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Production of monodisperse microbubbles avoiding microfluidics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 May 2018

Enrique S. Quintero
Affiliation:
Área de Mecánica de Fluidos, Departamento de Ingenería Aeroespacial y Mecánica de Fluidos, Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida de los Descubrimientos s/n 41092, Sevilla, Spain
A. Evangelio
Affiliation:
Área de Mecánica de Fluidos, Departamento de Ingenería Aeroespacial y Mecánica de Fluidos, Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida de los Descubrimientos s/n 41092, Sevilla, Spain
J. M. Gordillo*
Affiliation:
Área de Mecánica de Fluidos, Departamento de Ingenería Aeroespacial y Mecánica de Fluidos, Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida de los Descubrimientos s/n 41092, Sevilla, Spain
*
Email address for correspondence: jgordill@us.es

Abstract

Here we report the production of monodisperse microbubbles by taking advantage of the large values of both the pressure gradients and of the local velocities existing at the leading edge of airfoils in relative motion with a liquid. It is shown here that the scaling laws for the bubbling frequencies and the bubble diameters are identical to those found in microfluidics. Therefore, the metre-sized geometry presented here is a feasible candidate to circumvent the inherent problems of using micron-sized geometries in real applications – namely, wettability, the low productivity and the clogging of the microchannels by particles or other impurities.

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JFM Rapids
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© 2018 Cambridge University Press 

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