Emulsion Flow Analysis of a Sensor Probe for Sustainable Machine Operation
AbstractWorking fluids possess several applications in manufacturing processes, for instance lubricants in metals machining. Typical metal working fluids are formulated as oil-in-water emulsions. The maintenance of the physical stability of the working fluid during operation is a key factor for the sustainability of the relevant process. Therefore, continuous control of the working fluids stability and performance during machine operation is an essential tool for maintenance of the process performance. Turbidity measurement (TM) is a process technique for emulsion stability and quality assessment, where light transmission and absorption of an emulsion system is analyzed. However, for in-process measurement and fluid quality detection during the machine operation by TM, it is necessary to implement a transmission inline sensor into the working fluid flow line. The continuous flow measurement may cause problems for long-term sensor operation regarding, e.g., biofouling of the sensor optical glasses or erroneous measurements due to emulsion droplets segregation effects. In the present investigation, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations have been adapted to obtain the emulsion flow conditions within a typical TM sensor probe, thereby allowing an assessment of the adhesion probability of microorganisms as well as droplet segregation effects. The simulation results indicate some temporal changes of the dispersed phase concentration in the detected emulsion flow. Due to droplet segregation in the emulsion, the flow velocity needs to exceed a certain value for reliable operation. It is shown here that in this flow regime microbiological attachments on the probe surfaces may be sufficiently avoided. A minimum critical flow velocity is derived to avoid biomolecule adhesion and thus durable operation of the sensor. View Full-Text
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Sander, S.; Glasse, B.; Grosche, L.; De Paiva, J.L.; Guardani, R.; Fritsching, U. Emulsion Flow Analysis of a Sensor Probe for Sustainable Machine Operation. Fluids 2017, 2, 9.
Sander S, Glasse B, Grosche L, De Paiva JL, Guardani R, Fritsching U. Emulsion Flow Analysis of a Sensor Probe for Sustainable Machine Operation. Fluids. 2017; 2(1):9.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sander, Sören; Glasse, Benjamin; Grosche, Lucas; De Paiva, Jose L.; Guardani, Roberto; Fritsching, Udo. 2017. "Emulsion Flow Analysis of a Sensor Probe for Sustainable Machine Operation." Fluids 2, no. 1: 9.
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