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A Numerical Study of Effect of Liquid Encapsulation on Thermocapillary Convection in Liquid Bridge

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Lan Peng, Dan-Ling Zeng, You-Rong Li

Chongqing University

Paper No. IMECE2004-60770, pp. 507-511; 5 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 3
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4711-X | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The physical and mathematical models of the thermocapillary convection in liquid bridge with liquid encapsulation are established in the present paper. A numerical simulation of the thermocapillary convection in liquid bridge with liquid encapsulation is performed by employed vorticity-stream function method and the Alternative Direction Implicit scheme in finite difference. The distribution of temperature and flow in liquid columns is then obtained. It is verified that liquid encapsulation can reduce the thermocapillary convection in liquid bridge and can improve the quality of crystal growth in float zone. The influence law of the thickness of liquid encapsulation on the thermocapillary convection in liquid bridge is obtained, the more thickness of liquid encapsulation decreases, the more the thermocapillary convection in the inner liquid and the outer liquid diminishes. It is found that the flow profile of two liquid columns is much more complex than that of single liquid column.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Convection



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