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Pore network model of drying with Kelvin effect

Maalal, Otman and Prat, Marc and Lasseux, Didier Pore network model of drying with Kelvin effect. (2021) Physics of Fluids, 33. 027103. ISSN 1070-6631

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0035651


A pore network model of isothermal drying is presented. The model takes into account the capillary effects, the transport of vapor by diffusion, including Knudsen effect, in the gas phase, and the Kelvin effect. The model is seen as a first step toward the simulation of drying in mesoscopic porous materials involving pore sizes between 4 nm and 50 nm. The major issue addressed with the present model is the computation of the menisci mean curvature radius at the boundary of each liquid cluster in conjunction with the Kelvin effect. The impact of Kelvin effect on the drying process is investigated, varying the relative humidity in the ambient air outside the medium. The simulations indicate that the Kelvin effect has a significant impact on the liquid distribution during drying. The evaporation rate is found to fluctuate due to the menisci curvature variations during drying. The simulations also highlight a noticeable non-local equilibrium effect.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Bordeaux INP - BINP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies - ENSAM (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut de la Filtration et des Techniques Séparatives - IFTS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Bordeaux (FRANCE)
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