A simulation model for the direct contact condensation of steam in subcooled water is presented that allows determination of major parameters of the process, such as the jet penetration length. Entrainment of water by the steam jet is modeled based on the Kelvin–Helmholtz and Rayleigh–Taylor instability theories. Primary atomization due to acceleration of interfacial waves and secondary atomization due to aerodynamic forces account for the initial size of entrained droplets. The resulting steam-water two-phase flow is simulated based on a one-dimensional two-fluid model. An interfacial area transport equation is used to track changes of the interfacial area density due to droplet entrainment and steam condensation. Interfacial heat and mass transfer rates during condensation are calculated using the two-resistance model. The resulting two-phase flow equations constitute a system of ordinary differential equations, which is solved by means of the explicit Runge–Kutta–Fehlberg algorithm. The simulation results are in good qualitative agreement with published experimental data over a wide range of pool temperatures and mass flow rates.
A Physically Based, One-Dimensional Two-Fluid Model for Direct Contact Condensation of Steam Jets Submerged in Subcooled Water
Manuscript received June 12, 2014; final manuscript received December 17, 2014; published online March 24, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Milorad Dzodzo.
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Heinze, D., Schulenberg, T., and Behnke, L. (March 24, 2015). "A Physically Based, One-Dimensional Two-Fluid Model for Direct Contact Condensation of Steam Jets Submerged in Subcooled Water." ASME. ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci. April 2015; 1(2): 021002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4029417
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