Analysis of Boiling
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30

Presented at:
2011 September 25-30
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
A10-1 Micro and Nano-scale Basic Phenomena, Fluid Flow and Heat

Nikolay Kolev (Siemens AG)


This paper summarizes the author’s results in boiling analysis obtained in the last 17 years. It demonstrates that more information can be extracted from the analysis by incorporating even of gross turbulence characteristics consistently in the analysis and appropriate local volume and time averaging. The main findings are: Even in large scale analysis (no direct numerical simulation) the steady and transient averaged turbulence characteristics are necessary to increase the quality of predicting heat and mass transfer. It allows simulating the heat transfer change behind spacer grids analytically which is not the practice up to now. This allows also to simulate the change of the deposition behind the spacer grid and therefore this bring us closer to the mechanistic prediction of dry out. Accurate boiling heat transfer predictions require knowledge on the nucleation characteristics of each particular surface. The pulsation characteristics at the wall controlling the heat transfer are associated with the bubble departure frequencies but not identical with them. Considering the mutual interactions of the bubbles leads to the surprising analytical prediction of the departure from nucleate boiling just by using the mechanisms acting during flow boiling only. The performance of the author’s analytical two-phase convection model combined with its analytical nuclide boiling model is proven to have the accuracy of the empirical Chen’s model by having the advantage of predicting analytically the internal characteristics of the flow each of it validated by experiment. This is also important for the future use in multiphase CFD where details about the flow field generation have to be also predicted by constitutive relation as summarized in this paper.

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