Condensation of Submerged Vapor Jets in Subcooled Liquids

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L-D. Chen, G. M. Faeth

Department of Mechanical Engineering and The Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. 16802

J. Heat Transfer 104(4), 774-780 (Nov 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3245199 History: Received October 07, 1981; Online October 20, 2009


A theoretical investigation of turbulent condensing vapor jets submerged in subcooled liquids was conducted. A model of the process was developed employing the locally homogeneous flow approximation of two-phase flow in conjunction with a k-ε-g model of turbulence properties. The model was evaluated using existing data for turbulent condensing water, ethylene glycol and iso-octane vapor jets with liquid to vapor density ratios in the range 324–31,200, initial jet Reynolds numbers greater than 15,000 and negligible effects of buoyancy. Good predictions of vapor penetration lengths were obtained using conventional turbulence model constants established for single phase flows.

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