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Flow Boiling on Micropin Fins Entrenched Inside a Microchannel—Flow Patterns and Bubble Departure Diameter and Bubble Frequency

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Santosh Krishnamurthy, Yoav Peles

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180

J. Heat Transfer 132(4), 041002 (Feb 17, 2010) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2994718 History: Received January 18, 2008; Revised August 12, 2008; Published February 17, 2010; Online February 17, 2010

Flow boiling of HFE 7000 in five parallel microchannels of 222μm hydraulic diameter, each containing a single row of 24 in-line 100μm pin fins, was investigated. High speed photography revealed the dominant flow patterns, namely, the bubbly flow, the multiple flow, and the wavy-annular flow. The interaction of the bubble with the pin fins during nucleate boiling from G=350kg/m2s to G=827kg/m2s and wall heat fluxes from 10W/cm2 to 110W/cm2 is detailed.

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Figure 1

Device overview showing the device dimensions

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Figure 2

Schematic of flow patterns

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Figure 7

Circumferential nucleation site distribution along the first pin fin to experience boiling various mass fluxes

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Figure 8

Sequence of images showing the bubbles nucleating at θ=0 deg and sliding along the circumference of pin fins (qw″=52.6 W/cm2 and G=827 kg/m2 s)

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Figure 9

Bubble departure diameter for (a) θ=0 deg and (b) θ=180 deg

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Bubble departure frequency for (a) θ=0 deg and (b) θ=180 deg

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Figure 3

Wavy-annular flow showing the trailing liquid of the pin fins and vapor cavity on the upstream side of pin fin

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Figure 4

Sequence of images showing the formation of vapor cavity at the stagnation point and subsequent breakage (G=350 kg/m2s, qw″=33.2 W/cm2, and z=4 mm)

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Figure 5

Heat flux as a function of average surface temperature for various mass velocities

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Images showing the bubble nucleation on the rear side of the upstream pin fins and along the circumference on the downstream pin fins for G=565 kg/m2 s under different heat fluxes

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The variation of departure frequency as a function of local subcool for (a) θ=180 deg and (b) θ=0 deg

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Figure 12

Comparison of frequency and departure diameter data with different correlations

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Figure 13

Variation of fDd product with (a) heat flux at θ=0 deg. (b) Jakob number at θ=180 deg.




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