The synergetic effects of the surface wettability and the patterned nanostructure on boiling heat transfer enhancement

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Original languageEnglish
Article number121475
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume176
Online published26 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Abstract

Engineering nano-structured surfaces with mixed/thermo-responsive wettability offer a new approach to improve the boiling performances of advanced thermal systems, such as the solar system and the heat dissipation systems in nuclear power plants, where more efficient cooling and higher safety limits are extremely desirable. In this study, five groups of surfaces: a) plain surfaces, b) nanofilm coated surfaces, c) patterned surfaces with superhydrophilic nanograss, d) patterned surfaces with superhydrophobic nanograss, f) patterned surfaces with thermo-responsive wettable nanograss are investigated for their boiling performances. It is found that the nanofilm coated surfaces show improved maximum heat transfer coefficient (HTCmax) as well as critical heat flux (CHF) compared with the plain surface. The patterned surfaces shift the boiling curves to left, and the CHF increases with increasing nanograss cover density. The surfaces with thermo-responsive wettability, which responses to the external heating/cooling stimuli by gradually increasing or decreasing the wettability, show the most optimal CHF enhancement. This study serves as a proof-of-concept for efficient heat transfer through carefully fabricated nano-structured wettability-enhanced surfaces.

Research Area(s)

  • Heat transfer enhancement, Nanofilm coating, Thermo-responsive wettability, Critical heat flux, Nano patterned structures

Citation Format(s)

The synergetic effects of the surface wettability and the patterned nanostructure on boiling heat transfer enhancement. / Xie, Shangzhen; Ma, Xiaoxia; Kong, HaoJie; Bai, Songnan; Jiang, Mengnan; Zhao, Jiyun.

In: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 176, 121475, 09.2021.

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