A series of experiments on subcooled pool boiling on a plate and on a thin wire are carried out. We focus on the condensation and collapse processes of vapor bubbles generated on the heated surface. We find the different patterns of the vapor bubble behaviors resulting in the emission of the microbubbles around the heated plate and the thin wire by employing high-speed observation with frame rate up to 150,000 frame per second (fps). From the experimental results, we provide a physical explanation on the correlation between the behavior of the vapor bubble at a high heat flux and the heat transfer characteristics. We propose this simple core-periphery model as a qualitative model for understanding the generation of the MEB.

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