Experimental and modelling aspects of flow boiling heat transfer for application to internal combustion engines

K Robinson, J G Hawley, N A F Campbell

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A detailed programme of work has been undertaken to quantify the suitability of predictive methods for accurate determination of the levels of boiling heat transfer within an internal combustion (IC) engine cooling gallery simulator. An extensive array of experimental data has been obtained as the basis for the predictive validation. Working on the principle of superposition, the convective component of heat transfer has been represented by the established Dittus-Boelter correlation which has been extensively modified to account for developing boundary layers, surface roughness and near-wall viscous effects. The boiling component has been represented by the Chen model, modified for binary fluids and subcooling. For the IC engine cooling application it is concluded that the application of the Chen approach must be complemented by a convective heat transfer model that accurately represents the complex thermo-fluid situation being experienced within a developing flow.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-889
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Viscous flow
  • Heat flux
  • Mathematical models
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Automobile engines
  • Prandtl number
  • Cooling
  • Computer simulation
  • Heat convection
  • Surface roughness
  • Boundary layers
  • Nucleate boiling
  • Correlation methods


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