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Numerical investigation of the aerodynamic breakup of a parallel moving droplet cluster

Stefanitsis, D., Strotos, G., Nikolopoulos, N. & Gavaises, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-0874-8534 (2019). Numerical investigation of the aerodynamic breakup of a parallel moving droplet cluster. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, doi: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2019.103123


The present work examines numerically the aerodynamic breakup of a cluster of Diesel droplets moving in parallel with respect to the gas flow. Two- and three-dimensional simulations of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations together with the VOF method are performed for Weber (We) numbers in the range of 5 up to 60 and non-dimensional distance between the droplets (H/D0) ranging from 1.25 to 20. The numerical results indicate that the proximity of droplets affects their breakup for distances H/D0≤5. For low droplet proximity distances (H/D0≤2.5), the droplets experience the so-called shuttlecock breakup mode, which has been also identified for droplets in tandem formations in a previous authors’ work and is characterized by an oblique peripheral stretching of the droplet. With decreasing H/D0 the breakup initiation time decreases, while the drag coefficient increases relative to that of isolated droplets. When the distance between the droplets is low enough (H/D0<1.5), this can result in critical We number, i.e. minimum We number leading to breakup, lower than that of an isolated droplet at the same conditions.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Elsevier 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Breakup time, Cluster droplet breakup, Critical We, Diesel, Drag coefficient
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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