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Experimental analysis of thermo-physical processes in acoustically levitated heated droplets

Saha, Abhishek and Basu, Saptarshi and Suryanarayana, C and Kumar, Ranganathan (2010) Experimental analysis of thermo-physical processes in acoustically levitated heated droplets. In: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 53 (25-26). pp. 5663-5674.

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An experimental setup using radiative heating has been used to understand the thermo-physical phenomena and chemical transformations inside acoustically levitated cerium nitrate precursor droplets. In this transformation process, through infrared thermography and high speed imaging, events such as vaporization, precipitation and chemical reaction have been recorded at high temporal resolution, leading to nanoceria formation with a porous morphology. The cerium nitrate droplet undergoes phase and shape changes throughout the vaporization process. Four distinct stages were delineated during the entire vaporization process namely pure evaporation, evaporation with precipitate formation, chemical reaction with phase change and formation of final porous precipitate. The composition was examined using scanning and transmission electron microscopy that revealed nanostructures and confirmed highly porous morphology with trapped gas pockets. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high speed imaging of the final precipitate revealed the presence of trapped gases in the form of bubbles. TEM also showed the presence of nanoceria crystalline structures at 70 degrees C. The current study also looked into the effect of different heating powers on the process. At higher power, each phase is sustained for smaller duration and higher maximum temperature. In addition, the porosity of the final precipitate increased with power. A non-dimensional time scale is proposed to correlate the effect of laser intensity and vaporization rate of the solvent (water). The effect of acoustic levitation was also studied. Due to acoustic streaming, the solute selectively gets transported to the bottom portion of the droplet due to strong circulation, providing it rigidity and allows it become bowl shaped. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science
Keywords: Levitated droplet; Droplet vaporization; Acoustic streaming; Nanoceria
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2010 09:39
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2010 09:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/34322

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