A bubble merger process on a single nucleation site has been investigated by numerically solving the equations governing conservation of mass, momentum and energy in the vapor and liquid phases. The vapor-liquid interface is captured by a level set method which can easily handle breaking and merging of the interface. The level set method is modified to include the effects of phase change at the interface and contact angle at the wall. Also, the evaporative heat flux from the thin liquid film that forms underneath a growing bubble attached to the wall is incorporated in the analysis. Based on the numerical simulations, the effect of bubble merger on vapor removal rate, flow field and heat transfer has been quantified. The bubble merger pattern predicted numerically has been found to compare well with the experimental observations.
Numerical Simulation of Bubble Merger Process on a Single Nucleation Site During Pool Nucleate Boiling
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received by the Heat Transfer Division February 15, 2001; revision received August 16, 2001. Associate Editor: M. K. Jensen.
Son, G., Ramanujapu , N., and Dhir, V. K. (August 16, 2001). "Numerical Simulation of Bubble Merger Process on a Single Nucleation Site During Pool Nucleate Boiling ." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. February 2002; 124(1): 51–62. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1420713
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