Flow boiling heat transfer in a vertical spirally internally ribbed tube

L.X. Cheng, Tingkuan Chen

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Abstract

Experiments of flow boiling heat transfer and two-phase flow frictional pressure drop in a spirally internally ribbed tube (phi 22 x 5.5 mm) and a smooth tube (phi 19 x 2 mm) were conducted, respectively, under the condition of 6 x 10(5) Pa (absolute atmosphere pressure). The available heated length of the test sections was 2500 mm. The mass fluxes were selected, respectively, at 410, 610 and 810 kg/m(2) s. The maximum heat flux was controlled according to exit quality, which was no more than 0.3 in each test run. The experimental results in the spirally internally ribbed tube were compared with that in the smooth tube. It shows that flow boiling heat transfer coefficients in the spirally internally ribbed tube are 1.4-2 times that in the smooth tube, and the flow boiling heat transfer under the condition of smaller temperature differences can be achieved in the spirally internally ribbed tube. Also, the two-phase flow frictional pressure drop in the spirally internally ribbed tube increases a factor of 1.6-2 as compared with that in the smooth tube. The effects of mass flux and pressure on the flow boiling heat transfer were presented. The effect of diameters on flow boiling heat transfer in smooth tubes was analyzed. Based on the fits of the experimental data, correlations of flow boiling heat transfer coefficient and two-phase flow frictional factor were proposed, respectively. The mechanisms of enhanced flow boiling heat transfer ill the spirally internally ribbed tube were analyzed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-236
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer
Volume37
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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