Comparison between the Q criterion and Rortex in the application of an in-stream structure

Jie Min Zhan, Yu Tian Li, Wing Hong Onyx Wai, Wen Qing Hu

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A newly proposed vortex identification method, namely, Rortex, is used to visualize the vortex structures around an in-stream deflector with a large eddy simulation. A comparison with the well-known vortex identification method, the Q criterion, indicates that the Q criterion and Rortex can both capture the main vortex structures in the flow field. However, both the modified Q criterion and the wavelet analysis reveal that Rortex excludes the shear information on the deposited sand surface, while the Q criterion cannot. As a result, Rortex is more suitable for vortex identification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121701
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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