Hierarchical gradient mesh surfaces for superior boiling heat transfer

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Shiwei Zhang
  • Gong Chen
  • Yong Tang
  • Zuankai Wang

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Original languageEnglish
Article number119513
Journal / PublicationApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume219
Online published21 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2023

Abstract

Engineered surfaces enabling remarkable phase change heat transfer have elicited increasing attention due to their ubiquitous applications in energy conservation and thermal management. Despite extensive efforts, designing micro/nanostructures that accelerate both the liquid wicking and bubble cycles to extend the boiling performance remains challenging. Here, we develop a hierarchical gradient mesh surface that exhibits exceptionally high critical heat flux (CHF) of 300 W/cm2 and heat transfer coefficient (HTC) of 34.52 W/(cm2K), which are 313% and 811% larger than those of the plain surface with de-ionized water under 1 atmosphere pressure. By simply sintering multilayer meshes with controllable porosity and superhydrophilic micro/nanostructured coating, the surface developed is cost-effective and capable of exhibiting strong wicking effect and rapid small bubble detachment characteristic via a chimney-like architecture. Such a rational design transcends the classical predictions of the capillary wicking model and bubble dynamics theory for superior boiling. The proposed concept of tailoring structures to induce bubble and liquid transport for efficient phase change heat transfer may point out a new direction for thermal engineering.

Research Area(s)

  • Surface engineering, Hierarchical micro/nanostructured coating, Gradient mesh, Boiling enhancement, Capillary wicking

Citation Format(s)

Hierarchical gradient mesh surfaces for superior boiling heat transfer. / Zhang, Shiwei; Chen, Gong; Jiang, Xingchi et al.

In: Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 219, 119513, 25.01.2023.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review