Electrohydrodynamically (EHD) enhanced flow boiling of refrigerant R-134a inside grooved channels of approximately 1-mm hydraulic diameter was investigated with the objective of addressing the applicability of the EHD technique in highly compact heat exchangers. Two sets of experiments were performed. The first set included experiments in a channel with a smooth heat transfer wall, whereas in the second set a corrugated (enhanced) surface was used. In each case experiments were conducted as a function of the applied electrical field strength, electric field polarity, flow Reynolds number, inlet test section vapor quality, and flow direction (upward, downward, or horizontal). It is demonstrated that in all cases the EHD effect can substantially increase the heat transfer coefficient particularly at low Reynolds numbers and when applied over the enhanced heat transfer wall.
EHD Enhanced Convective Boiling of R-134a in Grooved Channels—Application to Subcompact Heat Exchangers
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Salehi, M., Ohadi, M. M., and Dessiatoun, S. (November 1, 1997). "EHD Enhanced Convective Boiling of R-134a in Grooved Channels—Application to Subcompact Heat Exchangers." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. November 1997; 119(4): 805–809. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2824186
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