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Modeling and experimental study of nucleate boiling on a vertical array of horizontal plain tubes

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Ribatski, Gherhardt [1] ; Saiz Jabardo, Jose M. [2] ; Fockink da Silva, Evandro [3]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, EESC, Dept Mech Engn, Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ A Coruna, Escola Politecn Super, Ferrol 15403, Coruna - Spain
[3] Ctr Fed Educ Tecnol Minas Gerais CEFETMG, Unidade Divinopolis, Divinopolis, MG - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE; v. 32, n. 8, p. 1530-1537, SEP 2008.
Web of Science Citations: 23

An investigation of nucleate boiling on a vertical array of horizontal plain tubes is presented in this paper. Experiments were performed with refrigerant RI 23 at reduced pressures varying from 0.022 to 0.64, tube pitch to diameter ratios of 1.32, 1.53 and 2.00, and heat fluxes from 0.5 to 40 kW/m(2). Brass tubes with external diameters of 19.05 mm and average roughness of 0.12 mu m were used in the experiments. The effect of the tube spacing on the local heat transfer coefficient along the tube array was negligible within the present range of experimental conditions. For partial nucleate boiling, characterized by low heat fluxes, and low reduced pressures, the tube positioning shows a remarkable effect on the heat transfer coefficient. Based on these data, a general correlation for the prediction of the nucleate boiling heat transfer coefficient on a vertical array of horizontal tubes under flooded conditions was proposed. According to this correlation, the ratio between the heat transfer coefficients of a given tube and the lowest tube in the array depends only on the tube row number, the reduced pressure and the heat flux. By using the proposed correlation, most of the experimental heat transfer coefficients obtained in the present study were predicted within +/- 15%. The new correlation compares reasonably well with independent data from the literature. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (AU)