Non-Invasive Measurement of Void Fraction and Liquid Temperature in Microchannel Flow Boiling

Fogg, D., David, M., and Goodson, K.E., 2009, "Non-Invasive Measurement of Void Fraction and Liquid Temperature in Microchannel Flow Boiling," Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 46, pp. 725-736.

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Past thermometry research for two-phase microfluidic systems made much progress regarding wall temperature distributions, yet the direct measurement of fluid temperature has received little attention. This paper uses a non-invasive two-dye/two-color fluorescent technique to capture fluid temperature along with local liquid fraction in a two-phase microflow generated by injecting air into a heated microchannel. The fluorescent emission of Rhodamine 110 and Rhodamine B, measured with photodiodes, is used to obtain local liquid temperature (±3C) and void fraction (±2% full-scale) over a temperature range from 45 to 100C. Arrays of these sensors can significantly expand the set of measurable flow parameters to include bubble/slug frequency, size, velocity, and growth rates in addition to mapping the local liquid temperature and void fraction.

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