Vapor condensation on nonisothermal curvilinear fins

I. V. Marchuk, A. V. Glushchuk, O. A. Kabov

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An analytical expression is obtained for the optimum curvature of a nonisothermal fin featuring stationary condensation of motionless vapor under the conditions of a significant influence of the surface tension on the motion of a condensed liquid. An algorithm is proposed and realized that finds the optimum surface shape for an unknown temperature distribution in the nonisothermal fin. The algorithm is based on a joint solution of the equations of heat conduction and condensed liquid film flow on the fin surface. Allowance for the thermal conductivity of a material in optimization of the fin shape provides for a significant increase in the condensate outflow as compared to the case of the optimum isothermal fin shape and a finite thermal conductivity of the material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-391
Number of pages4
JournalTechnical Physics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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