Analysis of the Critical Heat-Flux Condition in High-Pressure Boiling Water Flows

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F. E. Tippets

Atomic Power Equipment Department, General Electric Company, San Jose, Calif.

J. Heat Transfer 86(1), 23-33 (Feb 01, 1964) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3687053 History: Received August 08, 1962


Based on the two-phase flow patterns shown in high-speed motion pictures of the process, a general working equation is derived which relates the critical heat flux for high-pressure bulk boiling water in forced convection to the significant local flow parameters and fluid properties. The equation is applied to a representative selection of several hundred data points from the major available sources for the purpose of investigating trends in the data and to test the validity of the equation.

Copyright © 1964 by ASME
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