We consider a relatively simple model for pool-boiling processes. This model involves only the temperaturedistribution within the heater and describes the heat exchange with the boiling medium via a nonlinearboundary condition imposed on the fluid-heater interface. This results in a standard heat-transfer problem with a nonlinear Neumann boundary condition on part of the boundary. In a recent paper (Speetjens et al.; accepted for publication in Comm. Nonlin. Sci. Num. Sim.) we analysed this nonlinear heat-transfer problem for the case of two space dimensions and in particular studied the qualitative structure of steady-state solutions. The study revealed that, depending on system parameters, the model allows both multiple homogeneous and multiple heterogeneous temperature distributions on the fluid-heater interface. In the present paper we show that the analysis from Speetjens et al. (accepted for publication in Comm. Nonlin. Sci. Num. Sim.) can be generalised to the physically more realistic case of three space dimensions. A fundamental shift-invariance property is derived that implies multiplicity of heterogeneous solutions. We present a numerical bifurcation analysis that demonstrates the multiple solution structure in this mathematical model by way of a representative case study.
|Journal||Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|