Condensation of a Downward Flowing Vapor on a Horizontal Cylinder Embedded in a Porous Medium

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J. Orozco

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60680

J. Energy Resour. Technol 113(4), 300-304 (Dec 01, 1991) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2905915 History: Received July 12, 1990; Revised May 06, 1991; Online April 16, 2008


This article presents the results of an investigation on condensation of a downward flowing vapor on a horizontal cylinder embedded in a vapor-saturated porous medium. The Brinkman model is used to describe theoretically the flow field in both the liquid and vapor phases. The resulting governing equation was integrated numerically with the help of the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method. The dependence of the condensate layer thickness and Nusselt number on the vapor velocity and on the permeability of the porous material is reported. Experiments were conducted to verify the theoretical findings, and good agreement was found between theory and experiment.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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