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Hydrodynamic structures of droplets in square micro-channels

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This paper reports on numerical simulations of the hydrodynamics inside droplets in rectangular micro-channels. We use a finite-volume/front-capturing method that allows us to perform two- and three-dimensional simulations with a reasonable cost. The numerical method is an interface-capturing technique without any interface reconstruction. Therefore no complex or expensive interface tracking is needed. Droplet interface deformation and velocity fields inside both droplets and continuous phase can then be followed. This study leads to important results about droplet deformation and inner streamlines for mass and heat transfer studies. More particularly, the capillary number seems to have a great influence on the liquid/liquid flow hydrodynamics whatever is the channel width.
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hal-03579901 , version 1 (18-02-2022)

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Flavie Sarrazin, Thomas Bonometti, Laurent Prat, Christophe Gourdon, Jacques Magnaudet. Hydrodynamic structures of droplets in square micro-channels. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 2008, 5 (1), pp.131-137. ⟨10.1007/s10404-007-0233-9⟩. ⟨hal-03579901⟩
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