Nucleate boiling from smooth and rough surfaces - Part 2: Analysis of surface roughness effects on nucleate boiling

John P. McHale, Purdue University
Suresh V. Garimella, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University

Date of this Version



Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science Volume 44, January 2013, Pages 439–455


The effect of surface roughness on nucleate boiling heat transfer is not clearly understood. This study is devised to conduct detailed heat transfer and bubble measurements during boiling on a heater surface with controlled roughness. This second of two companion papers presents an analysis of heat transfer and bubble ebullition in nucleate boiling with new measures of surface roughness: area ratio, surface mean normal angle, and maximum idealized surface curvature. An additional length scale of importance, the maximum base diameter of an emergent bubble, is identified. Measurements of bubble departure diameters, growth periods, ebullition periods, and void fraction above the surface are obtained from high-speed videographic visualizations by an automated procedure. Correlations of heat transfer coefficient and bubble ebullition characteristics with different measures of surface roughness are compared in terms of relative uncertainty. The data set of results for pool boiling in the perfluorinated dielectric liquid, FC-72, are found to correlate best with a length-scale filtered value of average roughness-R-a,R- filt. Over a larger database with three different data sets including FC-72, FC-77, and water at atmospheric pressure, the most reliable correlations were obtained with the appropriately filtered area ratio. FC-72 bubble growth curves are well correlated for all test conditions with the normalized relationship D* similar to (t*)(1/3). Finally, the maximum void fraction in the region above the surface is correlated with normalized heat flux for these data and for water as the two-thirds power of heat flux. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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