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Using MicroCT to Visualize Nanofluid Droplet Sorption Profiles in Unsaturated Porous Media

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Timothy Munuhe, Alexander LeBrun, Liang Zhu, Ronghui Ma

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD

Paper No. HT2016-7325, pp. V002T10A001; 6 pages
  • ASME 2016 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems; Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Manufacturing and Materials Processing; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology; Heat Transfer Under Extreme Conditions; Computational Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer Visualization Gallery; General Papers on Heat Transfer; Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Manufacturing and Materials Processing
  • Washington, DC, USA, July 10–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5033-6
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Liquid droplet sorption in unsaturated porous media is an important process for a wide range of applications. However, visualizing droplet sorption is difficult due to the opaque nature of porous media used in most of the applications. In this study, microCT is used to characterize the sorption profiles of single/multiple nanofuid droplets in PMMA powder beds. The microCT scan results reveal that the region of the powder bed saturated with nanofluid has a substantially higher gray scale value than that in the unsaturated region, thus enabling the visualization of the sorption profile. It also shows that nanoparticles enhance the visualization of the sorption profiles as they tend to accumulate and stay near the wetting front even after water evaporation.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME



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