Study of evaporative convection in an open cavity under shear stress flow

Carlo S. Iorio, Olga Goncharova, Oleg A. Kabov

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When a layer of volatile liquid is exposed to a shear flow of inert gas, thermal patterns, in the form of interfacial ripples and bulk plumes, are created by the combined action of evaporative, shear-driven and surface-tension-driven instabilities. The topology of the interfacial thermal patterns is mainly influenced by the geometry of the evaporating surface, the thickness of the evaporating layer, the intensity of the shear flow and by the physic-chemical properties of the working fluid. In this paper, by means of numerical simulations, we focused our attention on the dynamics of the interfacial thermal patterns for different working fluids and thicknesses of the volatile liquid layer. This study has been performed in the frame of the ESA sponsored Space Program on heat and mass transfer CIMEX-1. The choice of the fluids-ethyl alcohol and FC72 (n-perfluorohexane)-the reference values for the inert gas flow rate, the thickness of the liquid layer as well as the geometrical features of the computational domain correspond exactly to the ones foreseen for the CIMEX-1 experiment. However, the main conclusions can be considered of more general validity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMicrogravity Science and Technology
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


  • Convection
  • Evaporative convection
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Thermal instability
  • Thermo-capillary convection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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