Quenching experiment for the evaluation of the Minimum Heat Flux (MHF) point on an anodized zirconium surface was conducted. The anodized zirconium surface showed complete wetting (Contact Angle, ∼ 0°) due to the capillary wicking force by nano- and micro-scaled structures in contrast to bare zirconium surface (∼ 54.3±2°). The cylindrical test sections (bare and anodized zirconium surface) heated up to 800 [°C] by radiation furnace was rapidly immersed into saturated distilled water. The temperature history of the test section showed the enhancement of the MHF point noticeably from 324 [°C] for the bare to 497 [°C] for the anodized zirconium surface. High speed visualization focusing on the interfacial dynamics at the film boiling showed stable wavy motion at the bare zirconium surface. On the contrary, vigorous fluctuation of the liquid-vapor interface on the anodized zirconium surface occurred. The visual observation suggested that it was caused by completely wetting features at the anodized zirconium surface. Therefore, it triggered the enhancement of the MHF point.
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MHF (Minimum Heat Flux) Point on Anodized Zirconium Surface During Quenching
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Kang, J, Kim, SH, Jo, H, Ahn, HS, Kim, MH, & Park, HS. "MHF (Minimum Heat Flux) Point on Anodized Zirconium Surface During Quenching." Proceedings of the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels collocated with the ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels. Chicago, Illinois, USA. August 3–7, 2014. V001T14A001. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICNMM2014-21461
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