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CFD-DEM modelling of biofilm streamers oscillations and their interactions in the flow
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  • YUQING XIA,
  • Pahala Jayathilake,
  • Bowen Li,
  • Paolo Zuliani,
  • Jinju Chen
YUQING XIA
Newcastle University
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Pahala Jayathilake
University of Oxford
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Bowen Li
Newcastle University
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Paolo Zuliani
Newcastle University
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Jinju Chen
Newcastle University
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Abstract

Biofilm streamer motion under different flow conditions is important for a wide range of industries. The existing work has largely focused on experimental characterisations of these streamers, which is often time-consuming and expensive. To better understand the physics of biofilm streamer oscillation and their interactions in fluid flow, a CFD-DEM (Computational Fluid Dynamics – Discrete Element Method) model has been developed. The model was used to study the flow-induced oscillations of single and multiple biofilm streamers. We have studied the effect of streamer length on the oscillation at varied flow rates. The predicted single biofilm streamer oscillations in various flow rates agreed well with experimental measurements. Furthermore, we have investigated the effect of the spatial arrangement of streamers on interactions between two oscillating streamers, which have not been achieved previously.

Peer review status:IN REVISION

07 Jun 2020Submitted to Biotechnology and Bioengineering
09 Jun 2020Assigned to Editor
09 Jun 2020Submission Checks Completed
08 Jul 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
05 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
05 Aug 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major