The heat transfer characteristics during flow boiling of deionized water in parallel microchannels are investigated. The silicon heat sinks contain an array of integrated heaters and diodes for localized heat-flux control and temperature measurement. The channel widths for the three different test pieces range from 250 μm to 2200 μm, with a nominal depth for all channels of 400 μm. The present study investigates the effects of the channel width and mass flux on the boiling performance. This study follows a previous study using a wetting dielectric liquid, and aims to understand the role of wetting since water is relatively non-wetting. From the results of the present study, a weak dependence of the boiling curve and heat transfer coefficient on mass flux was observed. Varying the channel width also does not have a strong effect on either the boiling curve or the heat transfer coefficient. The experimental results are compared to those obtained previously for a dielectric liquid. They are also compared with predictions from several correlations from the literature.

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