Effects of electrical shielding and salt concentration on microwave heating in cylindrical containers

R. C. Anantheswaran, J. L. Swanderski

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Time-temperature distributions in water and salt solutions were collected in a cylindrical container with and without electrical top shielding during microwave heating. A cold spot was found to exist for both water and salt solutions close to the bottom of the container with and without electrical top shielding. Surface heating was observed in unshielded salt solutions and resulted in a stagnant layer close to the top of the container. Surface heating was eliminated in salt solutions with electrical shielding at the top of the container. Flow profiles within the container were monitored using a potassium permanganate dye tracer and a video camera. The flow profiles for water showed an upward flow in the central region and a descending flow along the side watts. An upward flow along the side walls and a downward flow along the central axis was observed for salt solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-206
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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