviours can be represented by a PDF approach analogous to that used in Classical Kinetic Theory. For large scale dispersion the focus is on transport in simple generic flows like statistically stationary homogeneous and isotropic turbulence and simple shear flows. Special consideration is given to the transport and deposition of particles in turbulent boundary layers. For small scale transport the focus is on how the the small scales of turbulence together with the particle inertial response enhances collision processes like particle agglomeration. In this case the importance of segregation and the formation of caustics, singularities and random uncorrelated motion is highlighted and discussed.

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