Stability of rivulets - Experiments and simulations

Rivulets are thin streams of fluid flowing down inclined surfaces. Their dynamics and stability is of industrial relevance to  processes such as distillation and absorption [1]. The project involves conducting experiments on rivulet flow with a Ph.D. student and learning to do CFD simulations for studying rivulets [2,3,4,5]. If you have interest in doing experiments and CFD simulations, the project will be interesting. The experimental setup already exists. 


1. Hysteresis in stable rivulet flows, Chem. Engg. Comm. Nawrocki & Chuang, 1995, vol. 132.

2. On the stability of rivulet flow, Schmuki & Lasso, 1995, J. Fluid Mech., vol. 215.

3. Morphology of a stream flowing down an inclined plane. Part 1. Braiding, Mertens et al, 2005, J. Fluid Mech., vol. 531.

4. Morphology of a stream flowing down an inclined plane. Part 2. Meandering, Birnir et al, 2008, J. Fluid Mech., vol. 607.

5. Navier–Stokes solutions for parallel flow in rivulets on an inclined plane, 2004, J. Fluid Mech., vol. 507.