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Enhancing Pool Boiling Heat Transfer by Structured Surfaces – A Lattice Boltzmann Study
Author(s): Yichen Huang, yuan tian, Wenlin Ye, Li Wenbin, Jie Lei, ying zhang
Keywords: Boiling; structured surface; bubble dynamics; Lattice Boltzmann method
The structured surface-enhanced pool boiling process and associated heat transfer enhancement characteristics are numerically investigated by using the pseudopotential multiphase flow lattice Boltzmann (LB) model coupled finite difference method (FDM). In the current study, the effects of different microstructure geometries (structure 1, structure 2, structure 3) and varying spacing in structure 3 (d = 0, 22, 44, 66, 88, 110 l.u. (lattice units)) on boiling heat transfer (BHT) characteristics and bubble dynamics behavior are studied in detail. The results showed that microstructure can accelerate bubble nucleation. Among the three microstructures, the heat transfer performance of structure 3 was significantly better than that of structures 1 and 2 in the nucleate boiling (superheat is 0.012-0.014). The oscillation and deformation of bubbles led to the lateral migration of bubbles, the continuous nucleation of small bubbles. The phenomenon of re-wetting of heating surface occurred in the process of bubble migration, necking, deformation and detachment was found, which enhances heat transfer in nucleate boiling. At the same time, the growth, oscillation and detachment of bubbles also perturb the liquid and enhance the natural convection around the bubbles.Therefore the main BHT mechanism of nucleate boiling on the three kinds of structured surface is the combined action of transient heat conduction and micro-convection. The variation of the spacing between microstructures showed an important effect on the BHT performance of the heating surface and the generation of activated nucleation sites in the nucleate boiling. Structure 3 can enhance transient heat conduction and micro-convection, with the strongest enhancement effect at d = 66 l.u when the superheat is 0.012.

Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics

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