alexa Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Picture of Water Droplet Evaporation in Air
ISSN: 2168-9768

Irrigation & Drainage Systems Engineering
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Research Article

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Picture of Water Droplet Evaporation in Air

Giulio Lorenzini1, Alessandra Conti2 and Daniele De Wrachien3*

1University of Parma, Department of Industrial Engineering, viale G.P. Usberti no.181/A, Parma 43124, Italy

2Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Department of Energetic Nuclear and Environmental Control Engineering, viale Risorgimento no. 2, Bologna 40136, Italy

3Department of Agricultural Hydraulics, University of Milan, via Celoria no.2, Milan 20133, Italy

*Corresponding Author:
Daniele De Wrachien
University of Milan
Department of Agricultural Hydraulics
via Celoria no.2, Milan 20133, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]

Received December 05, 2011; Accepted February 03, 2012; Published February 08, 2012

Citation: Lorenzini G, Conti A, De Wrachien D (2012) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Picture of Water Droplet Evaporation in Air. Irrigat Drain Sys Engg 1:101. doi:10.4172/2168-9768.1000101

Copyright: © 2012 Lorenzini G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The study of droplet evaporation is applied to many and varied fields: the present approach is oriented to sprinkler irrigation. This paper examines a parametric study on the evaporation in air of a single droplet, with the aim of highlighting the influence of each parameter alone on the evaporative process. Four parameters are investigated:air temperature, droplet initial velocity, droplet initial diameter, diffusion coefficient of vapour in air. Droplet evaporation is studied through numerical-CFD simulation employing STAR-CCM+ version 5.04.012 software, which treats the evaporative phenomenon hypothesizing quasi-steady conditions, given the interface low liquid-gas vapour concentration gradients. The results are provided as time- and space-dependent in-percentage evaporation rates, the latter ones after defining a specific distance, from the injection point, to be covered. Apart from a qualitatively predictable effect of air temperature and diffusion coefficient of vapour in air, droplet initial velocity and above all droplet initial diameter prove not at all to be negligible when managing an irrigation process, the latter being inversely proportional to droplet mass evaporation. These results prove that droplet evaporation is a complicate fluid dynamic effect and cannot be simply regarded as a diffusive process. The final discussion provides some practical remarks useful to irrigation operators.


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