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Switching On and Off the Coffee-Ring Effect in Drying Sessile Nanofluid Droplets

[+] Author Affiliations
Alexandru Crivoi, Fei Duan

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Paper No. MNHMT2013-22190, pp. V001T02A011; 5 pages
  • ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Hong Kong, China, December 11–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5615-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The diffusion-limited cluster aggregation (DLCA) model has been implemented in a three-dimensional (3D) domain with a shape of an approximately spherical cap for simulating the drying process of a sessile nanofluid droplet. The droplet evaporation is investigated with the pinned three-phase line, resulting in shrinking contact angle and outward capillary flow. The cluster-cluster aggregation between the particles is taken into account in the model, and the transition from the uniform deposition to the coffee-ring pattern is established by altering the sticking probability parameter. The results of the simulation turn to be consistent with the experimental observation. The influence of the parameters, such as particle volumetric concentration and relative domain size, are studied.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Drying , Drops , Nanofluids



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