Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Coal, Biomass, and Alternative Fuels

A Numerical Study of Ethanol–Water Droplet Evaporation

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Giandomenico Lupo

Department of Mechanics,
KTH Royal Institute of Technology,
Stockholm SE-100 44, Sweden
e-mail: gianlupo@mech.kth.se

Christophe Duwig

Department of Mechanics,
KTH Royal Institute of Technology,
Stockholm SE-100 44, Sweden

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Coal, Biomass and Alternate Fuels Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Manuscript received July 7, 2017; final manuscript received July 12, 2017; published online October 3, 2017. Editor: David Wisler.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 140(2), 021401 (Oct 03, 2017) (9 pages) Paper No: GTP-17-1317; doi: 10.1115/1.4037753 History: Received July 07, 2017; Revised July 12, 2017

The present effort focuses on detailed numerical modeling of the evaporation of an ethanol–water droplet. The model intends to capture all relevant details of the process: it includes species and heat transport in the liquid and gas phases, and detailed thermophysical and transport properties, varying with both temperature and composition. Special attention is reserved to the composition range near and below the ethanol/water azeotrope point at ambient pressure. For this case, a significant fraction of the droplet lifetime exhibits evaporation dynamics similar to those of a pure droplet. The results are analyzed, and model simplifications are examined. In particular, the assumptions of constant liquid properties, homogeneous liquid phase composition and no differential volatility may not be valid depending on the initial droplet temperature.

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Sketch of the problem

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Fig. 2

Profiles in the liquid and gas phase

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Fig. 3

Time evolution of the normalized droplet surface area for a pure n-heptane droplet

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Time evolution of the normalized surface area, surface temperature and surface composition of a binary n-heptane–n-decane droplet

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Time evolution of the normalized droplet surface area for the ethanol–water droplet

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Time evolution of surface temperature, surface composition and mean composition for the ethanol–water droplet

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Time evolution of surface ethanol gas mole fraction and fractional evaporation rate for the ethanol–water droplet

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Contributions to the surface rate of change

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Time evolution of surface temperature and ethanol evaporation rate. Comparison between full and simplified model.



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