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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Thursday, December 3, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm
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Pattern Formation in Suspension Flows
Sungyon Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota,

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In this talk, we focus on two complementary flow configurations in which the presence of suspended particles drastically alters the dynamics of the fluid-fluid interface and leads to pattern formation. First, we discuss the result of injecting air into a packing of soft hydrogel beads that are saturated in water. We find that this new combination of buoyancy, capillarity, and elasticity under confinement leads to complex morphologies of air migration, as well as nontrivial dynamics in the amount of trapped air in the system. In the second part of the talk, we report a particle-induced fingering instability when a mixture of particles and viscous oil is injected radially into an air-filled Hele-Shaw cell. Our experimental results show that the characteristics of fingering depend on the particle volume fraction and on the ratio of the particle diameter to gap size. A reduced model is also presented to rationalize the fingering behavior.

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