Critical heat flux

Sujoy Kumar Saha, Gian Piero Celata

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The critical heat flux (CHF) condition is characterized by a sharp reduction of the local heat transfer coefficient as a result of the replacement of liquid by vapor adjacent to the heat transfer surface [1]. The CHF condition in flow boiling can be of different nature [1–5]. At low vapor quality, it is associated with subcooled boiling or saturated boiling and high heat. However, at medium or high quality, it is the dryout and there is no liquid film on the tube wall. Usually this is in case of annular flow and due to surface wave instabilities or entrainment and vaporization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13 - 51
Number of pages39
JournalSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
Issue number9783319177342
Publication statusPublished - 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Engineering(all)

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