Gravity effect on the locally heated liquid film driven by gas flow in an inclined minichannel

Y. O. Kabova, V. V. Kuznetsov, O. A. Kabov

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Thin nonisothermal liquid film flowing under action of gravity force and co-current gas flow, which create the tangential force on the gas-liquid interface, in an inclined minichannel is considered. 3D time dependant mathematical model has been developed. Effects of surface tension, temperature dependent viscosity and thermocapillarity are taken into account. The effect of gravity as well as the effect of gas speed has been studied to define main features of the film dynamics. In calculations vector of gravitational acceleration is oriented along the flow and is equal to the normal Earth gravity and Lunar gravity. Our investigations have shown that gravity has a significant effect on the film deformations. At the lower gravity conditions 3D liquid film pattern changes noticeably in spanwise direction and a middle stream between two main lateral waves appears. Also speed of film deformation is higher and stabilization time is longer. Variation of gas Reynolds number from 543 to 2000 does not change noticeably film pattern at normal gravity. At lower gravity conditions increasing of gas Reynolds number decreases significantly the width of the thermocapillary deformations and leads to a film stabilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
JournalMicrogravity Science and Technology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008


  • Local heating
  • Long-wave theory
  • Microgravity
  • Shear-driven liquid film
  • Thermocapillarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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