Pool boiling incipience and vapor bubble growth dynamics in surfactant solutions

W. T. Wu, Y. M. Yang, J. R. Maa

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Surfactant effects on boiling incipience and single vapor bubble growth dynamics were systematically studied in a poll boiling apparatus for sodium dodecyl sulfate, aerosol-22, DTMAC, and triton X-100. The values of incipient superheat ΔTincip were determined by measuring the incipient wall temperatures over the identified target cavities on a tubular heater. By analyzing the films, in which ebullition cycles over identified target cavities at a low heat flux were photographed by using a high speed camera, frame by frame, the values of waiting period tw, growth rate dr/dt, and departure diameter d were evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2483-2488
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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