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Title: Similarities and differences between flow boiling in microchannels and pool boiling
Authors: Kandlikar, SG
2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2009)
Keywords: Microlayer;Elongated bubbles;Pool boiling;Flow boiling;Microchannels
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: 2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference, Brunel University, West London, UK, 01-02 September 2009
Abstract: Recent literature indicates that under certain conditions the heat transfer coefficient during flow boiling in microchannels is quite similar to that under pool boiling conditions. This is rather unexpected as microchannels are believed to provide significant heat transfer enhancement under single-phase as well as flow boiling conditions. This paper explores the underlying heat transfer mechanisms and illustrates the similarities and differences between the two processes. Formation of elongated bubbles and their passage over the microchannel walls have similarities to the bubble ebullition cycle in pool boiling. During the passage of elongated bubbles, the longer duration between two successive liquid slugs leads to wall dryout and a critical heat flux that may be lower than that under pool boiling conditions. A clear understanding of the similarities and differences will help in overcoming some of these limiting factors and in developing strategies for enhancing heat transfer during flow boiling in microchannels.
Description: This paper was presented at the 2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2009), which was held at Brunel University, West London, UK. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IPEM, the Italian Union of Thermofluid dynamics, the Process Intensification Network, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
ISBN: 978-1-902316-72-7
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