Film condensation of multicomponent mixtures

Yehuda Taitel, Abraham Tamir

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The classic Nusselt model is generalized for the condensation process of a multicomponent vapor mixture. The condensed vapors may be miscible in their liquid state or contain noncondensable gases. The reduction in the condensation rate owing to the accumulation of a noncondensable gas or the more volatile components near the condensate interface is demonstrated for three component systems of methanol-water-air and acetone-methanol-water. Also the effects of interfacial suction and forced convection are included. The analytical solution incorporates Diffusion Law for a multicomponent system and both exact and approximate integral method solutions are applied. The accuracy of the integral method turns out to be remarkably good.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-714
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Multiphase Flow
Issue number5
StatePublished - 15 Nov 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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