Numerical Study on Entrance Length in Thermal Counterflow of Superfluid 4 He

Hiromichi Kobayashi, Satoshi Yui, Makoto Tsubota

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Three-dimensional numerical simulations in a square duct were conducted to investigate entrance lengths of normal fluid and superfluid flows in a thermal counterflow of superfluid 4He. The two fluids were coarse-grained by using the Hall–Vinen–Bekharevich–Khalatnikov (HVBK) model and were coupled through mutual friction. We solved the HVBK equations by parameterizing the coefficient of the mutual friction to consider the vortex line density. A uniform mutual friction parameter was assumed in the streamwise direction. Our simulation showed that the entrance length of the normal fluid from a hot end becomes shorter than that of a single normal fluid due to the mutual friction with the parabolically developed superfluid flow near the hot end. As the mutual friction increases, the entrance length decreases. Same as that, the entrance length of the superfluid from a cold end is affected by the strength of the mutual friction due to the parabolically developed normal fluid flow near the cold end. Aside from the entrance effect, the realized condition of a tail-flattened flow is discussed by parameterizing the superfluid turbulent eddy viscosity and the mutual friction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 15


  • Entrance length
  • HVBK model
  • Mutual friction
  • Superfluid
  • Thermal counterflow
  • Two-fluid model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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