A novel method for dynamic simulation of flexible fibers in a 3D swirling flow

Huifen Guo, Bingang Xu

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A novel method is proposed for simulating the motion of flexible fibers in a 3D swirling flow, where the fiber is modeled as a chain of beads connected through mass-less rods. The bending and twisting displacements of the successive beads are used to represent the deformation of the fiber. In addition, the drag and shear-induced lift forces are considered in the proposed model as parts of external loads acting on the fiber in the swirling flow. In the numerical simulation, the spiral motion trajectory of the fiber is observed to have a springy or helical configuration. The numerical results are validated by experimental visualization using high-speed photography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1473-1479
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Fiber
  • Fiber motion
  • Numerical simulation
  • Swirling flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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