An experimental study on condensation heat transfer characteristics of R-600a in tubes with coiled wire inserts

Ahmadi Moghaddam, Hadi, Sarmadian, Alireza and Shafaee, Maziar (2019) An experimental study on condensation heat transfer characteristics of R-600a in tubes with coiled wire inserts. Applied Thermal Engineering. ISSN 1359-4311

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In this experimental research, condensation heat transfer enhancement of R-600a as a consequence of used spring inserts inside a horizontal condenser is studied. The condenser was a copper tube with the internal diameter, wall thickness, and length of 8.1, 0.71, and 1000 mm, respectively. Five coiled wires with various coil pitches of 10, 20 and 30 mm, and various wire diameters of 0.5, 1 and 1.5 mm were used inside the test pipe. Tests were conducted at vapor qualities within the range of 0.03-0.79 and mass velocities between 115-365 kg/m2s. Results indicated that coiled wires are advantageous instruments in heat transfer improvement of the condenser. In this regard, the coiled wire with the wire diameter of 1.5 mm and coil pitch of 10 mm showed the best performance among all inserts by the heat transfer coefficient increased up to 107% over the smooth tube. It was also observed that the use of springs affects the transition of flow pattern from annular to intermittent, and the annular regime was observable at a lower vapor quality in comparison to the smooth tube. Finally, a new correlation is developed to predict the condensation heat transfer coefficients of R-600a in coiled wire inserted tubes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Coiled wire; Condensation; Flow regime; Heat transfer; R-600a
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group
Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > QC0120 Descriptive and experimental mechanics > QC0145.2 Fluids. Fluid mechanics. General works
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0251 Heat
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0251 Heat > QC0310.15 Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Alireza Sarmadian
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 12:49
Last Modified: 31 May 2020 01:00

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