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(172f) On the Filling Rate of a Liquid Bridge Between Wet Particles


Radl, S. - Presenter, Graz University of Technology
Sundaresan, S., Princeton University
Khinast, J. G., Graz University of Technology

While previous research in the area of wet granular flows mainly focused
on forces connected to liquid bridges, there is much less theory concerned with
the process of liquid transfer upon particle-particle or particle-wall
collision. For example, to study the liquid transfer upon bridge rupture,
solution of the Navier-Stokes equation (i.e., direct numerical simulations,
DNS), or solution based on a quasi-static approximation of the bridge shape can
be used  [1,2].
For this second stage of the liquid transfer (i.e., liquid bridge rupture),
models are already available in literature [3]. However, for the initial fast
process of bridge filling, little is known about the rate with which liquid
drains into the meniscus.

We study the drainage process of free liquid at the surface of two wet
particles using (i) DNS (see Figure), as well as (ii)
solution of the film height equation. The latter approach neglects the fluid's
inertia, and is based on a fixed shape of the velocity profile across the film
height. By scanning a large parameter space using DNS, we parameterize a
dynamic model for the bridge volume during filling. This model assumes that the
particles' relative motion has no effect on the filling rate. Finally, we present
results of DNS of moving liquid coated particles to illustrate the effect of a
finite Stokes number on the filling process.


[1]       P.
Darabi, T. Li, K. Pougatch,
M. Salcudean, D. Grecov,
Modeling the evolution and rupture of stretching pendular
liquid bridges, Chemical Engineering Science. 65 (2010) 4472?4483.

[2]       S.
Dodds, M. Carvalho, S.
Kumar, Stretching liquid bridges with moving contact lines: The role of
inertia, Physics of Fluids. 23 (2011) 092101.

[3]       D.
Shi, J.J. McCarthy, Numerical simulation of liquid transfer between particles,
Powder Technology. 184 (2008) 64?75.


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