Laminar Film Condensation on a Sphere

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J. W. Yang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N. Y.

J. Heat Transfer 95(2), 174-178 (May 01, 1973) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450020 History: Received November 19, 1972; Online August 11, 2010


A boundary-layer analysis is made for laminar film condensation on a sphere. Similarity transformations are made for two cases. The first case includes both the inertia forces and heat convection; the solutions are valid in the upper stagnation region. The second case excludes the inertia forces; the solutions are valid over the entire surface for high Prandtl numbers. Results of heat-transfer rate, condensation rate, and film thickness are presented. Comparisons with a vertical plate and a horizontal cylinder are discussed.

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