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Mechanism of mass transfer between a bubble initially composed of oxygen and molten glass. (English) Zbl 1211.80024
Summary: The bubble removal from molten glass is an important problem in glass melting process. In this paper, the mass transfer undergone by a bubble rising in molten glass is studied, the multicomponent feature being taken into account. In order to identify the time scaling of the bubble shrinkage, a careful dimension analysis is performed.
A characteristic time to describe the mass transfer for each gaseous species in a bubble is introduced with an alternative expression of the permeability. This new permeability has the dimension of a diffusion coefficient, which is useful to compare to other transport phenomena. From the physical data known for soda-lime-silica glasses, a fast equilibrium state of water between a bubble and molten glass is determined. The opposite situation is observed for nitrogen.
Experimental results giving the bubble size versus time with a dimensionless form leads to a good match at short time whatever the glass nature and the temperature. Finally, a simple equation to determine bubble size as a function of time is given, based on the dimension analysis previously established.

MSC:
80A20 Heat and mass transfer, heat flow (MSC2010)
76T10 Liquid-gas two-phase flows, bubbly flows
76V05 Reaction effects in flows
80-05 Experimental work for problems pertaining to classical thermodynamics
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