Nucleate Boiling

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Nucleate boiling is the most desirable regime in most industrial applications (with few exceptions) because relatively high rates of heat transfer can be achieved with relatively low temperature differentials. Because vapor bubbles exert a major influence on the hydrodynamic and heat transfer characteristics of the nucleate boiling regime, a thorough understanding of how bubbles form and how they influence heat transfer is essential. Three stages of bubble production, each of which will be discussed in the related articles listed below, are defined as follows: (1) initiation or nucleation, (2) growth, and (3) detachment.

Homogeneous Bubble Growth
Heterogeneous Bubble Growth
Bubble Growth Within Superheated Liquid Droplets


Faghri, A., and Zhang, Y., 2006, Transport Phenomena in Multiphase Systems, Elsevier, Burlington, MA

Faghri, A., Zhang, Y., and Howell, J. R., 2010, Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer, Global Digital Press, Columbia, MO.

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