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Analysis of the Total Heat Transfer in an Evaporating Thin Film

[+] Author Affiliations
Hao Wang

Peking University, Beijing, China

Suresh V. Garimella, Jayathi Y. Murthy

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. MNHT2008-52386, pp. 1041-1046; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Tainan, Taiwan, June 6–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4292-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3813-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


When a liquid wets a solid wall, the extended meniscus may be divided into three regions: a non-evaporating region where liquid is adsorbed on the wall; a thin-film region where effects of long-range molecular forces (disjoining pressure) are felt; and an intrinsic meniscus region where capillary forces dominate. In this work, a simplified model based on the augmented Young-Laplace equation is developed and an analytical solution is obtained to more easily evaluate the total heat transfer in the thin-film region. The results are consistent with previously published numerical solutions. The present work is valid for a much wider range of fluid thermal conductivity than a previous analytical solution by Schonberg et al, which is only applicable for fluids with very low conductivity.

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