Water spray cooling is an important technology which has been used in a variety of engineering applications for cooling of materials from high-temperature nominally up to 900°C, especially in steelmaking processes and heat treatment in hot metals. The effects of cooling water temperature on spray cooling are significant for hot steel plate cooling applications. The local heat flux measurements are introduced by a novel experimental technique in which test block assemblies with cartridge heaters and thermocouples are used to measure the heat flux distribution on the surface of hot steel plate as a function of heat flux gauge. The spray is produced from a fullcone nozzle and experiments are performed at fixed water impact density of G and fixed nozzle-to-target spacing. The results show that effects of water temperature on forced boiling heat transfer characteristics are presented for five different water temperatures between 5 to 45°C. The local heat flux curves and heat transfer coefficients are also provided to a benchmark data for the actual spray cooling of hot steel plate cooling applications.

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