Absorption in a Falling Thin Liquid Film at Low Reynolds Numbers

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Consider the absorption without chemical reaction of a gaseous species in a thin liquid film of a nonvolatile compound flowing vertically at low Reynolds numbers.

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The governing dimensionless equation is:

,

with the initial and boundary conditions

, ,

, ,

, ,

where is the concentration of compound , and and are the positions.

The Demonstration plots the solution for any value of in the interval . You can vary the values of as well as the number of Chebyshev collocation points, .

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Contributed by: Housam Binousand Brian G. Higgins (June 2013)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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In the discrete Chebyshev–Gauss–Lobatto case, the interior points are given by . These points are the extrema of the Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind, .

The Chebyshev derivative matrix at the quadrature points is an matrix given by

, , for , and for , , and ,

where for and .

The matrix is then used as follows: and , where is a vector formed by evaluating at , , and and are the approximations of and at the .

References

[1] P. Moin, Fundamentals of Engineering Numerical Analysis, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

[2] L. N. Trefethen, Spectral Methods in MATLAB, Philadelphia: SIAM, 2000.

[3] R. B. Bird, W. E. Stewart, and E. N. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, 2nd ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2002.



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