Non-Newtonian flow effects on the coalescence and mixing of initially stationary droplets of shear-thinning fluids

Kai Sun, Tianyou Wang, Peng Zhang, Chung King Law

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations

Abstract

The coalescence of two initially stationary droplets of shear-thinning fluids in a gaseous environment is investigated numerically using the lattice Boltzmann method, with particular interest in non-Newtonian flow effects on the internal mixing subsequent to coalescence. Coalescence of equal-sized droplets, with one being Newtonian while the other is non-Newtonian, leads to the non-Newtonian droplet wrapping around the Newtonian one and hence minimal fine-scale mixing. For unequal-sized droplets, mixing is greatly promoted if both droplets are shear-thinning. When only one of the droplets is shear-thinning, the non-Newtonian effect from the smaller droplet is found to be significantly more effective than that from the larger droplet in facilitating internal jetlike mixing. Parametric study with the Carreau-Yasuda model indicates that the phenomena are universal to a wide range of shear-thinning fluids, given that the extent of shear thinning reaches a certain level, and the internal jet tends to be thicker and develops more rapidly with increasing extent of the shear-thinning effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023009
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume91
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 12 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Non-Newtonian flow effects on the coalescence and mixing of initially stationary droplets of shear-thinning fluids'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this