(372f) A New Conformation Tensor Based Macroscopic Model for Emulsions at Finite Reynolds Numbers

Mwasame, P. M. - Presenter, University of Delaware
Wagner, N. J., University of Delaware
Beris, A., University Of Delaware
Multiphase flows are commonly encountered in numerous industrial processes. This work develops a new, thermodynamically consistent, conformation tensor based model that describes signature rheological features of emulsion droplets seen at finite Reynold number flows. The rheological behavior of emulsion droplets at Re<<1 has been well described previously using a contravariant conformation tensor, C, in the Maffetone and Minale (1998) model. This model describes the dynamics of droplets in dilute emulsions through a conformation tensor of constant determinant (det(C)=1) and employs the Gordon-Schowalter time derivative. Recently, there has been renewed interest in describing the rheological behavior of emulsions at finite Reynolds number. Li and Sarkar (2005) have carried out simulations of single droplets in shear flows at finite Reynolds number. Unlike zero Reynolds flows where the droplets are observed to orient in the flow direction, in the presence of inertia, the droplets orient increasingly in the velocity gradient direction. Furthermore, negative first normal stress differences and positive second normal stress differences are seen. The observation of negative first normal stress differences is also characterized by orientation of the major axis of the droplets at angles, θ, greater than 450 above the flow direction. The findings of Li and Sarkar (2005) have also been demonstrated using analytic calculations by Raja et al. (2010) who associate the emergence of negative first normal stresses to a critical Ohnesorge number. This dimensionless group describes the competing effect of viscous forces on one hand and inertia and interfacial forces on the other. The effect of this dimensionless group has not been described by a macroscopic model to the best our knowledge.

In this work, we describe the systematic development of an extended Maffetone-Minale model using the General Equation for Reversible Irreversible Coupling (GENERIC) revealing a new dissipative term in the time derivative leading to a new codeformational time derivative incorporating two parameters. In addition, the extended Maffetone Minale model also includes a stress tensor, defined self consistently from the GENERIC framework. The new time derivative includes an additional parameter beyond the non-affine parameter,ξ , typically associated with the Johnson-Segalman model for polymers. For specific values of the new parameter, ζ, the macroscopic model allows us to predict negative first normal stresses. Futhermore, the droplet morphology associated with the negative first normal stresses is oriented increasingly in the velocity gradient direction with θ>45o. Therefore, we are now able to parameterize the macroscopic model in terms of the Ohnesorge number allowing us to describe the effects of inertia on the droplet dynamics in the extended Maffetone Minale model and describe the results of Li and Sarkar (2005). Finally, by examining the asymptotic solutions of the extended Maffetone-Minale model, and comparing against analytic solutions by Raja et al. (2010) we are able to elucidate the role of the Ohnesorge number in controlling the onset of negative normal stresses associated with inertia.




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