Bubble impingement in the presence of a solid particle: a computational study

Andrea Sannino, Alessandro Esposito, Massimiliano M. Villone, Martien A. Hulsen, Gaetano D'Avino

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In this work, we numerically investigate the dynamics of the growth and impingement of two gas bubbles in a Newtonian liquid in the presence of a rigid spherical particle. The computational analysis is carried out through 3D Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) Finite Element Method (FEM) simulations. During their growth, as the bubbles start to ‘feel’ each other, they lose their spherical shape, with the side facing the other bubble becoming almost flat. In the liquid layer between the gas inclusions, an essentially biaxial extensional flow takes place. Depending on its initial position with respect to the bubbles, the solid particle can be ‘captured’ by the coalescing bubbles or ‘escape’ them. The effects of the physical and geometrical parameters of the system on such phenomenon are studied.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)349-356
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftComputers & Fluids
StatusGepubliceerd - 15 jul 2018


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