A numerical study of subcooled onset of nucleate boiling (ONB) in a micro-channel under pulsed heating using the volume of fluids (VOF) model was conducted. The ONB time was determined when the void fraction at the microheater surface starts to exist. A smooth thin Pt heater was located between the water in the channel and the solid material. The theoretical superheat for homogeneous nucleation did not predict the transient ONB results of convective flow of water. Once heat load increases at the heater, transient flow boiling starts to occur. From a parametric study, it was found that the time constant increases with large substrate thermal diffusivity, low Reynolds number, and large channel diameter.

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