Pool boiling is the most common and familiar method of heating
By adding an incredibly thin coating of alumina to a metal surface, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have doubled the rate that heat travels from a solid surface — such as a pot on a stove — into the liquid in the pot. The results are published in the American Institute of Physics‘ journal Applied Physics Letters.
Pool boiling is the most common and familiar method of heating a container’s contents, and is a remarkably efficient heat transfer method. The transfer of heat in this case is referred to as the “heat flux.” There exists, however, a critical point at which a solid surface gets too hot and pool-boiling efficiency is lost.
“Delaying the critical flux could play an important role in advancing thermal management of electronics as well as improving the efficiency of a number of energy systems,” says Bo Feng, Ph.D., the Georgia Tech researcher leading this project. In boiling, bubbles carry away large amounts of heat from solid surfaces, but the bubbles also act as an insulator, preventing the liquid from rewetting the surface and thereby interrupting heat transfer. The alumina coating — only a few hundreds of atoms thick (1/1,000 the thickness of a human hair) — has a high affinity to water and, as a result, facilitates the rapid rewetting of the solid surface.
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