The fluctuation energy balance in non-suspended fluid-mediated particle transport Academic Article uri icon


  • Here, we compare two extreme regimes of non-suspended fluid-mediated particle transport, transport in light and heavy fluids (saltation and bedload, respectively), regarding their particle fluctuation energy balance. From direct numerical simulations, we surprisingly find that the ratio between collisional and fluid drag dissipation of fluctuation energy is significantly larger in saltation than in bedload, even though the contribution of interparticle collisions to transport of momentum and energy is much smaller in saltation due to the low concentration of particles in the transport layer. We conclude that the much higher frequency of high-energy particle-bed impacts (splash) in saltation is the cause for this counter-intuitive behavior. Moreover, from a comparison of these simulations to particle tracking velocimetry measurements which we performed in a wind tunnel under steady transport of fine and coarse sand, we find that turbulent fluctuations of the flow produce particle fluctuation energy at an unexpectedly high rate in saltation even under conditions for which the effects of turbulence are usually believed to be small.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 2.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Paehtz, T., Duran, O., Tuan-Duc, H. o., Valance, A., & Kok, J. F.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Paehtz, Thomas||Duran, Orencio||Tuan-Duc, Ho||Valance, Alexandre||Kok, Jasper F

publication date

  • January 2015