Heat and Mass Transfer

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 73–79 | Cite as

Effect of boiling surface vibration on heat transfer

  • Sathyabhama AlangarEmail author


Experimental investigation of effect of forced vertical surface vibration on nucleate pool boiling heat transfer of saturated water at atmospheric pressure is presented in this paper. Vertical vibration was induced externally to the circular copper test surface on which boiling took place, using a vibration exciter. Frequency was varied in the range 0–25 Hz and amplitude of vibration was varied in the range 0–5 mm. Boiling takes place at much lower superheats for the same heat flux, slope of boiling curve decreases remarkably, when the surface is given external excitation. High frequency and high amplitude oscillations lead to more intensive heat transfer. There are some combinations of frequency and vibration amplitude, which cause up to two times increase in heat transfer coefficients.


Heat Transfer Heat Flux Heat Transfer Coefficient Heat Pipe Boil Heat Transfer 
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Amplitude of vibration (mm)


Frequency of vibration (Hz)


Heat transfer coefficient (kW/m2 °C)


Heat flux (kW/m2)



Authors would like to acknowledge the financial support extended by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, (sanction order SR/S3/MERC-0009/2010) to carry out this research work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNITK SurathkalMangaloreIndia

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