Abstract

A series of numerical simulations using “interThermalPhaseChangeFOAM” solver with improved VOF multiphase flow model in OpenFOAM were conducted to investigate the heat transfer and phase change characteristics for liquid-vapor boiling flow in quenching process. The computational domain is a cuboid with the heating wall at the bottom for both the variable and fixed wall temperature cases. The results for the variable wall temperature case with the heating wall temperature Twall = 150K show that the boiling phenomenon can be divided into the vapor film stage, the boiling stage and the convection stage. Then the fixed wall temperature cases with Twall = 110K, 120K and 140K are analyzed. It is found that 140K case is the most stable one, in which bubble formation is regular such as the bubble at the corner, resulting in the steady variation of heat flux. 120K case is the most unstable one, since the liquid phase and gas phase form the cross-interface shape and maintain this for a long time, leading to the fluctuations in heat flux. Finally, the influence of computational sizes on predicting the properties of boiling phenomenon is investigated. Although the variations of heat flux are not exactly same, the whole tendency is similar.

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