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Title: Effect of Inlet Subcooling on Flow Boiling in Microchannels
Authors: Lee, VYS
Karayiannis, TG
Keywords: flow boiling;microchannels;inlet subcooling
Issue Date: 30-Aug-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Lee, V.Y.S., and Karayiannis, T.G. (2020) 'Effect of inlet subcooling on flow boiling in microchannels', Applied Thermal Engineering, 181, 115966, pp. 1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2020.115966.
Abstract: © 2020 The Authors. The paper describes experimental work to assess the effect of inlet subcooling on the flow boiling characteristics of HFE-7200 in a multi-microchannel heat sink. The experiments were performed at a mass flux of 200 kg/m2 s and system pressure of 1 bar for inlet subcooling conditions of 5 K, 10 K and 20 K and wall heat flux between 25.9 and 180.7 kW/m2. The equivalent base heat flux was between 99.1 and 605.3 kW/m2. The microchannel evaporator had 44 channels which were 0.36 mm in width and 0.7 mm in depth. The thickness of the fin between the channels was 0.1 mm and the base area of the microchannels was 20 mm × 20 mm. Increasing inlet subcooling generally decreased two-phase pressure drop in the channels and delayed flow regime transitions in the heat sink. Flow instability was also found to be dependent on the degree of inlet subcooling. The extended subcooled region of the channels at higher degrees of subcooling resulted in lower average heat transfer coefficients in the heat sink, especially at low heat fluxes. The effect of inlet subcooling on local heat transfer coefficients was less pronounced in the saturated boiling region. The study verified the importance of the degree of subcooling when comparing heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics in microchannel heat sinks and when optimising the design of integrated thermal management systems for high heat flux electronic devices.
URI: https://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/21186
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2020.115966
ISSN: 1359-4311
Other Identifiers: 115966
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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