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Experimental Parametric Analysis of Water-Mist Sprays: An Investigation on Coalescence and Initial Dispersion

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Paolo E. Santangelo

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Paolo Tartarini

Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

Paolo Valdiserri

Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Paper No. IMECE2011-63846, pp. 1167-1174; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5492-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


An experimental approach and parametric analysis are here presented to investigate some dynamic aspects of water-mist sprays operating at high supply pressure. An already proposed methodology (P.E. Santangelo, 2010, Exp. Therm. Fluid Sci., 34, pp. 1353–1366) has been extended to a three-dimensional analysis, that emphasizes the characteristic drop-size evolution along the axial coordinate of the spray. Therefore, an evaluation of coalescence and secondary-atomization phenomena along the spray axis results as the ultimate scope of this study. With regard to dispersion, the initial-velocity field has been experimentally determined both as a contour/vector map and as magnitude profiles at different distances from the injector outlet. In addition, some evaluation of the spray-cone angle has been proposed, resulting from a simple geometric approach to the already mentioned maps. Advanced laser-based diagnostics has been employed to perform experimental measurements: a Malvern Spraytec device has been used to measure drop-size distribution and Particle Image Velocimetry has been chosen to evaluate both velocity and cone angle. Moreover, a mechanical patternator has been employed to introduce flux measurements as an averaging quantity. Two nozzles having different orifice diameter have been employed and operative pressure has been set at a value of interest for fire-protection applications.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Sprays , Water



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