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Original Research

Husam Elghannay, Danesh Tafti n

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA

art ic l e i nf o a b s t r a c t

Article history: In this work, a fully-coupled Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model and Discrete Element Method

Received 24 July 2016 (DEM) are used to simulate a unidirectional turbulent open-channel ﬂow over the full range of sediment

Received in revised form transport regimes. The ﬂuid and particles are computed on separate grids using a dual-grid formulation

1 July 2017

to maintain consistency and avoid instability issues. The results of coupling the dispersed phase to a

Accepted 5 September 2017

Available online 22 September 2017

multiphase ﬂow solver that uses volume-averaged Navier-Stokes equations are compared to those

obtained from coupling through drag to a single ﬂow solver. The current work also examines the

Keywords: applicability and limitations of lumping particles as a representative particle to reduce the cost of

CFD-DEM simulations. Insight to the impact of different turbulent events to the entrainment of particles is also

Representative particle model

given. The simulation results of sediment transport from both coupling techniques show good agreement

Turbulent open channel ﬂow

with empirical formulas in the bedload regime, but under-predict sediment transport in the suspended

Sediment transport

Threshold of sediment movement load regime. In the suspended load regime, using partial coupling, the rate of sediment transport was

found to be under-predicted as compared to full-coupling. The deviation in results in the suspended load

regime was found to increase with increases in the applied shear stress. Both coupling methods revealed

the same effect on the friction factor where friction increases in the bedload regime and decreases in the

suspended load regime reaching a maximum at the transition between regimes. This result is contrary to

past studies which have shown a discrete jump in the friction factor at the transition. Lumping particles

as representative particles is shown to reduce the simulation cost by more than a factor of 5 when using a

scaling factor of 2. By doing a quadrant analysis on information obtained from particle and ﬂow ﬁeld

results, it was found that most of the particles are entrained by more frequent sweep events.

& 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and

Sedimentation/the World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research.

approaches are either based on mean ﬂow velocity or the bed shear

Sediment transport is vitally important in many geological and stress. Recent research work suggests that the entrainment of

engineering applications. Understanding the underlying physics of sediment particles relates to the impact of large impulse forces for

sediment transport is important to identify the conditions under short times during turbulent events (e.g., Diplas et al., 2008).

which erosion and deposition take place. Two aspects are of vital Two-approaches are commonly used to study granular/particu-

importance to sediment engineers: the condition at which the late ﬂows, namely the Eulerian-Eulerian description and the Euler-

magnitude of hydrodynamic forces become capable of entraining ian-Lagrangian approach. Most Eulerian-Eulerian sediment trans-

sediment particles (the critical condition or threshold condition), and port models in use solve the Reynolds Averaged continuity and

the transport rate of the solids in the ﬂow. Many experimental and Naiver-Stokes (RANS) equations of the carrier ﬂuid along with the

theoretical efforts have been done during the past several decades mass balance equation for the sediment (Papanicolaou et al., 2008).

to determine the condition of incipient motion and the sediment With the introduction of closures, the sediment mass balance

transport rate. An extensive recent review of the most used meth- (or continuity) equation is usually interpreted in the form of a

ods to calculate the incipience of particle motion can be found in convection-diffusion equation which solves for the sediment con-

Dey (2011). A review of the most commonly used sediment trans- centration. Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) was recently integrated in

port formulas along with their range of applicability can be found in this description (e.g., Bai et al., 2013; Zedler & Street, 2006). Another

Chanson (2004). Among the various parameters proposed and used Eulerian-Eulerian approach is the Two-Fluid-Model (TFM) in which

a volume averaged Naiver-Stokes equation is used to solve the

n

Corresponding author. dispersed phase (e.g., Anderson & Jackson, 1967). In the TFM,

E-mail address: dtafti@exchange.vt.edu (D. Tafti). additional closure models are required to account for the continuum

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsrc.2017.09.006

1001-6279/& 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and Sedimentation/the World Association for Sedimentation

and Erosion Research.

138 H. Elghannay, D. Tafti / International Journal of Sediment Research 33 (2018) 137–148

properties of the dispersed phase (i.e. pressure and viscosity). These saltation of particles in air (Aeolian transport) at a large particle to

closure models typically use theoretical or semi-empirical correla- ﬂuid density ratio. The particle ﬂux with air and water showed

tions (Milioli & Milioli, 2010). In a Partial-Two-Fluid-Model, the agreement with experimental observations.

mass and momentum of the two phases are combined and solved Escauriaza and Sotiropoulos (2011) used Detached Eddy Simu-

for the mixture (Jha & Bombardelli, 2014). Different research groups lation (DES) to study the effect of horseshoe vortical structures on

(Chiodi et al., 2014; Maurin et al. 2016) applied a RANS model of the sediment transport in the vicinity of a cylindrical pier. Up to 105

carrier ﬂuid to account for turbulence and showed good comparison particles were placed upstream of the vertically mounted cylinder

to empirical correlations (and Eulerian-Lagrangian descriptions) of in a rectangular channel. The particles were assumed not to affect

sediment transport in the bedload and suspended-load regimens. the ﬂuid (one-way coupling) in their model, however, the particle-

In Eulerian-Eulerian models, the bed morphology (or elevation) particle and particle-wall interactions were considered. Their results

is calculated by solving the mass balance equation at the surface showed that the location of particle ejections appeared to coincide

using the Exner (Exner, 1925) or Exner-Paola equation (Paola & with the onset of the turbulent horseshoe vortex instability. Good

Voller, 2005). The process of solving for morphodynamics is qualitative agreement was found with experimental observations of

usually associated with the use of additional closures (e.g. sand- scouring conditions near the threshold condition.

slide algorithm to control the repose angle of sand). Using these Nabi et al. (2013a) used four different sub-models to describe

techniques, Eulerian-Eulerian descriptions have been used to sediment transport, namely pickup, transport over the bed, sus-

predict morphodynamic and sand-wave formation along with pended transport, and deposition. Sliding is ignored for sediment

scour around piers (Charru et al., 2013; Doré et al., 2016; Sotir- pickup and sediment transported over the bed is modeled as a

opoulos & Khosronejad, 2016; Zhao et al., 2010). layer that moves in the direction of the exerted force. The average

Although Eulerian-Eulerian methods are appealing as they saltation height, length, and velocity show agreement with

allow for simulating industrial and possibly natural scale phe- experimental results. The model was used along with LES on a

nomena, Eulerian-Largangian descriptions allow for better repre- Cartesian grid with local reﬁnement to simulate the formation and

sentation of particle-wall interactions with large variability in migration of dunes and was able to capture the realistic physics

particle size (Loth, 2010). The use of Eulerian-Lagrangian (Nabi et al., 2013b). The model was also used to simulate the

descriptions for single and multiple saltating sediment particles development morphodynamics of bed forms and local scour at

has been the topic of intensive research work (e.g., Niño & García, submerged piers and showed good agreement with experimental

1994; Wang et al., 2009). Such simulations are typically run with a data (Kim et al., 2014; Nabi et al., 2013b).

