A multiple resolution approach using adaptive grids for fully resolved boundary layers on deformable gas-liquid interfaces at high Schmidt numbers

A. Panda, H. V. Patel, E. A.J.F. Peters, M. W. Baltussen (Corresponding author), J. A.M. Kuipers

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Abstract

Gas–liquid systems involving dispersed bubbly flows are often encountered in industry due to their favourable heat and mass transport characteristics. A key element of such systems involving interfacial mass transfer are the thin mass boundary layers prevailing at the phase boundaries. Resolving these thin boundary layers in numerical simulations is very challenging because of the need for very fine grids. Such grids often over-resolve the hydrodynamics which accounts for most of the CPU time. In this paper, we propose a multiple resolution approach that resolves the momentum boundary layers on a coarse (fixed) Cartesian grid and the mass boundary layers on a finer (adaptive) grid. The methodology proposed in Panda et al. (2019) for static rigid particles is extended to deformable moving interfaces and applied to single rising bubbles where the computed Sherwood number is compared with empirical correlations and numerical simulations available in literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115900
Number of pages20
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Volume227
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Adaptive mesh refinement
  • Boundary layers
  • High Prandtl number
  • High Schmidt number
  • Mass transfer from bubbles

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