Particle tracking for polydisperse sedimenting droplets in phase separation

Particle tracking for polydisperse sedimenting droplets in phase separation When a binary fluid demixes under a slow temperature ramp, nucleation, coarsening and sedimentation of droplets lead to an oscillatory evolution of the phase-separating system. The advection of the sedimenting droplets is found to be chaotic. The flow is driven by density differences between two phases. Here, we show how image processing can be combined with particle tracking to resolve droplet size and velocity simultaneously. Droplets are used as tracer particles, and the sedimentation velocity is determined. Taking these effects into account, droplets with radii in the range of 4−40 μm are detected and tracked. Based on these data, we resolve the oscillations in the droplet size distribution that are coupled to the convective flow. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Experiments in Fluids Springer Journals

Particle tracking for polydisperse sedimenting droplets in phase separation

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 by The Author(s)
Subject
Engineering; Engineering Fluid Dynamics; Engineering Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer; Fluid- and Aerodynamics
ISSN
0723-4864
eISSN
1432-1114
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00348-011-1243-7
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Abstract

When a binary fluid demixes under a slow temperature ramp, nucleation, coarsening and sedimentation of droplets lead to an oscillatory evolution of the phase-separating system. The advection of the sedimenting droplets is found to be chaotic. The flow is driven by density differences between two phases. Here, we show how image processing can be combined with particle tracking to resolve droplet size and velocity simultaneously. Droplets are used as tracer particles, and the sedimentation velocity is determined. Taking these effects into account, droplets with radii in the range of 4−40 μm are detected and tracked. Based on these data, we resolve the oscillations in the droplet size distribution that are coupled to the convective flow.

Journal

Experiments in FluidsSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 20, 2011

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