A Review of Boiling Heat Transfer Characteristics in Binary Mixtures

Jian Xu, Yi Wang, Ren Yang, Wanlong Liu, Hongwei Wu, Yulong Ding, Yongliang Li

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This paper reviews the state-of-the-art knowledge of boiling heat transfer in binary mixtures, special emphasis is placed on refrigeration industry. The advantage of using refrigerant mixtures over pure refrigerants include the enhancement of coefficient of performance (COP), better match with the desired thermal load and safer, more environmental-friendly refrigerants. In other words, the concept of using mixtures enables more flexibility for the selection of suitable working fluids in particular applications. The purpose of this review article aims to summarize the important published articles on boiling heat transfer in binary mixtures and innovative technologies, as well as to identify limitations to existing studies and directions for future research of this promising thermal management technique. The present article reviews straightforward on both pool boiling and flow boiling in a systematic and comprehensive way. This article maily focus on the review of the effects of mass diffusion, heating surface characteristics, heats from dilution and dissolution on pool boiling heat transfer of binary mixtures, as well as the effects of flow orientation, flow regime and flow instability on flow boiling heat transfer of binary mixtures. Many papers reviewed herein relate to the heat transfer correlations during boiling of binary mixtures. The review reveals that numerical simulations of boiling in binary mixtures, the benefits of surface modification on boiling of binary mixtures and the flow boiling of highly viscous pseudo-plastic mixtures have been scarcely investigated and require further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number120570
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Early online date22 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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