RESEARCH PAPERS: Boiling and Condensation

Pool Boiling Critical Heat Flux in Reduced Gravity

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D. P. Shatto

Exxon Production Research Company, Houston, TX

G. P. Peterson

Engineering Program Office, 301 Wisenbaker Engineering Research Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3126

J. Heat Transfer 121(4), 865-873 (Nov 01, 1999) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826077 History: Received September 03, 1997; Revised May 05, 1999; Online December 05, 2007


An experimental investigation has been conducted to measure pool boiling critical heat fluxes in reduced gravity. A horizontal cylindrical cartridge heater immersed in water at reduced pressures during parabolic flights on NASA’s KC-135 resulted in boiling on the heater surface. Visual observations and qualitative data trends indicate that the conventional Taylor-Helmholtz. instability model still governs the critical heat flux mechanism over the range of gravitational accelerations of the current study, which range from 0.0005 < g/go < 0.044. Using data from more than 40 individual tests, two semi-empirical correlations have been developed to account for the effect of thermocapillary flow, which tends to decrease the critical heat flux below the predictions of previous correlations.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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