Coherent Particle Structures in High-Prandtl-Number Liquid Bridges

Ilya Barmak*, Francesco Romanò, Parvathy Kunchi Kannan, Hendrik C. Kuhlmann

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Clustering of small rigid spherical particles into particle accumulation structures (PAS) is studied numerically for a high-Prandtl-number (Pr = 68) thermocapillary liquid bridge. The one-way-coupling approach is used for calculation of the particle motion, modeling PAS as an attractor for a single particle. The attractor is created by dissipative forces acting on the particle near the boundary due to the finite size of the particle. These forces can dramatically deflect the particle trajectory from a fluid pathline and transfer it to certain tubular flow structures, called Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser (KAM) tori, in which the particle is focused and from which it might not escape anymore. The transfer of particles can take place if a KAM torus, which is a property of the flow without particles, enters the narrow boundary layer on the flow boundaries in which the particle experiences extra forces. Since the PAS obtained in this system depends mainly on the finite particle size, it can be classified as a finite-size coherent structure (FSCS).

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalMicrogravity Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Finite-size coherent structure
  • High Prandtl number
  • Particle accumulation
  • Thermocapillary liquid bridge


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