RESEARCH PAPERS: Boiling and Condensation

Dynamics and Heat Transfer Associated With a Single Bubble During Nucleate Boiling on a Horizontal Surface

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G. Son, V. K. Dhir, N. Ramanujapu

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095

J. Heat Transfer 121(3), 623-631 (Aug 01, 1999) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826025 History: Received August 02, 1998; Revised February 03, 1999; Online December 05, 2007


In this study, a complete numerical simulation of a growing and departing bubble on a horizontal surface has been performed. A finite difference scheme is used to solve the equations governing conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in the vapor-liquid layers. The vapor-liquid interface is captured by a level set method which is modified to include the influence of phase change at the liquid-vapor interphase. The disjoining pressure effect is included in the numerical analysis to account for heat transfer through the liquid microlayer. From the numerical simulation, the location where the vapor-liquid interface contacts the wall is observed to expand and then retract as the bubble grows and departs. The effect of static contact angle and wall superheat on bubble dynamics has been quantified. The bubble growth predicted from numerical analysis has been found to compare well with the experimental data reported in the literature and that obtained in this work.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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