Micro-and nanoscale measurement methods for phase change heat transfer on planar and structured surfaces

Jacopo Buongiorno, David G. Cahill, Carlos H. Hidrovo, Saeed Moghaddam, Aaron J. Schmidt, Li Shi

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In this opinion piece, we discuss recent advances in experimental methods for characterizing phase change heat transfer. We begin with a survey of techniques for high-resolution measurements of temperature and heat flux at the solid surface and in the working fluid. Next, we focus on diagnostic tools for boiling heat transfer and describe techniques for visualizing the temperature and velocity fields, as well as measurements at the single bubble level. Finally, we discuss techniques to probe the kinetics of vapor formation within a few molecular layers of the interface. We conclude with our outlook for future progress in experimental methods for phase change heat transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-287
Number of pages18
JournalNanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2014



  • heat transfer measurement
  • microscale heat transfer
  • nanoscale heat transfer
  • phase change heat transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials

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