Transient Film Boiling of Water on a Horizontal Wire

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D. R. Pitts

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn.

H. H. Yen

School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

T. W. Jackson

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, Ga.

J. Heat Transfer 90(4), 476-481 (Nov 01, 1968) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3597545 History: Received October 27, 1967; Revised March 05, 1968; Online August 25, 2011


This paper reports an experimental and analytical investigation of transient film boiling of water from a horizontal submerged platinum wire following a large step change in wire temperature. Experimental vapor growth rate data were obtained from high-speed motion pictures with pool temperatures very close to saturation and wire temperatures ranging from 1245 to 1739 deg F. An analytical solution for vapor growth rate which assumes the primary mode of heat transfer within the vapor to be conduction is presented. Heat transfer rates based on the characteristic vapor growth time were calculated from measured vapor formation data.

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