JSME International Journal Series B Fluids and Thermal Engineering
Online ISSN : 1347-5371
Print ISSN : 1340-8054
ISSN-L : 1340-8054
A Critical Examination of the View that Nucleate Boiling Heat-Transfer Data Exhibit Power Law Behavior
Eugene Adiutori F.
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1994 Volume 37 Issue 2 Pages 394-402


This article critically examines the widely accepted view that nucleate boiling heat-transfer data exhibit power law behavior, and that the ΔT exponent is approximately 3. The examination reveals that ● the power law view is based on induction methodology which is NOT rigorous ; ● the power law view is NOT supported by data in literature. Rigorous induction methodology reveals that nucleate boiling data generally exhibit LINEAR behavior, i. e., nucleate boiling data generally yield straight lines when drawn on a linear scale ; i. e. the ΔT exponent is generally unity.

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