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The Effect of Noncondensables on the Rate of Sodium Vapor Condensation from A Single-Rising HCDA Bubble

T. G. Theofanous, H. K. Fauske

Nuclear Technology

Volume 19 / Number 3 / September 1973 / Pages 132-139


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In considering the process of liquid-metal vapor condensation during the rise of a large vapor bubble in a pool of cool liquid, previous studies have ignored the effect of the noncondensables. By solving the problem of transient mass diffusion in the vapor space in conjunction with the problem of transient heat conduction and convection in the liquid phase, the effect of noncondensables has been shown to seriously retard the condensation process.

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