Cleaning by impinging liquid jets : scabs and blisters

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Cleaning by impinging liquid jets : scabs and blisters

  • Event time: 1:00pm until 2:00pm
  • Event date: 24th January 2022
  • Speaker: (University of Cambridge)
  • Location: Zoom - see email invite.

Event details

The use of cylindrical liquid jets to clean layers of soil or residual material from walls and other surfaces is widespread in industry and other sectors. This represents a complex coupled flow problem, involving the free surface flow of a Newtonian liquid (usually water) and the deformation of a soft solid layer, often with poorly defined rheology. We have developed simple models to quantify the observed rate of removal and predict the performance of tank cleaning devices. Two applications are presented. In the first I will describe how the models can explain the observations of Kaye et al. (1995), which may be one of the rare occasions when a chemical engineer explains physicists’ data. In the second, more open-ended case for discussion, I will present recent results on what happens when a jet impinges on a thick layer of a soft-solid.

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