8th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC)
DYNAMIC SPREADING AND INFILTRATION OF A MOLTEN SAND DROPLET ON A POROUS SURFACE
Compared to smooth surfaces, droplet spreading on porous surfaces is more complex and has relevance in many engineering applications. In this work, we investigate the infiltration dynamics of molten sand droplets on structured porous surfaces using the multiphase many-body dissipative particle dynamics (mDPD) method. We carry out three-dimensional simulations with different equilibrium contact angles and surface porosities. The temporal evolution of the radius of the wetted area follows a power law, as in the case of a smooth surface. The infiltration rate on the other hand is dictated by the competition between spreading and capillary imbibition of the pores. Additionally, the temporal evolution of the droplet height and the contact angle on the porous surface is also presented.