This paper describes a new experimental apparatus for the measurement of the local heat transfer coefficient during flow boiling inside a 0.96 mm internal diameter single round cross section minichannel and reports preliminary heat transfer data taken during flow boiling of R134a. As a peculiar characteristic of the present technique, the heat transfer coefficient is not measured by imposing the heat flux; instead, the boiling process is governed by controlling the inlet temperature of the heating secondary fluid. This paper also presents a methodology to determine the critical conditions during the flow boiling process when no heat flux is imposed.

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