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Development of an Experimental Facility for Investigating Critical Heat Flux of Saturated Flow Boiling of Refrigerant-123 in Microchannels

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Wai Keat Kuan, Satish G. Kandlikar

Rochester Institute of Technology

Paper No. IMECE2005-79720, pp. 221-226; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2005-79720
From:
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Part B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4222-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

An experimental facility is developed to investigate critical heat flux (CHF) of saturated flow boiling of Refrigerant-123 (R-123) in microchannels. Six parallel Microchannels with cross sectional area of 0.2 mm × 0.2 mm are fabricated on a copper block, and a Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) cover is then placed on top of the copper block to serve as a transparent cover through which flow patterns and boiling phenomena could be observed. A resistive cartridge heater is used to provide a uniform heat flux to the microchannels. The experimental test facility is designed to accommodate test sections with different microchannel geometries. The mass flow rate, inlet pressure, inlet temperature of Refrigerant-123, and the electric current supplied to the resistive cartridge heater are controlled to provide quantitative information near the CHF condition in microchannels. A high-speed camera is used to observe and interpret flow characteristics of CHF condition in microchannels.

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