This paper presents results of numerical simulations of various processes that demonstrate phase change heat transfer at high heat fluxes using the level-set method. The model used for the purpose has been first validated for the growth of an evaporating bubble in infinite medium, and fim boiling in 2D and 3D. It has then been applied to simulate the nucleation and departure of a single bubble from a solid body subject to conductive heat transfer. Unlike our previous investigations where phase change induced evaporation rate was incorporated like a sub-grid scale heat transfer model applied to the triple contact line, the present work reports simulations with direct phase change modelling by integrating energy fluxes at the interface. The effect of the conductive heat transfer in the solid from which the bubble departs is also taken into account. Comparison with visual images suggests that accounting for conjugate heat transfer is important to capturing micro-hydrodynamics in nucleate boiling, at least qualitatively.

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