Measurement of a Mass Transfer Boundary Layer


DATA on momentum transfer from velocity measurements are usually applied to mass transfer processes using the accepted analogies between heat, mass and momentum transfer1. Doubts about these analogies, in particular their application to turbulent flow, have led me to develop a method of measuring the wet bulb depression of water vapour in a mass transfer boundary layer formed by water evaporating into moving air above a flat porous plate. The efficacy of the method, in a laminar boundary layer, has been established by comparison with the Blasius boundary layer equation for mass transfer1.

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DOE, P. Measurement of a Mass Transfer Boundary Layer. Nature 216, 1101–1103 (1967).

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