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Numerical study on the wettability dependent interaction of a rising bubble with a periodic open cellular structure

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Numerical study on the wettability dependent interaction of a rising bubble with a periodic open cellular structure
Abstract

•Phase-field simulations of the buoyancy-driven rise of single bubbles.•Innovative numerical study for wettability dependent bubble-structure interaction.•Validation for instantaneous bubble cutting process by a horizontal solid cylinder.•Bubble rise through periodic open cellular structures of different wettability.•Hydrophilic structures appear beneficial for mass transfer and as catalytic support.

A phase-field method for interface resolving numerical simulations of two-phase flows with OpenFOAM® is validated for the buoyancy-driven rise of a single air bubble through a viscous stagnant liquid using experimental data from literature. The validation encompasses the terminal bubble rise velocity and the instantaneous cutting of the bubble by a solid horizontal cylinder. In the latter process, the numerical method takes into account the equilibrium contact angle of the three-phase system. The numerical method is then used to study the behavior of a single air bubble rising through a representative subdomain of a periodic open cellular structure (POCS) with cubic cell geometry filled with stagnant water. The results indicate that the bubble shape and path do significantly depend on the structure wettability. In the industrial application of POCS for enhancing mass transfer and as catalytic supports, the utilization of structures with high wettability (low contact angles) is expected to be beneficial.

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Keywords
Periodic open cellular structure; Wettability; Bubble break-up; CFD simulation; Phase-field method
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Catalysis Today - Volume 273, 15 September 2016, Pages 151–160
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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