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Effect of Hydrated Salt Additives on Film Boiling Behavior at Vapor Film Collapse

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Takahiro Arai, Masahiro Furuya

Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Komae, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. ICONE16-48254, pp. 323-331; 9 pages
  • 16th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Thermal Hydraulics; Instrumentation and Controls
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, May 11–15, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4816-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3820-X
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A high-temperature stainless-steel sphere was immersed into various salt solutions to test film boiling behavior at vapor film collapse. The film boiling behavior around the sphere was observed with a high-speed digital-video camera. Because salt additives enhanced condensation heat transfer, the observed vapor film was thinner. Surface temperature of the sphere was measured. Salt additives increased the quenching (vapor film collapse) temperature, because frequency of direct contact between sphere surface and coolant increased. Quenching temperature rises with increased salt concentration. The quenching temperature, however, approaches a constant value when the slat concentration is close to its saturation concentration. The quenching temperature is well correlated with ion molar concentration, which is a number density of ions, regardless of the type of hydrated salts.

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