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A review on boiling heat transfer enhancement with nanofluids

Jacqueline Barber*, David Brutin and Lounes Tadrist

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Aix-Marseille Université (UI, UII)-CNRS Laboratoire IUSTI, UMR 6595, 5 Rue Enrico Fermi, Marseille, 13453, France

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:280  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-280

Published: 4 April 2011


There has been increasing interest of late in nanofluid boiling and its use in heat transfer enhancement. This article covers recent advances in the last decade by researchers in both pool boiling and convective boiling applications, with nanofluids as the working fluid. The available data in the literature is reviewed in terms of enhancements, and degradations in the nucleate boiling heat transfer and critical heat flux. Conflicting data have been presented in the literature on the effect that nanofluids have on the boiling heat-transfer coefficient; however, almost all researchers have noted an enhancement in the critical heat flux during nanofluid boiling. Several researchers have observed nanoparticle deposition at the heater surface, which they have related back to the critical heat flux enhancement.