Heat transfer from a moving and evaporating meniscus on a heated surface

Satish Kandlikar
Wai Kuan

Proceedings of the summer heat transfer conference, July 21-23, 2003. The complete proceedings fan be found at www.asme.org . Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.


A stable meniscus is formed between a needle dispensing water over a heated circular face of a rotating copper block. The needle is offset from the axis of rotation and thus forms a moving meniscus. The water flow rate, heater surface temperature and the speed of rotation are controlled to provide a stable meniscus with complete evaporation of water without any meniscus break-up. The experimental heat transfer rate is compared with the transient heat conduction model developed here. The results indicate that the transient heat conduction plays a major role in the heat transfer process from a moving meniscus. The study provides an important insight on the role of transient conduction around a nucleating bubble in pool boiling.