A comparison of cluster size distribution models in isothermal singel component condensation

D.S. van Putten, R.S.R. Sidin, Rob Hagmeijer

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A review of single component condensation models is presented. The most exact model for condensation is the set of Becker-Döring equations. The first step toward reduced models is obtained by performing a Taylor series expansion on the discrete Becker-Döring equations, resulting in the Fokker–Planck equation. Further simplification of the Fokker–Planck equation leads to the stationary diffusion flux model, which is based on a steady state assumption in the region of small clusters. Discarding the small cluster size region results in the general dynamic equation, which is computationally the most attractive model. All condensation models are aimed at solving the cluster size distribution and differ in their ability to capture the physical process and their computational complexity. The assumptions needed to construct these reduced models are explained and the influences on the physical outcome are addressed. The models are applied to a nucleation pulse experiment and the computational times are compared
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)110-119
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part A: Journal of power and energy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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  • IR-94483

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