The patterning behaviour and accumulation of spherical particles in a vibrated non-isothermal liquid

Lappa, Marcello (2014) The patterning behaviour and accumulation of spherical particles in a vibrated non-isothermal liquid. Physics of Fluids, 26 (9). 093301. ISSN 1070-6631

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    Abstract

    A completely new phenomenon of particle accumulation in vibrated non-isothermal monodisperse suspensions of solid spheres (in a liquid) is analyzed. For the first time evidence is provided for this case that even in situations in which particle-particle hydrodynamic interactions are negligible (dilute systems), intriguing nonlinear effects can lead to the irreversible formation of well-defined particulate structures over "long" temporal scales, i.e., times much larger than the period of the applied vibrations. The long-range translational ordering is produced by the delicate interplay between convective effects (of thermovibrational nature) and the (inertial) response of each isolated particle to the time-periodic acceleration. A new family of particle attractors in the physical space is identified with the topological dimension being essentially a function of the "symmetry properties" of the considered vibrated system and related geometrical constraints.