Non-volatile fraction effects in dispersed vacuum spray flash evaporation

Guangyu Guo, Hongling Deng, Chao Zhu, Zhiming Ji

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Spray flash evaporation has been widely used in spray cooling and thermal distillation as a technology of heat/mass transfer enhancement. In a vacuum spray flash process, the vapor is instantly extracted by vacuuming, while the supersaturated droplets are further cooled by the continued spray flash until becoming saturated or discharged. Hence, in the evaporator, non-equilibrium exists not only in the flash evaporation driven by the pressure difference between droplet and ambient but also in the temperatures of yields, namely, generated vapor and discharged liquid with or without precipitates. To deeper understand such interesting thermal nonequilibrium between two phases in a spray flash evaporation of salty water, this paper establishes a multi-component spray flash evaporation model which coupled with diffusivity effect of non-volatile fraction, as well as the influence of spray polydispersion. An experimental system is also set up for evaporative coefficient determination, as well as model validation. The theoretical and experimental results meet a good agreement. It indicates the salinity and the superheat level of inlet feed have substantial impacts on such thermal nonequilibrium phenomenon of the temperature difference between the extracted vapor and the discharged liquid residue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHeat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791884591
StatePublished - 2020
EventASME 2020 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Nov 16 2020Nov 19 2020

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)


ConferenceASME 2020 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2020
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Experimental study
  • Mechanistic model
  • Multicomponents
  • Non-equilibrium process
  • Spray flash evaporation


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