CIESC Journal ›› 2019, Vol. 70 ›› Issue (2): 634-645.doi: 10.11949/j.issn.0438-1157.20181213

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Numerical simulation of shear-thinning droplet impacting on randomly rough surfaces

XIA Hongtao, ZOU Siyu, XIAO Jie   

  1. Suzhou Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, Jiangsu, China
  • Received:2018-10-16 Revised:2018-12-28 Online:2019-02-05 Published:2019-04-03


The computational fluid dynamics phase field method was used to simulate the deposition process of single shear thinning non-Newtonian fluid droplets on a random rough surface. The analysis revealed the influence of random rough surface morphology on the movement state and equilibrium state of droplets. It was shown that, even on a smooth surface,under the same operating conditions,a shear-thinning droplet can demonstrate quite different impact behavior as compared with a Newtonian droplet. The shear-thinning property offers a much larger spreading ratio,and shorter time to reach equilibrium. The initial spreading phase is followed by a recoiling to equilibrium phase for the shear-thinning droplet,while the Newtonian droplet has a second spreading phase after the recoiling phase. On randomly rough surfaces,the maximum spreading ratio increases with the increase of either root-mean-square roughness(Rr)or Wenzel roughness parameter(Wr). With the same value of Wr,increasing Rr can lead to the decrease of the final spreading ratio,and slight decreases of equilibrium contact area and contact angle. With the same value of Rr,increasing Wr offers a faster deposition to reach an equilibrium state,and a linearly increased contact area.

Key words: randomly rough surface, droplet deposition, non-Newtonian fluids, gas-liquid two-phase flow, numerical simulation, coatings

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  • TQ02
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