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Flow Boiling in a Horizontal Microchannel with high Aspect Ratio for Non-Uniform (One-Sided) Heating at Different Rotational Orientations

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Event72nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics - Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, United States
Duration: 23 Nov 201926 Nov 2019


Conference72nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics
CountryUnited States
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Flow boiling of FC72 in a semi-rectangular horizontal microchannel with one-sided heating, was investigated experimentally. Microchannel rotational orientations from bottom-heating (0\textdegree ) to top-heating (180\textdegree ), in 30\textdegree increments were considered. Mass fluxes of 10, 20 and 40~kg/m2s, paired with various heat fluxes which spanned from the onset of nucleate boiling to near dry out conditions, were tested in a borosilicate glass channel of 5x0.5mm internal cross-section. Ohmic resistive heating was obtained via a layer of tantalum oxide that was applied to only one of the outer surfaces of the microchannel. This optically transparent layer allowed for both transient surface temperature mapping and flow visualization. During quasi steady state average and local heat transfer coefficients as well as pressure drop were analyzed. Our results show that bottom-heating produced average heat transfer coefficients at least 17{\%} higher than top-heating. Flow boiling instabilities are promoted at greater wall super-heats, especially in rotations between top-heating and side-heating. The effect of inclination on flow boiling in such microchannels will also be presented. *ThermaSMART Project


72nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics


Seattle, United States

Event: Conference

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