Experimental thermal and fluid science journal article. Please see http://www.elsevier.com/ for more information. Flow boiling in small hydraulic diameter channels is becoming increasingly important in many diverse applications. The previous studies addressing the effects of the channel size on the flow patterns, and heat transfer and pressure drop performance are reviewed in the present paper. The fundamental questions related to the presence of nucleate boiling and characteristics of flow boiling in microchannels and minichannels in comparison to that in the conventional channel sizes (3 mm and above) are addressed. Also, the effect of heat exchanger configuration – single channel and multichannel – on the heat transfer and pressure drop performance is reviewed. The areas for future research are identified.
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Kandlikar, Satish, "Fundamental issues related to flow boiling in minichannels and microchannels" (2002). Elsevier, Vol. 26 (), pp. 389-407. Accessed from
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