Theoretical analysis and experimental investigation on local heat transfer characteristics of HFC-134a forced-convection condensation inside smooth horizontal tubes

Pei Wen Li, Min Chen, Wen Quan Tao

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An improved analysis model is presented for predicting the local heat transfer coefficient of forced condensation in the annular flow region inside smooth horizontal tubes. Heat transfer experiments for R-12 and R-134a are conducted inside a condensing tube with an inner diameter of 11 mm and a length of 13 m. The mass flux ranged from 200 to 510 kg/m2s, and the vapor qualities varied from 1.0 to 0.0. Compared with the experimental data, the numerical results have a deviation of not more than 20% and 25% for 80% of the total 47 points of R-12 and 88% of the total 226 points of R-134a, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
JournalHeat Transfer Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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