Film Boiling on Vertical Surfaces

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N. V. Suryanarayana

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.

H. Merte

Heat Transfer Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

J. Heat Transfer 94(4), 377-384 (Nov 01, 1972) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3449955 History: Received March 22, 1971; Online August 11, 2010


Film boiling of a saturated liquid on a vertical surface is analyzed to determine the local heat-transfer rates as a function of height and heater-surface superheat. Experiments show that the laminar-flow model is inadequate. A turbulent-vapor-flow model is used, and the influence of the interfacial oscillations is incorporated on a semiempirical basis. Measurements of local film boiling were obtained with a transient technique using saturated liquid nitrogen.

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