The horizontal-tube falling film evaporation is a widely adopted technique in multiple-effect distillation (MED) desalination plant due to the higher heat transfer coefficient under quite small temperature differences. In the present study, an experimental platform for horizontal-tube falling film evaporation was set up to measure its heat transfer characteristics. Results indicate that heat transfer coefficient (h) for both fresh water and seawater are almost independent with heat flux. The h increases firstly and then decreases with growth of Re. Along the tube circumference, the h increases after decreasing. In addition, the distribution of h for fresh water and seawater at the different evaporation temperatures and Reynolds number (Re) are also provided.

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