RESEARCH PAPERS: Boiling and Condensation

Nucleate Pool Boiling on Ribbed Surfaces With Micro-Roughness at Low and Moderate Heat Flux

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S.-S. Hsieh, C.-J. Weng, J.-J. Chiou

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaosiung, Taiwan 80424 Republic of China

J. Heat Transfer 121(2), 376-385 (May 01, 1999) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2825990 History: Received May 23, 1997; Revised December 21, 1998; Online December 05, 2007


Nucleate pool boiling correlation was developed for five different rib-type roughened tube geometries (including plain tube) with different rib angles of 30 deg, 45 deg, 60 deg, and 90 deg for both distilled water and R-134a as the working media. A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) examination was made for these horizontal roughened tubes. Bubble departure diameter, frequency of bubble emission, and the active nucleation site density with the influence of the rib angle for this type of roughened surface were obtained. Boiling heat flux incorporating natural convection, nucleate boiling, and microlayer evaporation mechanisms following Benjamin and Balakrishnan (1996) was predicted. Heat transfer correlation was also developed in terms of the degree superheat and active nucleation site density. The dependence for these two parameters was found in favorable agreement with that of previous study for smooth surfaces.

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