Dissipative particle dynamics simulation of flow generated by two rotating concentric cylinders: Boundary conditions

S. Haber, N. Filipovic, M. Kojic, A. Tsuda

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The dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method was used to simulate the flow in a system comprised of a fluid occupying the space between two cylinders rotating with equal angular velocities. The fluid, initially at rest, ultimately reaches a steady, linear velocity distribution (a rigid-body rotation). Since the induced flow field is solely associated with the no-slip boundary condition at the walls, we employed this system as a benchmark to examine the effect of bounce-back reflections, specular reflections, and Pivkin-Karniadakis no-slip boundary conditions, upon the steady-state velocity, density, and temperature distributions. An additional advantage of the foregoing system is that the fluid occupies inherently a finite bounded domain so that the results are affected by the prescribed no-slip boundary conditions only. Past benchmark systems such as Couette flow between two infinite parallel plates or Poiseuille flow in an infinitely long cylinder must employ artificial periodic boundary conditions at arbitrary upstream and downstream locations, a possible source of spurious effects. In addition, the effect of the foregoing boundary conditions on the time evolution of the simulated velocity profile was compared with that of the known, time-dependent analytical solution. It was shown that bounce-back reflection yields the best results for the velocity distributions with small fluctuations in density and temperature at the inner fluid domain and larger deviations near the walls. For the unsteady solutions a good fit is obtained if the DPD friction coefficient is proportional to the kinematic viscosity. Based on dimensional analysis and the numerical results a universal correlation is suggested between the friction coefficient and the kinematic viscosity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number046701
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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