Elucidating the mechanism of nucleate boiling
Safe operation of large structures that emit high heat fluxes such as hybrid planes, drones and satellites hinges on efficient cooling solutions. Nucleate boiling can cool down components and systems through transfer of energy as bubbles form and detach from a heated surface to a cooler surrounding liquid. The EU-funded BOIL-MODE-ON project will use computer models to shed insight on the underlying mechanism of bubble inception and departure during boiling. The study will reveal the effects of surface wettability and dissolved gas, which are two of the most complex topics in the field. Experimental campaigns will complement theoretical work. Precise control of certain parameters that affect boiler efficiency will enable practical implementation of nucleate boiling.