ﬁxed ﬂuid velocity proﬁle imposed over the particle bed and an Schmeeckle (2014) combined LES with DEM to simulate uni-

initial velocity is given to the saltating particles under considera- directional transport in an open channel. He did 11 experiments

tion. A stochastic collision model is usually applied when particles spanning a region of no motion to energetic suspension. Only drag,

are in contact with the bed to determine the initial condition of gravity, buoyancy, and pressure forces were considered with the

the next saltation trajectory. solid phase being coupled through drag to the ﬂuid solver. A drag

Various modeling approaches have been used to simulate model based on experimental observation developed by

multiple particle systems. These range from modeling the ﬂuid Schmeeckle (1998) was adapted which gives the drag force as a

with two-dimensional moving slabs (Drake & Calantoni, 2001; function of particle Reynolds number (but not the void fraction).

Jiang & Haff, 1993) or advecting a point measurement of ﬂuid The LES-DEM showed good capability of predicting bedload sedi-

velocity above the bed of particles (Schmeeckle & Nelson, 2003) or ment transport rates. The same approach was used later by

using an averaged velocity proﬁle (McEwan & Heald, 2001). Qua- Schmeeckle (2015) to investigate the interaction between the

litative and quantitative agreement when reported by using these bedload motion and turbulence in a backward facing step. Their

models. quadrant analysis results were consistent with the ﬁndings of the

Chang and Scotti (2003) did LES-Discrete Element Method experimental work of Nelson et al. (1995) where sweeps and

(DEM) simulations to analyze the trajectories of individual parti- upward interactions were found to entrain most of the transported

cles released in a turbulent ﬂow over a wavy wall. Though the grid sediment.

spacing was about an order of magnitude larger than the sediment Resolved ﬂow simulations were also used to study sediment

diameter, only one-way coupling between the ﬂuid and dispersed transport using Lattice-Boltzmann simulations or coupled

phase was used (particle-particle interactions are not considered Immersed Boundary Method (IBM) to Direct Numerical Simulation

either). Fourteen thousand, four hundred particles were uniformly (DNS-IBM) in open horizontal channel ﬂow (e.g., Vowincke et al.,

distributed on a section of a ripple surface and were released in 2014), laminar channel ﬂow (Kidanemariam & Uhlmann, 2014) or

the ﬂow once a speciﬁed threshold was exceeded. The vertical turbulent channel ﬂow (Ji et al., 2014). Good qualitative compar-

structures on the upslope are shown to control the amount of isons are reported in these studies for the onset of erosion and

sediment entrained and the particle trajectories. The same model transport rate. These simulations, however, are computationally

was used in (Chang & Scotti, 2006) to investigate the role of expensive and are subject to one or more of the following con-

coherent structures in the lifting and dispersal of sediment under straints: limited number of particles, low submergence rate (small

pulsating ﬂow conditions. domain), relatively small Reynolds numbers, or relatively small

Durán et al. (2012) coupled DEM with RANS to examine the integration time.

inﬂuence of the grain to ﬂuid density ratio on the sediment The state of the art of Computational Fluid Dynamic-Discrete

transport for the transition from bed load to saltation. In their Element Method (CFD-DEM) modeling efforts extends to using a

model, they coupled a Reynolds averaged description of the carrier ﬂuid grid larger than particle size (Durán et al., 2012) and using

ﬂow in a pseudo two-dimensional continuum with a DEM. They RANS in solving the ﬂow ﬁeld or coupling the discrete phase

proposed a Prandtl-like differential mixing length for turbulence through drag to a single phase solver (Schmeeckle, 2014). By doing

closure. Fifteen thousand spherical particles were considered with so, it is possible to avoid numerical stability issues occurring from

small variability in the diameter (dmax ~1.2 dmean, where dmax is discontinuities in void fraction, which would occur in a fully

the maximum diameter and dmean is the mean diameter). The coupled solver if the particle size was of the same order or larger

particles and ﬂuid were coupled via drag and pressure forces. The than the grid size. The use of RANS, however, neglects the

model was able to produce the qualitative behavior of bedload unsteady nature of the ﬂuid, which plays an important role in the

transport at a particle to ﬂuid density ratio close to unity and entrainment and suspension of particles. On the other hand, in

H. Elghannay, D. Tafti / International Journal of Sediment Research 33 (2018) 137–148 139

wall-resolved methods such as LES, using one-way coupling equations of motion and the coupling strategy are ﬁrst presented,

neglects the feedback from particles to the continuous phase, and followed by the description of the dual-grid formulation and the

only coupling the two phases through drag is incomplete. An representative particle model.

alternate treatment is required for more appropriate coupling of

the particles to a multiphase ﬂow solver when the size of the 2.1. Fluid equations

dispersed phase diameter is larger than the required grid size.

In most past LES-DEM applications, the inherent coupling The carrier phase is modeled using volume averaged Navier-

between the solid and ﬂuid phases was reduced to one-way cou- Stokes equations derived by Anderson and Jackson (1967) for

pling or by coupling particles to a single ﬂow phase solver only multiphase ﬂows. The current implementation of the continuous

through drag force feedback. The primary interest of this paper is phase is governed by Model-B of Gidaspow (Lu et al., 2003) in

to extend the state-of-the-art of simulating sediment transport by which the pressure drop is accounted for only by the ﬂuid. Under

using LES with a dual-grid-formulation (Deb & Tafti, 2013) of DEM the assumption of fully-developed ﬂow the modiﬁed ﬂuid equa-

as a tool to allow proper coupling between the continuous and the tions are written as

dispersed phase. The differences in the two coupling formulations is

investigated, namely coupling the particles to a multiphase ﬂow ∂ ερ ! !

þ ∇ : ερ u ¼ 0 ð1Þ

solver and coupling the particles only through drag to a single ∂t

phase ﬂow solver. In the former, the volume averaged Navier-

Stokes Equations (Anderson & Jackson, 1967) are solved for the ∂ ερ!

u ! !! ! ! !

np m

!

p;i f drag;i !

þ ∇ : ερ u u ¼ − ∇ p þ ∇ : ετ̿ þ ρ g − ∑ þ βx e x ð2Þ

continuous phase and source terms from particles are fed back ∂t i¼1 ∀cell

into the momentum equation of the carrier ﬂuid (referred to as full !

where ε; ρ; u ; p; and τ̿ are the ﬂuid void fraction in each compu-

coupling). In the latter, source terms from particles are included in

tational cell, ﬂuid density, ﬂuid interstitial velocity, modiﬁed

the momentum equations, however, the continuous phase is

ﬂuctuating pressure, and viscous shear stress, respectively, and t is

modeled using Navier-Stokes equations for a single phase (referred ! ⇀

to as reduced/partial-coupling). The reduced-coupling formulation time. While mp ; f drag ; g ; ∀cell , and np are the particle mass, the

drag force per unit mass of the particle, the gravitational accel-

was used by Schmeeckle (2014) to avoid stability issues that could

arise from using a multiphase ﬂow solver with particle sizes larger eration, the volume of the computational cell, and the number of

than the grid size. The dual-grid formulation (Deb & Tafti, 2013) is particles residing in a computational cell, and i represents each

used herein to overcome such stability issues. It should be noted individual particle. βx is the mean pressure drop across the domain

that after the completion of this work, the authors have become in the x-direction (constant) β x ¼ −ΔP x =Lx , where P is the total

aware of a recent work by Sun and Xiao (2016) in which a different pressure, Lx is the domain extent in the ﬂow direction (x in the

!

technique is used to overcome the same stability issue. current work), and e x is the unit vector of the ﬂow direction. The

In addition to investigating the coupling between phases, the void fraction accounts for the presence of particles in the ﬂuid

paper also investigates methods to reduce the cost of the DEM. volume. In contrast, a single phase ﬂow solver does not account for

Since the computational cost of tracking each individual particle the presence of the dispersed phase (hence, ε ¼1 in Eqs. (1) and

scales with the order of the number of particles (Hilton & Cleary, (2)). The shear stress tensor, τ̿ in Eq. (2), is written as

!

