RESUMEN: In this work we examine the phenomenon of laminar-turbulent transition in a heated rectangular channel under high heat fluxes and water as a working fluid. We use an experimental device that allows the electric heating of the walls and the measurement of its temperature through thermocouples housed beneath the surface. The results of this initial exploration clearly show the dependence of the convection coefficient on the heat flux through different mechanisms. In first place we can see an increase in the convection coefficient with the heat flux that is correctly predicted for laminar and turbulent flows by the Sieder-Tate correction. In second place, there was a clear change of behaviour that corresponds to the start of the transition to turbulence. The Reynolds number that corresponds to the departure from laminar behavior was independent of the heat flux in the walls within the conditions covered in this study.
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