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Experimental Study of Water Liquid-Vapor Two-Phase Pressure Drop Across an Array of Staggered Micropin-Fins

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Christopher A. Konishi

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822

Weilin Qu1

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822qu@hawaii.edu

Frank E. Pfefferkorn

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706


Corresponding author.

J. Electron. Packag 131(2), 021010 (Apr 03, 2009) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3104028 History: Received August 06, 2008; Revised January 06, 2009; Published April 03, 2009

This study concerns pressure drop of adiabatic water liquid-vapor two-phase flow across an array of 1950 staggered square micropin-fins having a 200×200μm cross section by 670μm height. The ratios of longitudinal pitch and transverse pitch to pin-fin equivalent diameter are equal to 2. An inline immersion heater upstream of the micropin-fin test module was employed to produce liquid-vapor two-phase mixture, which flowed across the micropin-fin array. The test module was well insulated to maintain adiabatic condition. Four maximum mass velocities of 184kg/m2s, 235kg/m2s, 337kg/m2s, and 391kg/m2s, and a range of vapor qualities for each maximum mass velocity were tested. Measured pressure drop increases drastically with increasing vapor quality. Nine existing two-phase pressure drop models and correlations were assessed. The Lockhart–Martinelli correlation for laminar liquid-laminar vapor combination in conjunction with a single-phase friction factor correlation proposed for the present micropin-fin array provided the best agreement with the data.

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Schematic of flow loop

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Construction of test module

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Top view of micropin-fin array

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Measured ΔPtp as a function of xe for all Gmax

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Comparison of ΔPtp data with homogeneous equilibrium model predictions using two-phase viscosity models by (a) Dukler (12) and (b) Beattie and Whalley (13)

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Measured ΔPsp as a function of Gmax for all Tin

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ffin,sp as a function of Resp for all Tin

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Comparison of ΔPtp data with predictions of Lockhart–Martinelli type of correlations by (a) Lockhart–Martinelli (laminar liquid-laminar vapor) (16-17), (b) Lockhart–Martinelli (laminar liquid-turbulent vapor) (16-17), (c) Kawahara (18), (d) Mishima and Hibiki (19), and (e) Krishnamurthy and Peles (3)



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