Surfactant-covered drops between parallel plates

P.J.A. Janssen, P.D. Anderson

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Abstract

We use a numerical model to study the deformation of surfactant-covered drops in a confined situation. A boundary-integral method with modified Green’s functions, which exactly satisfy the no-slip condition at the wall, is used to solve the flow equations. The resulting velocities are used in the convection–diffusion equation for the surfactant concentration which is handled with a finite volume method. The local surfactant concentration is coupled to the local surface tension via a Langmuir isotherm. The model presented here is three dimensional, but only suited for equi-viscous drops and insoluble surfactants, but can be easily extended. Several examples of the influence of surfactants are shown: for drops in shear flow, surface dilution is of more significance due to the larger deformation of drops in confined situations. For pressure-driven flows, the non-uniform surfactant distribution speeds up the migration towards the center line, while the migration velocity in the velocity direction is lower
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1388-1396
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Volume86
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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