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Localization and quantification of radical production in cavitating flows with luminol chemiluminescent reactions

  • Podbevšek, Darjan
  • Colombet, Damien
  • Ayela, Frédéric
  • Ledoux, Gilles
Publication Date
Jun 02, 2020
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Hydrodynamic cavitation experiments in microfluidic systems have been performed with an aqueous solution of luminol as the working fluid. In order to identify where and how much reactive radical species are formed by the violent bubble collapse, the resulting chemiluminescent oxidation reaction of luminol was scrutinized downstream of a constriction in the microchannel. An original method was developed in order to map the intensity of chemiluminescence emitted from the micro-flow, allowing us to localize the region where radicals are produced. Time averaged void fraction measurements performed by laser induced fluorescence experiments were also used to determine the cavitation cloud position. The combination of void fraction and chemiluminescence measurements demonstrated that the maximum chemiluminescent intensity area was found just downstream of the cavitation clouds. Furthermore, the radical yield can be obtained with our single photon counting technique. The maximum radical production rates of 1.2*10 7 OH/s and radical production per processed liquid volume of 2.15*10 10 HO • /l were observed. The proposed technique could be a quick, non-intrusive way to optimise hydrodynamic cavitation reactor design and operating parameters, leading to enhancements in wastewater treatments and other process intensifications.

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