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Atomization and Sprays

DOI: 10.1615/AtomizSpr.v20.i6.40
pages 525-552


Dancho Konstantinov
School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom
Richard Marsh
School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom
Phil J. Bowen
Cardiff School of Engineering, The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA, United Kingdom
Andrew Crayford
School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom


Effervescent atomization technology is a process employing the creation of a two-phase flow between a liquid fuel and an aerating gas. This technology is receiving renewed interest in the industrial energy field due to its applicability to alternative fuels. This paper presents a review of the principal governing parameters controlling the atomization characteristics of effervescent systems. Previous research in this field has developed a number of systematic parameters relating to the operation of effervescent atomizers but none are universally applicable, i.e., a thorough first-principles-based understanding of effervescent atomization has not yet been achieved. This paper reviews initial operating conditions (gas-to-liquid ratio, pressure drop), fluid properties (liquid viscosity, liquid surface tension, fuel type, atomizing gas molecular weight, non-Newtonian fluids), and geometric constraints (atomizer geometry, exit orifice geometry). There is considerable agreement among researchers with regard to most of these parameters. By contrast, geometric constraints have not been satisfactorily optimized. Recommendations based on experimental work do exist for most geometric constraints. These could, however, almost certainly be further optimized. Also included in this work is a thorough review of the experimental correlations required to develop effervescent atomization systems, including resultant spray characteristics, injector internal flow, and bubble energy.