Prediction Of Critical Heat Flux In Microchannels
An overview of the state-of-the-art of predicting critical heat flux during saturated flow boiling in microchannels is presented. First, a selection of experimental results is described for single channels and for multi-channels in parallel, including non-circular channel shapes. Next, the various empirical methods for predicting CHF are presented and discussed. Then, the theoretically based model of Revellin and Thome for microchannels, including prediction of CHF under hot spots, is described and discussed. Finally, some overall comments on the status of CHF modeling and experimentation are provided.