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Monodisperse droplet heating and evaporation: Experimental study and modelling

Abstract : Results of experimental studies and the modelling of heating and evaporation of monodisperse ethanol and acetone droplets in two regimes are presented. Firstly, pure heating and evaporation of droplets in a flow of air of prescribed temperature are considered. Secondly , droplet heating and evaporation in a flame produced by previously injected combusting droplets are studied. The phase Doppler anemometry technique is used for droplet velocity and size measurements. Two-colour laser induced fluorescence thermometry is used to estimate droplet temperatures. The experiments have been performed for various distances between droplets and various initial droplet radii and velocities. The experimental data have been compared with the results of modelling, based on given gas temperatures, measured by coherent anti-stokes Raman spectroscopy, and Nusselt and Sherwood numbers calculated using measured values of droplet relative velocities. When estimating the latter numbers the finite distance between droplets was taken into account. The model is based on the assumption that droplets are spherically symmetrical, but takes into account the radial distribution of temperature inside droplets. It is pointed out that for relatively small droplets (initial radii about 65 lm) the experimentally measured droplet temperatures are close to the predicted average droplet temperatures, while for larger droplets (initial radii about 120 lm) the experimentally measured droplet temperatures are close to the temperatures predicted at the centre of the droplets.
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Christophe Maqua, Guillaume Castanet, Frederic Grisch, Fabrice Lemoine, T Kristyadi, et al.. Monodisperse droplet heating and evaporation: Experimental study and modelling. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Elsevier, 2008, 51, pp.3932 - 3945. ⟨10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2007.12.011⟩. ⟨hal-01570367⟩

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