RESEARCH PAPERS: Boiling and Condensation

A Correlational Approach to Turbulent Saturated Film Boiling

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T. Y. Chu

Severe Accident Phenomenology Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185

J. Heat Transfer 115(4), 993-997 (Nov 01, 1993) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2911396 History: Received September 01, 1992; Revised April 01, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


A correlation method for saturated film boiling is proposed. The correlation is based on the analogy between film boiling and natural convection. As in the case of natural convection, the turbulent film boiling correlation takes the form of a Nusselt number versus the Rayleigh number power law, NuB ∝ RaB 1/3 . The proposed correlation shows very good agreement with current data for film boiling of water from vertical surfaces. The general applicability of the correlation is established by comparisons with film boiling data from R-113 and cryogenic fluids.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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