A theoretical study of polydisperse liquid sprays in a shear-layer flow Academic Article uri icon


  • A shear layer formed by two unidirectional gas streams of different velocities with a multisize (polydisperse) spray of evaporating droplets suspended in one of the gas streams is considered here. Similarity solutions are presented for the evolution in droplet size distributions across the shear layer and the effects of various initial droplet size distributions on the profiles of vapor concentrations are examined. A qualitative comparison between the present results for typical computed total mass distributions of the liquid phase and experimental data reported by Lazaro and Lasheras [Phys. Fluids A 1, 1035 (1989); Proceedingsofthe 22ndSymposium (International) onCombustion (The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, 1988), pp. 1991–1998; J. Fluid Mech. 235, 143 (1992)] shows strong similarity between the two sets of profiles. This supports the assumptions and boundary conditions employed in the present theoretical study. The general behavior of the theoretical SMD (Sauter mean diameter) distribution of the spray across the shear layer also compares well with the reported experimental results of Lazaro and Lasheras.

publication date

  • January 1, 1993