Pool Boiling in an Accelerating System

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Herman Merte, J. A. Clark

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

J. Heat Transfer 83(3), 233-242 (Aug 01, 1961) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3682247 History: Received May 19, 1960


A study is reported of the influence of system acceleration (1 to 21 g) on pool boiling heat transfer using distilled water at approximately atmospheric pressure. The acceleration of the system is such that the resulting force field is normal to the heating surface, thereby increasing the buoyant forces acting on the vapor bubbles. Heat-flux rate is varied from approximately 5000 Btu/hr-sq ft (nonboiling) to 100,000 Btu/hr-sq ft. Data are presented for the influence of subcooling with the boiling system under acceleration at the lower values of heat flux. A preliminary analysis is presented for a theoretical description of the process of boiling under the influence of high acceleration, including the simultaneous effect of natural convection.

Copyright © 1961 by ASME
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