Development of a mechanistic model for sliding bubbles growth prediction in subcooled boiling flow Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 A new mechanistic model for predicting the growth of sliding bubbles in subcooled boiling flow has been developed. The basis of this model is the assumption that the fundamental heat transfer mechanisms acting on a stagnant bubble growing at a nucleation site can also be applied to the growth of sliding bubbles. The physical assumptions of the existing bubble growth models were modified to reflect the intrinsic physics associated with the sliding bubble growth. The heat transfer mechanisms considered are microlayer evaporation, evaporation of superheated liquid, and condensation. The present model has been successfully validated against a broad set of subcooled flow boiling data, generated by three separate research groups using different working fluids and different heater surfaces. The model successfully reproduced the sliding bubble growth dependencies on mass flux, wall superheat, and liquid subcooling level as observed in the experiments. On the other hand, in a few cases where the bubble growth inertia was substantially involved in the sliding bubble growth, the predictive ability was limited.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Yoo, J., Estrada-Perez, C. E., & Hassan, Y. A.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Yoo, Junsoo||Estrada-Perez, Carlos E||Hassan, Yassin A

publication date

  • June 2018