Chemical Engineering Science, Vol.63, No.17, 4280-4284, 2008
Unsteady mass transfer around axisymmetric drops of revolution in variable diffusion coefficient liquids
Unsteady mass transfer in the continuous phase around axisymmetric drops of revolution at high Peclet numbers has been theoretically studied. The liquid is a binary system, having a variable diffusion coefficient, which depends on the solute concentration. The solution to the problem was obtained by extending the theory of Favelukis and Mudunuri, developed for a constant diffusion coefficient liquid. The procedure consists of transforming the differential mass balance, for a binary system, into a partial differential equation which has an analytical solution, and an ordinary differential equation that needs to be solved numerically. Solutions to a large number of problems can be immediately obtained with the only requirements being the shape of the drop, the tangential velocity at the surface of the drop and an expression for the variable diffusion coefficient liquid. An approximate analytical solution is also suggested which is in excellent agreement with the numerical results. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.