Experiments have been performed to investigate heat transfer in a circular vertical mini channel made of stainless steel (AISI 316) with internal diameter of 1.70 mm and a uniformly heated length of 245 mm using ammonia as working fluid. The experiments are conducted for a heat flux range of 15 to 350 kW/m2 and mass flux range of 100 to 500 kg/m2s. The effects of heat flux, mass flux and vapour quality on the heat transfer coefficient are explored in detail. The experimental results show that the heat transfer coefficient increases with imposed wall heat flux while mass flux and vapour quality have no considerable effect. Experimental results are compared to predictive methods available in the literature for boiling heat transfer. The correlations of Cooper et al. [1] and Shah [3] are in good agreement with our experimental data.

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