Evidence of confinement-driven boiling heat transfer enhancement in vertical channels is very well documented in the literature and much has been observed about its nature and behavior. However, the majority of the available correlations is empirically-based and they tend to be very restricted in their range of applicability and portability. In order to further elucidate the effect of this type of geometrical confinement on boiling heat transfer, an experimental study has been performed on vertical, rectangular parallel-plate channels immersed in the dielectric liquid FC-72. The enhancement of nucleate boiling performance with decreased channel spacing was found to depend on the type of heater employed but could not be explained by the surface roughness. On the other hand, degradation of the Critical Heat Flux (CHF) limit with decreasing channel spacing was found to be independent of the surface and to be well predicted by a correlation available in the literature.

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