An Experimental investigation was conducted to compare the evaporation characteristics of R410A inside three newly developed horizontal enhanced heat transfer (EHT) tubes with the same OD12.70mm and ID11.50mm, and the result of them are compared with that of a plain tube. The inner enhanced surface of 1EHT tube consists of dimples/protrusions and petal arrays, while that of 2EHT-1 tube and 2EHT-2 tube is composed by longitudinal grooves and dimples of different depths. The mass velocities are in the range of 70kg/m2s-200kg/m2 s with a nominal saturation temperature fixed at 279K and the vapor quality in the test section varies from 0.2∼0.9. As the mass flux increases, both the heat transfer coefficient and pressure penalty increase accordingly. The heat transfer coefficient of EHT tubes can achieve 1.14–1.53 times higher than that of the smooth tube while the pressure gradients is 1.43–1.83 times larger than that of smooth tubes. Besides, the enhancement ratios of all the enhanced surface tubes are larger than their respective surface area ratio, and the enhancement ratio comparisons of heat transfer coefficient are made to obtain the enhancing mechanism. The results show that the EHT tubes appear higher performance at low mass fluxes. In all, the EHT1 tube has the best heat transfer performance at low mass velocity, which can be attributed to its special enhanced inner surface, resulting in the increase of nucleation sites, flow separation and turbulent fluctuations. The other two 2EHT tubes can enhance the evaporation greatly with small respective surface ratios as well as relatively little pressure drop penalty, and them shows outstanding performance especially at high mass velocity.

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