Effects of Surface Conditions on Nucleate Pool Boiling of Sodium
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Commercial grade sodium was boiled from a horizontal disk at pressures of 65 mm, 200 mm, and 400 mm Hg absolute, with sodium temperatures ranging from 1200 F to 1500 deg F. Heat fluxes as high as 236,000 Btu/hr sqft were attained. Boiler surface finishes ranged from highly polished mirror finishes to coarse, porous coatings. By following a prescribed cleaning and filling procedure, nucleate-boiling results were generally reproducible for a given-type surface. The effect of roughness as well as any aging and hysteresis effects were experimentally determined. Incipient nucleate boiling results are discussed as well as the effect of pressure and pool depth on the nucleateboiling curve.
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