This paper describes results from an experimental study of the effect of an electric field on nucleate boiling and the critical heat flux (CHF) in pool boiling. A dielectric liquid of AE-3000 (AGC Co. Ltd) was used as working fluid. A heating surface was polished with the surface roughness (Ra) of 0.05 μm. A micro sized electrode, in which the slits were provided, was designed in order to generate non uniform electric field and to produce electrohydrodynamic (EHD) effects with the application of high dc voltages. The obtained results confirmed the enhancement of CHF since the EHD effects increased the CHF to 82 W/cm2 at the voltage of −3000 V, which was four times greater than CHF for the pool boiling. The usual traveling wave on the bubble interface induced by the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability was modified by adding the EHD effects.

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