Stability of a Direct-Contact Spray Column Heat Exchanger

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M. Golafshani

Morton Thiokol Corporation, Gas Dynamics Section, Brigham City, UT 84302

H. R. Jacobs

The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University Park, PA 16802

J. Heat Transfer 111(3), 767-772 (Aug 01, 1989) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250749 History: Received July 10, 1987; Online October 20, 2009


The governing equations for the transient multiphase flow in a liquid–liquid spray column are developed. Using the model, numerical calculations are presented that represent typical fluctuations observed in the operation of the direct contact tower of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 500-kWe geothermal power plant at East Mesa, CA. The response time is determined for the column and conditions leading to local flooding are determined.

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