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ISBN Imprimir: 978-1-56700-421-2

ISSN: 2377-424X

International Heat Transfer Conference 15
August, 10-15, 2014, Kyoto, Japan

Numerical Investigation of Adiabatic Growth and Detachment of a Gas/Vapor Bubble Injected from a Submerged Orifice at Various Surface Inclinations

Get access DOI: 10.1615/IHTC15.tpm.009113
pages 8617-8631


The heat transfer mechanism of Nucleate Boiling (NB) is widely used in technological applications. However, there is an incomplete understanding of the fundamental physics of bubble dynamics, at small scales as well as at non-trivial geometrical configurations. In order to investigate bubble dynamics an adiabatic approach is often used, where /vapor bubbles are injected into liquids at saturation conditions. So far, there is a great deal of experimental, theoretical and numerical investigations on adiabatic /vapor injected bubble growth dynamics. However, according to the authors' best knowledge the majority of these works deal with /vapor bubbles injected upwards into stagnant liquid domains, with the injection axis being parallel to the gravitational acceleration direction, using mainly water and air as the working fluids. In the present investigation, an improved algebraic VOF (Volume of Fluid) based interface capturing approach, originally developed in OpenFOAM®, is applied for the conduction of axisymmetric and 3D numerical experiments on adiabatic bubble growth dynamics. The investigation focuses on the influence of different fluid properties and inclination angles of the gas/vapor injection orifice, on the bubble growth and detachment characteristics. Prior to the application, the predictions of the numerical model are validated against literature available experimental data. From the overall results it can be concluded that the bubble growth and detachment characteristics, are strongly dependent not only on the fluid properties but also on the orifice inclination angles due to the induced asymmetry, which mainly results from the formation of asymmetric and unsynchronized vortexes during the bubble growth process.
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