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The Rate of Growth of Vapor Bubbles in Superheated Water

Dergarabedian, Paul (1953) The Rate of Growth of Vapor Bubbles in Superheated Water. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 20 (4). pp. 537-545. ISSN 0021-8936.

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Calculations are presented for the dynamic stability of vapor and air bubbles in superheated water. These calculations indicate that the values of the bubble radii for which the equilibrium is unstable are restricted to a finite range of radii whose values are governed by the temperature of the water and the initial air content in the bubble. Two theoretical solutions for the rate of growth of these unstable bubbles are considered: (a) Solution of the equation of motion of the bubble radius with the assumption that the re is no beat diffusion across the bubble wall; (b) solution which includes the effect of heat diffusion. The two solutions differ appreciably. These two solutions are then compared with the experimental data on the growth of the vapor bubbles in superheated water. This comparison shows agreement with the solution with the effect of heat diffusion included.

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Additional Information:©1953 ASME. This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research under Contract N6onr-24420. Contributed by the Applied Mechanics Division and presented at the Semi-Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Cal if., June 28- July 2, 1953, of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Manuscript received by ASME Applied Mechanics Division, February 11, 1953. Paper No. 53-SA-10.
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