A mechanistic model for nucleate boiling heat transfer performance with lubricant-refrigerant mixture

Jung-Tsung Hung*, Yu-Kai Chen, Hou-Kuang Shih, Chi-Chuan Wang*

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Abstract

The present study proposes a rationally based model to investigate the influence of lubricant on the nucleate boiling characteristics of refrigerant-lubricant mixtures. This model is developed based on site-activation boiling mechanism along with detailed physical parameters in association with thermal and hydrodynamic processes, including waiting period for bubble incipience, bubble growth and departure period. Yet, the model also encompasses the polymer adsorption theory and energy gap concept to address the effect of lubricant with different chemical structure and physical property on the heat transfer phenomenon during each period of nucleate boiling individually. In addition, by using the partition function with Boltzmann energy distribution in different energy state, bubble density can be expressed in an analytic form to facilitate the calculation of heat transfer coefficient. Based on the proposed model, the presence of lubricant appreciably changes interfacial energy upon metal-liquid and liquid-bubble interfaces. The lubricant prefers lying on metal surface, thereby influencing surface coverage concentration when bubble is initiating. Such lubricant-rich layer near metal surface significantly alters the waiting period of nucleate boiling process, bubble size, growth and departure time, bubble density and superheat on heating surface. In essence, the presence of lubricant dramatically influences heat transfer performance. The proposed model is validated against some recent test data for R-134a/POE, R-1234ze/POE and R-134a/PVE refrigerant/lubricants mixtures. (C) 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120092
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume159
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Heat transfer coefficient
  • Lubricant
  • Refrigerant
  • Mixtures
  • Nucleate boiling
  • Mechanistic model
  • DEPARTURE DIAMETER
  • CONTACT-ANGLE
  • SITE DENSITY
  • POOL
  • BUBBLE
  • OIL
  • SURFACE
  • EQUILIBRIUM
  • MICROLAYER
  • ADSORPTION

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