Visualisation of flow boiling heat transfer in a microtube

G.P. Celata, M. Cumo, D. Dossevi, R.T.M. Jilisen, S.K. Saha, G. Zummo

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This paper presents the results of the flow boiling patterns and heat transfer coefficients of FC-72 in a small tube. The internal diameter of the tube is 0.48 mm, with a heated length of 73 mm. The mass flow rate varies from 50 to 3,000 kg/m2-s. The microtube is made of Pyrex in order to obtain the visualisation of the flow pattern along the heated channel. Different types of flow pattern have been observed: bubbly flow, deformed bubbly flow, bubbly/slug flow, slug flow, slug/annular flow, and annular flow. The experiments show the presence of flow instabilities in a large portion of the tests at low mass flow rates and low subcooling. Flow patterns in presence of flow instabilities are mainly characterized by bubbly/slug flow and slug/annular flow. Heat transfer rates have been studied in all flow pattern conditions. The two groups of results, with flow instabilities and without flow instabilities, show similar heat transfer behaviour. The heat transfer characteristics of the pipes have been studied in comparison with mass flux and vapour quality. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941 - 949
Number of pages9
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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