Lagrangian-based investigation of multiphase flows by finite-time Lyapunov exponents

Jia Ning Tang, Chien Chou Tseng, Ning Fei Wang

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Multiphase flows are ubiquitous in our daily life and engineering applications. It is important to investigate the flow structures to predict their dynamical behaviors effectively. Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS) defined by the ridges of the finite-time Lyapunov exponent (FTLE) is utilized in this study to elucidate the multiphase interactions in gaseous jets injected into water and time-dependent turbulent cavitation under the framework of Navier-Stokes flow computations. For the gaseous jets injected into water, the highlighted phenomena of the jet transportation can be observed by the LCS method, including expansion, bulge, necking/breaking, and back-attack. Besides, the observation of the LCS reveals that the back-attack phenomenon arises from the fact that the injected gas has difficulties to move toward downstream region after the necking/breaking. For the turbulent cavitating flow, the ridge of the FTLE field can form a LCS to capture the front and boundary of the re-entraint jet when the adverse pressure gradient is strong enough. It represents a barrier between particles trapped inside the circulation region and those moving downstream. The results indicate that the FTLE field has the potential to identify the structures of multiphase flows, and the LCS can capture the interface/barrier or the vortex/circulation region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-624
Number of pages13
JournalActa Mechanica Sinica/Lixue Xuebao
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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