72th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 23, 2019 — November 26, 2019)

V0030: The turbulent Faraday instability in miscible fluids

  • Gostiaux Louis, Univ Lyon, CNRS, LMFA
  • Briard Antoine, CEA
  • Gréa Benoît-Joseph, CEA
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2019.GFM.V0030

We studied turbulent mixing between two miscible fluids of different densities occuring when the stable interface between the denser and lighter fluids is periodically accelerated. Vertical oscillations trigger the well known Faraday instability, that degenerates into turbulence in the case of a miscible interface. Very few studies have been dedicated to the thickening and saturation of this turbulent mixing zone, and to the associated mass transfers. We realized a large set of idealized experiments in a large container (72x12x90cm), where a two layer system of fresh and salty water was subject to sinusoidal vertical oscillations. Motion was controlled by an hexapod providing vertical accelerations up to 0.7g. We could predict, for a given Atwood number and forcing parameters, the saturated asymptotic state of the turbulent mixed layer between the two fluids. This process can be used to obtain a well-controlled turbulent interface, which constitutes an interesting initial condition for potential industrial applications. Direct numerical simulations and theoretical developments complete this study.


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