Bubble-Growth Calculation Without Neglect of Interfacial Discontinuities

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W. J. Bornhorst

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

G. N. Hatsopoulos

Thermo Electron Engineering Corporation, Waltham, Mass.

J. Appl. Mech 34(4), 847-853 (Dec 01, 1967) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3607846 History: Received October 19, 1966; Revised July 31, 1967; Online September 14, 2011


The object of this theoretical investigation is to determine the importance of the nonequilibrium region, which exists at the bubble wall, on the growth of a vapor bubble. All previous investigators concerned with bubble growth have completely neglected this nonequilibrium effect. In another paper [1] Bornhorst and Hatsopoulos investigated the phase-change problem, and the results which were obtained are applied here to solve the special problem of vapor bubble growth. The results are presented in terms of a two-parameter set of curves. These results show that for pressures where experimental results are available, the nonequilibrium effects are within experimental error; however, for pressures which are somewhat lower, the nonequilibrium effects become very important.

Copyright © 1967 by ASME
Topics: Bubbles , Vapors , Errors
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