Taylor plug/bubble flow is a predominant two-phase flow pattern occurring in several microfluidic devices such as in microchannel heat sinks, fuel cells, pulsating heat pipes, labon-chips, microreactors, etc. Such flows are characterized by an alternating sequence of liquid plug and gas bubbles, whose ensuing local transport characteristics (heat and mass transfer) are complex and still not fully understood. Presence of gas-liquid interfaces, thin-film dynamics, moving contact lines, wettability, contact angle hysteresis, are some of the physical phenomena involved in Taylor bubble flow systems that manifests into its complex transport characteristics. Understanding the local interfacial transport mechanism is of vital importance to develop a comprehensive model for micro-scale devices utilizing Taylor bubble flow. In this background, we probe locally into the local thermo-hydrodynamics of 'unit-cell' of Taylor plug flow, which is essentially an isolated liquid plug moving inside a mini square capillary copper tube (side = 2 mm), surrounded by gas from both its sides, and try discerning local evaporation dynamics, with the help of IR thermography. This study focuses on the interplay of conjugate conduction, local thin film hydrodynamics formed behind the moving liquid plug, and its subsequent evaporation. We obtain local temperature distribution in the meniscus region, as the plug moves through the capillary tube. As the cold plug passes through the tube, local temperatures drop drastically, the transient reaches the heater-tube interface a bit delayed and there the drop in temperature is modest. The study clearly reveals that there is a strong thermo-hydrodynamic coupling between the tube wall and the moving Taylor liquid plug.
|Журнал||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Состояние||Опубликовано - 26 ноя 2019|
|Опубликовано для внешнего пользования||Да|
|Событие||5th International Workshop on Heat/Mass Transfer Advances for Energy Conservation and Pollution Control, IWHT 2019 - Novosibirsk, Российская Федерация|
Продолжительность: 13 авг 2019 → 16 авг 2019