Pool boiling experiments of water and ethanol-water binary mixtures were conducted on smooth and laser textured stainless steel foils. High-speed IR thermography was used to measure transient temperature field during boiling in order to determine nucleation frequencies, nucleation site densities, bubble activation temperatures, wall-temperature distributions and average superheats as well as heat transfer coefficients. Saturated pool boiling experiments were conducted at atmospheric pressure over a heat flux range of 5–250 kW m−2 for pure water and ethanol-water mixtures (1% and 10% m/m). For both mixtures and both types of surfaces we measured significant decrease in average heat transfer coefficient and increase in bubble activation temperatures in comparison to pure water. However, laser textured surface in average provided around 60% higher nucleation frequency and more than 100% higher nucleation site density compared to smooth surface for both of the tested binary mixtures. Consequentially, heat transfer coefficient was enhanced for more than 30%. Our results show that laser textured surfaces can improve boiling performance for water and ethanol-water mixtures, but at the same time the addition of ethanol reduces heat transfer coefficient despite the enhancement of nucleation site density and nucleation frequency. This is also in agreement with available experimental data and existing theoretical models.

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