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Title: Lattice Boltzmann modeling of boiling heat transfer: The boiling curve and the effects of wettability

A hybrid thermal lattice Boltzmann (LB) model is presented to simulate thermal multiphase flows with phase change based on an improved pseudopotential LB approach (Li et al., 2013). The present model does not suffer from the spurious term caused by the forcing-term effect, which was encountered in some previous thermal LB models for liquid–vapor phase change. Using the model, the liquid–vapor boiling process is simulated. The boiling curve together with the three boiling stages (nucleate boiling, transition boiling, and film boiling) is numerically reproduced in the LB community for the first time. The numerical results show that the basic features and the fundamental characteristics of boiling heat transfer are well captured, such as the severe fluctuation of transient heat flux in the transition boiling and the feature that the maximum heat transfer coefficient lies at a lower wall superheat than that of the maximum heat flux. Moreover, the effects of the heating surface wettability on boiling heat transfer are investigated. It is found that an increase in contact angle promotes the onset of boiling but reduces the critical heat flux, and makes the boiling process enter into the film boiling regime at a lower wall superheat, which is consistent withmore » the findings from experimental studies.« less
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  1. Central South Univ., Changsha (China); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Xi'an Jiaotong Univ., Xi'an (China)
  4. Univ. College London, London (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9310; PII: S0017931015001544
Grant/Contract Number:
201439; AC52-06NA25396
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9310
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
42 ENGINEERING; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING Lattice Boltzmann method; pseudopotential model; liquid–vapor phase change; boiling heat transfer; wettability