Laminar film condensation heat transfer on a vertical, non-isothermal, semi-infinite plate
Shu, Jian Jun
Date of Issue2012
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This paper gives similarity transformations for laminar film condensation on a vertical flat plate with variable temperature distribution and finds analytical solutions for arbitrary Prandtl numbers and condensation rates. The work contrasts with Sparrow and Gregg’s assertion that wall temperature variation does not permit similarity solutions. To resolve the long debatable issue regarding heat transfer of non-isothermal case, some useful formulas are obtained, including significant correlations for varying Prandtl numbers. Results are compared with the available experimental data.
Arabian journal for science and engineering
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