The corrugated plate dryer is a very important equipment for the steam-water separation in the steam generator. Its separation efficiency determines the economic indicators of nuclear power plants. The study of the complicated steam-water separation mechanism of the corrugated plate dryer is very helpful to improve its separation efficiency.
Flow and breakdown characteristics under horizontal shear of water film falling down vertical corrugated plate dryer is investigated. Air and water are used as the two phases in the research. This paper also derives a model calculating the critical airflow velocity of water film breakdown and completes the comparison of the experimental result and the result calculated by the model. The relationship between the water film thickness and critical airflow velocity of water film breakdown is investigated through the experiment. In addition, the water film thickness is measured according to CCD high-speed camera acquisition system and the Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) method is also used for the measurement.
The experimental result reveals that the critical airflow velocity of water film breakdown is related to the corrugated plate structural parameters, the properties of the two phases and the water film thickness. The critical airflow velocity of water film breakdown and the water film thickness are negatively correlated. The result calculated by the model is in good agreement with the experimental result as the water film thickness is large in a certain range.