|Title||Invisible Anchors Trap Particles in Branching Junctions.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Oettinger, D, Ault, JT, Stone, HA, Haller, G|
|Journal||Phys Rev Lett|
|Date Published||2018 Aug 03|
We combine numerical simulations and an analytic approach to show that the capture of finite, inertial particles during flow in branching junctions is due to invisible, anchor-shaped three-dimensional flow structures. These Reynolds-number-dependent anchors define trapping regions that confine particles to the junction. For a wide range of Stokes numbers, these structures occupy a large part of the flow domain. For flow in a V-shaped junction, at a critical Stokes number, we observe a topological transition due to the merger of two anchors into one. From a stability analysis, we identify the parameter region of particle sizes and densities where capture due to anchors occurs.
|Alternate Journal||Phys. Rev. Lett.|