Interaction Between Film Condensation on One Side of a Vertical Wall and Natural Convection on the Other Side

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D. Poulikakos

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60680

J. Heat Transfer 108(3), 560-566 (Aug 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246971 History: Received June 05, 1985; Online October 20, 2009


This paper reports a theoretical study of conjugate film condensation on one side of a vertical wall and boundary layer natural convection on the other side. Each phenomenon is treated separately and the solutions for each side are matched on the wall. The main heat transfer and flow characteristics in the two counterflowing layers, namely, the condensation film and the natural convection boundary layer, are documented for a wide range of the problem parameters. In addition, the wall heat flux and the wall temperature distribution resulting from the interaction of the two heat transfer modes (condensation and natural convection) are determined. Important engineering results regarding the overall heat flux from the condensation side to the natural convection side are summarized at the end of the study.

Copyright © 1986 by ASME
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