Experimental pressure drop data of condensation from the previous literature were collected to develop a general frictional pressure drop correlation for horizontal micro-fin tubes. The collected database contained 481 data points, covering nine working fluids at average saturated condensing temperatures ranging between 14 and 65°C, with mass velocities ranging from 50 to 800 kg/m2s, and average vapor qualities from 0.11 to 0.91. The hydraulic diameter of micro-fin tubes varied from 2.16 to 5.67 mm and was employed in the calculation of Reynolds number. The Fanning frictional factor was calculated by adopting the Churchill model with the empirically fitted relative roughness. Four existing pressure drop correlations developed for micro-fin tubes were evaluated by the database for condensation in micro-fin tubes. The correlation proposed by Cavallini et al. was the best prediction model among them, predicting 85.6% of the collected data points within the 30% error band. In addition, a new correlation based on the Martnelli parameter Xtt modified by incorporating the reduced pressure was proposed to predict the present database, which showed a good agreement.
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A General Frictional Pressure Drop Correlation for Condensation in Microfin Tubes
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Sun, Z, & Li, W. "A General Frictional Pressure Drop Correlation for Condensation in Microfin Tubes." Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Volume 1B, Symposia: Fluid Measurement and Instrumentation; Fluid Dynamics of Wind Energy; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion; Energy and Process Engineering; Microfluidics and Nanofluidics; Development and Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics; DNS/LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA. July 30–August 3, 2017. V01BT06A019. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2017-69523
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