2012), the applicability and limitation of using a Representative

τ̿ ¼ ðμ þ μt Þ ∇ !

u ð3Þ

Particle Model (RPM) on simulating sediment transport ﬂows also

is considered. In this model, particles are lumped together as where μ is the dynamic viscosity of the ﬂuid and μt is the subgrid-

representative particles to reduce the number of simulated parti- scale turbulent viscosity which is calculated using the dynamic

cles and permit investigating larger, more realistic, systems which Smagorinsky model (Germano et al., 1991; Najjar & Tafti, 1996) in

otherwise would not be possible to simulate or would come at a the current work. A local value of the dynamic constant is calcu-

considerable computational cost. lated and is constrained to values between 0 and 0.04. The second

These enabling features are applied to sediment transport in a to last term on the right-hand side (RHS) of Eq. (2) accounts for the

turbulent channel ﬂow across a range of conditions from essentially interaction forces between the dispersed phase and the con-

no motion to strong suspension. The structure of the paper is as tinuous ﬂuid phase and it together with the void fraction fully

follows: Section 2 presents the governing equations along with couples the ﬂuid equations with the dispersed phase. The last term

additional numerical tools that are used in this work. It includes the in Eq. (2) is required to simulate a streamwise periodic channel

numerical aspects of the ﬂow solver, particle equation of motion ﬂow. It accounts for the mean pressure gradient which is applied

(EOM) with point force models, the dual-grid formulation, and to the streamwise momentum equation to drive the ﬂow. Fol-

ﬁnally the representative particle model. The simulation details are lowing the treatment of Patankar et al. (1977), the pressure can be

given in Section 3, while the results section (Section 4) includes decomposed into a mean and ﬂuctuating periodic component

subsections related to the comparison of sediment transport and

! !

channel friction results from using different coupling strategies and P x ; t ¼ P ref −βx x þ pð x ; tÞ ð4Þ

using a representative particle model. Findings from the current !

numerical simulations regarding the entrainment of particles by where p is the modiﬁed ﬂuctuating pressure, x is the position

different turbulent events are also presented in this section. Con- vector, and Pref is the reference pressure. The modiﬁed ﬂuctuating

cluding remarks are given in Section 5. pressure (p) is used in Eq. (2). The ﬂowrate adjusts as the ﬂow

develops until the losses in the domain are balanced by the mean

pressure drop. More details on the turbulent ﬂuid ﬂow solver are

2. Governing equations and mathematical formulation described in (Tafti, 2011).

involving tracking the individual motion of each particle. The ﬂow

is not resolved around the particle surface; instead, point-force In the DEM, the path of each particle is predicted by the inte-

expressions are used to account for different ﬂuid-particle inter- gration of its equation of motion resulting from the application of

actions. The ﬂuid governing equations along with the particle Newton’s law of motion. A rigorously derived equation of motion

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The submerged weight of the particle (per unit mass of the par-

ticle) is given by

!

! ρ !

f grav ¼ 1− g ð12Þ

ρp

acceleration (¼ 9.81 m/s2). The drag force accounts for the quasi-

steady drag in uniform ﬂow and is often a key element in the

interaction of dense granular ﬂows and is modeled using the form

Fig. 1. Schematic of the soft-sphere collision model. ! β ! !

f Drag ¼ u−up ð13Þ

ð1−εÞρp

for small particles in non-uniform ﬂow derived by Maxey and

!

Riley (1983) forms the baseline equation of motion to which other where β and u p are the momentum exchange coefﬁcient and the

force contributions are added. The equation of motion of particles average ﬂuid velocity. A combination of the Ergun (1952) formula

! !

moving under the inﬂuence of drag ( f drag;i ) and gravity ( f grav;i ) for dense mixtures ε o0:8 and Wen (1966) drag correlation

! for dilute mixtures ε 4 0:8 is used for the momentum exchange

forces along with contact forces ( f contact;i ) can be expressed as

coefﬁcient with a blending function to avoid discontinuity

!

d u p;i ! ! ! (Lu et al., 2003).

¼ f grav;i þ f drag;i þ ∑ f contact;i ð5Þ

dt

β ¼ W βErgun þ ð1−W ÞβWen−Yu ð14Þ

where the force components in the equation are per unit mass

of the particle and up represents the particle velocity. The

ð1−εÞ2 ρ ! !

contact force in Eq. (5) accounts for both particle-particle inter- βErgun ¼ 150μ þ 1:75ð1−εÞ u−up ð15Þ

actions and particle-wall interactions. The soft sphere approach εd2p dp

(Tsuji et al., 1993) is used to account for multiple interactions

occurring at the same time which is predominant in dense particle 3 ð1−εÞε ! ! −2:65

βWen−Yu ¼ C D ρ u −u p ε ð16Þ

concentrations. The contact force in the soft sphere model is 4 dp

decomposed into a normal force component and a tangential force

component. Normal and tangential force components are modeled where dp is the particle diameter, and the blending function, W, is

using a spring-dashpot-slider system as sketched in Fig. 1. The deﬁned as

! !

contact force components in the normal ( F n ) and tangential ( F t ) tan −1 ð150ðε−0:8ÞÞ

W¼ þ 0:5 ð17Þ

directions to the collision plane are expressed as π

! ! !

F n ¼ −kn δ n −ηn u p;n ð6Þ and the drag coefﬁcient CD is deﬁned as

8

8 ! ! ! ! < 24 1:0 þ 0:15Re0:687 =Rep ; &Rep o 1000

>

! < −K t δ −ηt u p;t for F t oμf F n CD ¼

p

ð18Þ

Ft¼ ! ! ! ð7Þ : 0:44; &Rep Z 1000

: μf F n

>

for F t ≥μf F n

where CD is the drag coefﬁcient. The particle Reynolds number,

where k, δ, η, and μf above are the spring constant, particle contact Rep, is calculated as

displacement, coefﬁcient of viscous dissipation, and friction coef- ! !

