An experimental investigation was performed for convective condensation of R410A inside four micro-fin tubes with the same outside diameter (OD) 5 mm and helix angle 18°. Data are for mass fluxes ranging from about 180 to 650 kg/m2s. The nominal saturation temperature is 320 K, with inlet and outlet qualities of 0.8 and 0.1, respectively. The results suggest that Tube 4 has the best thermal performance for its largest condensation heat transfer coefficient and relatively low pressure drop penalty. Condensation heat transfer coefficient decreases at first and then increases or flattens out gradually as G decreases. This complex mass-flux effect may be explained by the complex interactions between micro-fins and fluid. The heat transfer enhancement mechanism is mainly due to the surface area increase over the plain tube at large mass fluxes, while liquid drainage and interfacial turbulence play important roles in heat transfer enhancement at low mass fluxes. In addition, the experimental data was analyzed using seven existing pressure-drop and four heat-transfer models to verify their respective accuracies.

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