Aerobreakup in disturbed subsonic and supersonic flow fields
2007 (English)In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN 0022-1120, E-ISSN 1469-7645, Vol. 593, 131-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This work concerns the breakup of millimetre-scale liquid droplets in gaseous flow fields that are disturbed from free-stream conditions by the presence of solid obstacles or other drops. A broad range of flow conditions is considered - from subsonic to supersonic, from highly rarefied to ambient pressures, and from fixed cylindrical obstacles to free liquid droplets (as obstacles). The liquid is water or tributyl phosphate, a water-like low-viscosity fluid of very low vapour pressure. We present data on deformation and breakup regimes, and, aided by numerical simulations, we discuss governing mechanisms and the time scaling of these events. Thereby a methodology is demonstrated for conveniently forecasting first-order behaviours in disturbed flow fields more generally. The highly resolved images lend themselves to testing/benchmarking numerical simulations of interfacial flows. These results, along with the experimental capability developed, constitute one of the key building blocks for our overall long-term aim towards predicting ultimate particle-size distributions from such intense aerodynamic interactions involving very large quantities of Newtonian and viscoelastic liquids.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 593, 131-170 p.
secondary drop breakup, temporal properties, liquid drops, regime, shock, airstream, numbers, drag
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-17172ISI: 000251840100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-17172DiVA: diva2:335215
QC 201005252010-08-052010-08-05Bibliographically approved