ﬁcient, respectively. In Eqs. (6) and (7), the subscripts n and t Rep ¼ ερdp u − up =μ ð19Þ

represent the normal and tangential components of the various

terms. The viscous dissipation coefﬁcient is given by Other forces, which could be relevant, are the lift force (due to

sﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃ velocity gradients or Magnus effects), the added mass force, the

meff k Basset/history force, and the unsteady force. Mathematical for-

η ¼ 2α ð8Þ

1 þ α2 mulation of these point mass force models for ﬁnite Reynolds

number can be found in (Loth, 2010). Since one of the main

where meff is the effective mass of the colliding pair

objectives of the current work is to examine differences between

mp1 mp2 using different coupling strategies, only coupling through drag is

meff ¼ ð9Þ

mp1 þ mp2 considered in the current work. It should be noted that the tra-

and α can be determined from the restitution coefﬁcient as ditional calculation of the history force can make the whole cal-

culation impractical for cases in which a large number of particles

−lnðeÞ

α¼ ð10Þ are integrated over a long time (Elghannay & Tafti, 2016a). The

π history force is neglected in most CFD-DEM simulations that

The rotational motion of the particles is governed by include a large number of particles (e.g., Escauriaza & Sotiropoulos,

! ! 2011; Nabi et al., 2013a; Sun & Xiao, 2016). However, comparisons

d ω p;i T p;collision;i

¼ ð11Þ of modeling results to experimental measurement (Elghannay &

dt Ip Tafti, 2016a; Gondret et al., 2002) show that the trajectories of the

where Ip and ωp, are the particle’s mass moment of inertia and particles bouncing from a wall in a viscous ﬂuid are better repre-

angular velocity, respectively. Tp,collision is the torque resulting from sented by drag and gravitational forces only as compared to the

particle collisions with walls or with each other. Individual force consideration of part of the unsteady forces (i.e. including added

models used in the current work for solid spherical particles is mass and neglecting history forces). In light of these reasons, both

presented brieﬂy in the next sub-sections. added mass and history forces have been neglected.

H. Elghannay, D. Tafti / International Journal of Sediment Research 33 (2018) 137–148 141

2.3. Dual-grid formulation Consider a particle moving under drag and buoyancy effects

only (Eq. (11)). The equation of motion of the original particles

Turbulent transport plays a key role in many industrial and assuming binary collision between particles

natural particulate ﬂow systems including sediment ﬂow requiring !

dup ! ! ! !

the resolution of turbulent ﬂow structures. Thus, dense ﬂuid grid mp ¼ V p ρp −ρ g þ F p;drag þ F coll;t þ F coll;n ð20Þ

densities are required near surfaces. On the other, hand DEM dt

modeling requires the grid to be large enough for proper volume The left hand side (LHS) represents the rate of change in par-

averaging and to prevent sharp changes in the void fraction ﬁeld. ticle momentum and the terms in the right hand side (RHS)

!

This is encountered in sediment ﬂows since the grid required to represent the net particle weight, the drag force ( F p;drag ), and the

resolve turbulent structures is typically smaller than the sediment ! !

normal ( F coll;n ) and ( F coll;t ) tangential collision forces. In Eq. (20),

size. To resolve this contradictory requirement, a coarse particle mp and Vp are the mass and the volume of the particle, respec-

grid is mapped to the ﬁner ﬂuid grid to allow for proper coupling

tively. The number of particles in each representative particle (or

and better stability. While the particle dynamical equations are

parcel),npP, can be found as

solved on the coarser particle grid, the turbulent ﬂuid ﬂow equa-

!

tions are solved on the ﬁner ﬂuid grid (Deb & Tafti, 2013). In the RP 3

mRP d 3

dual-grid formulation, the turbulent ﬂow ﬁeld is advanced in time npP ¼ ¼ ¼l ð21Þ

mp dp

on the ﬂuid grid using calculated void fractions and source terms

RP

from particles from the previous time step. At this stage, the where, mRP and d are the mass and diameter of the repre-

updated ﬂuid velocities are transferred to the coarser particle grid. sentative particle respectively, l is the scaling factor (or graining

The transferred ﬂuid velocity together with the particle velocity ratio). Taking the sum of both sides over the number of particles

and void fraction are used to calculate the drag force on the par- inside each computational parcel gives

ticles. The particles are then advanced in time after calculating ! !

dup ! ! !

other relevant forces such as gravitational and collisional forces. As mp ∑npP ¼ npP V p ρp −ρ g þ ∑npP F p;drag þ F coll;t þ F coll;n

the particles are moved to new locations, the void fraction ﬁeld is dt

ð22Þ

updated on the particle grid and transferred to the ﬂuid grid

together with the source terms. Both calculated void fractions and !RP

The velocities of the representative particles are, u , (where

source terms are used in solving the ﬂuid equations at the next the superscript RP refers to the representative particles) assumed

time step. This method of full coupling, i.e., via both, particle drag to be the average of the original scale particles

and void fractions is used in the current work.

!RP 1 !

u ¼ ∑n u p ð23Þ

2.4. Representative particle model npP pP

Since the collective mass of the particles inside each parcel is

Unlike simulating dilute particle mixtures without collisions, equal to the representative particle mass (mRP ¼npP mp), Eq. (20)

the DEM in dense mixtures, which resolves individual particle can be written as

collisions, is dominated by the search for neighbors and the small

!RP ! ! !

time scale of the modeled collisions, giving it high spatial and du !

mRP ¼ V RP ρp −ρ g þ ∑npP F p;drag þ F coll;t þ F coll;n ð24Þ

temporal computational complexity. Thus, while tens of millions dt

of particles can be reasonably accommodated in dilute suspension Additionally, it is assumed that when two parcels collide, all

calculations as in Ferrante and Elghobashi (2003) who considered original particles within the colliding parcels are undergoing the

80 million particles, CFD-DEM in dense mixtures is limited to at same collision (npP collisions occur) such that

most a few million particles using parallel processing techniques

!RP ! ! !

(e.g., Gopalakrishnan & Tafti, 2013). Thus, to extend the applic- F coll;n ¼ ∑ F coll;n ¼ −kn ∑ δ n −ηn ∑ u p;n ð25Þ

ability of the DEM to a large number of particles, methods that npP npP npP

Assuming the original and representative particles to have the

Khayat et al., 2011; Snider, 2001). The method used in the current

same overlap δn ¼ δn , hence

RP

work is based on lumping particles together into representative

particles. Two different techniques are used for the representation !RP ! !

F coll;n ¼ npP −kn δ n −ηn u p;n ð26Þ

of lumped particles; in one method increasing the particle size is

associated with changing the particle and ﬂuid properties such that an equivalent representative particle viscous dissipation

according to similarity models (Liu et al., 2013; Sakano et al., 2000;

(ηRP

RP

n ) and spring constant (kn ) can be set as

Washino et al., 2007) and in the second approach the physical

kn ¼ npP kn & ηRP

n ¼ npP ηn

RP

particle and ﬂuid properties are retained (Kuwagi, 2004; Sakai & ð27Þ

Koshizuka, 2009).

