Due to the considerably reduced boiling point, organic fluids such as ethanol provide an attractive alternative to water as the working fluid in two-phase thermal management systems for high-heat-flux applications. The state-of-the-art enhancement methods for ethanol boiling normally involve surface structure engineering. Here we report, for the first time, enhancement of nucleate boiling of ethanol using wettability-patterned surfaces. By depositing onto a polished copper surface an array of circular spots of superamphiphobic coating of modified halloysite nanotubes (HNT) with fluoropolymer, which was shown to repel low-surface-tension fluids, we managed to create a meaningful biphilic pattern of alternating hydrophobicity (with ethanol contact angle exceeding 100°) and hydrophilicity (with contact angle close to 0°) on the surface. Boiling heat transfer was found to be improved dramatically on the coated surface. Specifically, the onset of nucleate boiling was found to drop by more than 35%. Moreover, at 20 K surface superheat (above the boiling point), a maximum heat transfer enhancement over 300% compared with a plain copper surface occurred on the surface with a pitch-to-spot ratio close to 2.5. The significantly increased heat transfer rate of the biphilic surfaces could be attributed to facilitated bubble nucleation and stronger agitation effect.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Applied Thermal Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 25 2019|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering