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Mathematical and Experimental Investigation of Liquid-Gas Interfaces in Porous Wicks

[+] Author Affiliations
Yuelei Yang, Frank M. Gerner, H. Thurman Henderson

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Paper No. IMECE2002-39180, pp. 169-174; 6 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 5
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3636-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper focuses on the investigation of the liquid-gas (or vapor) interface, which occurs in very small diameter pores. A mathematical model is built to formulate the movements of a liquid column trapped in a capillary pore. The Navier-Stokes equations are applied to the liquid side with assumed no-slip conditions, while the Young-Laplace equation is used to formulate the shape of the interface. This theoretical model calculates both velocity profiles in the liquid side and transient profiles of the interface itself; and of particular interest, it predicts the pressure difference, oscillation frequency and amplitude required to burst this interface. These predicted parameters are examined by the experiments with both oscillating Coherent Porous Silicon (CPS) wicks and porous plastic wicks. This research helps better understanding the phenomena such as multiphase flow in porous media or de-watering process that happens in vibro-separators.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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