Effect of the behavior of generated vapor on the minimum-heat-flux point during rapid quenching of a thin horizontal wire

Hiroshi Honda, Hikaru Yamashiro, Hiroshi Takamatsu, Kazuo Tanaka

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Heat transfer characteristics and minumum-heat-flux point (MHF point) condition during rapid quenching of a thin horizontal wire were studied both experimentally and theoretically. Experiments were conducted with ethanol as a quenching liquid. The wire was either fixed or moving downward at a constant speed in an ethanol bath. When the wire was heated instantly to a high temperature, bead-like bubbles were formed along the wire. This was in contrast to the previous results for a heated wire that was dipped into the ethanol bath at a relatively high velocity, where a vapor sheet was formed in the wake of the wire. Consideration was given to the effect of film boiling mode on the MHF point condition. A linear stability analysis of vapor film for natural convection film boiling on a horizontal cylinder was presented. The theoretical prediction of the critical vapor film thickness compared well with the measured value at the MHF point for the fixed wire.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2806-2813
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number636
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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