Then Eq. (26) can, thus, be written as

These models have been used in ﬂuidized bed systems (e.g.,

Mokhtar et al., 2012), spouted beds (Washino et al., 2007), and !RP RP ! !RP

F coll;n ¼ −kn δ n −ηRP

n u n ð28Þ

pneumatic conveyance systems (Sakai & Koshizuka, 2009). Quali-

tative and quantitative agreement is reported with the use of Similar treatment is done in the tangential direction.

different scaling factors (ratio between the representative particle As for the rotational motion

diameter to the original particle diameter) up to 16. A scaling !RP

!RP !RP !RP

factor of 5 allowed for simulating up to 25 million particles in a dω p T p;coll r p ñ F coll;n

¼ ¼ ð29Þ

ﬂuidized bed with good quantitative agreement reported. To the dt I RP I RP

p p

best of the authors’ knowledge, the applicability of the model to

sediment transport has not been reported so far. In the current use Eq. (29) yields

of the representative particle model (RP model), both the ﬂuid and !RP !

dω p 1 dω p

particle properties are retained while the particle diameter is ¼ ð30Þ

increased. dt l dt

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Table 1

Simulation parameters for the different test cases.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

uτ 0.013 0.0222 0.03 0.0392 0.0483 0.0618 0.0753 0.0835 0.0944 0.113

Reτ 584 998 1346 1762 2170 3382 3754 4240 4680 5080

τ* 0.0209 0.061 0.111 0.19 0.288 0.7 0.862 1.1 1.34 1.58

uτ/ωs 0.239 0.384 0.526 0.696 0.848 1.31 1.46 1.64 1.82 1.97

Reb 7820 1,1847 15,160 18,476 22,286 29,712 33,466 39,141 46,321 53,116

can be expressed as (recall Eq. (13))

!RP ! βV p ! ! βV RP ! !RP

F Drag ¼ ∑ F Drag ¼ ∑ u −u p ¼ u −u ð31Þ

npP ð1−εÞnpP ð1−εÞ

constant and evaluated for the original size particles.

3. Simulation details

Schmeeckle (2014) is selected for further investigation in this

study. The simulations comprised of ten numerical experiments of

0.5 mm spheres of 2650 kg/m3 density (medium sand) that cover

the full range of sediment transport modes ranging from essen-

tially no-motion to strong suspension. The simulations are per-

Fig. 2. Simulation domain of unidirectional turbulent channel ﬂow test cases.

formed in a turbulent open channel ﬂow (Fig. 2) with a velocity Particles are colorized using their streamwise velocity with respect to the friction

slip condition imposed on the top boundary and a no slip condi- velocity (Case 1).

tion on the bottom wall. The ﬂow is periodic in both stream-wise

and span-wise directions. The imposed mean pressure drop that of the ﬁrst cell in the y-direction (Δy1). The used values of y þ may

balances the shear stress determines the value of the mass ﬂow- seem to be high for wall-resolved LES in a turbulent channel,

rate inside the channel (Eq. (10)). The numerical experiments however it is noted that the presence of the sediment bed damps

considered in the current work compromised of 5 simulations in the turbulence in the near-wall region. A grid reﬁnement study

the bedload regime and 5 simulations in the suspended load performed by (Schmeeckle, 2014) for cases of τ* ~ 0.288 and

regime. The numerical parameters for the simulations are listed in τ* ~ 1.58 (Reτ ~ 584 and 5080) showed that sediment transport did

Table 1. The bulk Reynolds number indicated in the table is based not exhibit any notable change by the reﬁnement of the grid. Here,

on the averaged/bulk velocity of the ﬂuid (ub) and the full channel τ* is the non-dimensional shear stress (aka Shields’ parameter

height. The frictional Reynolds number if based on the shear τ ≡ ðρ −ρρuτÞgdp ).

2

transition between the two regimes is assumed when the ratio of To verify the adequacy of the baseline grid used, two ﬁner grid

the shear velocity (uτ) to the settling velocity (ωs) is around unity. calculations are performed for Reτ ¼5080, the highest Reynolds

The settling velocity for medium sand was calculated based on the number in this study (see Table 1). In the ﬁrst-level ﬁner grid the

empirical settling velocity formula of Dietrich (1982) and found to number of cells in the stream-wise direction was kept the same as

be 0.057 m/s (Schmeeckle, 2014). Simulations that cover the bed- the baseline grid, whereas the number of cells in both the cross-

load regimes were performed using 115,728 particles whereas stream and vertical directions was increased to 150, resulting in a

simulations in the suspended-load regime were performed with grid 5.8 times larger than the baseline grid. The near-wall grid size

330,028 particles. was reduced by a factor of 4 in the ﬁrst 2 mm above the bottom

All the simulations were run in a domain of 0.12×0.06×0.04 m wall (thus Δy þ ~6 at Reτ ¼ 5080). In the second-level reﬁnement,

divided into 120, 60, 65 cells in the stream-wise (x), cross-stream the streamwise number of cells was increased to 150 whereas the

(z) and vertical direction (y), respectively. The grid is uniformly number of cells in the vertical direction was increased to 250,

spaced in both stream-wise and span-wise directions. The grid giving a grid (150×150×250) which is 12× ﬁner than the baseline

vertical spacing is 0.2 mm for the ﬁrst 20 grid cells above the grid. The near wall cells were reﬁned by a factor of 2 compared to

bottom wall, which is then gradually increased in size towards the the ﬁner grid (8 times compared to the baseline grid in the ﬁrst

top boundary. This particle bed height for bedload simulations 2 mm above the bottom wall). Table 2 shows the results of the grid

(~ 2 mm) is encompassed in the uniform grid region. The domain study with corresponding cell size in the x, z, and y directions in

and grid used are the same as that used by Schmeeckle (2014) to terms of percentage difference from the ﬁnest grid level which is

ensure proper comparisons. The size of the near-wall grid used is considered the true solution. Both ﬁner grid results are averaged

0.2 mm, which for the range of ﬂow conditions considered in this for 10s after running the simulation for 10s of real time. The

study corresponds to Δy þ (Δy þ ¼ Δy1.uτ/ν ) ranging between ~ baseline grid has errors of -13.7%, -0.22% and 0.11% in the particle

3 and 25 for Reτ ¼ 584 and 5080, respectively. The parameters ﬂux, friction coefﬁcient, and mean velocity, respectively with

used p the ﬃ deﬁnition of y þ are the friction velocity, uτ ,

inﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃ respect to the ﬁnest grid. Whereas the ﬁner grid has errors of 7.9 %,

(uτ ¼ τwall =ρ, where τwall is the wall shear stress) and the spacing 5.9% and -2.8%. While no clear convergence trend is noticed, the

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Table 2

Comparison of baseline grid results with ﬁner grid results for most energetic suspended-load simulation.

Cells 468,000 – 2,700,000 – 5,625,000

(120×60×65) (120×150×150) (150×150×250)

Reτ 5080 – 5080 – 5080

τ* 1.58 – 1.58 – 1.58

q* 10.95 -13.7 % 13.68 7.9 % 12.68

Cf 0.0105 -0.22 % 0.0111 5.9 % 0.0105

ub 1.104 0.11 % 1.0721 -2.8 % 1.103

a

(grid result-ﬁnest grid result)/(ﬁnest grid result)

Table 3

Numerical parameters of particles.

Parameter Value

Coefﬁcient of restitution 0.01

Particle density 2650 kg/m3

Friction coefﬁcient 0.6

Stiffness coefﬁcient 100 (N/m)

Particle time step 5.3×10-5 s

resolution but is bounded within 715%, whereas the friction

factor and the mean velocity are less sensitive to the grid

resolution.

