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Taylor bubble formation and flowing in a straight millimetric channel with a cross-junction inlet geometry Part I: Bubble dynamics

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The investigations of bubble formation dynamics at a cross-junction in a straight milli-channel were reported. The bubble formation process could be divided into the filling and squeezing stages, and their frequencies were compared at various conditions. It was found that the filling and squeezing frequencies were controlled mainly by the gas and liquid superficial velocities, respectively. The bubble formation frequencies could be related to the gas-liquid superficial velocity ratios, the liquid superficial velocities, and the bubble length. The bubble formation process was then analyzed considering the length of the gas finger right after the bubble pinch-off. Two patterns were identified depending on whether the pinch-off occurred inside of the cross-junction or not. The transition between these two patterns was described by a critical liquid Capillary number. Furthermore, the squeezing and dripping patterns were distinguished as the gas finger could fully block the channel or not. The transitions between the bubble formation patterns were determined by the gas Weber number and liquid Capillary number. Finally, the bubble length, the liquid slug length, and the bubble length normalized by the unit cell length could all be predicted based on the gas-liquid superficial velocity ratios eta(0).
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hal-03643444 , version 1 (15-04-2022)

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Mei Mei, Claude Le Men, Karine Loubière, Gilles Hébrard, N. Dietrich. Taylor bubble formation and flowing in a straight millimetric channel with a cross-junction inlet geometry Part I: Bubble dynamics. Chemical Engineering Science, 2022, 255, pp.117609. ⟨10.1016/j.ces.2022.117609⟩. ⟨hal-03643444⟩
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