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A Theoretical Study of Dropwise Condensation

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Hiroaki Tanaka

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113, Japan

J. Heat Transfer 97(1), 72-78 (Feb 01, 1975) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450291 History: Received June 10, 1974; Online August 11, 2010

Abstract

The so-called steady dropwise condensation consists of the transient dropwise condensation occurring repeatedly from place to place on the tracks of departing drops. By taking statistical and geometrical conditions into account, the author derives fundamental equations describing the process of this transient dropwise condensation. By solving these equations, the existence of a universal drop-size distribution is predicted. Further, by introducing a model for the cycle of drop departure, a general expression for the heat-transfer coefficient under the so-called steady dropwise condensation is obtained.

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