Abstract

Motion of liquid pouring from a beverage can is numerically studied. A liquid is poured from a can which is rotated at a prescribed angular speed. The flow is simulated by solving the unsteady three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations. An experiment under the same condition is also carried out to validate the computational result. The result shows that, when the can is tipped, the liquid flows over the lid of the can and is once obstructed by the rim of the lid. The numerical result is in good agreement with the experimental result. The effect of condensation formed on a can surface is also considered. The effect of condensation is taken into account by adjusting a contact angle. The liquid pouring from a can trickles down along the can body. The computation reproduces these experimental observations.

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