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Simulation Bubble Nucleation and Bubble Growth of a Thermal-Bubble Microejector

Z. Hongwei[1] and A.M. Gué[1]
[1]Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture de Systèmes, Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

The present study investigates simulation model and droplet ejection performance of a thermal-bubble microejector. This model simulates the bubble nucleation and the bubble growth, to predict the droplet ejection process. Specificity, it is achieved by coupling an electric-thermal model and flow model with bubble dynamics equations. The model is validated by comparing prediction results with experimental data. Moreover, the nucleation mechanisms, nucleation temperature and nucleation rate also are studied.