Flashing Inception in Flowing Liquids

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O. C. Jones

Department of Nuclear Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973

J. Heat Transfer 102(3), 439-444 (Aug 01, 1980) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3244319 History: Received April 18, 1980; Online October 20, 2009


The inception of net vaporization in flashing flows is examined. It is suggested that the flashing inception can be expressed as two additive effects. One is due to the static decompression which is a function of the initial temperature and also of the expansion rate. The other effect which is a function of Reynolds number and flashing index, is due to the turbulent fluctuations of the flowing liquid. It is shown that by taking a three standard deviation band on the turbulent velocity fluctuations, an adequate representation of the inverse mass flux effect on flashing inception for existing data is obtained. The turbulence effects are combined with the correlation of Alamgir and Lienhard to provide predictive methods recommended for the case where both static and convective decompression effects exist.

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