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Falling Liquid Film Evaporation in Subcooled and Saturated Water Over Horizontal Heated Tubes

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Narvaez-Romo, Beethoven ; Simoes-Moreira, Jose R.
Total Authors: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: HEAT TRANSFER ENGINEERING; v. 38, n. 3, SI, p. 361-376, 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 2

This paper presents an experimental study of heat transfer and film thickness behavior in falling liquid water film evaporation technology over horizontal tubes. Liquid distribution systems have also been evaluated. The experimental setup consisted of two horizontal 0.019-m OD stainless-steel tubes, 0.194 m in length. Reynolds numbers in the 160-940 range were tested in both subcooled and saturated liquid regimes. For the liquid distribution system study, several distributor geometries were tested in order to develop the least disturbed film over the tubes. An intrusive method was used for measuring the liquid film thickness in the laminar regime and the measured values were compared with the theoretical prediction computed from the Nusselt equation. An experimental heat transfer correlation was obtained and compared with previous ones obtained by other authors. In addition, the local heat transfer coefficient was observed to be always higher at the horizontal tube top region for all operational conditions (on the order of 14 kW/m2-degrees C). Finally, the use of a liquid storage distribution system along with the installation of a wire mesh to obtain an uniform liquid distribution for all Reynolds numbers tested. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 10/10858-4 - Experimental study of a falling film distilation column for ammonia-water mixtures
Grantee:José Roberto Simões Moreira
Support type: Regular Research Grants