Subcooled flow boiling over microstructured plates in rectangular minichannels
Şişman, Yağmur and Khalili Sadaghiani, Abdolali and Khedir, Khedir R. and Brozak, Matthew and Karabacak, Tansel and Koşar, Ali (2016) Subcooled flow boiling over microstructured plates in rectangular minichannels. Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 20 (3-4). pp. 173-190. ISSN 1556-7265 (Print) 1556-7273 (Online)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15567265.2016.1248584
Microstructures offer enhancements in boiling heat transfer by increasing bubble departure frequency, active nucleation site density, critical cavity size, and surface area. Integration of microstructures to surfaces alters significant surface parameters such as porosity of the microstructured plates, contact angle, and configuration of microstructures on the surface, which all affect boiling heat transfer. The goal of this study is to investigate boiling heat transfer on different microstructured plates and the effect of various microscale surface morphologies on boiling heat transfer. The microstructured surfaces were formed on aluminum alloy 2024 sheets with the use of a simple and environmentally friendly technique of random mechanical sanding (grits of #36, #60, #400, and #1,000). Distilled water was pumped using a micro gear pump to the rectangular minichannel test section at flow rates of 100, 180, and 290 ml/min, which correspond to mass fluxes of 5.46, 10.58, and 16.15 kg/m(2).s, respectively. It was observed that surfaces with low grit (grit #36) showed no considerable enhancement, whereas the use of higher grit counts considerably enhanced boiling heat transfer up to a critical grit count. The results were supported by the images from the performed visualization of flow boiling.
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