Effects of dissolved gas content on pool boiling of a highly wetting fluid

S. M. You, T. W. Simon, A. Bar-Cohen, Y. S. Hong

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Experimental results on pool boiling heat transfer from a horizontal cylinder in an electronic cooling fluid (FC-72) are presented. The effects on the boiling curve of having air dissolved in the fluid are documented, showing that fluid in the vicinity of the heating element is apparently liberated of dissolved gas during boiling. Dissolved gas was found to influence boiling incipience only with high gas concentrations (> 0.005 moles/mole). For low-to-moderate concentrations, a larger superheat is required to initiate boiling and a hysteresis is observed between boiling curves taken with increasing and decreasing heat flux steps. Boiling, a very effective mode of heat transfer, is attractive for electronics cooling. The present experiment provides further documentation of the role of dissolved gas on the incipience process and shows similarities with subcooled boiling of a gas-free fluid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-692
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1995


  • Boiling Electronic Equipment
  • Phase-Change Phenomena


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