Laminar Wavy-Film Flow: Part I, Hydrodynamic Analysis

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R. I. Hirshburg

E. I. duPont de Nemours, Photo Products Department, Brevard, N. C.

L. W. Florschuetz

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. 85287

J. Heat Transfer 104(3), 452-458 (Aug 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3245114 History: Received May 15, 1981; Online October 20, 2009


The hydrodynamic characteristics of thin, laminar, gravity-driven, wavy-film flow are considered. A theoretical model is developed to predict the hydrodynamic features of asymptotic, wavy-flow states. The mathematical closure question arising in asymptotic-state analyses is resolved by incorporating the results of a prior stability analysis of smooth-film flow. Calculated values for mean film thickness, trough-to-crest dimension, wave celerity, and wavelength are found to be consistent with published experimental data for these quantities.

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