Thin film flow on a vertically rotating disc of finite thickness partially immersed in a highly viscous liquid

Miah, Md Salim, Al-Assaf, Saphwan, Yang, Xiaogang and McMillan, A.J. (2016) Thin film flow on a vertically rotating disc of finite thickness partially immersed in a highly viscous liquid. Chemical Engineering Science, 143. pp. 226-239. ISSN 0009-2509

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The entrainment and flow of a thin film of liquid on a vertically rotating disc partially immersed in a liquid bath has been investigated experimentally and modelled numerically. The Volume of Fluid (VOF) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling approach has been employed to characterise the shape and stability of the thin film thickness profile. The thickness of the rotating disc plays a significant role in the thin film profile and this is confirmed through the comparison of simulation with the experimental results. Other factors determining the film thickness were identified as the rotational speed and the fluid viscosity where the film thickness profile increases with the increase of the rotational speed and also the viscosity. A correlation equation to predict the film thickness as a function of angular position, radius, rotating speed, viscosity and surface tension is proposed. The results given in this study specifically report on the thin film thickness variation with the angular direction and the film entrained into the liquid. In both the simulation and experimental results, it is noted that the film thickness stabilises following a rotation of 15° after drag out of the liquid, and remains so until 10° before being dragged back in.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Thin film, Rotating disc, Volume of Fluid, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Mathematical model, Laser scan
Divisions: Applied Science, Computing and Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Stewart Milne
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 13:14
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 13:58

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