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DOI: 10.1615/ICHMT.2000.TherSieProcVol2.10
pages 3-23

Ralph A. Nelson
Applied Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, MS F661, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA


Has the thermal science community continued to question itself? While I do not address this question for all areas of the thermal sciences, I do consider our status in the area of boiling and in particular nucleate boiling. I believe our ability to model through correlation has been very fruitful and will continue to be the basis by which we design and build systems into the future. I believe our ability to mechanistically model the nucleate boiling process is only now at a point where we might begin building simulations that can represent the temporal and spatial variations we observe experimentally. To begin what I hope will be a continuing discussion into the future, I propose a framework for modeling and understanding why boiling behaves as it does. Your debate of issues and elements within the framework (doubts about it) is not just expected, it is required if we are to make progress.

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