Surface wave dynamics in orbital shaken cylindrical containers

M. Reclari, M. Dreyer, S. Tissot, Danail Obreschkow, F.M. Wurm, M. Farhat

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    Be it to aerate a glass of wine before tasting, to accelerate a chemical reaction, or to cultivate cells in suspension, the "swirling" (or orbital shaking) of a container ensures good mixing and gas exchange in an efficient and simple way. Despite being used in a large range of applications this intuitive motion is far from being understood and presents a richness of patterns and behaviors which has not yet been reported. The present research charts the evolution of the waves with the operating parameters identifying a large variety of patterns, ranging from single and multiple crested waves to breaking waves. Free surface and velocity fields measurements are compared to a potential sloshing model, highlighting the existence of various flow regimes. Our research assesses the importance of the modal response of the shaken liquids, laying the foundations for a rigorous mixing optimization of the orbital agitation in its applications. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. [].
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)052104-1 - 052104-11
    JournalPhysics of Fluids
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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