The present contribution reports an experimental study of the mixing of a passive scalar of very low diffusivity in a homogeneous swarm of inertial bubbles rising in a thin gap. A patch of fluorescent dye is injected within the swarm, and we observe the evolution of its mass in a given region of observation. We analyse the effect of the liquid agitation on the mixing mechanisms varying the gas volume fraction from 1.3 to 7.5 %, while the Reynolds number of the bubbles, Re = 450, their Weber number, We = 0.7, and the gap-to-bubble diameter ratio, w/d = 0.25, are kept approximately constant. Here, the in-plane local mass of dye is measured by using a two-dyes planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) technique that has been adapted to fix the problem of multiple light reflections at the bubble interfaces. Indeed, they induce both temporal and spatial variations of the captured light intensity that are superimposed to the effective fluorescence signal and prevent from using a standard PLIF technique. The analysis of the instantaneous concentration fields reveals the dominant role of the bubble wakes in the scalar transport. It is shown that mixing in this planar confined geometry is very efficient and enhanced by the increasing gas volume fraction. The present study also highlights that the mixing is not governed by a Fickian law of diffusion.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 13, 2013
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