Incorporating the recently developed correlations for the rates of droplet deposition and entrainment with the film flow model, critical heat flux due to liquid film dryout in steam-water annular flow was predicted. In the present calculations, the predicted critical heat flux is affected not only by the deposition and entrainment rates but also by the entrainment fraction at the transition to annular flow (Transition quality was estimated by Wallis’s correlation). For this reason, the entrainment fraction at the transition was correlated in terms of dimensionless transition length to annular flow and density ratio. A simple correlation for the occurrence of dryout was also proposed. It was demonstrated by numerical simulations that the present method is to predict the available 1,340 data of dryout heat flux with the mean square relative error of 0.068.

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