RESEARCH PAPERS: Boiling and Condensation

A Parametric Study of Nucleate Boiling on Structured Surfaces, Part I: Effect of Tunnel Dimensions

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Liang-Han Chien

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang-Gung University, Kwei-Shan, Taiwan, ROC

R. L. Webb

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

J. Heat Transfer 120(4), 1042-1048 (Nov 01, 1998) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2825888 History: Received December 02, 1996; Revised March 10, 1998; Online December 05, 2007


This two-part experimental work identifies the effect of geometric dimensions on the boiling performance of “tunneled” enhanced boiling surfaces. The surface is formed on an integral-fin tube having a copper foil wrapped over the fin tips. Pores of known diameter and pitch are pierced in the foil cover. Tests were performed on a 19.1-mm diameter horizontal tube using R-11 and R-123 at 26.7°C for heat fluxes from 2 to 70 kW/m2 . The first part of the study defines the effect of the tunnel dimensions. The data show that greater tunnel height and smaller tunnel pitch are preferred. Sharp tunnel corners provides greater enhancement.

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