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LI Yingxue, WANG Haoyuan, LOU Qin. Mesoscopic Numerical Study on Flow Boiling Heat Transfer Performance in Channels With Multiple Rectangular Heaters[J]. Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 2022, 43(7): 727-739. doi: 10.21656/1000-0887.420325
Citation: LI Yingxue, WANG Haoyuan, LOU Qin. Mesoscopic Numerical Study on Flow Boiling Heat Transfer Performance in Channels With Multiple Rectangular Heaters[J]. Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 2022, 43(7): 727-739. doi: 10.21656/1000-0887.420325

Mesoscopic Numerical Study on Flow Boiling Heat Transfer Performance in Channels With Multiple Rectangular Heaters

doi: 10.21656/1000-0887.420325
  • Received Date: 2021-10-28
  • Rev Recd Date: 2022-02-28
  • Publish Date: 2022-07-15
  • The flow boiling phenomenon in a channel with multiple rectangular heaters under a constant wall temperature was numerically studied with the lattice Boltzmann method. The effects of spacings between heaters, heater lengths and heater surface wettabilities on the bubble morphology, the bubble area and the heat flux on the heater surface, were studied. The results show that, the bubble growth rate increases with the spacing between heaters. The larger the bubble area is, the earlier the nucleated bubbles will leave the heater surface. The corresponding boiling heat transfer performance increases by 12% with the spacing between heaters growing from 250 lattices to 1 000 lattices. On the other hand, the longer the heater length is, the earlier the bubble will nucleate and leave the heater surface, and the better the boiling heat transfer performance will be. The boiling heat transfer performance increases by 13% with the heater length rising from 16 lattices to 22 lattices. In addition, the bubble nucleates later on the hydrophilic surface than on the hydrophobic surface. Compared with the hydrophilic surface, the hydrophobic surface retains residual bubbles after the leaving of bubbles from the heater. The average heat flux and the bubble area of the hydrophilic surface are less than those of the hydrophobic surface. With the contact angle changing from 77° to 120°, the heat transfer performance increases by 26%. Finally, the orthogonal test results indicate that, the wettability of the heat exchanger surface has the greatest influence on the flow boiling heat transfer performance, while the heater length has the least influence.

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