Similar Solutions for Film Condensation With Variable Gravity or Body Shape

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V. K. Dhir, J. H. Lienhard

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

J. Heat Transfer 95(4), 483-486 (Nov 01, 1973) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450093 History: Received March 29, 1973; Online August 11, 2010


The configurations of laminar film condensation on two-dimensional isothermal surfaces, for which the complete boundary layer equations admit similarity solutions, are described. These configurations include certain kinds of curved surfaces at earth-normal gravity and/or certain variable-gravity fields. The bodies have forward stagnation points, near which the governing equations break down. A criterion is given for delimiting the region in which the theory does not apply. It is shown how to compute heat transfer results for the similar solutions and some examples are worked. Condensation on a cool plate, synchronously rotating with a vapor, is treated in some detail.

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