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Break Up of Viscous Crude Oil Droplets Mixed With Dispersants in Locally Isotropic Turbulence

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Balaji Gopalan, Joseph Katz

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Paper No. FEDSM2008-55165, pp. 53-58; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the Heat Transfer, Energy Sustainability, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • Volume 2: Fora
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4841-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Our objective is to visualize the breakup of crude oil droplets, mixed with dispersants, in a turbulent flow. The current measurements are performed for a sample crude oil from Alaska National Slope mixed with dispersant COREXIT 9527. The droplet breakup measurements are conducted in a nearly homogeneous and isotropic turbulence facility, the central portion of which is characterized using 2-D PIV. The droplet break up is visualized at high spatial and temporal resolution using one view high speed, in-line digital holography. Subsequent analysis reveals relevant length scales and timescales involved in the break up process.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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