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Interface Tracking Simulation of Phase-Change Phenomena: Boiling and Condensation Verification

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Mengnan Li, Igor A. Bolotnov

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Paper No. FEDSM2016-7701, pp. V01AT06A001; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2016 Heat Transfer Summer Conference and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 1A, Symposia: Turbomachinery Flow Simulation and Optimization; Applications in CFD; Bio-Inspired and Bio-Medical Fluid Mechanics; CFD Verification and Validation; Development and Applications of Immersed Boundary Methods; DNS, LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods; Fluid Machinery; Fluid-Structure Interaction and Flow-Induced Noise in Industrial Applications; Flow Applications in Aerospace; Active Fluid Dynamics and Flow Control — Theory, Experiments and Implementation
  • Washington, DC, USA, July 10–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5028-2
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Interface tracking simulation (ITS) is one of the promising approaches to describe heat transfer of boiling phenomena and their underlying mechanisms. Better understanding and modeling of this process will benefit various engineering systems. In modern nuclear reactors, study on nucleate boiling phenomena is very important for the prediction of the Critical Heat Flux (CHF) phenomena.

The presented research will implement and verify the capability of evaporation process modeling by the massively parallel research code, PHASTA. The comparison of the numerical results and the analytical results demonstrates that the overall behavior of the simulation compares well with the analytical solution. A second simulation of the single bubble growth with non-uniform temperature distribution demonstrates both condensation and evaporation modeling. In the third simulation flow boiling capabilities were preliminary tested with laminar flow demonstration case. These results will be applied to a larger scale, multi-bubble simulations and help modeling of nucleate boiling phenomena.

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