Journal article

Flow boiling data and prediction method for enhanced boiling tubes and tube bundles with R-134a and R-236fa including a comparison with falling film evaporation

New enhanced boiling tubes from Wolverine Tube Inc. (Turbo-B5) and Wieland-Werke AG (Gewa-B5) were investigated using R-134a and R-236fa as test fluids. The tests were done at saturation temperatures of 5 and 15 degrees C, mass flow rates from 4 to 35 kg m(-2) s(-1) and heat fluxes from 15 to 70 kW m(-2). A new prediction method based on a theoretical analysis of thin film evaporation was used to propose a new correlating parameter. A large new database of local heat transfer coefficients was obtained and utilized to generate an improved prediction method for bundle boiling and the onset of dryout. Onset of dryout and the simultaneous reduction in heat transfer performance occurred at very high vapour quality on these enhanced tubes in convective bundle boiling. Furthermore, a direct comparison was made between the tubes operating in falling film and convective bundle boiling modes. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.


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