Experiment on the breakup of impinging droplets on a hot surface

Y. S. Ko*, S. H. Chung

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Breakup characteristics of liquid droplets impinging on a hot surface are investigated experimentally with the wall temperatures in the Leidenfrost temperature range of 220-330°C for n-decane fuel. Factors influencing droplet breakup are wall temperature, impinging velocity, droplet diameter and impinging angle. The 50% breakup probability shows that the impinging velocity decreases linearly with the droplet diameter increase and there exists an optimum impinging angle near 80° having the minimum value in the impinging velocity for given wall temperature and droplet size. Near the wall temperature of 250°C corresponding to the Leidenfrost temperature, a peculiar nonlinear behavior in the breakup probability is observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials


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