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Dynamics of Vapor Bubble Growth and Detachment in a Channel Flow

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G. Duhar, C. Colin

Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

Paper No. FEDSM2006-98505, pp. 671-676; 6 pages
  • ASME 2006 2nd Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting Collocated With the 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 2: Fora
  • Miami, Florida, USA, July 17–20, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4751-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3783-1
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The aim of this study is to improve the knowledge of the dynamics of vapor bubbles growing on a wall in a shear flow. Vapor bubbles are created on a hot film probe flushed mounted in the lower wall of a horizontal channel. The film overheat temperature controlled by an anemometer is limited to 20°C to avoid the growth of multiple bubbles. The liquid flow in the channel measured by Particle Image Velocimetry is laminar or turbulent. Bubble growth and detachment in the channel flow are filmed with a high-speed video camera at 2000 frame/second. Image processing allows obtaining the temporal evolutions of the bubble kinematics characteristics: the equivalent radius and the position of the centre of gravity. These data are then used to calculate the bubble growth rate and the forces acting on the bubbles during their growth and after their detachment. After detachment, drag, buoyancy and added mass forces play a dominant role. From the investigation of the bubble trajectories after detachment, the drag coefficient can be determined. When the bubble is attached to the wall capillary forces are dominant. A predictive model for bubble radius at detachment is provided depending on the wall overheat.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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