Spontaneous orbiting of two spheres levitated in a vibrated liquid

Pacheco Martinez, H.A. and Liao, L. and Hill, R.J.A. and Swift, Michael R. and Bowley, R.M. (2013) Spontaneous orbiting of two spheres levitated in a vibrated liquid. Physical Review Letters, 110 (15). 154501/1-154501/5. ISSN 1079-7114

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Abstract

In the absence of gravity, particles can form a suspension in a liquid irrespective of the difference in density between the solid and the liquid. If such a suspension is subjected to vibration there is relative motion between the particles and the fluid which can lead to self-organization and pattern formation. Here we describe experiments carried out to investigate the behavior of two identical spheres suspended magnetically in a fluid, mimicking weightless conditions. Under vibration the spheres mutually attract and, for sufficiently large vibration amplitudes, the spheres are observed to spontaneously orbit each other. The collapse of the experimental data onto a single curve indicates that the instability occurs at a critical value of the streaming Reynolds number. Simulations repro- duce the observed behaviour qualitatively and quantitatively, and are used to identify the features of the flow that are responsible for this instability.

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Additional Information: Spontaneous Orbiting of Two Spheres Levitated in a Vibrated Liquid, H.A. Pacheco-Martinez, L. Liao, R.J.A. Hill, Michael R. Swift, and R.M. Bowley, Phys.Rev.Lett.110, 154501.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.154501
Depositing User: Hill, Richard
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2017 08:04
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 11:53
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42085

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