Condensation and evaporation heat transfer characteristics in horizontal smooth, herringbone and enhanced surface EHT tubes

Si Pu Guo, Zan Wu, Wei Li, David Kukulka, Bengt Sundén, Xiao Peng Zhou, Jin Jia Wei, Terrence Simon

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Abstract

An experimental investigation was performed to evaluate convective condensation and evaporation of R22, R32 and R410A inside a smooth tube (inner diameter 11.43 mm), a herringbone tube (fin root diameter 11.43 mm) and a newly developed enhanced surface EHT tube (inner diameter 11.5 mm) at low mass fluxes. The inner surface of the EHT tube is enhanced by dimple/protrusion and secondary petal arrays. For condensation, the heat transfer coefficient of the herringbone tube is 2.0-3.0 times larger than a smooth tube and the EHT tube is 1.3-1.95 times that of the smooth tube. The heat transfer enhancement ratios of the herringbone tube and the EHT tube are larger than their respective inner surface area ratios. Mass flux has a non-monotonic relation with the condensation heat transfer coefficient in the herringbone microfin tubes; this was especially evident for R32 and R410A. For evaporation, the EHT tube provides the best evaporation heat transfer performance for all the three refrigerants; this is mainly due to the heat transfer enhancement produced from the larger number of nucleation sites, increased interfacial turbulence, boundary layer disruption, flow separation and secondary flow generation caused by the dimple and petal arrays. The evaporation heat transfer coefficient of the herringbone tube is only slightly higher than that of the smooth tube. Overall, the EHT tube provides increased heat transfer enhancement for both condensation and evaporation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-291
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume85
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51210011), the National Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province in China (#Z13E060001), the Swedish Research Council (VR) and the Swedish Energy Agency. Wei Li would like to delicate this paper to Academician of Engineering of China, Cen-ka Fa for his outstanding contribution to thermal science.

Keywords

  • Condensation
  • Evaporation
  • Heat transfer enhancement
  • Herringbone tube

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