1987 Max Jakob Memorial Award Lecture: Dynamics and Stability of Thin Heated Liquid Films

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S. G. Bankoff

Chemical Engineering Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208

J. Heat Transfer 112(3), 538-546 (Aug 01, 1990) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910420 History: Received July 25, 1989; Revised February 25, 1990; Online May 23, 2008


This review covers the dynamics and tendency toward rupture of thin evaporating liquid films on a heated surface. Very large heat transfer coefficients can be obtained. The applications include various boiling heat transfer and film cooling devices. A relatively new area for study is heat transfer through ultrathin films, which are less than 100 nm in thickness, and hence subject to van der Waals and other long-range molecular forces. Some recent work employing lubrication theory to obtain an evolution equation for the growth of a surface wave is described. Earlier phenomenological work is briefly discussed, as well as the connection between forced-convection subcooled nucleate boiling and thin-film heat transfer.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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