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Investigation of EHD-Enhanced Water Evaporation and a Novel Empirical Model

  • De-Jiang Zheng , Yong-Qiang Cheng , Hong-Jiang Liu and Li-Te Li

This paper investigates the relationship between the enhanced evaporation rate by electric field, applied voltage (U) and electrode gap (d) in electrohydrodynamics-enhanced water evaporation. The electric fields produced by a single point-to-plane electrode configuration are used. In our experiments, the enhanced evaporation rate by electric field has shown increasing linearly with the U/d ratio. As regard the evaporation rate distribution on the plane electrode, the maximum evaporation rate is observed at the center of the plane (i.e., directly under the point electrode), and significantly decreased while the radial distance (i.e., radial distance from the point electrode centerline) increases. The evaporation rate is inversely proportional to the radial distance. A novel empirical model based on the dependence relation between the evaporation rate, U/d ratio and radial distance was developed. The model and the experimental results agree well.

Published Online: 2011-3-4

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