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Large wave characteristics and their downstream evolution at high Reynolds number falling films

Authors

  • Margaritis Kostoglou,

    1. Div. of Chemical Technology, Dept. of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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  • Konstantinos Samaras,

    1. Div. of Chemical Technology, Dept. of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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  • Thodoris D. Karapantsios

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    1. Div. of Chemical Technology, Dept. of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
    • Div. of Chemical Technology, Dept. of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Abstract

There are many open questions regarding the evolution of waves, especially for the case of turbulent films. To resolve the complexity in modeling wavy turbulent films, more information needs to be derived from experimental data. On this account, a new way is proposed herein to analyze experimental film thickness traces, replacing the usual statistical analysis. Large waves are identified in experimental traces, and their shape is described by approximation with a few parameters curve. The probability density functions of these parameters are identified and the whole procedure can be considered as a compression method of the information content of experimental data series. By comparing results at several downstream locations, information on the evolution of waves along the flow is derived. This information indicates a 3D character of the flow, customary neglected in modeling efforts. In addition, the current results can be used for the numerical reconstruction of experimental film thickness traces. © 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2009

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