Lateral motion and interaction of gas bubbles growing over spherical and plate heaters
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This work investigates the motion of CO2 bubbles emerging in n-heptane when a heat pulse given to a submerged heater creates local supersaturation. The ensuing slow diffusion-induced bubble expansion makes bubble motion easy to observe. The low gravity environment of a parabolic flight allows bubbles to reach large sizes without departing from the heater while retaining their spherical shape. A fast lateral displacement of single bubbles has often been noticed on two type of heaters. In cases where many bubbles grow adjacent to each other, they soon start to interact. Phenomena such as bubbles clustering, coalescence and lift-off from the heater of a large bubble induced by neighboring small ones, have been repeatedly observed. An interesting thermocapillary attraction has also been noticed between bubbles adhering to the heater and others free-floating in the nearby liquid.
KeywordsLarge Bubble Heat Pulse Microgravity Condition Plate Heater Parabolic Flight
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