Journal of
Engineering and Technology Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Eng. Technol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9790
  • DOI: 10.5897/JETR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Full Length Research Paper

An optimal parametric design to improve pool boiling heat transfer of sintered surfaces

Mao-Yu Wen1*, Ching-Yen Ho2 and Kuen-Jang Jang1
  1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung 833, ROC, Taiwan. 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hwa Hsia Institute of Technology, Taipei 235, ROC, Taiwan.
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  •  Accepted: 18 November 2011
  •  Published: 22 February 2012



This study investigated the effect of design parameters on pool boiling heat transfer on the sintered surfaces of a tube. The pool boiling experiments were conducted in saturated, deionized and degassed water. Data were taken at an atmospherical pressure and a fixed heat flux of 41,000.In the experimentation, the effects of the sintering pressure, sintering time, sintering temperature, heating rate, and particle size on the boiling heat-transfer coefficient of the sintered surface were investigated using the Taguchi method, and an  orthogonal array table was selected as an experimental plan for some parameters earlier mentioned. Based on the results of SN (signal/noise) ratio and ANOVA (analysis of variance), the optimal conditions of specifications of parameters will be provided. It was found that all the chosen sintering factors have significant effects on the pool boiling heat transfer coefficient. Flow visualization is also used to investigate the behavior of the pool boiling phenomena of the present sintered surfaces. Optimum pool boiling heat transfer coefficient of 5.29  was achieved with a sintering pressure of 2 atmospheres, a sintering time of 2 h, a sintering temperature of 900°C, a heating rate of 5°C/min and a particle size of 0.35 mm in a nitrogen container.


Key words: Pool boiling, heat transfer coefficient, sintered surface, Taguchi method.