Condensation in a Variable Acceleration Field and the Condensing Thermosyphon

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J. C. Chato

University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

J. Eng. Power 87(4), 355-360 (Oct 01, 1965) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3678276 History: Received August 10, 1964; Online January 10, 2012


The general problem of condensation in a variable acceleration field was investigated analytically. The case of the linear variation, which occurs in a constant cross section, rotating thermosyphon, was treated in detail. The results show that the condensate thickness and Nusselt numbers approach limiting values as the radial distance increases. The effects of the temperature differential and the Prandtl number are similar to those in other condensation problems; i.e., the heat transfer increases slightly with increasing temperature differential if Pr > 1, but it decreases with increasing temperature differential if Pr ≪ 1.

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