Thermal Dynamics of Growing Bubble and Heat Transfer in Microgravity Pool Boiling

  • Wangfang Du
  • Jianfu ZhaoEmail author
  • Huixiong Li
  • Yonghai Zhang
  • Jinjia Wei
  • Kai Li
Part of the Research for Development book series (REDE)


Boiling heat transfer realizes the high-performance heat exchange due to latent heat transportation, and then there are extensive industrial applications on Earth and many potential applications in space. Microgravity experiments offer a unique opportunity to study the complex interactions without external forces, and can also provide a means to study the actual influence of gravity on the pool boiling by comparing the results obtained from microgravity experiments with their counterparts in normal gravity. It will be conductive to revealing of the mechanism underlying the phenomenon, and then developing of more mechanistic models for the related applications both on Earth and in space. The present chapter summarize the up-to-date progress on the understanding of pool boiling phenomenon based on the knowledge obtained from microgravity experiments, focusing particularly on the thermal dynamics of growing bubble and heat transfer in microgravity pool boiling. The gravity scaling behavior, as well as the passive enhancement of heat transfer performance of nucleate pool boiling on flat plates by using micro-pin-finned surface, is presented and discussed in detail. Based on the outcome of the current trends in pool boiling research, some recommendations for future work are also proposed.


Microgravity Pool boiling Bubble dynamics Heat transfer Gravity scaling law 



The studies presented here were supported financially by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (U1738105, 11802314, 11672311, 11372327, 11402273, 10972225, 10432060, 51636006, 51611130060), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (QYZDY-SSW-JSC040, XDA04020404, XDA04020202-04).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wangfang Du
    • 1
  • Jianfu Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Huixiong Li
    • 3
    • 4
  • Yonghai Zhang
    • 5
  • Jinjia Wei
    • 3
    • 5
  • Kai Li
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CAS Key Laboratory of Microgravity (National Microgravity Laboratory/CAS), Institute of MechanicsChinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)BeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Engineering ScienceUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)BeijingChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power EngineeringXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  4. 4.School of Energy and Power EngineeringXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  5. 5.School of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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