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RESEARCH PAPER

Study of Lateral Merger of Vapor Bubbles During Nucleate Pool Boiling

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A. Mukherjee, V. K. Dhir

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 Phone: (310) 825-8507; Fax: (310) 206-4830

J. Heat Transfer 126(6), 1023-1039 (Jan 26, 2005) (17 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1834614 History: Received November 04, 2003; Revised August 09, 2004; Online January 26, 2005
Copyright © 2004 by ASME
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Microlayer and macrolayer
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Typical computational domain
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Growth and departure of single bubble for a wall superheat of 10°C
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Bubble growth rate and convergence check
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Effect of time step change and comparison with Son et al.
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Merger and departure of two bubbles for a wall superheat of 10°C
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Comparison of growth rate for two-bubble merger at 5°C wall superheat with experimental data
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Numerical results and experimental observations of two-bubble merger at 5°C wall superheat
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Comparison of bubble shapes during two-bubble merger at 5°C wall superheat
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Merger of three bubbles in a line for a wall superheat of 10°C
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Merger of three bubbles in a triangle for a wall superheat of 10°C
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Three-bubble merger in plane at 6°C superheat
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Numerical simulation of three-bubble merger in plane at 6°C wall superheat
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Comparison of growth rate for three-bubble merger in plane at 6°C wall superheat with experimental data
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Comparison of bubble growth at 10°C wall superheat
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Comparison of wall heat transfer at 10°C wall superheat
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Temperature field around single bubble at 12.8 ms
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Temperature field in two-bubble merger case at 6.7 ms
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Temperature field in two-bubble merger case at 12.8 ms
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Temperature field around merged three in-line bubbles at 5.4 ms
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Temperature field around merged three in-line bubbles at 12.0 ms
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Temperature field during merger of three bubbles in triangle at 8.6 ms
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Effect of bubble orientation on the area of influence

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