Taking into consideration the high cost of the simulations on

the ﬁnest grid level and the fact that while grid independency is a

Fig. 3. Transport regime for the selected cases: Bagnold (1966), van Rijn (1984),

measure of the accuracy of the results, other parameters such as and Shields (from Brownlie, 1982).

friction between particles, μf, in Eq. (7) have a much larger impact

on the results than the grid (Elghannay & Tafti, 2016b), we have

used the baseline grid for all the calculations. Thus, with the use of

the baseline grid, we submit to an uncertainty of 715% in the

particle ﬂux, which notably varies over four orders of magnitude

from 1×10-3 to 4 10 from bedload to suspended ﬂow regimes.

The simulation parameters pertaining to particle properties are

listed in Table 3. The particle stiffness was set to an artiﬁcially low

value, which is a standard practice, to soften the particles and to

increase the time of collisions in the application of the soft sphere

model (e.g., Tsuji et al., 1993). This technique has been shown not to

have much effect on the results with the caveat that the softening

should be limited to prevent large unphysical overlaps between the

spheres in contact (410% of the radius). The other technique, which

is used in the current simulations to work with disparities in the

particle collision time scale and that of turbulence is the use of

sub-stepping. In this technique, the particle is advanced multiple

time steps during a ﬂuid time step (Δtp ¼ Δtf/Nsub, where Δtp is the Fig. 4. Evolution of ﬂowrate and sediment ﬂux for τ*~ 1.34 case (i.e., Case 9).

time step used for the particle calculation, Δtf is the ﬂuid –or cal-

culation-time step, and Nsub is the number of particle sub-steps To initialize a simulation, particles were distributed above the

within a ﬂuid time step) using a linearly interpolated ﬂuid velocity bottom surface of the bed with their velocity equal to the ﬂuid

between nΔtf and (nþ1)Δtf, where n indicates the number of the velocity. The initial mean velocity of the ﬂuid was set to 16 times

ﬂuid time step. In the current work, the ﬂuid time step, Δtf, step was the friction velocity (uτ) and the simulations were run for up to 30

set to 5.3×10-4 s within which ten particle time step calculations are s of real time. Fig. 4 shows the time series results of mean ﬂow

performed. Fig. 3 shows the location of the selected computational velocity and sediment transport for a selected case. It can be seen

experiments compared to the Shields diagram (Brownlie (1982)’s ﬁt) that both particle ﬂux and ﬂuid velocity almost reach a stationary

along with criteria for the transition to suspended ﬂow by Bagnold value after the ﬁrst 10 s. The percentage change in ﬂuid velocity in

(1966) and van Rijn (1984) . It can be seen that all suspended load

the last averaging period (20–30 s) compared to previously aver-

experiments have shear stresses higher than the Bagnold (1966)

aged results (10–20 s), shows that the change in ﬂow velocity is

Criterion of initiation of suspension. Rp indicated in the ﬁgure is the

about 6% or less, whereas almost all cases show a change of 13% or

explicit particle Reynolds number (alsoq known as Galileo number or

ﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃﬃ

ρp less for the particle ﬂux in the same period. The physical time

g ρ −1 dp dp

the fall parameter) deﬁned as Rp ¼ where ν is the before averaging is equivalent to ~30–200 ﬂow-throughs of the

ν

kinematic viscosity of the ﬂuid. domain (highest for more energetic cases).

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Fig. 6. Friction factor, Cf, vs. normalized shear velocity. The dashed line approx-

Fig. 5. Comparison of sediment transport rate results (MPM refers to the Meyer-

imates the friction factor for a ﬁxed rough wall.

Peter and Müller (1948) bedload formula, Engelund-Hansen refers to the Engelund

and Hansen (1967) total load formula).

It can be seen that sediment transport using reduced coupling

4. Results and discussion is lower than that predicted by full coupling. In the bedload

regime, the predicted solids ﬂux is in good agreement with the

In the ﬁrst section, the effect of using different coupling stra- bedload transport formula. A small transport rate can be observed

tegies is addressed. The main simulation results (sediment trans- (q*~4.6×10-3 or 5.5×10-4 kg/(m s) for full coupling) at the ﬁrst

port rate and friction factor) are presented using two different point of the bedload transport regime simulations. Although the

coupling methods. The next section presents the representative shear stress at this point is less than the critical shear stress (τ*~

particle (RP) model as a less expensive method for making simu- 0.021 whereas τc*~ 0.05), it does not necessarily imply zero particle

lations with a large number of particles. The RP model predictions transport. In fact, the small predicted transport rate is close to the

of sediment transport and friction factor are compared to unscaled general motion criterion of 4.1×10-4 kg/(m s) set by U. S. Army

simulations and the corresponding reduction in computational Corps of Engineers (USACE) (1936) to quantify the sediment

time is discussed. The effect of turbulent events on particle transport at the initiation of particle motion. The slight over pre-

entrainment is discussed in the third section. diction might be due to using a uniform particle size instead of a

distribution of particle sizes. The use of uniform particle sizes is

4.1. Effect of coupling strategy found to decrease the critical shear stress (Miller et al., 1977).

Accordingly, the use of a particle size distribution is expected to

The simulation experiments were done using two coupling increase the bed resistance to motion. It can be seen that the

strategies. In one method only the source terms from drag are fed transport rate in the suspended-load regime is less than that

back to the momentum equations while in the second approach predicted by the Engelund-Hansen (1967) formula by roughly 50%.

both phases are coupled by drag forces (as source terms) and void Current predictions are higher than the results provided by

fractions. The calculated average void fractions are used in calcu- Schmeeckle (2014) in the bedload regime but are lower in the

lating drag forces in both coupling strategies. In the current work, suspended load regime. These differences can be attributed to the

the dual-grid-formulation was used in both cases to allow for different drag model used by Schmeeckle (2014) and the differ-

appropriate averaging of void fractions and to avoid stability issues. ences in the coupling.

The ﬁrst method was adapted in Schmeeckle (2014) work without Fig. 6 shows the friction factor Cf ¼ (uτ/ub)2 plotted versus the

using the dual-grid-formulation. The purpose here is to investigate corresponding shear velocity non-dimensionalized with respect to

the differences that arise from using such an approach compared to the settling velocity of the particle. It can be seen from the ﬁgure

the more appropriate four-way coupling. In the discussions that that all friction factor estimates are larger than the Nikraduse

follow, the ﬁrst method will be termed partial/reduced coupling friction coefﬁcient for a fully rough channel with a ﬁxed bed as

whereas the second method will be termed full-coupling. indicated by the dashed line in Fig. 6 (Cf ¼ 0.0036). This value is

As stated previously, the simulations were run for 30 s of real obtained by using the law of the wall (u/uτ ¼1/κ.ln(30y/ks), where u

time, unless noted otherwise and the presented results are averaged is the ﬂuid velocity, y is the distance perpendicular to the wall,

for the last 10 s. Fig. 5 shows the non-dimensional solids transport

κ ¼0.41 is the von Karmen constant and the relative roughness

rate (Einstein number) vs. the non-dimensional shear stress (Shield’s

ks ¼dp). The results show the same trend as that obtained by

parameter) using the two different coupling strategies, along with

Schmeeckle (2014) but tend to be higher. Also, the transition in the

results from Schmeeckle (2014). The non-dimensional sediment

friction factor as the ﬂow transitions from the bedload to the

transport q* is deﬁned as q ≡ρp qsx 3 1=2 , where qsx is the total

ρ −1 gdp

suspended load regime is smoother compared to the abrupt

volumetric horizontal particle ﬂux (summation of the particle velo- change found by Schmeeckle (2014).

