Phase-field modeling of vapor bubble growth in a microchannel

Anumerical model based on Cahn–Hilliard phase-field method is introduced for thefirst time in the literature to investigate the hydrodynamics and heat transfercharacteristics of a vaporized elongated bubble in a rectangular microchannel. In thesimulations, the initially nucleated bubble starts growing as it comes in contact withsuperheated water. The effects of the water inlet velocity and the bubble contact angleon the temporal evolution of the average heat transfer coefficient are also reported.Both qualitative and quantitative comparisons indicated that the numerically obtainedbubble shape and the growth rate are in very good agreement with the experimentalresults available in the literature.
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R. Jafari and H. T. Okutucu Özyurt, “Phase-field modeling of vapor bubble growth in a microchannel,” Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows, pp. 143–158, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: