Subsonic Pressure Recovery in Cylindrical Condensers

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C. A. Busse

Commission of the European Communities, Joint Research Centre—Ispra Establishment, 21020 Ispra (VA), Italy

R. I. Loehrke

Mechanical Engineering Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

J. Heat Transfer 111(2), 533-537 (May 01, 1989) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250710 History: Received August 27, 1987; Online October 20, 2009


A method is presented for predicting laminar, subsonic flow in axisymmetric cylindrical heat pipe condensers. The method involves the use of the boundary layer approximation and a noncontinuous power series to describe the velocity profile under conditions including strong axial flow reversal. A comparison between laminar predictions and measurements indicates that transition to turbulent flow in the condenser begins when the absolute value of the radial Reynolds number exceeds 6. The condenser pressure recovery in the turbulent regime can be calculated from the momentum flow at the condenser inlet and an empirical wall-friction parameter.

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