Detection of vortical structures in sparse Lagrangian data using coherent-structure colouring

F. A.C. Martins, A. Sciacchitano, D. E. Rival

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Abstract: In this study, vortical structures are detected on sparse Shake-The-Box data sets using the Coherent-Structure Colouring (CSC) algorithm. The performance of this Lagrangian approach is assessed by comparing the CSC-coloured tracks with the baseline vorticity field. The ability to extract vortical structures from sparse data is accessed on two Lagrangian particle tracking data sets: the flow past an Ahmed body and a swirling jet flow. The effects of two normalized parameters on the identification of vortical structures were defined and studied: the mean track length and the mean inter-particle distance. The accuracy of the vortical-structure detection problem through CSC is shown to improve with decreasing inter-particle distance values, whereas little dependence on the mean track length is observed at all. Overall, the CSC algorithm showed to yield accurate detection of coherent structures for inter-particle distances smaller than 15% of the characteristic dimension of the structure. However, the results quickly deteriorate for sparser Lagrangian data. Graphic abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number69
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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