Wall effects on the thermocapillary migration of single gas bubbles in stagnant liquids

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  • Authors:
  • Yousuf Alhendal
  • Ali Turan
  • Abdulrahim Kalendar


In this paper, the governing continuum conservation equations for two-phase flow are solved using the commercial software package (Ansys-Fluent 1) to investigate the thermocapillary movement of a single bubble in stagnant liquid under zero-gravity condition. The current results show that different temperature gradients lead to different bubble migration velocities, and bubble migration velocity varies linearly with the temperature gradient for the given conditions. Furthermore the inside column diameter was found to have a significant influence on the thermocapillary migration of the bubble. Calculation were made in columns with inside diameters Dr 15, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 mm. Reduction on bubble migration velocity only occurred when the ratio of the bubble diameter to the column diameter, db/Dr, is greater than 0.267 due to column wall effect. On the other hand, the influence of the column diameter on the rise velocity is negligible when db/Dr is equal to or smaller than 0.267. No bubble shape deformation were observed and the bubble were spherical in shape for all column width. Present investigation of the shape and trajectory of bubble motion driven by surface tension-gradient in different column width is a new area of study and aims to support research into space applications which can help to determine the new migration time and speed.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer: Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Early online date1 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016