Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Mechanical Engineering


In film boiling, a layer of vapor completely blankets the heated surface and prevents liquid contact with the surface. Film boiling is usually considered undesirable because it is an inefficient mode of heat transfer and can lead to temperatures in excess of those allowed for many materials. Because film boiling may inhibit desired heat transfer in several processes including metals manufacturing, cryogenic engineering, and electronic cooling, it is useful to consider how the film boiling vapor layer may be destabilized or altered such that time-averaged heat transfer is improved.