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Pressure fluctuations and interfacial robustness in turbulent flows over superhydrophobic surfaces

Seo, J and Garciá-Mayoral, R and Mani, A (2015) Pressure fluctuations and interfacial robustness in turbulent flows over superhydrophobic surfaces. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 783. pp. 448-473. ISSN 0022-1120

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© 2015 Cambridge University Press. Superhydrophobic surfaces can entrap gas pockets within their grooves when submerged in water. Such a mixed-phase boundary is shown to result in an effective slip velocity on the surface, and has promising potential for drag reduction and energy-saving in hydrodynamic applications. The target flow regime, in most such applications, is a turbulent flow. Previous analyses of this problem involved direct numerical simulations of turbulence with the superhydrophobic surface modelled as a flat boundary, but with a heterogeneous mix of slip and no-slip boundary conditions corresponding to the surface texture. Analysis of the kinematic data from these simulations has helped to establish the magnitude of drag reduction for various texture topologies. The present work is the first investigation that, alongside a kinematic investigation, addresses the robustness of superhydrophobic surfaces by studying the load fields obtain from data from direct numerical simulations (DNS). The key questions at the focus of this work are: does a superhydrophobic surface induce a different pressure field compared to a flat surface? If so, how does this difference scale with system parameters, and when does it become significant that it can deform the air-water interface and potentially rapture the entrapped gas pockets? To this end, we have performed DNS of turbulent channel flows subject to superhydrophobic surfaces over a wide range of texture sizes spanning values from to when expressed in terms of viscous units. The pressure statistics at the wall are decomposed into two contributions: one coherent, caused by the stagnation of slipping flow hitting solid posts, and one time-dependent, caused by overlying turbulence. The results show that the larger texture size intensifies the contribution of stagnation pressure, while the contribution from turbulence is essentially insensitive to . The two-dimensional stagnation pressure distribution at the wall and the pressure statistics in the wall-normal direction are found to be self-similar for different . The scaling of the induced pressure and the consequent deformations of the air-water interface are analysed. Based on our results, an upper bound on the texture wavelength is quantified that limits the range of robust operation of superhydrophobic surfaces when exposed to high-speed flows. Our results indicate that when the system parameters are expressed in terms of viscous units, the main parameters controlling the problem are and a Weber number based on inner dimensions; We obtain good collapse when all our results are expressed in wall units, independently of the Reynolds number.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div A > Fluid Mechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:43
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 02:41