Research Papers: Evaporation, Boiling, and Condensation

On the Similarity Solution for Condensation Heat Transfer

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Gunnar Tamm1

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY 10996gunnar.tamm@usma.edu

Daisie D. Boettner, Bret P. Van Poppel, Michael J. Benson, A. Özer Arnas

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY 10996


Corresponding author.

J. Heat Transfer 131(11), 111501 (Aug 26, 2009) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3154920 History: Received January 05, 2009; Revised April 24, 2009; Published August 26, 2009

Analytical solutions for laminar film condensation on a vertical plate are integral to many heat transfer applications, and have therefore been presented in numerous refereed articles and in most heat transfer textbooks. Commonly made assumptions achieve the well known similarity solution for the Nusselt number, heat transfer coefficient, and film thickness. Yet in all of these studies, several critical assumptions are made without justifying their use. Consequently, for a given problem one cannot determine whether these restrictive assumptions are actually satisfied, and thus, how these conditions can be checked for validity of the results. This study provides a detailed solution that clarifies these points.

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Figure 1

Schematic of condensation film on a vertical plate



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