An experimental investigation of heat transfer from a small heated patch to a subcooled, fully developed turbulent flow is conducted. The test patch, approximately 0.25 mm long and 2.0 mm wide, is located on the floor of a small rectangular channel through which a coolant (R-113 or FC-72) is circulated. A thin film of Nichrome deposited on a quartz substrate serves as an integrated heater element and resistance thermometer. The maximum achievable heat flux with R-113, limited by the thermal decomposition temperature of the fluid, is 2.04 MW/m2 at a bulk velocity of 1.8 m/s and a high wall superheat of 80° C. The results obtained with FC-72 show large temperature excursions at the onset of nucleate boiling and a boiling hysteresis near the onset of nucleate boiling. These effects decrease with increasing velocity and/or subcooling. The heat flux at departure from nucleate boiling increases with increasing velocity and/or subcooling. A maximum heat flux of 4.26 MW/m2 at departure from nucleate boiling is observed.

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