The Effect of Noncondensible Gases on Bubble Condensation in an Immiscible Liquid

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H. R. Jacobs

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117

B. H. Major

Sandia Corporation, Albuquerque, N.M.

J. Heat Transfer 104(3), 487-492 (Aug 01, 1982) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3245119 History: Received December 29, 1980; Online October 20, 2009


A numerical study of the collapse of a bubble in a three-component, three-phase system is presented. The heat transfer is modeled using a quasi-steady integral boundary layer approach while the concentration profiles of noncondensibles are determined by solving the transient diffusion equation. It is shown that the experimentally determined collapse of small bubbles (between 1-mm and 3-mm initial radius) agrees with the model, while larger bubbles, which deform during their early history, are better described by a uniformly distributed noncondensible model.

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