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ENCOM 2 (Enhanced Condenser in Microgravity )


Subject

Condensation studies on external surfaces, in-tube condensation, dropwise condensation and falling films condensation

Start/End dates

End November 2011 – November 2014


Description

The project investigates experimentally and numerically condensation in different geometrical configuration. We look at condensation of HFE on curvilinear fins, in-tube condensation at low, medium and high mass fluxes, condensation of sessile drops and falling films condensation.


Who is working on this project ?

Partners

Scientific
  • MRC-ULB (Be)
  • Université Paul Sabatier (Fra)
  • Universita di Padova (Ita)
  • EcolePolitechniqueFédérale de Lausanne (Swi)
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Gr)
  • University of Toronto (Ca)
  • University of Mons (Be)
  • York University (Ca)
  • Universita di Bergamo (Ita)

 

Industrial
  • Euro Heat Pipes (Be)
  • Lamda-X (Be)
  • Alfa Laval (Ita)

Flight Opportunities

  • Parabolic flight (May-June 2013)


Results

Condensers in microgravity exhibit lower heat transfer coefficients therefore need more surface area to transfer the same amount of heat. Designing drainage of condensate in microgravity is an extremely important issue as the absence of gravity does not result in bringing the condensate back at the evaporator section.

An experimental set-up has been constructed in order to study convective condensation at low mass fluxes inside differently shaped and different cross section tubes with visualization.





Convective condensation


Actualités


18-05-2016
Seminar

Dear all

We would like to invite you for the seminar to-morrow, Thursday  19 May  at 15:00




04-10-2012
Congrès HoloPhi II

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13-02-2012
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Le 13 février 2012 à 10h32, la fusée sonde Maser 12 a été...