The paper describes results from an experimental study of the effect of an electric field on nucleate boiling and the critical heat flux (CHF) in pool boiling at atmospheric pressure with polished smooth boiling surface. A micro scaled electrode with slits for bubbles to come out was designed in order to create non uniform high electric field strength and to produce electrohydrodynamics (EHD) convection with the application of dc voltage. The application of high electric field strongly enhanced the heat flux and the heat transfer coefficient. From observations of the behavior of bubbles over the electrode and the boiling surface condition, the instability between the liquid and the vapor increased the heat flux, the heat transfer coefficient and the CHF.

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