Particle-depletion dynamics in axisymmetric thermocapillary flows
Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 6 August 2014
Revised: 16 February 2015
Published online: 8 April 2015
The removal of suspended particles from the interior of a thermocapillary liquid bridge via a finite-particle-size effect restricting the particle motion near the free surface is analyzed in the framework of a model flow. The particle depletion occurs on the same short time scale as does the particle accumulation in experiments. Furthermore, the time scale diverges in a similar manner for decreasing particle size. The dependence of the time scale for particle accumulation on the particle size is explained in terms of a diverging return time to the free surface for those finite-size particles which are subject to the particle-free surface-interaction.
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