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Initial Laboratory Measurements of the Evaporation Rate of Droplets inside a Spray Cloud

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Transactions of the ASABE. 59(2): 487-493. (doi: 10.13031/trans.59.11543) @2016
Authors:   Milton E. Teske, Harold W. Thistle, Christopher M. Riley, Andrew J. Hewitt
Keywords:   AGDISP, Cloud effects, Droplets, Evaporation rate, Wet bulb temperature depression.

Abstract. This article calculates the evaporation rate of water droplets stacked on several threads, positioned downwind of one another. The measurement approach was used previously to determine the evaporation rate of isolated suspended droplets, on a single thread, for development of the Spray Drift Task Force (SDTF) droplet evaporation data base. Here, the effect of evaporating droplets upwind of other droplets is examined, recovering the effective evaporation rate of individual water droplets surrounded by other water droplets in a spray cloud. The results quantify the modified wet bulb temperature depression felt by the droplets within the cloud and are used to compare AGDISP model predictions with SDTF aerial deposition data.

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