Fluid flow and heat transfer of liquid-liquid two phase flow in microchannels: A review

Ayoub Abdollahi, Rajnish N. Sharma, Ashkan Vatani

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The fluid flow and heat transfer behavior of liquid–liquid two phase flows have led to significantly improve the heat transfer rates in microchannels. Both numerical and experimental studies are reviewed in this paper to gain useful insights into the effect of a number of parameters such as film thickness, Peclet number, working fluid and flow geometry on hydrodynamic and thermal behavior of microchannels using liquid-liquid two phase flow. In addition, the paper summarises information about common correlations proposed to predict the pressure drop and heat transfer coefficient in the form of Nusselt number (Nu). The present study shows that there is little agreement across the literature between measured pressure drop and Nusselt number and predictions based on these correlations. Finally, the conclusions and important summaries, and some possible future development of this field are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Heat transfer enhancement
  • Liquid-liquid
  • Microchannel
  • Slug flow
  • Tow-phase flow

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