Optical Study of Bubble Dynamics in Microgravity Pool Boiling

  • Johannes Straub
Part of the Heat and Mass Transfer book series (HMT)


Heat and mass transfer in boiling is determined by thermophysical mechanisms, especially by the interrelations between the surface of the heater and the liquid, and by the interfacial phenomena between liquid and vapor. It is generally assumed that the external forces like gravity in pool and shear forces in flow boiling are the most important factors for the bubble dynamics which determines the heat transfer. In microgravity buoyancy is completely or at least mostly eliminated. Therefore, pool boiling experiments in microgravity permit the study of heat transfer, and the related bubble dynamics caused by the growing bubbles themselves and by bubble interactions. In this article measurements of heat transfer and observed bubble behavior are discussed resulting from experiments performed in microgravity.


Heat Transfer Heat Flux Critical Heat Flux Bubble Growth Boiling Heat Transfer 
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  • Johannes Straub
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  1. 1.Lehrstuhl A für ThermodynamikTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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