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Experimental and numerical investigation of evaporation from line sources of water in low porosity surfaces

Kumar, Navneet and Arakeri, Jaywant H (2019) Experimental and numerical investigation of evaporation from line sources of water in low porosity surfaces. In: JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 569 . pp. 795-808.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.01.001


We report evaporation characteristics due to higher heating from above from surfaces having an array of line sources. The line sources are created by vertically stacked rectangular plates in a box with water. Two different types of plates were used. In one case line source or film thickness was 66 mu m and open area ratio was 4%, and in the second case film thickness was 28 mu m and 20% was the open area ratio. Even at the 4% open area ratio the evaporation rate was similar to 85% compared to a bare water surface, at the same heat flux. Lateral conduction of heat from the impervious hotter regions to the line sources and the 2-D nature of diffusion near these tiny line sources enhances the evaporative flux, owing to increase in the concentration gradient of water vapour, explains the high evaporation rate, observed in the present work. This system bridges the gap between the understanding of evaporation from bare water surfaces (1-D vapour diffusion) and leaf surfaces (3-D vapour diffusion). Evaporation rates for the fully saturated conditions are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions of Suzuki and Maeda (1968) and Schlunder (1988). The computed surface temperatures and its width-wise variation match well with the experimental values. We also propose a simple film model for the unsaturated condition of the porous medium and show that the temperature distribution obtained using this model is in reasonably good agreement with the measured values.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Keywords: Evaporation; Low open area surfaces; Line source; IR heating; Capillary film
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 11:40
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 11:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/61822

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