Donald Q. Kern Lecture Award Paper: Odyssey of the Enhanced Boiling Surface

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Ralph L. Webb

Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802

J. Heat Transfer 126(6), 1051-1059 (Jan 26, 2005) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1834615 History: Received September 10, 2004; Revised September 13, 2004; Online January 26, 2005
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Effect of emery paper roughening for acetone boiling on copper, Kurihari and Myers 4
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(a) States of the liquid–vapor interface in a reentrant cavity. (b) Reciprocal radius (1/r) versus vapor volume for 90° contact angle, Griffith and Wallis 7.
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(a) Effect of several surface treatments on sodium boiling at 65 mm Hg. (b) Cross section of doubly reentrant cavities tested, Marto and Rohsenow 9.
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(a) Enhancement by porous High-Flux™ surface for three fluids boiling at 101 kPa, Gottzmann et al. 14
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Heat transfer surface which promotes nucleate boiling, 16
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Four patented structured boiling surfaces. (a) Webb 17 (b) Fujie et al. 18, (c) Saier et al. 19, and (d) Fujikake 20.
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R-134a at 5.0°C from Thors et al. 21 patent. Tube I (TurboChil™), Tube II (Turbo-B™), Tube III (Turbo-BII™), Tube IV (Turbo-BIII™).
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Methanol boiling at 10 kW/m2 on a horizontal 1574 fins/m tube having a transparent cover with pores, from Chien and Webb 24
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Map showing combined effect of pore diameter (dp) and pore pitch (Pp) for R-11 boiling on 1378 fins/m tube, from Chien and Webb 24
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Surfaces made by Chien and Chang 28. (a) Illustration of unbent fins. (b) Illustration of bent fins. (c) Cross section through fins of surface (0.6 mm fin pitch and pore pitch with (d) 1.0 mm high fins).
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Contribution of latent heat transport to the total heat flux on the Fig. 6(b) surface, from Nakayama et al. 22
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Process of evaporation in the subsurface tunnel for one bubble cycle, from Chien and Webb 31
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Meniscus in the subsurface tunnel, from Chien and Webb 31




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