Proper thermal treatment of metals in metal processing plants is important both in terms of quality and economy of the final product. Addition of a highly soluble gas such as carbon dioxide to water has been shown to create an excellent quenching medium for metal objects in metal working processes. It causes slower rate of cooling due to the insulating effect of carbon dioxide on the surface of immersed metal objects which as a result hinders residual stress build up and warpage commonly observed in quenching metal objects in cold water. Additionally, absence of carbon dioxide-filled bubbles on the surface of quenching metal object causes cold water-like cooling of the surface, producing rapid cooling of the objects. In this study, boiling heat transfer characteristics of an electrically heated wire immersed in water mixed with different concentrations of carbon dioxide at various atmospheric and sub-atmospheric pressures are obtained and compared. The results indicate that the boiling behavior and heat transfer characteristics of carbon dioxide-water solution make it a favorable substitute to cold and hot water traditionally used as the heat transfer fluid in metal processing plants.

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