Condensation of a quiescent vapor by a stagnation-point liquid flow

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R. Balasubramaniam

National Center for Space Exploration Research, Case Western Reserve University / NASA Glenn Research Center, Mail-Stop 110-3, Cleveland, OH 44135

Enrique Rame

Universities Space Research Association, c/o NASA Glenn Research Center, Mail-Stop 110-3, Cleveland, OH 44135

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038520 History: Received May 31, 2017; Revised September 14, 2017


We analyze the condensation of a quiescent vapor, that is in equilibrium with its liquid, induced by a stagnation point flow in the liquid. The liquid flow brings subcooled liquid from far away to the interface. The ensuing heat transfer causes the vapor to condense. A similarity formulation for the liquid and vapor flow fields and the liquid temperature field is pursued, and a perturbation solution is performed when the ratio of the product of viscosity and density of the vapor to that of the liquid is small. A two-term higher order asymptotic solution is shown to be in excellent agreement with numerical results. The reduction in the rate of condensation due to the presence of a non-condensable gas in the vapor that is insoluble in the liquid is also analyzed.

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