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Heat transfer in microchannels
KTH, Superseded Departments, Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9902-2087
2001 (English)In: Microscale thermophysical engineering (Print), ISSN 1089-3954, E-ISSN 1091-7640, Vol. 5, no 3, 155-175 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article an attempt has been made to review the literature regarding heat transfer and pressure drop in one- and two phase flow in microchannels. The emphasis has been on reports presented during the last few years. For single phase flow, channels with hydraulic diameters less than 1 min have been considered. For two phase flow, very little information is available for such small channels. Also, for two phase flow, deviations from large-tube behavior start at diameters of a few millimeters. For these reasons a slightly larger diameter range has been considered in this case. As a conclusion, it can be stated that the understanding of flow, in microchannels is increasing steadily, but that there are still many questions to be answered concerning the reasons for deviations from classical theory developed for larger channels.

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2001. Vol. 5, no 3, 155-175 p.
Keyword [en]
extruded aluminum tubes, liquid 2-phase flow, pressure-drop, rectangular microchannels, forced-convection, brinkman number, boiling nucleation, refrigerant r-134a, binary-mixtures, micro-fins
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20963ISI: 000171191600001OAI: diva2:339660
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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