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Experimental Error Analysis and Heat Polynomial Method Improvement for Boiling Heat Transfer Numerical Calculations in Minichannels

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Magdalena Piasecka, Mieczyslaw E. Poniewski, Sylwia Hozejowska

Kielce University of Technology, Kielce, Poland

Paper No. ICMM2005-75142, pp. 65-72; 8 pages
  • ASME 3rd International Conference on Microchannels and Minichannels
  • ASME 3rd International Conference on Microchannels and Minichannels, Part B cont’d
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 13–15, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4185-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3758-0
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The paper continues the discussion of experimental and numerical investigations of forced convection boiling heat transfer in vertical minichannels covered by two former editions of this conference and our previous papers. Liquid crystal thermography technique was used for measuring the two-dimensional heating surface temperature distribution and boiling front detection. Influence of selected parameters on boiling heat transfer and nucleation hysteresis was observed and discussed. The two-dimensional heat transfer model and the analytic-numerical heat polynomial method were applied to solve the inverse boundary value problem and determine the temperature distributions in the heating foil and protecting glass and the boiling heat transfer coefficient as well. This paper shows how to modify and improve the heat polynomial method if we know the measurement errors and implement them into the numerical procedure. The accuracy of temperature measurements on the heating surface with liquid crystal method was estimated and the analysis of experimental results was given. The functions sought in numerical calculations describe temperature distribution in the protecting glass and the heating foil of the minichannel. They are presented in the form of linear combination of heat polynomials. The adopted boundary conditions and temperature measurements are used to construct error functionals. The latter express the root-mean-square errors, with which computed solutions satisfy relevant boundary conditions. On the basis of functional minimalisation unknown coefficients of linear combinations are determined. The solutions obtained satisfy the differential equations in the exact manner whereas the adopted boundary conditions are met in the approximate fashion. The unknown boiling heat transfer coefficient is the function computed from the boundary condition of the third kind. In the modified method, measurement errors are weights for individual temperature measurements. The more accurate is the measurement, i.e. has a smaller error, the greater is the weight put to it in further calculations. Therefore, it is possible to heighten the accuracy with which glass and foil temperature distributions, determined experimentally, fulfil the assumed equality conditions on the contact surface. Temperature distributions in the glass and the foil, computed on the basis of the modified method, are closer to real values than those obtained with the basic one. Local heat transfer coefficients obtained for two-dimensional boiling heat transfer model with both the basic and the modified heat polynomial methods are also compared.

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