Quench front propagation

R. E. Caflisch, J. B. Keller

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A quench front is the boundary between the cold part of a slab covered by cooling water flowing along it, and the hot part covered by the resulting steam. The problem of steady propagation of such a front, based on a simple theory, is solved by the Wiener-Hopf method. The solution yields the temperature distribution in the slab and an equation for the speed of the front. This equation is examined asymptotically for both fast and slow fronts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • General Materials Science
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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