Transient Droplet Heating at High Peclet Number

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H. A. Dwyer

University of California, Davis, Calif.

R. J. Kee, P. K. Barr, B. R. Sanders

Sandia Laboratories, Livermore, Calif.

J. Fluids Eng 105(1), 83-88 (Mar 01, 1983) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3240947 History: Received January 21, 1982; Online October 26, 2009


The transient heating of a spherical liquid particle at high Peclet number has been calculated with the use of adaptive grids for low Reynolds numbers. The use of adaptive grids greatly enhances the efficiency of the calculations and allows for the large Peclet numbers to be studied. The results of the calculations show that the transient period of internal isotherm redistribution represents a significant part of the droplet total heating. Even for the Pe = 1600 case, the initial heating period caused more than 50 percent of particle heating, and the asymptotic heating results cannot be used with good accuracy. The methods employed in the study have great potential, and will be applied to unsteady droplet evaporization and burning in future studies.

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