Assessment of correlations and models for the prediction of CHF in water subcooled flow boiling

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The present paper provides an analysis of available correlations and models for the prediction of Critical Heat Flux (CHF) in subcooled flow boiling in the range of interest of fusion reactors thermalhydraulic conditions, i.e. high inlet liquid subcooling and velocity and small channel diameter and length. The aim of the study was to establish the limits of validity of present predictive tools (most of them were proposed with reference to LWR thermal-hydraulic studies) in the above conditions. The reference dataset represents almost all available data (1865 data points) covering wide ranges of operating conditions in the frame of present interest (0.1 < p < 8.4 MPa; 0.3 < D < 25.4 mm; 0.1 < L < 0.61 m; 2 < G < 90.0 Mg m-2s-1; 90 < ΔTsub,in< 230 K). Among the tens of predictive tools available in literature four correlations (Levy, Westinghouse, modifled-Tong and Tong-75) and three models (Weisman and Ileslamlou, Lee and Mudawar and Katto) were selected. The modified-Tong correlation and the Katto model seem to be reliable predictive tools for the calculation of the CHF in subcooled flow boiling. © 1993.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237 - 255
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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