Recently, the cumulative wavenumber approach was formulated and its viability demonstrated in predictions of radiative heat transfer in high temperature CO2. The approach allows for local spectrum correlation, rather than full-spectrum correlation as commonly done previously. This work reports on the generation of cumulative wavenumber data for H2O, and explores solutions using the cumulative wavenumber approach for water vapor (balance nitrogen) in homogeneous/non-isothermal media, and extends the technique to non-homogeneous/non-isothermal scenarios. Model predictions are compared with rigorous line-by-line benchmark integration of the Radiative Transfer Equation, with the same spectral database (HITEMP) used in both model and line-by-line benchmark predictions.

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