Steady and Unsteady Flow in a Heated Capillary
The forced fluid flow in heated micro-channels with a distinct evaporation front is considered. The effect of a number of dimensionless parameters such as the Peclet, Jacob numbers, and dimensionless heat flux, on the velocity, temperature and pressure within the liquid and vapor domains has been studied, and the parameters corresponding to the steady flow regime, as well as the domains of flow instability are delineated. An experiment was conducted and demonstrated that the flow in microchannels appear to have to distinct phase domains one for the liquid and the other for the vapor, with a short section of two-phase mixture between them.
KeywordsHeat Mass Transfer Unsteady Flow Peclet Number Thermal Boundary Layer Hydraulic Diameter
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