Abstract

The transient behavior of boiling phenomena during quenching of an AISI 304 stainless steel, conical-end, cylindrical probe in flowing water at 60 °C was studied. Two free-stream velocities (0.2 and 0.6 m/s) and two initial probe temperatures (850 and 950 °C) were investigated. From high-speed video recordings, undulations of the liquid vapor interface that appear periodically and propagate in the direction of the flow stream were observed during the vapor film stage. After the collapse of the vapor film, a wetting front is formed which consists of many small bubbles that coalesce rapidly in a small area while fewer and larger bubbles nucleate and grow below it. The initial temperature has a marginal effect on the size and half-life of the large bubbles. However, the water flow rate produces larger values of maximum diameter and half-life time for water flowing at 0.2 m/s than their equivalents for 0.6 m/s.

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