An Integral Treatment of Laminar and Turbulent Film Condensation on Bodies of Arbitrary Geometrical Configuration

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A. Nakayama, H. Koyama

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu, 432 Japan

J. Heat Transfer 107(2), 417-423 (May 01, 1985) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3247431 History: Received August 09, 1983; Online October 20, 2009


A general solution procedure has been developed for laminar and turbulent film condensation problems. The procedure is designed to deal with both plane and axisymmetric isothermal bodies of arbitrary geometrical configuration. Inertia effects are fully considered by introducing a new parameter associated with the flow acceleration. A closed-form expression for the local Nusselt number is obtained for both laminar and turbulent flows. Calculations are carried out for laminar and turbulent condensate layers developed on flat plates, horizontal circular cylinders, and spheres. The results are compared with available predictions and measurements.

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