Date of Award
Open Access Master's Thesis
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)
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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
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Committee Member 2
Raymond A. Shaw
Droplet collision and impingement on a substrate are widely observed phenomenon in many applications like spray injection of Internal Combustion Engines. Existing Lagrangian models do not provide a comprehensive picture of the outcome of these events and may involve model constants requiring experimental data for validation. Physics based models like Volume of Fluid (VOF) method involve no parametric tuning and are more accurate. The aim of this thesis is to extend the basic VOF method with an evaporation sub-model including an additional vapor phase and implement this model in an open source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, OpenFOAM. The new model is applied to numerically study the evaporation of spherical n-heptane droplets impinging on a hot wall at atmospheric pressure and a temperature above the Leidenfrost temperature. The evaporation model is validated quantitatively and qualitatively with fundamental problems having analytical solutions and published results.
Potham, Sathya Prasad, "DEVELOPMENT OF AN EVAPORATION SUB-MODEL AND SIMULATION OF MULTIPLE DROPLET IMPINGEMENT IN VOLUME OF FLUID METHOD", Open Access Master's Thesis, Michigan Technological University, 2017.