Saturated vapor condensation on homogenous and heterogeneous subcooled walls is presented in this study by adopting a hybrid phase-change multiple-relaxation-time Lattice Boltzmann model. The effects of wall wettability on the condensation process, including droplets’ growth, coalescence and falling, and the influence of vapor flow to condensation are investigated. The results demonstrate that the heat fluxes around the triple-phase contact lines are higher than that in other cold areas in homogeneous subcooled walls, which actually indicates the fact that filmwise condensation is preventing the continuous condensation process. Furthermore, the dropwise condensation can be formed more easily on the heterogeneous surface with a mixed surface wettability. At last, the dynamic process of condensation of continuous vapor flow is also investigated by considering the homogenous and heterogeneous subcooled surfaces. The results show that the heterogeneous surface with mixed wettability doesn’t contribute to the formation, growth of droplets, when compared to the homogeneous surface. It is expected that this study can bring more attentions to simulate condensation using multiphase LBM for complex geometries in heat transfer community.
Zhao, Wandong; Gao, Yuan; Li, Ruijie; Qiu, Songgang; Zhang, Yin; and Xu, Ben, "Hybrid phase-change Lattice Boltzmann simulation of vapor condensation on vertical subcooled walls" (2020). Mechanical Engineering Faculty Publications and Presentations. 26.
Journal of Heat Transfer