In this paper, both nucleus formation and bubble growth during boiling in microchannels were investigated. A series of visualized experiments were conducted to observe the boiling nucleation and bubble dynamics restricted within parallel microchannels on a silicon wafer. The channels were rectangular and had selected length scale ranging from 50 to 100 microns. A high-speed CCD camera was employed together with a microscope to dynamically record the boiling images. The rates of bubble growth were measured in the channels. The phase change nucleus formation theory was used to determine the initial position of the bubble. The bubble growth rate was described by two ordinary differential equations deduced from the microlayer evaporation theory. The calculation and experimental results were reasonably coincided.

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