Critical heat flux (CHF) enhancement by surface modifications has been an extensively researched area in pool boiling heat transfer. Here we report a fundamental mechanism of CHF enhancement where nano/micro ridges are fabricated on surfaces to fragment and evaporate the metastable non-evaporating/adsorbed film present at the base of a bubble in the contact line region. CHF increase of ∼125% is obtained with only ∼40% increase in surface area. An analytical model is extended to explain the CHF enhancement and to determine the average non-evaporating film thickness, which serves as the critical height for nano/micro structures for pool boiling heat transfer enhancement.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)