Research into Multi-scale Examination of MultiPHase physIcs in flowS (MEMPHIS)

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Velocity field after coalescence of water droplet on an oil-water interface

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Droplet dynamics in stratifying horizontal gas-liquid flow

17 Jul 2017
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This year, as the final year of Multi-scale Examination of MultiPHase physIcs in flowS (MEMPHIS), we celebrate and showcase our success from the past 4-5 years. The showcase will be held at Imperial College and will feature presentations by industrialists (P&G and BP) and academics / researchers (from ICL, UoB, UoN, and UCL), and cover the remarkable output from the MEMPHIS Programme and the technical innovations it has generated for industry. Although some advances have been made in the numerical methods used to simulate multiphase flows, there remains a large gap between what is achievable computationally and ‘real-life’ systems; the  [ Read More ]

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3 Jul 2017

  There has been much interest in understanding flows inside an open and fixed vertical cylindrical tank, driven by the rotating impeller  when the top is a free surface. We implemented a new module of moving solid object in the code BLUE able to simulate fluid structure interaction. Several types of motion and also different shapes of object could occur. The figure above shows an example of a rotating impeller entraining a free surface (air-water) deformation. The impeller contains 4 blades and it rotates anticlockwise (pumping down configuration) . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGZUZJ625Ms&feature=youtu.be  

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29 Jun 2017

Results on drop coalescence and mixing have been presented at two international conferences. 1. Drops coalescence and mixing in microchannel by N.M.Kovalchuk, E. Nowak, Z.Schofield, D. Vigolo, and M.J.H. Simmons was presented at 9th International Symposium on Mixing in Industrial processes in Birmingham, UK Abstract Emulsification is a process which enables a high level of homogeneity to be obtained in the mixing of immiscible liquids.  In most cases emulsification occurs under conditions of high shear stress, which can also bring dispersed drops together and facilitate their coalescence.  The average size of drops in the emulsion and the drop size distribution  [ Read More ]

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27 Jun 2017

A paper has been accepted and will be presented on 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Barcelona, October 2017.   An experimental study of a falling liquid film in a vertical pipe Abbas HASAN1, Barry AZZOPARDI1, Buddhika HEWAKANDAMBY1, Shara K. MOHAMMED1, Yousuf ALAUFI1  1 Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, NG72RD,UK Abstract The majority of the experimental and theoretical studies in literature on the falling liquid film focus on either small diameter pipes or flat plates. Almost, all these studies provide time series data of the film thickness at a single point on the pipe wall. In this  [ Read More ]

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26 Jun 2017

Talks were given by UCL at ExHFT-9, Iguazu Falls, Brazil and at 53rd-ETPFGM, Gdanks, Poland. List of talks are as below: 1) Plug flow of shear-thinning liquids in microchannels Evita Roumpea, Maxime Chinaud, Panagiota Angeli ExHFT-9, Iguazu Falls, Brazil   2) Laser induced fluorescence studies of unstable liquid-liquid flows Victor Volgaropoulos, Kyeong Hyeon Park, Panagiota Angeli ExHFT-9, Iguazu Falls, Brazil   3) Effect of surfactants and polymers on drop coalescence Maxime Chinaud, Victor Volgaropoulos, Panagiota Angeli 53rd-ETPFGM, Gdanks, Poland   4) Actuation of flow pattern transitions in oil-water flows Kyeong Hyeon Park, Maxime Chinaud, Panagiota Angeli 53rd-ETPFGM, Gdanks, Poland  

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14 Jun 2017

This year, as the final year of Multi-scale Examination of MultiPHase physIcs in flowS (Memphis), we celebrate and showcase our success from the past 4-5 years. The showcase will be held at Imperial College and will feature presentations by industrialists (P&G and BP) and academics / researchers (from ICL, UoB, UoN, and UCL) and cover the remarkable output from the Memphis Programme and the technical innovations it has generated for industry. Although some advances have been made in the numerical methods used to simulate multiphase flows, there remains a large gap between what is achievable computationally and ‘real-life’ systems; the  [ Read More ]

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24 May 2017
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It is with great sadness we inform you that Prof Barry Azzopardi passed away on Monday morning the 22nd May after his long illness and battle with cancer. Throughout his battle, Barry continued to work with and support the MEMPHIS Programme. He is in our thoughts and will be greatly missed.         https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/people/barry.azzopardi   Please email Helen Giberson (helen.giberson@nottingham.ac.uk) or David Large (david.large@nottingham.ac.uk) for details of the funeral

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9 May 2017

Paper “Experimental Investigations of Non-Newtonian/Newtonian Liquid-Liquid Flows in microchannels” has been published in AiChE Journal Evangelia Roumpea, Maxime Chinaud, Panagiota Angeli   Abstract The plug flow of a non-Newtonian and a Newtonian liquid was experimentally investigated in a quartz microchannel (200-µm internal diameter). Two aqueous glycerol solutions containing xanthan gum at 1000 and 2000 ppm were the non-Newtonian fluids and 0.0046 Pa s silicone oil was the Newtonian phase forming the dispersed plugs. Two-color particle image velocimetry was used to obtain the hydrodynamic characteristics and the velocity profiles in both phases under different fluid flow rates. The experimental results revealed  [ Read More ]

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8 May 2017

The interfacial wave structure of the liquid phase in both upwards and downwards gas-liquid flows in an 11.7 mm pipe were investigated using the Brightness Based Laser Induced Fluorescence technique (BBLIF). Due to the versatility of the BBLIF technique, film thickness measurements were carried out over different axial locations covering a measurement area with very high spatial and temporal resolution. More specifically this comprises of measurements obtained between 330-430 mm from the inlet (between 28 to 37 z/D), where the flow is close to a fully developed condition. As extensively reported in literature, increasing the gas superficial velocity results in  [ Read More ]

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4 May 2017

Microfluidic devices occur in a large variety of applications in chemical, medical and pharmaceutical process such as inkjet printing, DNA chips, lab-on-a-chip technology, micro-propulsion and droplet-based microfluidics. Due to the small size of these microchannel, the flow is dominated by the viscous and interfacial forces more than inertial and gravity forces.   We examine drop, pancake, plug and jet formation of immiscible liquids in a cross-shaped microchannel with direct numerical simulations using the new solver, BLUE, for massively parallel simulations of fully three-dimensional multiphase flows in complex solid geometries. The figure above shows an experimental flow pattern map with few  [ Read More ]

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