Experimental results of the saturated-flow boiling critical heat flux (CHF) in microchannels for both multi- and single-channel configurations were obtained from the literature. The collected database contains 629 data points, covering 5 refrigerants, nitrogen, and water, for a wide range of operational conditions, and different micro-channel dimensions. The whole database was analyzed by using four empirical correlations to verify their respective accuracies. However, none of the existing correlations could predict the entire database precisely. A saturated CHF correlation was proposed by using boiling number, length-to-diameter ratio, and exit quality. The new correlation can predict the overall micro-channel database accurately on the whole. It predicts almost 97.0% of the non-aqueous data (except R12 data points located in the macro-scale region) and 94.0% of the water data within the ± 30% error band.
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Correlations for Saturated Critical Heat Flux in Microchannels
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Wu, Z, & Li, W. "Correlations for Saturated Critical Heat Flux in Microchannels." Proceedings of the 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference. 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, Volume 6. Washington, DC, USA. August 8–13, 2010. pp. 89-98. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IHTC14-22533
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