Unformatted text preview: icult for the liquid to reach the heater surface and
wet it. Consequently, the heat flux increases at a lower rate with increasing
Texcess, and reaches a maximum at point C. The heat flux at this point is
called the critical (or maximum) heat flux, qmax. For water, the critical heat
flux exceeds 1 MW/m .
Nucleate boiling is the most desirable boiling regime in practice because
high heat transfer rates can be achieved in this regime with relatively small
values of Texcess, typically under 30°C for water. The photographs in Figure
10–7 show the nature of bubble formation and bubble motion associated with
nucleate, transition, and film boiling. Transition Boiling (between Points C and D on the
As the heater temperature and thus the Texcess is increased past point C, the
heat flux decreases, as shown in Figure 10–6. This is because a large fraction
of the heater surface is covered by a vapor film, which acts as an insulation
due to the low thermal conductivity of the vapor relative to that of the liquid.
In the transition boiling regime, both nucleate and film boiling partially occur.
Nucleate boiling at point C is completely replaced by film boiling at point D.
Operation in the transition boiling regime, which is also called the unstable
film boiling regime, is avoided in practice. For water, transition boiling occurs
over the excess temperature range from about 30°C to about 120°C. Film Boiling (beyond Point D ) ·
qmax Sudden jump
part of the
curve 106 Sudden drop
∆Texcess = Ts – Tsat, °C FIGURE 10–8
The actual boiling curve obtained
with heated platinum wire in water
as the heat flux is increased and
then decreased. In this region the heater surface is completely covered by a continuous stable
vapor film. Point D, where the heat flux reaches a minimum, is called the
Leidenfrost point, in honor of J. C. Leidenfrost, who observed in 1756 that
liquid droplets on a very hot surface jump around and slowly boil away. The
presence of a vapor film between the heater surface an...
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