The dynamics of rising oil-coated bubbles: experiments and simulations

Wang, Songcheng and Zhang, Yi and Meredith, J Carson and Behrens, Sven H and Tripathi, Manoj Kumar and Sahu, Kirti Chandra (2018) The dynamics of rising oil-coated bubbles: experiments and simulations. Soft Matter, 14 (14). pp. 2724-2734. ISSN 1744-683X

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Abstract

Air bubbles rising through an aqueous medium have been studied extensively and are routinely used for the separation of particulates via froth flotation, a key step in many industrial processes. Oil-coated bubbles can be more effective for separating hydrophilic particles with low affinity for the air–water interface, but the rise dynamics of oil-coated bubbles has not yet been explored. In the present work, we report the first systematic study of the shape and rise trajectory of bubbles engulfed in a layer of oil. Results from direct observation of the coated bubbles with a high-speed camera are compared to computer simulations and confirm a pronounced effect of the oil coat on the bubble dynamics. We consistently find that the oil-coated bubbles display a more spherical shape and straighter trajectory, yet slower rise than uncoated bubbles of comparable size. These characteristics may provide practical benefits for flotation separations with oil-coated bubbles.

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Sahu, Kirti Chandrahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-7357-1141
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Chemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 06:41
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 06:41
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/4558
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1039/C7SM01603D
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1744-683X/
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