Master Thesis Defense: Alihan Kaya
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Alihan KAYA

Mechatronics Engineering, Master Thesis, 2012 

Thesis Jury

Assoc. Prof. Ali Koşar (Thesis Supervisor), Asoc. Prof. Mahmut Faruk Akşit, Asst. Prof. Burç Mısırlıoğlu, Asst. Prof.Güllü Kızıltaş Şendur,
Asst. Prof. Gözde Özaydın İnce

Date & Time: June 7th 2012 – 15:00

Place: FENS G029

Keywords: Ultra high mass flux flow boiling in microchannels, Subcooled flow boiling, Boiling instabilities in microchannels, Flow boiling CHF enhancement via surface modifications, Nanostructure coating on microtube walls 


Due to their heat transfer efficiency and compact implementation methods, the use of flow boiling via plain and modified microchannels for cooling solutions gained a significant importance in the last decade. The increasing need for more efficient cooling solutions in various fields of micro scale cooling such as aerospace, microreactors, automotive industry, micropropulsion, fuel cells, drug delivery systems, biological and chemical applications is motivating researchers to investigate the physics behind the micro scale flow boiling phenomena.

The proposed study aims to make a contribution to the literature in the related field by filling the gap of scientific knowledge about the microchannel flow boiling heat transfer capabilities at ultra high mass fluxes, under unstable boiling conditions and with microchannels having inner wall surface enhancements via nanostructure coating. The present thesis study and results of related experiments are divided into three main parts: ultra high mass flux flow boiling experiments, the effect of inlet restrictions and tube size on boiling instabilities in microchannels and flow boiling heat transfer enhancement via coating polyhydroxyethylmethacrylate (pHEMA) on inner microtube walls.


In the first part, microchannels having ~250 μm and ~500 μm hydraulic diameters were tested at various ultra high mass fluxes values and different heated length for forcing the conventional heat removal limits of flow boiling via microchannels. De-ionized water was used as working fluid and test section was heated with Joule heating. Wall temperatures for each case were recorded and exit qualities were calculated. The resulting CHF boiling curve demonstrates heat transfer values that were never achieved by flow boiling in microchannels.


In the second part of the present study, useful information about microtube boiling instability phenomena was provided. The study offers a parametric comparative investigation. Experimental data are obtained from microtubes having 250~µm and 685~ µm inner diameters, which were tested at low mass fluxes (78.9-276.3 kg/m2s) to reveal potential boiling instability mechanisms. Moreover, inlet restrictions were introduced to the system for observing their effect in mitigating unstable boiling conditions and extending the boiling curve. De-ionized water was used as a coolant, while microtubes were heated by Joule heating. Furthermore, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of the deduced data is performed for revealing the frequency correlations of the every obtained temperature and pressure oscillations before and just before the premature dryout condition. The results show the inlet restrictions have a significant effect on reducing the unstable boiling fluctuations and the proposed FFT method was proved to be a useful tool to predict premature dryout before it occurs.

In the third part, flow boiling heat transfer experiments were conducted on microtubes (inner diameter of ~ 250 µm, ~500 µm and ~1 mm) with enhanced inner surfaces having deposited polyhydroxyethylmethacrylate (pHEMA), which extends the Critical Heat Flux (CHF) boiling curve, increases the heat transfer surface area, provides additional nucleation sites. De-ionized water was utilized as the working fluid and test section was heated by Joule heating in this study. Nanostructures on the microtube walls were coated through initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) technique. A significant extension in CHF boiling curve and increase in heat transfer were observed with nanostructure-enhanced surfaces compared to the plain surface counterparts for two relatively high mass velocities, namely 2500 kg/m2s and 3800 kg/m2s.