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Numerical study of three-dimensional droplet impact on a flowing liquid film in annular two-phase flow

Xie, Zhihua ORCID:, Hewitt, Geoffrey F., Pavlidis, Dimitrios, Salinas, Pablo, Pain, Christopher C. and Matar, Omar K. 2017. Numerical study of three-dimensional droplet impact on a flowing liquid film in annular two-phase flow. Chemical Engineering Science 166 , pp. 303-312. 10.1016/j.ces.2017.04.015

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Annular flow with liquid entrainment occurs in a wide variety of two-phase flow system. A novel control volume finite element method with adaptive unstructured meshes is employed here to study three-dimensional droplet deposition process in annular two-phase flow. The numerical framework consists of a ‘volume of fluid’ type method for the interface capturing and a force-balanced continuum surface force model for the surface tension on adaptive unstructured meshes. The numerical framework is validated against experimental measurements of a droplet impact problem and is then used to study the droplet deposition onto a flowing liquid film at atmospheric and high pressure conditions. Detailed complex interfacial structures during droplet impact are captured during the simulation, which agree with the experimental observations, demonstrating the capability of the present method. It is found that the effect of the ambient pressure on the fluid properties and interfacial tension plays an important role in the droplet deposition process and the associated interfacial phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive unstructured mesh; Droplet impact; Liquid film; Numerical simulation; Three-dimensional; Two-phase flow
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the CC-BY Attribution 4.0 International license.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0009-2509
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 8 April 2017
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 22:07

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