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Droplet-Resolved Dilute Spray Evaporation Model

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Samuel B. Johnson, Sonny J. Lewis, Jean-Pierre Delplanque

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Paper No. HT-FED2004-56898, pp. 241-244; 4 pages
  • ASME 2004 Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Volume 4
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, July 11–15, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4693-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3740-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


A numerical model that enables the simulation of polydispersed spray behavior while allowing the resolution of droplet-scale features is described. This Lagrangian model is based on a sectional approach and captures the effect of polydispersity, droplet initial speed and direction. It is designed for flexibility in that it can be used for a variety of droplet-based processes. The model performance is illustrated using two basic configurations: spray combustion and water mist fire suppression. The spray combustion case shows how the droplet-scale resolution can be critical since phase equilibrium is controlled by droplet surface temperature, which cannot be adequately captured using a lump-parameter model. The water mist case allows a demonstration of the basic features of the spray model such as the ability to characterize the ability of smaller droplets to get close enough to a fire or a hot surface.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Evaporation , Sprays



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