Flow Boiling in Microchannels – New Horizons
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Flow Boiling in Microchannels – New Horizons

Satish G. Kandlikar
Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY, USA


Flow boiling heat transfer in microchannels was expected to surpass the
single-phase heat transfer coefficient values in microchannels. This
expectation was built upon the macroscale characteristics of flow
boiling. The challenges have been posed from the instabilities and
lower critical heat flux values. Successful implementation of some
novel techniques, and a shift in the operating parametric ranges have
been successful in certain applications. This talk provides an overview
of the recent developments and remaining challenges that need to be


Satish Kandlikar is the Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering at
RIT. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of
Technology in Bombay in 1975 and has been a faculty there before coming
to RIT in 1980. He has worked extensively in the area of flow boiling
heat transfer and CHF phenomena at microscale, single-phase flow in
microchannels, high heat flux chip cooling, and water management in PEM
fuel cells. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers. He
is a Fellow member of ASME and Associate Editor of a number of journals
including ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. He is Executive Editor of Heat
Exchanger Design Handbook published by Begell House. He has received
the RIT’s Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and Trustees
Outstanding Scholarship Award in 2006. He has received the 2008
Rochester Engineer of the Year award from Rochester Engineering
Society. Currently he is working on DOE and GM sponsored projects on
Fuel Cell water management under freezing conditions, and an NSF
sponsored project on roughness effect on fluid flow and heat transfer
at microscale.

March 23, 10:40, FASS 1103