Condensing heat transfer on a hemispherical body

Anthony M Jacobi, V. W. Goldschmidt, M. C. Bublitz, D. R. Tree

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The boundary layer equations are applied to obtain a solution for the heat transfer on a condensing hemispherical surface. The method of solution does not restrict itself to assuming a zero condensate thickness at the boundary. It is demonstrated that excluding the radius of curvature effects in the momentum equation leads to an insignificant error. However, the solution is dependent on the boundary condition assumed for the condensate layer. The analysis is generalized for axisymmetric bodies. Comparisons are made to data, but only with limited success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Mechanical Engineering


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