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Wei Shao February 23, 2009 16:26

Evaporation and condensation in a tube
I am new in Fluent. Can anyone tell me if Fluent can simulate evaporation and condensation of water in a pipe? I would appreciate it if anyone can help me! Thanks a lot!

ktsai2003 July 23, 2009 10:51

Fluent's model too simple to be useful
Fluent 12 do have a simple evaporation/condensation model available. However, it is not thermodynamically consistent. The model does not detect vapor go below staturation temperautre and vice versa. So you can get really cold vapor and really hot liquid way beyond the stauration temperautre as specified. A better choice is to use the WET-STEAM model which uses a saturation curve for phase change and should be physically consistent.

memahfud September 15, 2009 21:45

but range temperature for wet steam is 347 to 647, what about if the case is in law temperature, such as evaporation liquid nitrogen?


ktsai2003 September 16, 2009 10:14

Wet Steam
Fluent's wet steam model is based on partial pressure but can only be used with density based solver, which can be quite expensive. The evaporation-condensation model is only good for a dilute system. If your case involves lots of other gases with steam, then it is probably ok. For systems with pure steam it won't be able to provde a reasonable answer.

ktsai2003 September 16, 2009 10:19

For liquid nitrogen you will need a saturation curve for it. Fluent's wet steam model is only good for water vapor.

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