The oil produced from offshore reservoirs normally contains considerable amount of water. The separation of water from oil is very crucial in petroleum industry. Studying the coalescence of two droplets or one droplet and interface can lead to better understanding of oil-water separation process. In this study, the coalescence of two droplets and droplet-interface are simulated using a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code FLUENT 14. In order to track the interface of two fluids, two approaches, Volume of Fluid (VOF) and Level-Set method were utilized. The results are compared with experimental measurements in literature and good agreement was observed. The effect of different parameters such as droplet velocities, interfacial tension, viscosity of the continuous phase and off-center collision on the coalescence time has been investigated. The results revealed that coalescence time decreases as the droplet velocities increase. Also, continuous phase with higher viscosities and lower water-oil interfacial tension, increase the coalescence time.
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Numerical Investigation of Droplet-Droplet Coalescence and Droplet-Interface Coalescence
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Mansouri, A, Arabnejad, H, & Mohan, RS. "Numerical Investigation of Droplet-Droplet Coalescence and Droplet-Interface Coalescence." Proceedings of the ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. Volume 1A, Symposia: Advances in Fluids Engineering Education; Turbomachinery Flow Predictions and Optimization; Applications in CFD; Bio-Inspired Fluid Mechanics; Droplet-Surface Interactions; CFD Verification and Validation; Development and Applications of Immersed Boundary Methods; DNS, LES, and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods. Chicago, Illinois, USA. August 3–7, 2014. V01AT05A006. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2014-21642
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