Heat transfer modelling of two-phase bubbles swarm condensing in three-phase direct-contact condenser

Hameed B. Mahood, Adel O. Sharif, Sami Al-Ailbi, Sayid Ali Hossini, Rex B. Thorpe

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An analytical model for the convective heat transfer coefficient and the two-phase bubble size of a three-phase direct contact heat exchanger was developed. Until the present, there has only been a theoretical model available that deals with a single two-phase bubble and a bubble train condensation in an immiscible liquid. However, to understand the actual heat transfer process within the three-phase direct contact condenser, characteristic models are required. A quasi-steady en-ergy equation in a spherical co-ordinate system with a potential flow assumption and a cell model configuration has been simplified and solved analytically. The convective heat transfer in terms of Nusselt number has been derived, and it was found to be a function to Pecklet number and a system void fraction. In addition, the two-phase bubble size relates to the system void fraction and has been devel-oped by solving a simple energy balance equation and using the derived convec-tive heat transfer coefficient expression. Furthermore, the model correlates well with previous experimental data and theoretical results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-153
Number of pages11
JournalThermal Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Cell model
  • Direct contact condenser
  • Direct contact heat transfer
  • Heat transfer coefficient
  • Two-phase bubble swarm
  • Two-phase bubbles size

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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