city by the particle diameters for all particles) per unit horizontal It is shown in the next section that the apparent discontinuity

area of the bed. The simulation results are compared to the predic- in the friction factor observed in the current work and in the work

tion of the Meyer-Peter and Müller (1948) (MPM) bedload transport of Schmeeckle (2014) in transitioning from the bedload to the

1:5

equation (q ¼ 3:97 τ −τc ) using a critical (entrainment thresh- suspended load regime is a result of the different static bed

old) shear stress (τc ) of 0.05 (Wong & Parker, 2006) and the Enge- heights used in the bedload and suspended load ﬂow regimes. The

lund-Hansen (1967) formula for total load q ¼ 0:05 2:5

C F ðτ Þ . Cf in the same number of particles, and, hence, bed height across the full

former equation is the generalized Darcy-Weisbach friction factor range of ﬂows gives a much smoother distribution of Cf with a

Cf ¼ (uτ/ub)2. clear maximum at uτ/ωs~1.

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and the ﬂow above the bed is essentially single phase, both cou-

pled and partially coupled calculations give the same results for

the friction factor. Thus, partial coupling can be recommended for

use in this regime. In the suspended load regime, however, the

difference in the friction factor between the partial coupling and

the full coupling increases as the ﬂow rate increases. This can be

explained by the increased mobility of the particles in the fully-

coupled simulations. The increased mobility is a result of higher

interstitial velocities caused by the blockage imposed by the par-

ticles, which is explicitly included in the ﬂuid momentum equa-

tions through the void fraction. The increased mobility of particles

(indicated as an increase in the particle ﬂux in Fig. 5) is associated

with less energy extraction from the ﬂuid, thus resulting in a

reduction in the friction factor, Cf, (as can be seen in Fig. 6).

Fig. 7. Comparison of friction factor results when using an equal number of par-

4.2. Effect of coarse graining ticles in both regimes using the RP Model.

The use of the RP model reduces memory usage associated (shown as deltas in Fig. 7), two of them extending from the bed

with storage of particle information. The speed-up obtained from

load to the suspended load regime with 115,000 particles, and the

using the RP model depends on various ﬂuid, particle, and domain

other two from the suspended to the bed load using 330,024

parameters, and can vary between simulations. For instance,

particles. The results are averaged for 5 s after running for 10 s of

consider the scaling factor of 2 in which eight particles are lumped

real time. In all cases, the results do not show any discontinuity in

in one representative parcel. The cost of DEM simulations will,

the friction factor during the transition from bed to suspended

thus, be reduced by a factor of more than 8 due to the reduction in

load regime and suggests that the discontinuity in friction factor

the number of collisions and the number of ghost particles that

between the two regimes in Fig. 6 was a result of comparing two

need to be processed. The current fully coupled simulation showed

different systems, and that the particle bed height has a large

a DEM speed-up of 13–16 times as compared to the original

impact on the calculated Cf. It is also very clear from the trends in

simulation. The corresponding overall speed-up was found to vary

all cases that the friction factor reaches a maximum at uτ/ωs ~ 1.

from 5 to as low as 2.5 times. The reduced speed-up is because the

This ﬁnding can be explained as follows, two different

ﬂow calculations do not scale down when using the RP model. For

mechanisms are suggested/mentioned for the extraction of energy

reduced coupling simulations in the bedload regime (not shown) it

from the ﬂuid by the particles. In the bedload regime, the increase

was found that the use of the RP model results in an overall speed-

in the friction factor is a result of the energy extracted by the

up of more than 5 times (DEM speed-up 16–18 times) (10 times

particles with the increase in ﬂow velocity. This will be the case

speed up was obtained in some cases with reduced coupling). This

since most of the particles are stationary and the transported

is because in fully coupled simulations the DEM part consumes 66-

sediment particles are moving at low velocities. This negligible

81% (~75% on average) of the total simulation time, compared to

collective mobility of the particles together with the fact that the

89-95% in the partial coupling case.

Comparison of results with original sized particles (fully cou- thickness of the mobilized sediment layer will increase with an

pled) with those of using a scaling factor of 2 (eight particles increase of ﬂowrate leads to an increase in the friction factor in the

lumped in one representative particle) for transport rate and bedload regime. The increased mobilization of the sediment layer

friction factor are shown in Figs. 5 and 6, respectively. In these is a result of particles hoping on the particle bed and the additional

simulations, the particle grid in the dual-grid formulation was the penetration of the ﬂuid into the bed, which results in more par-

same as that used with the original sized particle (i.e. the particle ticles interacting with the ﬂuid and extracting more energy from

grid is mapped to three times the unscaled particle diameter). the ﬂuid. At some stage, the ﬂuid mobilizes the full bed, max-

Good agreement is achieved for simulations in the bedload regime, imizing the extracted energy. At this time the impact of increasing

however, the friction factor is over-predicted in the suspended- the ﬂow velocity will be to increase the particle velocity,

load regime where the representative particle model tends to decreasing particle drag as a result and extracting less energy from

under predict the transport rate (Fig. 5). Such a decrease in particle the ﬂuid. The latter mechanism dominates the behavior of the

ﬂux indicates that an event that can entrain an un-scaled original friction factor as the particles become suspended in the ﬂow

particle may not be able to entrain lumped particles. The predicted resulting in a decrease in the friction factor. A competition

friction factor is higher in the RP model as a result of less number between the mechanisms determines whether the friction factor

of particles being suspended and transported in the ﬂow (see increases or decreases. The current simulations show that this

Fig. 5). This supports the trend followed by the friction factor with condition is more likely to happen when the shear velocity is

wall shear velocity, namely that as more particles are suspended about the same as the free fall velocity of the particles. Thus, it can

and transported by the ﬂow, the bed resistance decreases and so be concluded that the maximum friction coefﬁcient occurs at the

does the friction factor. transition from bedload to suspended load.

To conﬁrm whether the abrupt jump in Cf during the transition Figs. 8 and 9 present the averaged particle velocity along with

from the bedload regime to the suspended load regime in Fig. 6 the concentration for bedload and suspended load simulations,

was a result of the different number of particles in the two sets of respectively. The averaged properties provided here are domain-

simulations, a new set of simulations were performed with averaged for a slab with a thickness equal to a particle diameter.

330,024 particles over the whole range from bed to suspended The solids fraction in the bed is near the maximum packing frac-

load. The RP model was used for these simulations to reduce the tion of spheres at around 0.74 in the bedload simulations when the

cost. For continuity of results, an additional intermediate point bed is mostly stationary. This value is higher than a random close

was added between the two regimes in the RP model. Also, four packing value of 0.634 because of the fact that up to 10% overlap

additional points were added using the original particle size may take place with the use of soft stiffness along with the fact

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Fig. 8. Domain averaged sediment properties for bedload simulations, left; solid

fraction of particles, right; solids velocity.

