In this paper we study the boiling heat transfer of upward flow of R21 in a vertical mini-channel with size 1.6×6.3 mm. The heat transfer coefficient was measured as a function of heat flux for a wide range of vapor quality and for two levels of mass flow rate, G = 215 kg/m2s and G = 50 kg/m2s. The temperature dispersions over channel perimeter and in time were calculated. Different heat transfer mechanisms were revealed for different flow patterns. We distinguish the dominant nucleation boiling and the joint mode of nucleation boiling and convective evaporation. We also found the modes when the evaporation of thin liquid films makes the main contribution to heat transfer. The modified model of Liu and Winterton describes the experimental data for the flow patterns when the nucleation boiling and convective transfer make the most contribution to the heat transfer.

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