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Stability and Heat Transfer Characteristics of Condensate Fluid Layers in Reduced Gravity
Proceedings of the Fifth Microgravity Fluid Physics and Transport Phenomena Conference: Cleveland, OH
  • James C. Hermanson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Andreas N. Alexandrou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • William W. Durgin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Peder C. Pedersen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Jeffrey S. Allen, National Center for Microgravity Research
Publication Date
8-9-2000
Abstract

The focus of this ground-based program is the study of film condensation phenomena under variable, reduced-gravity conditions. Experimental tests, combined with numerical modeling, are employed to gain an improved understanding of the fundamental fluid physics responsible for condensate film growth, film instability and the resulting interfacial motion under variable gravity, and the corresponding implications for heat transfer. There has been relatively little research on the mechanisms operative at the film interface between condensed liquid and its vapor under reduced gravity conditions. Of particular interest are the stability characteristics of the condensate layer, and how they differ from those of films of comparable scale in the absence of condensation.

Citation Information
James C. Hermanson, Andreas N. Alexandrou, William W. Durgin, Peder C. Pedersen, et al.. "Stability and Heat Transfer Characteristics of Condensate Fluid Layers in Reduced Gravity" Proceedings of the Fifth Microgravity Fluid Physics and Transport Phenomena Conference: Cleveland, OH (2000) p. 1418 - 1430
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wdurgin/35/