Enhanced boiling heat transfer by surfactant additives

Wuu Tsann Wu, Yu Min Yang

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Small amount of surfactants in aqueous solution have been known to enhance the rate of nucleate boiling heat transfer of water significantly. However, the mechanism of this enhancement is still not clear. In this work, boiling incipience and vapor bubble growth dynamics of aqueous surfactant solutions of sodium lauryl sulfate at identified sites were studied in a pool boiling apparatus with tubular heater by determining the incipient superheat and by high speed photography. Fundamental information about the effects of surfactant additive on incipient superheat, bubble period, waiting period, growth period, and bubble departure size were obtained. Among these, incipient superheat and bubble waiting period are explained with good success by taking into consideration of surface tension depression and contact angle variation in Hsu's (1962) theory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc Eng Found Conf Pool External Flow Boiling
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0791806677
Publication statusPublished - 1992
EventProceedings of the Engineering Foundation Conference on Pool and External Flow Boiling - Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Duration: 1992 Mar 221992 Mar 27


OtherProceedings of the Engineering Foundation Conference on Pool and External Flow Boiling
CitySanta Barbara, CA, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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