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Dynamics of viscous coalescing droplets in a saturated vapor phase
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The dynamics of two liquid droplets coalescing in their saturated vapor phase are investigated by Lattice Boltzmann numerical simulations. Attention is paid to the effect of the vapor phase on the formation and growth dynamics of the liquid bridge in the viscous regime. We observe that the onset of the coalescence occurs earlier and the expansion of the bridge initially proceeds faster when the coalescence takes place in a saturated vapor compared to the coalescence in a non-condensable gas. We argue that the initially faster evolution of the coalescence in the saturated vapor is caused by the vapor transport through condensation during the early stages of the coalescence.
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