Wettability model considering three-phase interfacial energetics in particle method

Shungo Natsui, Rikio Soda, Tatsuya Kon, Shigeru Ueda, Junya Kano, Ryo Inoue, Tatsuro Ariyama

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Wettability of a solid by a liquid plays a key role in achieving the purpose of the process in moving bed-type reactors. In recent years, particle method has been proposed for the design of processes which include multiphase flows. Using this method, it is possible to analyze a free surface flow without explicitly tracking the interface. Although surface tension and wettability models using the particle method have already been proposed, the complexity of calculations of normal line and curvature of the surface particle has been pointed out as a problem. In this study, surface tension and wettability model were introduced in terms of interparticle potential, and theoretical and experimental verifications were performed for a 3-dimensional particle method which stabilizes the internal pressure distribution in fluids. The analytical solution for the droplet oscillation period by this method showed good agreement with the theoretical solution, and the surface tension between a gas and liquid could be calculated correctly. Because the difference in the number density of a liquid phase and solid phase becomes remarkable in a 3-dimensional space, a technique which corrects for this in particles at a three-phase interface was introduced. Time change in the droplet shape was compared with the experimental results by changing the droplet impact velocity to obtain agreement of the Weber number. It is considered possible to express the droplet shape correctly during rotating falling on a solid surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-670
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Contact angle
  • Droplet
  • Moving particle semi-implicit (MPS) method
  • Numerical analysis
  • Wettability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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