TITLE

An Experimental Investigation of the Reynolds Analogy and its Modifications Applied to Annular Condensation Laminar Flow of R134a in a Vertical Tube

AUTHOR(S)
Dalkilic, A.; Kundu, B.; Wongwises, S.
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
Arabian Journal for Science & Engineering (Springer Science & Bu;Jun2013, Vol. 38 Issue 6, p1493
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The Reynolds analogy and its modifications are applied to forced convection laminar in-tube condensation to predict the heat transfer coefficient of R134a by means of well-known two-phase friction factors and agreed void fraction models and correlations explained in the authors' previous works. The vertical test section is a 0.5 m long countercurrent flow double tube heat exchanger with refrigerant flowing in the inner smooth copper tube (8.1 mm i.d.) and cooling water flowing in the annulus (26 mm i.d.). The test runs are performed at average saturated condensing temperatures of 40 °C ( Pr = 0.92) and 50 °C ( Pr = 0.97). The heat fluxes are between 10.16 and 66.61 kW m while the mass fluxes are between 260 and 515 kg m s for the vertical test sections. The Reynolds' model is modified by various two-phase flow models and correlations to account for the partial condensation inside the tube. The refrigerant side heat transfer coefficients are determined within ±30% using the two-phase friction factors of Wallis, Moeck, Fore et al., while all the proposed friction factor correlations for the Reynolds analogy, Prandtl and Taylor analogy, and Colburn analogy predict the experimental friction factor within a ±20% deviation band. The importance of altering the Prandtl number to the Reynolds analogy ( Pr = 1) is also shown in the paper.
ACCESSION #
87609282

 

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