On the Hydrodynamic Transitions in Nucleate Boiling

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Raphael Moissis

Heat Transfer Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Paul J. Berenson

Arthur D. Little, Inc., Santa Monica, Calif.

J. Heat Transfer 85(3), 221-226 (Aug 01, 1963) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3686075 History: Received March 02, 1962


The two hydrodynamic transitions which take place in nucleate boiling off a horizontal surface are described. The first, which is governed by continuity considerations, results in a change in the vapor removal process from an intermittent to a continuous one. The second, which is a result of a Taylor-Helmholtz instability, determines the maximum (“burnout”) heat flux. Equations are presented which predict with good accuracy the two transition heat fluxes.

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