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Experimental and numerical study of droplets hydrodynamics in microchannels

Sarrazin, Flavie and Bonometti, Thomas and Loubière, Karine and Prat, Laurent E. and Gourdon, Christophe and Magnaudet, Jacques Experimental and numerical study of droplets hydrodynamics in microchannels. (2006) AIChE Journal, 5 (12). 4061-4070. ISSN 0001-1541

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.11033


This paper reports on numerical simulations and experimental validation of the hydrodynamics of liquid-liquid flow in rectangular micro-channels. The numerical method is an interface-capturing technique without any interface reconstruction. Micro-PIV measurements are used to obtain experimental velocity fields inside droplets which are compared to simulations. Finally, injecting a passive tracer in the simulated droplets also helps to obtain a better understanding of the mixing phenomenon. These results allow interpreting mixing defaults during bleaching experiments inside micro-droplets. Furthermore, this study leads to important results about interface deformation and velocity fields inside the droplets and in the continuous phase for mass and heat transfer studies.

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HAL Id:hal-03598005
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:23 Oct 2008 09:46

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