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Volume 249, 2021Powders & Grains 2021 – 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media
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Multiplicity of states in Taylor-Couette flow of a dense granular gas
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore 641112
2 Engineering Mechanics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur PO, Bangalore 560064
Published online: 7 June 2021
Molecular dynamics simulations with a purely repulsive Lennard-Jones potential and a normal damping force is used to simulate the granular flow in the annular region between two differentially-rotating cylinders, called the Taylor-Couette flow. The flow transition from the azimuthally-invariant Circular Couette flow (CCF) to the Taylor-vortex flow (TVF) is studied by increasing the rotation rate (ωi) of the inner cylinder, with the outer cylinder being kept stationary. Multiplicity of states, highlighting the hysteretic nature of the “CCF ↔ TVF” transition, is observed over a wide range of rotation rates. The onset of Taylor vortices is quantified in terms of the maximum radial velocity and the net circulation per vortex.
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