The effect of subcooling on bubble waiting time and growth time for water boiling on a copper surface was examined in conjunction with measurements obtained over a range of subcooling from 0 to 15°C and three different levels of heat flux 166, 228, and 291 kW/m2. The growth-time data was successfully correlated with a model that combined the bubble growth theory of Mikic, Rohsenow, and Griffith with the bubble departure diameter relationship of Staniszewski, thereby establishing confidence in the measuring procedure. The waiting time data agreed with the predictions of the Han and Griffith waiting time theory at lower levels of subcooling but then showed a behavior contrary to that predicted for higher levels of subcooling.

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