Explosion Breakdown of Drops of Emulsions of Water with Petroleum Products as a Result of Their Intensive Heating

D. V. Antonov, I. S. Voitkov, R. S. Volkov, O. V. Vysokomornaya

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The conditions and characteristics of intensive evaporation of very inhomogeneous drops of emulsions of water with petroleum products (gasoline, kerosene, residual oil, heavy crude, transformer oil, turbine oil) were experimentally investigated at relative volume concentrations of these products in emulsions varying in the wide range from 10 to 70% corresponding to a large number of high-temperature (1100 K) processes occurring with gas and vapor drops, such as the heat and flame purifications of water and the production of a synthetic gas from fuel emulsions and suspensions based on water. The conditions of explosion breakdown of emulsion drops in the process of their heating have been determined. Three regimes of breakdown of emulsion drops, differing in the number of small droplets formed and in their surface area, were separated. Proposals were made on the mechanisms of the physical processes leading to the transformation of the surface of emulsion drops and their explosion breakdown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-408
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019



  • emulsion
  • explosion breakdown
  • inhomogeneous drop
  • intensive vaporization
  • petroleum products
  • water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Engineering(all)

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