Engineers have discovered an innovative technique to control and induce boiling bubble formation, which may enable from advanced electronics to industrial-sized boilers to perform better and stay longer.
The Oregon State University’s Engineers have discovered a novel way to control and induce boiling bubble information, which may enable everything to work more efficiently and stay endurable. According to the researchers, this concept can be used in two ways – either to generate steam more extensively or to boil water. The resulted appearance is the same as that witnessed in a clothing iron or a boiler or with products like electronic devices for releasing heat more comprehensively while functioning at a cooler temperature.
“One of the core limitations for electronic units is that they generate heat and the element that aids in dissipating the heat will support them to function at a faster speed and prevent failure of the machine,” says Chih-hung Chang, an electrical engineering professor in the OSU College of Engineering. “The more amounts of bubbles you will generate, the more will be the cooling that you will achieve.”
“On the contrary, if you intend to generate steam at a temperature lower than the surface level, then this approach will be extremely useful in boilers to boost their performance and efficiency levels. We have already stated that it can be performed on large surfaces must be able to reduce in size to the commercial utility.”
The newest approach is structured on the utilization of piezoelectric inkjet printing for creating a hydrophobic polymer, known as ‘dots.' Such a polymer is created on a substrate and then deposited on a hydrophilic zinc oxide nanostructure on top of that. The zinc oxide based nanostructure only grows to a level without dots. The hydrophilic, as well as the hydrophobic structure of the material, can be controlled by controlling the bubble formation. It will not only help in controlling the bubble information but will also allow manipulating the desired goal.
It is an excellent technology that enables researchers to regulate condensation and boiling procedures, as well as latitudinal bubble nucleation sites, departure frequency and bubble onset, critical heat flux and heat transfer coefficient for the first time.
As per the electronic engineers, it is a technology that may possess numerous applications with few types of advanced lasers, solar energy, power electronics, solar radars, advanced lasers and other high performing applications where it is essential to dissipate extraordinary heat levels.
In industry usage, a noteworthy possibility is highly efficient functioning of the steam boilers that are utilized for producing electricity in big electricity producing facilities. The OSU Venture Development Fund and the Accessible Nanomanufacturing Program of the National Science Foundation have supported this work and have considered it as a step forward towards the efficient performance of various types of units.
Conclusion – The new technology for controlling the formation as well as the release of bubbles is introduced by the Researchers at Oregon State University. While the technological innovation seems promising, it is now to be seen that how well it will be able to perform under varied circumstances.