The Propagation of Boiling Boundary Phase-Change Fronts in Moving Fluids

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P. G. Kroeger

Department of Nuclear Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y. 11973

J. Fluids Eng 101(2), 270-275 (Jun 01, 1979) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448950 History: Received August 10, 1977; Online October 12, 2010


The transient propagation of boiling boundary phase-change fronts during the depressurization of a subcooled liquid has been investigated for the case of thermal equilibrium without friction or heat addition, using wave diagram solutions. Various modes of phase-change front propagations have been identified and it is shown that certain ranges of propagation speeds are impossible, while others require the simultaneous formation of shocks. Qualitative and quantitative results are given for two specific cases of interest.

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