We present simulations of coherent structures in compressible flows near the transition to turbulence using the dissipative particle dynamics method. The structures we find are remarkably consistent with experimental observations and direct numerical simulations (DNS) simulations of incompressible flows, despite a difference in Mach number of several orders of magnitude. The bifurcation from the laminar flow is bistable and shifts to higher Reynolds numbers when the fluid becomes more compressible. This work underlines the robustness of coherent structures in the transition to turbulence and illustrates the ability of particle-based methods to reproduce complex nonlinear instabilities.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2008|