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Quantum Dot Temperature Sensor Ab Initio Test: Droplet Vaporization Heat Transfer

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Husain Al Hashimi, Jungho Kim

University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD

Paper No. HT2016-7164, pp. V002T08A012; 13 pages
  • ASME 2016 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems; Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Manufacturing and Materials Processing; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology; Heat Transfer Under Extreme Conditions; Computational Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer Visualization Gallery; General Papers on Heat Transfer; Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Manufacturing and Materials Processing
  • Washington, DC, USA, July 10–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5033-6
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Better understanding of phase change phenomena can be obtained through local measurements of the heat transfer process, which can’t be attained by traditional thermocouple point measurements. Infrared (IR) technology, which has been used by many researchers in the past, cannot be used under certain circumstances due to spectral transparency issues present in some materials. In the current study, Quantum Dots (QDs) are proposed as a novel tool for heat transfer measurements. QDs are nano-sized semiconductor materials which fluoresce upon excitation by blue or UV light. The light intensity emitted by QDs drops with temperature, which can be utilized to obtain the surface temperature distribution at a camera pixel resolution. If QDs are distributed on a surface of interest and optical access to that surface is available, the heat transfer processes can be examined using inexpensive equipment such as CCD/CMOS cameras and LED excitation sources. In this paper, a description of a QD based technique is given, where it is applied to visualize the heat transfer associated with ethanol droplet evaporation.

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