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Fiber orientation distributions in slit channel flows with abrupt expansion for fiber suspensions

Authors
Journal
Journal of Hydrodynamics Ser B
1001-6058
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1001-6058(09)60004-4
Keywords
  • Fiber Suspension
  • Orientation Distributions
  • Lattice Boltzmann Method
  • Slit Channel Flows With Abrupt Expansion
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract The lattice Boltzmann method was used to investigate numerically the fiber orientation distributions in slit channel flows with abrupt expansion for fiber suspensions even in the concentrated regime. The channels have a thin slit geometry with 1:4 and 1:3 expansions. Both the interactions between fibers and that between fibers and channel walls were taken into consideration. Some of numerical results are qualitatively in agreement with the experiment data. It is found that most of fibers are aligned in the flow direction in all the suspensions in the entrance region of the expansion. Fiber orientation distributions, having different patterns in different regions of the flow, depend on the expansion ratio of the channel. The mechanical fiber–fiber interaction largely affects the fiber orientation in the downstream of the expansion and in the salient corner for the cases of concentrated suspensions. The hydrodynamic interaction plays an important role on the fiber orientation in the dilute suspension.

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