The measurement of rapid surface temperature fluctuations during nucleate boiling of water



The surface temperature during nucleate boiling was measured with a special thermocouple so designed as to measure the temperature of a small area and to have an extremely rapid response time. The surface temperature was found to drop occasionally 20° to 30°F. in about 2 msec. during the boiling of water. This indicates a rapid extraction of heat during a short time interval. The significance of this observation is that it provides an important new clue to an understanding of nucleate boiling. A hypothesis is advanced to explain these observations.