Fig. 10. Instantaneous particles stream wise velocity and ﬂuid ﬂuctuations for

τ*~ 0.021.

tively). The number of particles inside the control volume indicates

whether the increase in particle average velocity is because of the

increase in the number of particles (possible rush of entrained

particles with high speed from a neighboring event) or due to a

current local event. Regions of signiﬁcant increase in average

particle velocity with an almost constant number of particles in

the control volume are highlighted in the ﬁgure.

In the period 0.2–0.5 s, a series of successive sweeps (u’ 4 0,

v’ o 0) and ejections (u’ o 0, v’ 4 0) take place with ﬂuctuating

Fig. 9. Domain averaged sediment properties for suspended-load simulations, left;

volume fraction of particles, right; solids velocity. ﬂuid velocity components more than double the friction velocity. A

relatively weak outward interaction (u’ 4 0, v’ 4 0) might be

that the whole volume of the particle is considered in the same responsible for particles entrained at time ~1.1 s. The probe loca-

computational cell at which the centroid of the particle is located. tion experiences a long and strong sweep from 2 s to 2.3 s. This

The particle velocities show that the top layer of particles starts event mobilizes particles, increasing the particle ﬂux. The number

accelerating almost parallel to the bed as the particles become of particles in the monitored volume before this event indicates

mobile between τ*~ 0.021 to τ*~ 0.061. As the ﬂow rate increases, that most of the particles are embedded within the bed and are

particles start diffusing into the ﬂuid by up to four particle dia- harder to dislodge compared to unsheltered particles. Some of the

meters. The maximum average solids velocity is about twice the mobilized particles slow down and possibly settle as the sweep

friction velocity. The suspended load simulations show similar passes as can be seen after t ~ 2.3 s. This can be inferred from the

trends with the particles reaching higher peak velocities. The decrease in the average particle ﬂux at an almost constant number

suspended particles mix more rigorously with the ﬂuid, and con- of particles. An ejection event following the strong sweep is cap-

sequently some of the particles are lifted to the full channel height able of maintaining a certain amount of ﬂux before the sweep

at the extreme case tested (τ* ~ 1.58). event following at t ~ 2.7 s causes another increase in the particle

ﬂux. Other instances at which ejections are associated with an

4.3. Entrainment of particles increase in the particle ﬂux can be seen at times 3.3 s and ~3.8 s.

Similarly, a sweep at 2.7 s and ejections at times 1.5, 3.3 and 3.8 s

It is quite well established that turbulent bursts and sweeps are seem to be responsible for particle entrainment. The ﬁndings are

the primary mechanisms of transport and generation of turbulent in agreement with results of Heathershaw and Throne (1985) and

shear stress in the inner boundary layer, (e.g., Dennis, 2015; Jeong Nelson et al. (1995) where sweep and ejections are more frequent

et al., 1997). To get more insight into the role of these turbulent events and occupy most of the time spectrum.

events in particle entrainment, the instantaneous stream wise and A quadrant analysis of the signal is provided in Fig. 11 where

vertical ﬂuctuating velocity components are recorded at a location the events are colored by their corresponding normalized average

just above the bed surface (probe located 3 mm from the bottom sediment transport (divided by the maximum value of transport).

boundary). The probe is located above the bed and no lag between A quantitative summary of the percentage of sediment entrained

the ﬂuid signal and particle transport is assumed. The corre- by each event and the percentage of time occupied by each event

sponding particle ﬂux and number of particles is measured in a are listed in Table 4. Also provided is a measure of the integrated

control volume with a surface area of 1×1 cm2 surrounding the sediment transport per event in Table 4. The listed measure is the

probe location and starting from a height which is 3 particle dia- ratio between the percentages of the sediment transport (ﬁrst row

meters above the bed. A bedload case with τ*~ 0.021 (near critical in Table 4) to the percentage of the event time (second row). It can

shear stress) was selected where a 5 s time period was considered be seen that sweeps and ejections are the most frequent events as

(10–15 s). compared to inward and outward interactions. Unlike the ﬁndings

Fig. 10 shows the probe velocity ﬂuctuation signal over 5 s of Heathershaw and Thorne (1985), however, ejections in the

along with the corresponding average particle velocity in the current analysis are found to contribute almost equally as do

control volume (u’ and v’ are the turbulent velocity ﬂuctuations in sweeps to the entrainment of particles. Ejections were considered

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takes place in the transition from the bedload to the suspended

load regime. This is because of the competition between the

increase in the energy extracted by the stationary sediment par-

ticles and the decrease in energy extracted by the suspended

particles with the increase in ﬂow energy.

A representative particle model with a scaling factor of

2 showed good performance in the bedload regime. The DEM was

found to be about 10-16 times faster than the original un-scaled

system. The overall speed-up of the model, however, depended

Fig. 11. Quadrant analysis of the ﬂow signal above the bed for τ*~ 0.021. greatly on the ratio of time spent in DEM versus the ﬂuid calcu-

lation and the overall speed-up ranged from less than 3 to more

Table 4 than 6 times the un-scaled simulation.

Quantitative analysis of particle movement and ﬂuid signal. Finally, the information obtained from the simulation was used

to gain insight into the process of particle entrainment. Particle

Event Outward Ejection Inward Sweep

interaction interaction entrainment happens in streaks along the length of the bed which

is, qualitatively, in agreement with experiments (e.g., Marchioli &

% sediment transport 19 29 14 38 Soldati, 2002). Both turbulent sweeps and ejections were found to

% event time 16 27 15 42 collectively contribute more to the entrainment of particles

A measure of integrated 116 109 93.3 90.6

sediment transport

because of their frequency of occurrence. On the other hand,

during the event outward interactions produce the same or possibly larger

entrainment of particles but are less frequent.

and outward interactions (Heathershaw & Thorne, 1985; Nelson et Acknowledgments

al., 1995), but they were found to be dominating mechanisms for

sediment transport by other investigators (Rashidi et al., 1990). It The ﬁrst author would like to express his sincere thanks to the

can be seen from Table 4 that sweeps entrain the largest amount of Higher Libyan Ministry of Education and Scientiﬁc Research for the

sediment because of the high frequency at which they occur. This scholarship opportunity to pursue his Ph.D. study at Virginia Tech.

conclusion is in agreement with the ﬁnding of Nelson et al. (1995). The authors would also like to extend their gratitude to the

The role of outward interactions (u’ 4 0, v’ 4 0) and inward Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech for granting

interactions (u’ o 0, v’ o 0) seem to be collectively less inﬂuential

a Hord fellowship to Mr. Elghannay. The authors also are grateful

to particle entrainment only because they are less frequent. As can

to Virginia Tech Advanced Research and Computing for providing

be seen from the color-coding in Fig. 11, some instances of particle

computational resources for this work. Lastly, the authors would

ﬂux recorded for outward interactions seem to be close to the

like to thank the reviewers for their comments and suggestions,

maximum entrained particle ﬂux. The current results suggest that

which helped in improving the paper.

the entrainment of particles can be related to turbulent events

which are basically large forces applied for short times (impulse).

This would be in agreement with the hypothesis of the role

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