Natural and Marangoni convection in partially miscible liquid systems

R. Savino, C. Piccolo, M. Lappa, L. Carotenuto

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Abstract

This article deals with laboratory experiments and numerical simulations of convection and dissolution phenomena in partially miscible liquids. Transparent organic liquids (cyclohexane and methanol) are considered as a model system to study problems occurring during solidification of metal alloys with a miscibility gap. Non-invasive optical techniques are used to study stable and unstable convective solutal plumes, that are produced at the tip of a liquid droplet dissolving in a non- isothermal partially miscible liquid. Numerical simulations explain the observed behaviour and capture additional insights into the physics of the phenomenon, following from a delicate balance between counteracting buoyancy and surface tension- driven flows.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-96
Number of pages8
JournalActa Astronautica
Volume57
Issue number2-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2005

Keywords

  • Marangoni convection
  • numerical simulations
  • dissolution phenomena
  • partially miscible liquids

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