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Effects of heat flux, vapour quality, channel hydraulic diameter on flow boiling heat transfer in variable aspect ratio micro-channels using transparent heating

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2235-2243
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of heat and mass transfer
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


Experiments on flow boiling heat transfer in high aspect ratio micro-channels with FC-72 were carried out. Three channels with different hydraulic diameters (571, 762 and 1454 mu m) and aspect ratios (20, 20 and 10) were selected. The tested mass fluxes were 11.2, 22.4 and 44.8 kg m(-2) s(-1) and heat fluxes ranging from 0-18.6 kW m(-2). In the present study, boiling curves with obvious temperature overshoots are presented. Average heat transfer coefficient and local heat transfer coefficient along stream-wise direction are measured as a function of heat flux and vapour quality respectively. Slug-annular flow and annular flow are the main flow regimes. Convective boiling is found to be the dominant heat transfer mechanism. Local heat transfer coefficient increases with decreasing hydraulic diameter. Moreover, the effect of hydraulic diameter is more significant when mass flux is higher. The unique channel geometry is considered as the decisive reason of the flow regimes as well as heat transfer mechanisms. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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